Feedback on the interviews – July 2021

As explained in the selection process, the entrance interview of NGPRC is similar to a normal job interview. Its purpose is to understand your career objectives and to verify if they are a good match with NGPRC’s objectives. We train mentors for very concrete missions.

The candidates are strongly recommended to approach the interview with a similar mindset. After all, their job satisfaction depends on a good match between the mission and their expectations. By applying to NGPRC, you are taking a first step in a long journey that will last for many years after graduation. It can be a path of fulfilment, if your expectations are correct, but it can be a source of disappointment and bitterness if they are not. Therefore, it is important to ask questions during the test. As for any job interview, it is not only about an employer choosing his employees, but also about the applicants deciding to participate in the project.

Some candidates confuse the interview with a show of conformity. They say only what they believe we want to hear. And they make mistakes more often than not. For instance, IBL (Inquiry-Based Learning) is not some kind of magical word that will open the doors of NGPRC. It is not a one-size-fit-all technique that guarantees an efficient teaching. In spite of all its advantages, it has drawbacks and is not always relevant. Besides, the examiners can figure out pretty easily if the candidates really understand the method, by asking for details about their real lessons. Ready-made answers don’t help you to pass the exam. Don’t repeat slogans that you have heard on TV or on the Internet. It is much better to describe your real practice.

A low proficiency in English is a major cause for rejection. Again, this is done in the best interest of the candidates. If they cannot understand basic lessons in English nor read the learning materials provided by the Center, they will face major difficulties in the program, and be miserable for one year. It is true that NGPRC students improve their English considerably. However, this is not possible if you don’t meet the minimum requirements. Our program does NOT comprehend an English course. You must know enough English to utilize that language in your daily studies. Don’t be too afraid to try though. After all, you don’t need to be perfect. Candidates who can communicate reasonably well can attend the course, even though their English isn’t fully accurate.

The candidates who are not selected this year can take advantage of the incoming year to upgrade their level in English and read pedagogy books. We are more than happy to let them try again.