I had my VIPKID interview on Saturday and flunked it for no clear reason. I was nervous, but I had  practiced and think I hit most of the things they look for. Of course it could be my wicked accent, but I would like to know what the problem was. So I appealed to their Recruitment Team and asked for the detailed assessment of my interview.

When Tom did his interview, he got an extensive email, showing how many points he scored on each aspect that they are measuring.

  • Introduction and Class Pacing
  • Engaging Class and Interactivity
  • Attempted to the Lesson Objectives
  • Use of Tools
  • Speaking Speed and Language
  • TPR (Total Physical Response language teaching method)
  • Teacher Demonstration
  • Encourages full sentence output
  • Correct student’s mistakes

In addition they look at aspects like do you look presentable, how do the audio and mouse work, how is the lighting, are you visible at all times and what does your background look like.

Tom is busy preparing for his mock interview, so for now helping him to get that done, while I wait for the results of my appeal. I have heard you can re-apply under a different email, but not ready for that yet.

New Income Possibility: VIPKID

I have been reading a lot of articles about how to make extra income, and VIPKID keeps coming up over and over. It is a Chinese company which connects Chinese kids to teachers to help them learn English. All the work is done on line, from the comfort of your own home, or from wherever you have a good internet connection.

You have to pass a pretty extensive interview process and give mock lessons, and my husband passed his first interview today! He will now have to review some teacher materials and then pretend to teach a class. When he passes, he will get his official contract. I decided I will try it also, no idea whether I will succeed, but I have my first interview tomorrow, so keep your fingers crossed!

The hours are totally flexible, although the weekday ones could be early in the morning, or early at night, so that you work during daytime hours in China.

I will keep you posted! If you are curious and you are considering signing up for a trial, click here to visit them.

Jazzy at Road Affair has a really good article about teaching VIPKID while traveling the world. It sure convinced me!

Disclaimer: if you click on any of these signup links, I might get financial compensation at no cost to you.