Stood up on my first online date…

by Kirsty on April 25, 2011

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How does a Skype interview go for a job in Thailand?

Well it starts off with the obvious stuff, exchanging skype details, organising a suitable time for you both and preparation. Simple.

As you might have read our preparation meant skipping half of Cambodia and getting to some decent wifi in the capital city. After all that I was ready to go, sitting in a coffee shop with decent wifi waiting for the skype call to come through.

Poi even left me alone after threatening to keep pulling funny faces from across the other side of the table, I was all set.

So what happened?

Interview Time – “We’d had this planned for a few days and she even chose the time so surely she would ring on time, plus I’ve been sitting in this shop for an hour already and only bought one drink the staff are already starting to look at me funny”

15 Minutes Pass – “it’s okay if she’s a little late I’m sure she’ll have an excuse”

Half an hour goes by… – “Did I give her the right account? I am signed in? – Yup all good my end. Maybe just a quick email to jog her memory…”

An Hour – “the staff have really had enough, time to call it quits, they’ve probably already filled the position, Time to head back to the hostel and forget all about this”

Having a skype interview

all ready for the interview!!!!

And that’s what I did, headed back to the room, a little dejected, thinking that was the end of it.

Our hostel had wifi in the lobby, and lucky (or unlucky) for us we were staying right next to it, the one benefit being we could pick up the wifi signal in the room.  After settling down and wondering what to do with the rest of our now half wasted day we heard an incoming skype call.

Needless to say she had finally remembered to call, to my surprise there was no excuse or even mention of being late. Of course I did not want to bring it up and ruin any potential chance of a job so I smiled and went along with it.

Turned out the important interview I had been waiting around for was just more of a verbal job description and I would have to wait until we got to Bangkok for question time. She seemed pleased that I was coming to Bangkok in two days time, and arranged the interview for the morning after I flew in.

So my first ever teaching job interview and skype interview turned out to be neither of those, lets see how it goes in Bangkok?

Fingers crossed….

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Gillian @OneGiantStep April 25, 2011 at 7:31 pm

I have heard that ‘working time’ in Thailand is quite different from that in N.America. One expat told me that it would not be unusual or embarrassing or inappropriate for you to attend someones office for a meeting and find them fast asleep at their desk, complete with pillow! Good luck when you get to Bangkok!!
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Poi April 26, 2011 at 11:26 am

We’ve found that’s pretty common in shops over here, wake someone up to get served haha

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ayngelina April 25, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Similar things also happen in Latin America, the value of time and being late just isn’t a priority for them.
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Poi April 26, 2011 at 11:26 am

I can’t decide whether it’s a good or bad thing, maybe just different… ?

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Christy @ Ordinary Traveler April 25, 2011 at 9:07 pm

That must have been frustrating! Good luck on your interview in Bangkok!!
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Poi April 26, 2011 at 11:27 am

Thanks – it was a little annoying as we spent so much time getting ready and when she called Kirsty was already in wind down mode and not really ready.

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Jaime April 26, 2011 at 2:13 am

Oh I would have lost my patience after the 1st 30 minutes. Good for you for staying on and getting that call. Good luck in Bangkok.
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Kirsty April 26, 2011 at 11:28 am

Thanks Jamie!

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Anthony April 26, 2011 at 3:22 am

Only a couple of hours late. Ha! Gald that you still have an opportunity to get the job. Fingers crossed you get it! Elise and I were just talking and said that I think that we could probably live in Bangkok for a year as well. As long as we could get quite a bit of time down on the islands.
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Kirsty April 26, 2011 at 11:30 am

That’s one of the good things about living in Bangkok, it’s a massive transport hub so getting away for weeks etc won’t be a problem – do it?

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Dyanne@TravelnLass April 26, 2011 at 3:46 am

No doubt very frustrating, but sounds like it turned out promising in the end. As I’m planning a similar tiptoe into EFL land (in Vietnam) come Oct/Nov, trust that I’ll be glued to your tales on all things EFL!
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Kirsty April 26, 2011 at 11:31 am

Ahh cool, I hope my experiences give you some insight then and you can learn from my mistakes 🙂

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Mike Lenzen April 26, 2011 at 3:46 am

Sounds like you’ve gone a lot out of your way for a late skype call. Maybe that’s their way of filtering down the number of applicants. Good luck in Bangkok.
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Kirsty April 26, 2011 at 11:32 am

Maybe so, although I think it’s more time just isn’t as important to them. Thanks!

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Ray Sone Hovijitra April 26, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Did a Skype interview from Bangkok with someone in Seattle, Washington, USA and we were on-time and prepared with a battery of questions. I guess you could say we are the exception to the rule here in Thailand… 🙂 It’s not unusual for Thais to be at least an hour late for business/social appointments but I know quite a few Thais who are sticklers for time, maybe it’s just cuz the wife and I are in the circle of dentists…lolz.

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Kirsty April 26, 2011 at 9:16 pm

At least we can always rely on the dentists then! In fact that reminds me, we haven’t been to see a dentist since we left on this trip, oopps.

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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures April 26, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Fingers crossed!!!

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Kirsty April 26, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Thanks Andi 🙂

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Scott - Quirky Travel Guy April 27, 2011 at 4:50 am

You showed great restraint. I definitely would have brought up the fact they were late, but in a friendly way, something like, “I actually thought the call was scheduled for an hour ago – did I have my times wrong?” Lateness is a big pet peeve of mine!
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Poi April 27, 2011 at 10:18 am

I think any other time she would have but being the first interview she just wanted it to go as well as possible.

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Rebecca April 27, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Oh, what a frustrating start! All the best!
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Kirsty April 27, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Thanks Rebecca!

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Katie April 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm

That definitely would have been helpful to know about beforehand. I would have definitely been frazzled to say the least. Good luck in Bangkok!
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Kirsty April 29, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Yeah it was difficult but it sounds like a really good job 🙂

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Bluegreen Kirk April 28, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I guess if you need the job there isn’t much you can really do but accept it and move on with the process. I would have asked why you are late or would have said something of the sort.
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Kirsty April 29, 2011 at 7:10 pm

yeah, I just kinda thought about the saving face culture in Thailand and breezed past it!

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Dan Collins May 2, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I do believe we were creating the new website when this was happening…
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