While most Filipino employers still prefer the traditional method when it comes to meeting candidates, there’s no denying that Skype interviews do have several advantages such as saving time and money for both the applicant and employer particularly if they are located in different cities or sometimes even countries.  If you are planning to work from home or as a freelancer in general, having to attend an interview through Skype will definitely be a possibility.

So, regardless if you’re proficient in using the application or not, here are a few tips to help you nail that Skype interview.


  1. Use a professional username. Just like how you make sure that the email address in your resume is professional when using Skype in your application, you must also refrain from using names such as CuteChix4u as your user ID.

  1. Check your profile picture. You might look exceptionally good in that selfie you took last week but using it as your profile picture on Skype for this particular appointment might not go over as well as it did on Facebook. Instead, you can replace it with the same picture that you used on your resume.

  1. Dress properly. Since the employer can only see your upper body on camera, it might be tempting to just wear a nice top and pair it with a simple pair of shorts. However, remember that anything can happen during the course of the interview. You might need to stand up at one point or another to fix your audio or some other equipment and inevitably expose the rest of your outfit. Besides, dressing like you’re going to a personal interview can give you a confidence boost and put you in the correct mindset for it.

  1. Mind your location. If you’re planning to work from home, the employer would most likely also be considering your work environment in their assessment, so make sure to prepare this ahead of time. Your work area should be quiet and free from any distractions particularly on the day of your interview. If you live with your family, inform them of your appointment so that you can avoid any disturbances. Check your background and lighting as well.

  1. Practice. Not everyone is used to or is comfortable with using Skype and if you’re like this, this tip is essential. Practice using the application and explore the different functions and settings. Ask a friend to help you figure out the correct angle for your camera. Know where to look to keep eye contact and how close or far to sit without being too near or distant from the camera.

  1. Check your equipment and connection. Aside from knowing how to properly navigate the application, you should also make sure that your equipment is ready and in working order. This includes your headset, camera, and computer. If you plan to use a laptop make sure that it is either fully charged or plugged into a power outlet. As for your connection, use LAN as it is definitely more reliable than Wi-Fi.

  1. Add the interviewer’s Skype ID to your contacts list. Before the day of the interview, make sure to confirm and add the correct Skype ID that your interviewer will use. The employer will usually provide this information ahead of time, but in case they don’t, don’t hesitate to ask.

  1. Confirm the details. When setting up the date and time of the interview, make sure to check for any additional information, such as what to do, prepare or submit before or on the day of the appointment. It is also important to establish who, between the two of you would be expected to make the call.

  1. Communicate well. This is necessary for all kinds of interviews. Articulate well. Don’t speak too fast or too slow and make sure to listen actively while the other person is speaking. Verbal cues will be very useful to let the interviewer know that you are listening and that you are able to hear and understand them well. This is especially important as audio problems can sometimes occur in the middle of a call.

  1. Take it seriously. It might be done in the comfort of your own home, but an interview is still an interview. Professionalism and interest about the job or company should always be displayed.

Sources & References:

9 Things You Need to Prepare for a Skype Interview by Michaela Gianotti (2016). Retrieved from http://www.joinkoru.com/skype-interview-tips/

Learn How to Ace A Skype Interview by Penny Loretto (2017). Retrieved from https://www.thebalance.com/learn-how-to-ace-a-skype-interview-1986906

Ace Your Skype Job Interview: 14 Smart Tips by Amy Levin-Epstein (2011). Retrieved from https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ace-your-skype-job-interview-14-smart-tips/

How to Ace a Skype Interview by Phoebe Spinks. Retrieved from  https://theundercoverrecruiter.com/ace-skype-interview/




Ms. Bianca

I am a trainee at J-P English Corporation. I am in the Recruitment Department.


The admins are very friendly, understanding, accommodating and helpful. They do their very best to attend your needs as a trainee. They are willing to teach you everything you needed to learn. They will always give you ideas and strategies on how you can finish your tasks faster. I met new friends from accommodating staffs. The company also offers a free accommodation so it’s really hassle-free. And as per my observation from the monitoring staffs, they attend to the teacher’s questions and concerns immediately. They always remind teachers for their schedule even if it’s the teacher’s responsibility to check if he or she has a booking for the day. And for my observation from the online teachers, their teaching schedule depends on their preference, which is great. Having a home-based vacancy is really great because our teachers can spend time with their family while working, and they avoid hassle traffics.


