Have you been thinking about teaching online to make some extra money or to work from home? Gogokid might be just what you need. Teach English to children in China while setting your own schedule. Here are some tips to get hired by Gogokid.
Get Hired by Gogokid
Step 1 – The Questionnaire
Go to the Gogokid website and create an account. You will then be asked some basic questions about yourself.
- Your name
- If you’re able to work in the United States or Canada
- If you need a Visa to work
- Phone number
- Email address
- Highest level of education
- How many years you’ve been working with children
- In what capacity you work with children – teaching in a K-12 school, homeschooling, etc.
- How you heard about Gogokid
- If you have a referral code (I’d love it if you would click the link to use mine! I’ll send you all of my tips for getting ready for your interview.)
Make sure you answer the questions honestly. In order to be hired, you must be a native Enlish speaker in the United States or Canada. You also need to have at least a bachelor’s degree.
As long as you say yes to being able to work in the United States or Canada, no to requiring a Visa, and check the box for bachelor’s degree or higher, you will qualify for Step 2, your interview.
If you use my referral code, I will help you through the hiring process. Just type NC8FKRC7N32 in the referral code box or use the link above, and I’ll reach out to you through email when I see you’ve joined.
*It is soon going to be a requirement that you have an ESL teaching certification, such as a TESOL, TEFL, or CELTA. The Chinese government is changing its requirements for all ESL teachers. You can get your TESOL for just $19 by clicking on my referral link.
Step 2 – Scheduling an Interview
As soon as you submit the answers to your questions, you will find out if you qualify for an interview. If you do, you will be asked to select an interview time. Don’t be shocked if there are no available times showing on the calendar.
Finding an interview time may be the hardest part of the entire hiring process. You just have to be patient. Interview slots open for 5 days at a time, and they go fast.
While you’re waiting for an interview time, do some research. Look over all the interview materials below the time slot calendar. They tell exactly what your interviewer will be looking for in your interview. Spend some time learning about TPR, or Total Physical Response and practicing the demo lesson slides.
You should also make sure the space where you’ll be teaching is ready.
Things You Should Have for Your Interview
- Good lighting – Make sure you are lit from both sides. For my interview, I only had a bright light on one side, so the other side was dark. My interviewer gave me some tips for making my room brighter. Now, I use a light like this that clamps to my desk and lights me from all sides.
- A headset – This isn’t required for the interview, but you will need it if you get hired. I just bought mine ahead of time so I looked prepared. I love my Jabra Evolve20 headphones. They are comfortable and don’t hurt my ears even when I’m teaching for hours.
- A background – You want something on the wall behind you that makes it look like a classroom. I went to the Dollar Tree and bought an alphabet and a map.
- Props – If you have children of your own, be sure to raid their toys. The current interview lesson is all about hands and arms. I stole a few of my daughter’s dolls and used them as props.
- A secondary reward system – In the onine portal, you will be giving your students gems as rewards. However, Gogokid also wants you to have another reward system. For my interview, I used Mr. Potato Head and gave him a new body part each time my interviewer completed a slide.
- A nice shirt – The other thing your interviewer will look at is what you’re wearing. Make sure you’re wearing a shirt that is professional and nice. If you wouldn’t wear it to teach at school, don’t wear it to your Gogokid interview.
If you do all of these things ahead of time, you’ll be ready to grab a last-minute time slot when it opens. Sometimes people cancel, and slots become available the same day. If you check in the morning and the evening, you should see some slots pop up.
Step 3 – The Interview
Make sure you set aside an hour for your interview – half an hour before it starts to get used to the online portal and half an hour for the actual interview.
Thirty minutes before your interview time, you will be able to enter the classroom to familiarize yourself with the tools.
Here are some of the things you should practice before your interviewer comes:
- Giving rewards – The gems are on the left side of the screen where you will see your student’s camera. Click on the gem symbol to give the reward. (You won’t be able to do this until the interviewer arrives, but make sure you know where it is.)
- Using the pointer/drawing tool – This was the most confusing thing for me. Whatever tool you have selected for you to use is also what your student is using. When I wanted my interviewer to click on something, I had the drawing tool selected, and she couldn’t click. Be aware of which tool you’ve chosen.
- Changing Slides – Use the arrows at the top of the screen to move from one slide to the next.
- Animations – Click around on every slide so you know what animations to expect. Also pay attention to how long the sounds are so you don’t talk over them.
When your interviewer arrives, be prepared to talk for a few minutes about your educational background and teaching experience.
Then, you’ll teach for 10 minutes. Get through as many slides as you can. It’s okay if you don’t make it all the way to the end. Your interviewer will stop you at 10 minutes.
At the end of your interview, you will be given feedback. Then, your interviewer will ask you how much money you think you should earn per class. Choose a number between $7 and $10. It’s not guaranteed that you’ll get that much, but they will take your suggestion into consideration.
Get Started with Gogokid
Are you ready to get started with the Gogokid application process? Once you sign up with my referral link, I’ll send you all of my top tips for your interview. You can also ask me any questions you have about the process.
I’m excited to help you get started with this wonderful company!