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Interview with PSU in Riyadh
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Imdramayu



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Location: Prince Sultan University

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:59 am    Post subject: Interview with PSU in Riyadh Reply with quote

I'm really positive with my interview with PSU in Riyadh. I answered all question skillfully! I've heard it is one of the best places to work in KSA.

Have others have experience with PSU?

Im


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veiledsentiments



Joined: 20 Feb 2003
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Location: USA

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Outcome from Zayed interview Reply with quote

Imdramayu wrote:
Is this a good sign or should I start worrying?

Im

Are you serious? Laughing I don't think I'd take it as a good sign. Not that these ME employers are quick to make decisions.

Have you called or emailed them?

VS
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2buckets



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it's for a job for the current semester I'd say not a good sign.
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Imdramayu



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Location: Prince Sultan University

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zayed said to wait till January. It's for a Sept start-up. I bombed the interview when I couldn't answer well "What do you know about Zayed University?" nor "Describe a lesson that you were pleased with."

But...I don't know whether to cry or grin & bear it.
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n.madyarova



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I couldn't answer well "What do you know about Zayed University?" nor "Describe a lesson that you were pleased with."
I can't believe you could not answer. First question was so predictable. I am saying this because I was in a same situation several years ago and I bombed the interview:) But it taught me a good lesson (I always do tons of reading about the company I am applying to), I hope it was a good lesson to you too. Second question was not difficult either!
What were the other questions? I would be happy if you could share some. I am very curious as to what questions should be expected in a interview.
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n.madyarova



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope you won't think that i am preaching you:)
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Dominic-Pax



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Outcome from Zayed interview Reply with quote

Imdramayu wrote:
I had a phone job interview with Zayed in November but haven't heard from them since. Is this a good sign or should I start worrying?

Im


They informed me that they were interested in hiring me about one month after the interview.
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Imdramayu



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:53 pm    Post subject: Interview questions...I record my interviews Reply with quote

In the 6 interview I've had over the past 3 months, these are a collection of all the questions asked. Yes, I remember & write down the Qs after the interview.

n.madyarova, the question "What do you know about our university?" was asked only once by Zayed. Since then, I've researched about universities but nobody has yet to ask. But I do use the research to better understand their needs.

GENERAL BACKGROUND
What do you know about our university?
Tell us about yourself
What are your strengths?
What motivates you?
What are your weaknesses?
Why are you interested in this position?
How would you characterize your work at your present job?
What have you taught beside English?
Why are you leaving your present job?
ACADEMIC BACKGROUND
What kind of institution is it because I haven't heard of it?
How/why did you make the transition between studies in business & education?
Tell us about your MA program.
TEACHING SKILLS
How would you describe your teaching?
Can you describe a lesson that you were pleased with?
How do you motivate Ss?
How would you deliver a lesson on the past tense?
How do you know Ss learned from this lesson?
How would you teach the difference between passive & active voice?
What is the role of grammar in the EFL classroom?
Would you teach grammar in a separate unit or integrate it into the course?
What method would you use to teach grammar?
How would you integrate grammar into your class?
What additional activities do you have to engage Ss?
How do you deal with problems in the classroom?
IT SKILLS
Describe the language software you have used.
What e-learning background have you used?
How do you use computers in your classroom?
MATERIALS & CURRICULUM
What are your feelings about the TB you wrote for us?
What would you teach reading when there are only 2 courses?
What are the main parts of a freshman composition course?
How can a teacher adapt TB that's unrelated to students immediate situation?
How can you more closely align the key testing instruments with the materials?
INTERACTING WITH OTHERS
How has your work been received by Ss?
What's your experience in working with a team?
What was your role in the team? The others' role?
How do you deal with problems with a colleague?
EXTRA-CURRICULAR WORK
What presentations or workshops have you led?
What do you do for hobbies?
Tell us about the workshops you did.
CULTURAL ADAPTATION
What is the biggest hurdle you have experienced when teaching Saudi Ss?
What do you think about teaching Arab Ss?
What was your cultural adaption experience when first coming to KSA?
MISCELLANEOUS
How would you analyze this sentence "See John run"?
Do you have any Qs for us?
How much do you expect as a salary?
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It's Scary!



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
How would you analyze this sentence "See John run"?


He was being chased by Spot, the rabies-addled dog? Confused Question Confused

What kind of question is that?

It's about as ridiculous an interview question I've ever heard!
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veiledsentiments



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's Scary! wrote:
It's about as ridiculous an interview question I've ever heard!

I agree... and how does one answer it without pointing that fact out to the interviewer? Laughing

I would describe it as the type of odd construct used in elementary school textbooks in the 1950s that no actual English speaking human has ever used.

VS
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johnslat



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 2:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Out damn'd Spot! Out, I say!

Regards,
Lady Macbeth
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That silly question is no worse than: "If you could be a vegetable, which one would it be, and why?" Shocked

I do like artichokes. Yum. Very Happy
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It's Scary!



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

johnslat wrote:
Out damn'd Spot! Out, I say!

Regards,
Lady Macbeth


Sounds like she was trying to Shout! it out!

It's funny if you read it, you close your eyes and think of something else that you find humourous!
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Imdramayu



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:22 am    Post subject: See John run? -- came from PMU Reply with quote

This job interview question came from an interviewer at PMU.

Why didn't they ask "How would you explain the passive vs. active voice to Ss?"

I think it was meant to filter people out. It succeeded with my friend.

Im
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my sir



Joined: 01 Oct 2011
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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How would you analyze this sentence "See John run"?
doesn't seem silly to me. The object was to see if the interviewee understood how grammar works by referring to a correct but slightly artificial sentence. Because it's a misquote from a famous teaching book, it would also be an opportunity for keen applicants to show they can critically evaluate such models.
Or to put it another way, it's an opportunity to show that some of that TESOL Masters stuff stuck.
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