No complaint at all. There is nothing to complain about this company. Everything is good!

Advice to Management

No negative thoughts for the management. It’s inspiring to know that the management is always willing to listen to all the employees’ and teachers’ concerns and suggestions. They always think of what’s best for their employees and they are generous enough in giving the needs of their employees to stay motivated and goal-oriented. Also, continue hiring accommodating staffs in your company and continue giving incentives to your teachers so they will stay motivated in teaching our Japanese clients.




October is almost over and the quickly approaching Halloween season is a great excuse to bridge culture gaps and liven up your classes at the same time. Here are some activities to integrate this spooky holiday into your everyday lessons:

  1. Give Advice for Scary Situations

First, think of several scary situations one could find oneself in on this dreaded night. They can be realistic, like being stranded on an abandoned road in the woods or fictional ones like being chased by Frankenstein’s monster. Choose one situation and then discuss between yourselves how to handle it.

  1. What Are You Going to Be for Halloween?

For a fun speaking activity, you and your student can take turns imagining something you might like to be for Halloween. Without sharing your choice, write down three things you will need for the costume. Take turns sharing your list and see if you can guess what each other might be dressed as this Halloween.

  1. What Monster Am I?

This is a variation of number 2. You’ll need to create descriptions of various monsters ahead of time and have the other person guess what monster it is.

  1. Ghoulish Idioms

First, prepare a list of English idioms involving Halloween related words such as:

  • Blind as a bat
  • It is dead and buried
  • A dead loss
  • Drop dead
  • Dead center
  • Dead on my feet
  • Devil in disguise
  • Dig your own grave
  • Pale as a ghost
  • Skeleton in the closet

And make a game out of having your student guess their meanings.


Sources and References:

Bring Halloween Fun to Your English Class with These 5 Eerie Lessons! By Stephen Seifert. Retrieved from https://www.fluentu.com/blog/educator-english/halloween-english-lesson/

Give Your ESL Students a BOOst with These Halloween Themed Language Activities By Susan Verner. Retrieved from http://busyteacher.org/24513-give-your-esl-students-a-boost-with-these.html



In the recent years, English has been one of the major languages employed in communication, business, and the academe. According to the British Council, about 1.75 billion people are speaking the language worldwide, and by 2020 it is forecasted that 2 billion people are already using English or will learn to use it.  Being widely utilized for a variety of functions, the English language reaches a bigger audience, particularly non-native speakers. With the recent boom in the number of non-native speakers aiming to gain fluency in the language comes the need for people who can teach them to attain such.

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) is one of the fast-growing careers in the job market. Though most people tend to shy away from this feat, it still continues to attract those who find interest in such opportunity, including career-changers and established educators alike. But why do people choose to teach ESL? Tammy Cario, an author from Oxford Seminars, tells us 10 reasons why.

  1. You need a change of scenery. Our routines and habits can dissuade us from being productive, hence ESL teaching will be a great way to see a new perspective.

  1. You want to do something meaningful with your life. Teaching is a good opportunity to consider when thinking of worthwhile things to do. It is a good change, whether permanent or transitory.

  1. You love to travel. ESL teaching might bring you abroad or to different places in your country. This is a good chance for you to get your feet on the places you wish to go to.

  1. You have a huge case of wanderlust. Teaching ESL can bring you to different adventures. The chances of exploring are possible so this might be the solution for you.

  1. You want to make a difference. Witnessing how even the simplest of lessons make an impact on students is one of the perks of teaching ESL. You will see the accomplishments transpiring in students, children and adults alike.

  1. Your goal is to save money. Getting paid with a good amount is fulfilling in any job, and teaching ESL is one of the ways for you to get a rewarding compensation.

  1. You want to gain experience. Teaching is not just about gaining work experience. It also exposes us to various real-life situations and makes us go out of our comfort zone.

