If you are an aspiring language assistant from India appearing for the interview soon, this article could ease your anxiety and help you prepare for the interview round confidently.
Each year, the Spanish ministry of education and vocational training opens the application window for its ´Auxiliar program´ for several countries across the world, of which India is also a part. If you have clicked on this link then I am quite positive that you would be aware that, unlike many countries, Indians have an additional step/ process to go through before registering for this program directly. And this additional step (which is also the first very step) is the Interview application.
Please note: As per the latest information updated on the application page, starting from the year 2022-23, Indians are required to be certified in English with one of the certifications mentioned in this link. Only those who have this certification are allowed to request the interview. (Source)
No prior knowledge of Spanish is required anymore.
Also, the total number of candidates that can apply for the interview is 400. I suggest you’ll send the interview requests as soon as possible as the interviews are requested before the application gates open.
** Interview request for the year 2022-23 has already begun for Indians in October 2021. The interview requests for the year 2022-23 are to be sent to this email: [email protected]
Note: To be the one of the first applicants for the next school year, keep a close eye when the application window opens (usually December end/ January). Applications for the current years and the upcoming years are posted here.
The application process would be similar to that of the previous year (2021-2022).
Requirements: Candidates who meet the certificate requirements will need to apply for an interview by emailing the assessor country chosen to look after Indian applicants that year. For the year 2019, the interviews were held physically; however, for 2020 & 2021, NewZealand had been in charge. As per the source link mentioned above, Thailand is the in-charge for 2022-23.
Since the entry is limited to 400 candidates, it can be inferred that those who apply first would be given preference; however, it is not mentioned on the official page. As per the previous year’s experience, the application is closed once the interview request count is met and this can also happen in just 1 week or even before the mentioned date.
Candidates will be interviewed first and then they can apply for the program on the Profex, which is the registration web page and is the same for all across the world.
The interview is the first and foremost part of the application process for Indians. Let´s get started with the interview preparation 😊
First, it is important to know that there isn´t any set of predesigned questions that are asked in the interview. This is a fairly simple process and the questions asked are very basic and don`t require much preparation. Since there are many languages that are spoken in India and everybody isn´t as fluent in English, the main goal of the interviewee is to check if we have a good command of the language and can present ourselves confidently.
As this program is also about cultural exchange, they would prefer someone who has an interest in Spanish culture and the desire to spread the knowledge of Indian culture.
They are also interested to know your motive to join this program and why Spain? Which basically is to understand what´s in it for you? Also, if you have the desire to participate in cultural exchange. They understand that you are not a professional teacher and thus, the questions asked are pretty basic.
Based on my experience, knowledge, and feedback collated from my peers in this program, I have jotted down a few of the common questions asked in the interview:
- What do you do and details about your background (educational/ professional)
- Why did you learn Spanish?
- Why do you want to join this program?
- Since I had professional experience in training, I was asked if I was familiar with the training materials used in classrooms(PPT, the projector, etc.)
- What according to you is the best way to familiarize others with your culture?
- What is your goal/ plan after finishing this program?
- How do you plan to react if students are not listening to you?
But again, these are just a list of questions that some of us were asked. The main key to getting through the interview round is being confident, having an affinity for both – Spanish and Indian culture, and understanding that this is your opportunity to be the face of India for the school you would be working with. So, a person who is responsible, and willing to learn more about Spanish culture and spread Indian culture across would always be appreciated.
Note: There is an extensive list of what an Auxiliar isn’t supposed to do- i.e. you are not responsible for a student´s behaviour, are not supposed to be left alone with the class, are not required to be a part of parent-teacher meetings, etc. You will also be appointed a coordinator at the school who would be there to guide you with any queries or help that you may need. So, if the questions asked are around such parameters, there is no harm in being prepared by reading the guide in advance.
If you are an upcoming language assistant from India you should definitely take a look at Auxiliar de conversación – The Ultimate Guide For Indians. I wrote this to provide a detailed step-by-step guide that answers all your questions (asked and unasked). It also helps you prepare to adjust to the new environment – culturally, professionally and much more!!!
Do share your interview experience and questions in the comments below and help others get prepared. 🙂