Here’s a story of what happened to me yesterday, after being invited for an interview from ELTS 英美語言 (elts.com.tw/) on Buxiban Street near Taipei Main Station.
I found the job via 104.com.tw, and my résumé clearly states that I have approximately three years of experience teaching adults conversational English, and four years experience teaching kindergarten and buxiban.
The girl who arranged my interview was very pleasant, as were the employees at the front desk when I got there. I then waited 15 minutes past the scheduled interview time, and finally the girl who arranged my interview came down from upstairs and apologized, because the people downstairs had not told her that I was waiting. That was okay, nothing too serious.
She then gave me a multiple-choice questionnaire regarding my work habits. Five questions. This was approximately how the five questions were phrased, and I kid you not, nor do I exaggerate:
If you did not agree with how much the school was willing to pay you, would you:
a) Accept it and know that this is the school’s policy.
b) Argue with the school and demand that your pay be raised.
If you caught a cold one day, what would you do?
a) Come in and teach anyway, because the school and the students are important.
b) Call in sick, not caring about anyone else, nor caring about your responsibilities.
If you got into a car accident, how would you handle it?
a) Inform the school as soon as possible, show the medical proof to the school, and take responsibility by making up the classes at a later date.
b) Not tell the school at all, and just ignore your responsibility to the school.
I forget what the other two questions were, but they were along the same lines. I ask you, who would choose answers “b”?
This should’ve been a big clue to hurry up and get out of there… but, I just continued to prepare for the 15-minute teaching demo.
Anyway, so I prepared for about 15 minutes, and then told the first girl I was ready. So, she sends me back into the “employee training room” they had me sitting in, and then in comes a lady. The lady looks at my résumé and asks my name (my résumé has my name on it in big, bold lettering), and I tell her it’s Shawn. Then, she looks over it and says I have no experience, and I tell her that I do, just look at the résumé! She says I have no experience teaching IELTS, TOEFL, GMAT, etc., so I tell her that it’s true, I don’t, but that wouldn’t be a problem, I could learn easily. She replies, “This is a professional school. We teach these tests.”
Pfft… “professional,” eh? Teaching people how to pass a test is one type of learning, true, but it’s not the best type. Furthermore, their sign outside in Chinese says that they also teach conversational English.
Anyway, so I stand up to start my demo and I ask her politely (even though she’s been really gruff up to this point), “What’s your name?”
She replies with, “Aleck-u-su” or something… and then barks, “What does it matter? Start your demo!”
I had it, then and there. So, I replied that I didn’t want to work there and just walked out.
Well, that’s my story! Draw what conclusions you will