  1. You want to broaden your horizons. Teaching ESL gives you an opportunity to meet people of different cultures and traditions. You will attain firsthand experience on things and expand your perception of those.

  1. Widening your circle of friends will make you happy. You will meet friends along the way while teaching. The relationship you build with them becomes strengthened as time goes by, making it last for a long time.

  1. You want to exponentially enhance your resume. Teaching as work experience gives a good impression to potential employers. What’s better is that you can back your resume up with a brief account of your experiences as a teacher.

If you have been thinking of choosing ESL teaching as your career and want to find out more, you can go here or browse other information here.


Sources and References:

The British Council (2013). The English Effect. Retrieved from https://www.britishcouncil.org/sites/default/files/english-effect-report-v2.pdf

Cario, T. (2015). Top 10 Reasons Why People Choose to Teach ESL. Retrieved from https://www.oxfordseminars.com/blog/top-10-reasons-why-people-choose-to-teach-esl/



Japan is known for its methodically plotted anime, mouth-watering food, and innovative technology that leaves the rest of the world amazed. However, the country offers other facets waiting to be discovered.  Here are some facts about Japan you might find interesting:

  1. In Japanese, the name “Japan” is Nihon or Nippon, which means “Land of the Rising Sun.” It was once believed that Japan was the first country to see the sunrise in the East in the morning.


  1. The Japanese people have a deep affection for the beauty of the landscape. The ancient Shinto religion says natural features like mountains, waterfalls, and forests have their own spirits, like souls.


  1. Japan has the third longest life expectancy in the world with men living to 81 years old and women living to almost 88 years old. The Japanese live on average four years longer than Americans.


  1. Japan consists of over 6,800 islands. There are four main islands: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. Also, Japan is slightly smaller than the US state of California.


  1. Japan has more than 3,000 McDonald’s restaurants, the largest number in any country outside the U.S.


  1. Twenty-one percent of the Japanese population is elderly (over the age of 65), the highest proportion in the world. There are more elderly than there are children in Japan today.


  1. The Japanese eat more fish than any other people in the world, about 17 million tons per year. Japan is the world’s largest importer of seafood, with shrimp comprising about one-third of the total, about four million tons a year. More than 20% of Japanese protein is obtained through fish and fish products.


  1. Over two billion manga, Japanese comic books or graphic novels, are sold in Japan each year.


  1. Sushi has been around since about the second century A.D. It started as a way to preserve fish in China and eventually made its way to Japan. The method of eating raw fish and rice began in the early 17th century. Sushi does not mean raw fish in Japanese. It actually means rice seasoned with vinegar, sugar, and salt. Raw fish sliced and served alone without rice is called sashimi.


  1. In March 1995, a religious cult spread sarin, a nerve gas, in the Tokyo subway. Twelve people were killed and more than 5,000 were sickened.


  1. Japan can be a dangerous place. Three of the tectonic plates that form Earth’s crust meet and often move against each other, causing earthquakes. More than a thousand earthquakes hit Japan every year. Japan also has about 200 volcanoes, 60 of which are active.


  1. Japanese food is very different from food in Western countries. There are lots of rice, fish, and vegetables, but little meat. With little fat or dairy, this diet is very healthy, which helps Japanese people live, on average, longer than any other people in the world.


  1. The Japanese are famous for their willingness to work very hard. Children are taught to show respect for others, especially parents and bosses. They learn to do what’s best for their family or company and worry less about their own needs.


  1. During World War I (1914-1917), Japan fought on the side of the U.S., but on December 7, 1941, Japan bombed the United States Navy fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and the U.S. entered World War II. From 1941-1945, Japan’s military leaders fought against the U.S. and the allied forces. In August 1945, the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing about 115,000 people. Japan surrendered a few days later.


  1. Japan is the only country in the world with a reigning emperor. Emperors have no real power, but they are still revered as a symbol of the country’s traditions and unity.


  1. Japan has around 5.5 million vending machines with one on almost every street corner. There are vending machines that sell beer, hot and cold canned coffee, cigarettes, wine, condoms, comic books, hot dogs, light bulbs, bags of rice, toilet paper, umbrellas, fish bait, fresh eggs, porn magazines, and even used women’s underwear.


