Getting a Job Offer in China WITHOUT an Interview?

Getting a Job Offer in China WITHOUT an Interview??

I’ve heard that it’s possible to be offered jobs teaching English in China without even an interview.

  • While such occurrences are rare, they do happen. In one particular situation a Chinese university contacted a teacher by email only a couple of weeks after he applied offering him a TEFL job. The university appeared legitimate, the pay was attractive and the location was good from the teacher’s perspective.

  • So, sure it’s possible that your education and teaching experience might look so good on your resume that they want to hire you “on the spot”. Or maybe they’re so desperate to hire an ESL teacher that they are afraid to interview you because after talking with them you may change your mind and refuse the job completely.
  • It’s tough to find teachers in China and many schools will take almost anybody willing to take the job. Many recruiters and schools will hire non-native speakers (which is fine) but they aren’t permitted to get a Z teaching visa, so they are illegal teachers.
  • It is possible that since the school had your education and work experience history and perhaps your reference that maybe they just did their research and realized you had a good reputation as a teacher already and you were qualified, so they felt there was no reason to interview you.
  • The need NOT to interview foreign teachers makes sense given the huge demand for English teachers in China. There are over 50,000 English institutes in China and growing with over 360 million Chinese taking English lessons of some sort. The market for English language services is estimated to be about 30 Billion Yuan.
  • All this being said, if you are offered a teaching job in China and don’t even have to do an interview you should at least do 2 things first:
  • #1 Find some teachers who have taught at the school you were offered a teaching job, or are currently teaching there and ask them about the school, the management, the students, the schedule, the pay, the benefits, etc.
  • #2 Ask to speak via Skype with the person who contacted you and extended the job offer (without an interview). You might have a different opinion of the job offer after a 15 minute chat with the recruiter or school.
  •  So many teachers have terrible experiences teaching in China. Most are caused by job offers which didn’t meet the expectations of the teacher. It’s up to teachers to do their research and ask as many questions as possible about the school before accepting a job offer.

What’s your experience been with recruiters or job offers in China? Feel free to share your comments below. This post is a work in progress and needs contributions.

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