Houston, We’ve Got A Problem

As a planner, I love to have a plan. The concept of doing things haphazardly or at the last minute drives me bananas. It literally stresses me out. I like to have a plan a, b, c, d, e, and f. Leading up to the supposed interviews, I had contacted my recruiter on numerous occasions. She was such a sweetie, but I’m sure I was working her nerves. According to her, the venue had still not been confirmed. So, there I was just days from an interview, with no idea of a time, a venue, or whether or not the interview would actually occur. The only thing that I knew was that the interviews had been confirmed in Houston.

If you’re not familiar with Houston, let me school you. Houston is massive! The last time I checked, it ranked in the top ten of the largest cities/metroplexes in the U.S. So, as one might imagine, this further frustrated me. I hadn’t (and was discouraged by my recruiter) from making travel plans until the interview venue was confirmed.

Finally, two days before the interview, a venue was set. I headed over to Groupon, purchased a room for Saturday night (my interview was Sunday morning), contacted one of my closest friends in Houston (to coordinate a quick dinner), and prepared to hightail from Dallas to Houston.

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Save the Date: In-Person Interviews

To say that things progressed quickly would be an understatement. A month after applying to teach abroad, I had completed two phone interviews, had been contacted to submit several pre-interview documents, and had received an invitation to attend the next round of in-person interviews. Life was grand. Or so I thought. Little did I know that the waiting game had just begun.

Two and a Possible

After completing the online profiles, I was contacted by two Teachaway recruiters and a Footprints recruiter within a couple of days. The two Teachaway recruiters greenlighted me for phone interviews. The Footprints recruiter also greenlighted me, but never contacted me again.

I immersed myself in all things Teachaway to prepare for my phone interview.

My first phone interview was on December 10, 2015. All went well, and I was recommended for the in-person interviews. I was asked which city I wanted to interview in, and decided on Houston, which was only four hours away from me.

A few weeks later, the second Teachaway recruiter contacted me for a phone interview. That interview also went well, and I was recommended for a second interview. Conversely, this interview would be via Skype, as the position was for a private school in Abu Dhabi.

So, what started out as runs of a mill completed applications, had turned into potential job prospects.