Friday, February 19, 2010
JET Interview: The Post Game Wrap-Up
My interview was at 10am this morning, at a hotel in Japantown. I was expecting the mood to be somber and serious but actually the atmosphere in the waiting room was pretty light. Two former JETs sat behind a table, checking off names, while the head of the local JET organization hung around, dispelling myths about the interview process that he'd read online.
That should have been my first clue that a lot of what's out there passing as information is bogus. Really, if I had this to do over again, I would not read anything on any forums and just prepare as I would for any other job interview. Because that's actually what it was: just a job interview. My professional skills and personality were ascertained via questions. Not so strange, that.
I was really nervous going in but once it started I forgot that I was supposed to be scared and went with it. There was a panel of three people and they were—dare I say it—nice to me. There was even laughter. Of course there were some tough questions but I answered honestly and did my best.
Overall, I think it went really well. I was well-spoken and enthusiastic, and I believe my passion for Japan came across. My lack of teaching experience is a definite minus but I hope my other attributes are enough to overcome that.
Next step: the waiting. I will know either way by early April.