  1. The Japanese have such a low birth rate that there are more adult diapers sold than baby diapers.


  1. Cherry blossoms (sakura) are Japan’s national flower.


  1. Yaeba, or crooked teeth, are considered attractive in Japan—so much so that girls go to the dentist to have their teeth purposefully unstraightened.


  1. Anime, or animated Japanese films and television shows, account for 60% of the world’s animation-based entertainment. Animation is so successful in Japan that there are almost 130 voice-acting schools in the country.


  1. Ninety percent of all mobile phones sold in Japan are waterproof because youth like to use them even while showering.


  1. The sole Japanese man who survived the wreck of the RMS Titanic in 1914, Masabumi Hosono, was called a coward in his country for not dying with the other passengers.


  1. When Japanese people meet, they traditionally bow instead of shake hands, and the lowest bow shows the deepest respect.


  1. During World War II, Japan bombed China with fleas infected with the Bubonic plague.


  1. In Japan, Kit Kat candy bars come in flavors like grilled corn, Camembert cheese, Earl Gray tea, grape, and wasabi. The Japanese pronounce Kit Kat like “Kitto Katsu,” which sounds like “You are sure to pass” in Japanese, and so they make a popular gift to students during entrance exam season.


  1. In Japan, Kentucky Fried Chicken is a typical Christmas Eve feast.


  1. Many hot springs and onsen (public bath houses) in Japan ban customers with tattoos from entering because the tattoos remind the public of the yakuza, or Japanese mafia, whose members sport full-body tattoos.


  1. Japanese “love hotels” are short-stay hotels mainly designed for amorous couples and are identified by the presence of heart symbols. They have different room rates: a “rest” rate as well as an overnight rate. An estimated 2% of Japan’s population visits one each day.


  1. Japanese macaques, or snow monkeys, are the fabled animals that “see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil.” The macaques in northern Honshu live farther north than any other monkey in the world.


  1. It is appropriate to slurp noodles, especially soba (buckwheat) when eating in Japan. Slurping indicates the dish is delicious. It also cools down the hot noodles.


  1. The Japanese word  karaoke means “empty orchestra.” Cabaret singer Daisuke Inoue made a coin-operated machine that played his songs on tape so his fans could sing along in the 1970s, but he failed to patent his creation and therefore never cashed in on his invention.


  1. In Japan, it is considered rude to tear the wrapping paper off of a gift.


  1. The Japanese avoid the number four (shi) because it sounds the same as the word for death. Tall buildings do not have fourth floors. Tea and sake sets are sold with five cups. Three or five is the desirable number of guests in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. As a rule, odd numbers are preferred over even numbers in Japan.


  1. Geisha in Japanese means “person of the arts,” and the first geishas were actually men called taikomochi and they had a role similar to Western court jesters.


  1. The Japanese word for a dog’s barking sound is wan-wan instead of “bow-wow.” Japan’s Akita breed was developed in the 1600s and was once called the royal dog because the emperors kept Akitas as pets. The most famous of all Akitas was Hachikō. Legend has it he waited 10 years at the Shibuya train station in Tokyo for his master who had died while at work. A statue of Hachikō now stands outside the station as a tribute to his loyalty.


  1. The imperial family of Japan descends from an unbroken lineage of nearly 2,000 years. No other royal family in history has held its position for so long. The first Japanese emperor, Jimmu Tennō, ruled about the time of Christ.


  1. Godzilla, a huge monster resembling a dinosaur, made his film debut in 1954. In Japan, he is known as Gojira, where he rose from the sea, after being awakened by atomic bomb testing, and attacked Tokyo.


  1. The Japanese religion of Shinto is one of the few religions in the world with a female solar deity.


  1. Many Japanese babies are born with a Mongolian spot (mokohan) on their backs. This harmless birthmark usually fades by the age of 5. It is common in several Asian populations and in Native Americans.


