Part of running a company like englishbiz is that you meet a lot of different kinds of foreign teachers. We put people through a pretty standard interview process, and I try to ask all the right questions. As mentioned before, the most important things for us is to find teachers who are honest, who understand and feel strongly that education is very important for our development, and that they like kids and have empathy and care for them.
But sometimes people slip through the cracks. Sometimes we have staff who say all the right things and then when they get into the classroom they really let their teammates know what they really think. We have had people say it directly: “You know, I really don’t like children that much. I much prefer to teach university kids.”
To which I can only take a moment, while reeling in shock, let my inner voice respond, “How on earth was it possible for you to think that we do not teach kids here at englishbiz? Our signs all have a child’s face looking off into the future. The Japanese characters below our name say, ‘Kodomo Eigo’. There are hundreds of kids coming in and out of our classes. How is this possible?”
We had another mis-hire tell us that babies make him feel weird, and that he is afraid of children. We had yet another candidate (who did NOT slip through the cracks) who asked if we have a ‘scream room’ where he can go to have silent screams between classes because working with kids is so stressful.
There are these types among us, I am afraid to report. But they are surely the minority. We are very very proud of our team of English teachers and support staff at englishbiz. We really have some stellar and remarkable people working together with us.
When I really think about it though, with the people that I interview I find that a very large number of them are quite kind, quite considerate, and have a lot going for them, and surely a lot to offer our students as well. There are always going to be a few rotten apples, and we are getting better at catching them before it is too late, but once in a while, we make a mistake. When I do, however, I must also greatly credit our team for letting me know that I slipped up, and they always rally around to make sure that the classes go right and that the kids are well taken care of.
If you think that you might want to work with a really great team of interesting teachers, from all corners of the world, in a challenging context here in rural Japan, how about dropping us a line with your CV, recent photo, and some background information on your feelings about teaching. We would love to hear from you!
Have a great day, a wonderful holiday, and of course, a HAPPY NEW YEAR for 2017!!