Getting Started With Vipkid
I actually applied to VIPKID in the summer of 2018. I got to the first mock interview, where a VIPKID employee was role-playing as a child and the process was too intimidating to me to do the interview. I waited 6 months and reapplied. This time I heard the hiring process had changed and that if you were invited to do a mock interview that you were "in." I went through the mock interview 5 times this December, determined to eventually pass. What you will notice is that each time you do a mock interview, your list of things you do right grows longer and the recommendations grow shorter. Sometimes, you'll be asked to take a quiz that you must pass before doing another mock interview. It may take a few tries at the mock, but you will eventually progress through it and be hired.
Hiring Process for VIPKID
You've been hired and you are excited to begin! If nothing happens, do not despair. Use this time to sign up for various trainings in the portal on how to market yourself and prepare for your first class. Update your profile picture to make it stand out. Tell some interesting things about yourself in your profile. Create a video that highlights what makes you special as a VIPKID teacher.
I got hired on the 5th of December. I spent a few days preparing as I mentioned above. On Sunday night after I was hired the first "booking frenzy" occurred. What's a "booking frenzy?" I've read online 2 interpretations of this event. One indicated that VIPKID employees book students at this time. Another interpretation indicated that this is when the bookings open for the week and there are parents at home waiting to book their child into class slots for the upcoming weeks. Regardless of which is happening, during the first booking frenzy which occurred on Sunday night at 10:00 p.m. CST, I received 5 bookings! Hooray! You'll get booked if you focus on marketing yourself during your wait time. Prepare your video, profile, acquaint yourself with the portal, have a great profile photo in place and showcase yourself for parents.
I find that when teaching ESL, silly sells. When you are marketing your profile you can wear a boa or a silly hat. Your job as a teacher is to keep the child interested and engaged. Embrace your own unique style to do that. Don't be afraid to be a little silly and stand out.
Getting Booked by Parents
My second week at VIPKID I booked 24 classes. They have promotions that you can join to help you get more exposure with parents. For example, this week they started a winter video promotion. Teachers are encouraged to film a short clip of their winter activities (Christmas dinner, their decorations, cooking baking, snowman making, etc.) and upload this video to a special promotional page for parents to view.
How Much Does VIPKID Pay?
Pay will be determined by your contract, but is between $7.00 and $9.00 per class as the base rate. There are also incentives for simply teaching at least 45 classes a month or showing up to all your booked classes. If you earn a $1.00 per class incentive for showing up to your classes on time and a $1.00 incentive for teaching 45 classes a month, your pay per class is bumped up $2.00 per class. So, if my base rate is $8.00 per class, the extra incentive bumps it up to $10.00 per class. Each class is 25 minutes long. You can schedule classes back to back and complete 2 classes in an hour, making your pay $20.00 per hour. This pays a little better than my substitute teaching job per hour and I can teach in my slippers.
What are the Hours?
You set your own schedule with VIPKID, but the peak hours are from 4:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. daily and from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday CST.
Questions and comments
Do you have questions about getting through the interview or getting booked? Leave them here and I'll respond as quickly as possible. Usually within a few hours. My referral code for VIPKID teachers that don't already have a referral is HEATH0739 or you can sign up under my referral by using this link to go to VIPKID.
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