Interview Question

Question: How long did it take for you to hear back about whether or not you got an interview after you turned in your application to EPIK? I just turned mine in a few days ago and of course it’s too soon to expect to hear back but I want to tone down my freak out til I’m supposed to hear back from them haha

I applied very early February 11th, got notified for an interview March 14th, had my interview March 31st, and I got notified I passed my interview on April 3. For this timeline you must keep in mind that they didn’t start scheduling interviews until near the end of March. So my timeline may be more stretched out than yours. However, EPIK receives hundreds of applications at a time.

If you applied a couple days ago you would have been in with the slew of applications that went in through recruiters on the first day (April 1st) that EPIK accepts applications from recruiters. Just give it some time. They have a good team that will get to you as soon as they can. You will hear either way if you get an interview or not. Be sure to check you spam folder as well. Just try and be as patient as you can. Avoid sending them emails inquiring if you have gotten an interview or not. From what I see on the Facebook Group they don’t like that. lol Also get on the Facebook group Fall 2013 intake and socialize (once they send you an email that they have received your application they will include the link to this group.) They want teachers that are professional yet friendly as well. Good luck to you!

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Preparation Question

Question: Hiya, I’ve got a quick question. How much time in advance did you prepare your documents/apply to EPIK?

For the Fall 2013 intake I took my TEFL in November and then I really did my documents in January then I applied February 11th and I have my interview March 31st. That’ll give you a basic idea of what I did. I started early, but if I could do it over I would have applied back in January had a not been toying with the idea of going through a recruiter. Early is best because of the first come first served process they use in EPIK. Apply early you get the first set of interviews. Then if you pass your interview and send in your documents right way you get first dibs on locations. It’ll just save you a lot of time and grief of waiting if you apply earlier. Just be careful of how far in advance you prep documents because your criminal background check is only good six months from the process date.

Recruiter vs. Direct Question

Question: Why should one apply for EPIK through a recruiter? Does it increase your chances of getting hired or something?

Oh you definitely do not have to! However, as it is my first time out of the country and going through the process; I chose to go through one. I chose Korvia which is one of the approved recruiters for the EPIK program. Recruiters are there to basically hold your hand through the process. You can ask them questions anytime and they will tell you what you need and when you need it. They can look over your documents and tell you what needs fixed to improve your chances of being selected. They are there to help you and to make sure you are putting your best foot forward. Of course you can apply direct to EPIK/GEPIK/ETC without going through a recruiter. I just chose to because I wanted to be sure that I was doing everything perfect to feel more secure about my chances of being selected. It is a personal choice and depends on your own comfort level of going through the process. I have read many takes on this online and a lot of teachers say they were happy they went through a recruiter their first time going through the process. Recruiters at least to my knowledge are supposed to be free. I know Korvia is a free service. The schools pay them to find them teachers according to other posts I’ve seen. I haven’t done too much research on this, because I went with a well known recruiter. I think if a recruiter would try to charge me something I would bail. : )