I applied to a company called AEON to teach English in Japan for a year, and was asked to come in for a group info session/interview. There were three of us there for the interview, plus two recruiters, and the whole thing went for about five hours (1130am-430pm). Yikes. I was shocked when they didn’t provide a snack, or time to go find one. It consisted of hearing a shitload about the company: sounds like the teachers are worked to the bone, but are given all the tools they need to do so, and are provided a pretty normal salary for their trouble, plus what is essentially a stipend for rent, and the benefit of living and working in Japan. Then we had the chance to teach about five minutes worth of a lesson plan each of us had brought (which I rocked), then we took a short quiz on our language skills, and were handed letters on our way out to determine whether we would be asked back. I was, woot!
The followup interview was the very next day, and I feel like I pretty much nailed that, too. Having a motormouth, plus the ability to structure my thoughts well ahead of voicing them is SO FUCKING USEFUL, omg thank you Mother for my quick mouth and Father for my debating skills (and both of them for my Philosophy degree). Now I wait while they get back to me sometime within the next three weeks.
Meanwhile, at office job, I got an email from the new boss asking Hollywood Coworker and me if we could meet “so we can discuss the structure” of our office, which appears to be on the out (we don’t have a budget for next year, nothing from the main university website links to our office’s website anymore, we are being ignored on a pretty epic scale, etc.). So we’re anticipating hearing that basically there will be no Office (and therefore potentially no Office Job) within the coming year. UPDATE: I’m not fired, and he gave no indication that the office would be dissolved within a year. Restructured, yes. Disappeared, no. So. We shall see.
UPDATE: March 25, 2014
Didn’t get the AEON job. Ugh. Laaaaaaaaaaaaame.