40. Today, fewer than 200 people in Japan can claim to have both parents with
exclusively Ainu (perhaps the original human inhabitants of Japan) descent. The
Ainu do not possess the Y chromosome typically found in the rest of the Japanese


Sources & References:

Lehnardt, Karin. 79 Interesting Facts about Japan. Fact Retriever. December 17, 2016. Retrieved October 13, 2017, from https://www.factretriever.com/japan-facts.

National Geographic Kids. Japan. Retrieved October 13, 2017, from http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/countries/japan/#japan-gardens.jpg



The company is very considerate to their employees, I have been working with the company for less than a year and I never had trouble with the processes and the administrators are very kind. The company gives us sufficient training online whenever necessary.



I do not have complaints or any bad experiences so far. I know that all administrators are easy to approach and the teachers won’t have a hard time dealing with difficult situations.


Advice to management

Please continue offering small incentives based on performances to motivate the teachers and the workers. Skills assessment from time to time to make sure that the teachers are engaged in every class.




While online teaching is popular as a sort of side job for many, contrary to popular belief, it can also be a full-time job if the teacher chooses for it to be so. Of course, it is sometimes not easy to live your life to the fullest and work at the same time. According to specialists, the key to managing both is to focus on a plan, be organized, and find the right balance between being with your family, having a social life and working as a professional. The following recommendations may help you experience a work-life balance.

Have a family calendar.

It is a good thing to not only know about the bills, school activities, significant occasions and such in your family. Consider making a family command station where to put a calendar together with the essential belongings like keys, charger, spare batteries, and petty cash. It will help you manage your schedule without missing any important dates.

Always communicate.

This is very important to monitor the activities and other things the members of your family are getting busy with. In this way, you can decide on when you can take online classes and how will you conduct it if you are working from home because you will not be disturbed easily.

Limit distractions.

Use your time well. Discipline yourself into refraining from doing activities that will consume the time that you can use to finish other more important tasks such as browsing Facebook and other social media sites during your work hours. This can be applied whether you are an office-based or a home-based teacher because you own your time and you are the only one who can make the most of it.

Make time for social activities.

It will be very helpful to enjoy yourself and strengthen your bonds with not only your family but your friends as well.

Go on dates.

Exert effort to go on dates with your partner regularly despite the workload or household chores.

Have a ‘me and myself’ time.

It is necessary to give time to yourself to attend to your personal needs and recharge as well. It would be favorable to have regular exercise and quality time in your spiritual life.


Sources & References:

From the subsidiary of PhilStar Daily, Inc.





The staff is friendly and helpful. They attend to the teacher’s questions and concerns immediately. The monitoring staff will always remind you of your schedule but of course, it’s the teacher’s responsibility to check if he/she has a new booking for the day. You can also choose your own class schedule. You can freely close a slot as long as you tell the staff ahead of time and no student has booked it yet. There are also lots of schools in this company so there are more chances of getting bookings. The staff is also accommodating when it comes to instructing the teachers on how to use the materials assigned for certain schools.


It’s hard to get bookings at the start. On the other hand, the staff will help by giving you substitute classes in your open schedule. Making lesson memos after each class is another con since it can consume a lot of time because it has to be detailed.




Four years of grueling hard work and you’ve finally gotten your coveted college degree. You probably came out of your graduation ceremony excited and ready to take on the professional world, yet it’s been months of sending applications and attending interviews and still, you remain unemployed. It’s at this point that you realize that landing a job nowadays isn’t as easy as you always thought it would be. Rejection after rejection and finally, you ask yourself – Could you possibly be doing something wrong?

Well, failing a job interview doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re a bad candidate. Perhaps the company simply found another person whose profile was a better match for what they were looking for at the time. Still, there are many reasons why applicants fail, most times due to the small things that they do or sometimes not do during the interview process. Here are some of them:


  1. Confidence Problems

Confidence can be a big issue when it comes to job interviews and too little or too much of it can leave a not so positive impression on your prospective employers. Low confidence implies lack of trust in your own skills, while overconfidence paints you as self-important. Try for the middle-ground instead. Breathe and try to relax.  Do your best to appear confident enough to talk about your skills and experiences, but humble enough not to be seen as arrogant.

  1. Poor Manners and Unprofessional Behavior

Manners matter and this is particularly true for situations such as job interviews where you need to put your best foot forward. Therefore, rudeness and any unprofessional behavior should be avoided at all costs. Said behaviors include, but are not limited to: being late, acting too casually or rudely to the interviewer and other existing employees, using your phone or placing it on the table during the interview, and having a sloppy appearance, etc.

  1. Lack of Knowledge About the Job/Company

In this day and age, almost everything can be found online. This includes most companies’ websites, LinkedIn and Facebook pages where you can find a wealth of information about the organization you’d like to join. Lacking knowledge about the company or the job you’re applying for shows disinterest and indicative of laziness. Do your best to avoid this and show the hiring manager your extent of interest by doing even a bit of research beforehand. Take time to learn the company’s profile, mission, and vision.

  1. Unpreparedness

When you’re trying to land a job, then it’s a given that you must also be prepared to impress your interviewer. To do this, you must make a good impression and one way of doing that is to always come prepared. Not only with your knowledge about the company and its history, but with basic things as well, such as your documents and certificates or even just an extra hard copy of your resume. Sure, you might have already sent them a copy online, which is probably how you got invited to the interview in the first place, but bringing a tangible copy that the hiring manager can refer to during the process would be very helpful. They might not ask for it, but if they do, then you’ll automatically appear more prepared than the candidate who decided not to bring a copy of his documents.

  1. Asking the Wrong Questions or Asking No Questions At All

It’s interesting how a majority of candidates fail to ask good questions or any questions at all at the end of their interviews. It is true that asking too many questions particularly unrelated ones are discouraged, but asking good questions actually shows your level of interest in the job you’re applying for. If you’re afraid to make a mess out of it by coming up with questions on the fly, then prepare your questions the night before. Ask for more information about the daily tasks or how soon they would like you to start if you get hired for the job, for example. On the other hand, avoid asking questions such as: “Can I be late for work?” or “What salary do you offer for this position?” as it leaves a negative impression. If you get hired, they will discuss these details with you.


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English is weird. This is something that people have simply accepted and unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are that you’ve encountered at least a few of the inconsistencies that comprise one of the most widely used languages in the world today.

Spelling is one thing, but even when spoken, the language is full of rules, contradictions, and exemptions that can make a person’s head spin. Still not convinced? Here are three reasons why English is such a strange language:

  1. English is not a phonetic language.

Basically, this means that unlike many languages whose words are spelled the way they sound, when spoken, the English language contains 44 different sounds derived from only 26 letters when written. One letter can have many different sounds, which for people unfamiliar with the language, would be impossible to discern only from the spelling.

  1. English words are littered with silent letters.

Over, the past few hundred years, there has been a steady effort to standardize the spelling of English words. In the 16th century, the people who were in charge of putting together the dictionaries as we know them today, decided to pay tribute to the words’ Latin origins and reflected it through spellings. Thus, we now have “debt” from the word “debitum” and “receipt” from “recepta“. This is understandable for words with Latin origins, but what isn’t, is applying the same concept to words that don’t, such as changing the spelling of the Old English word “yland” or “iland” to “island“.

  1. Saying what you mean can be complicated.

Idioms can often be found in many different languages, with its numbers reaching to thousands in some cases and believe it or not, there is an estimate of at least twenty-five thousand idiomatic expressions in the English language. This is according to Wikipedia’s page on the subject. Most origins or derivations of these idioms have been lost to time and while using them to insert playfulness and creativity in our way of speaking and writing can be fun, it’s most likely that readers who are new to the language will be too confused and bewildered to understand them in the first place.

Why is English like this? What made it so strange? Well, it all boils down to history as English actually started as essentially German and throughout history developed into what it is today through the fusion of words and spellings from different languages. As such, English has thousands of derived words together with its native ones expressing the same things, just with different levels of formality. For example, Help is English, aid is French, and assist is Latin. Or, kingly is English, royal is French, regal is Latin.

None of these reasons stop people from acquiring English as their second language of course, but with all its structural oddness when compared to other languages, it’s a wonder we learned English at all!


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