If you currently reside in Japan you must hold a valid residence/visa status that allows you to live and work in Japan and possess a valid resident card or Certificate of Alien Registration (“gaijin card”). In addition to this, before submitting an application to become an Interac ALT, you must:
- Be a native-level speaker of English.
- Have acquired an education delivered in English for at least 12 years.
- Have graduated from a university with at least a bachelor’s degree (in any subject).
- Be professional in all aspects of behavior, a team-player, flexible, cheerful, and energetic.
While not required, it helps your chances if you:
- Hold a driver’s license.
- Have teaching experience.
- Have a teaching qualification, e.g., CELTA, DELTA, and TEFL.
- Have the experience of studying a second language at school or university.
- Can speak some basic Japanese.
Status of Residence/Visa
If you currently reside in Japan you must hold a valid residence/visa status that allows you to live and work in Japan. The main status of residence required to be an Interac ALT is Instructor, however you can also work if you hold a Permanent Resident, Spouse or Child of a Japanese National, Spouse or Child of a Permanent Resident, Special Permanent Resident, and Long Term Resident status.
Expectations During the Recruiting Process
Once you have submitted your application, it is expected that you:
- Immediately and completely respond to our communications and office requests.
- Have your documents complete, neat, organized, and sent at the right time.
- Come to your interview/seminar well presented in business attire, meaning suit, tie, etc.
- Show an understanding of the opportunity you are being considered for.
- Show a willingness to be flexible.
- Are polite, articulate, and well-spoken and can demonstrate cultural sensitivity.
Expectations Once You Become an Interac ALT
Once you become an Interac ALT, it is expected that you:
- Will comply with the laws of Japan and the expectations and processes associated with the administration of the law.
- Will comply with the spirit and letter of the Interac Group’s values and ethics.
- Will uphold good character and behavior both at school and during your free time.
A Role Model in the Wider School Community
There is a high social expectation placed on anyone who is a teacher in Japan. This includes Interac ALTs. Teaching is considered a “sacred profession.”
The expectations placed on an ALT and regular teachers are exceedingly high. Social etiquette is very important in Japan, but more so for a teacher. All teachers, including ALTs, are expected to set a good example for students in and outside the school gate. This means upholding good character in your free time as well.
Keeping with these high professional standards, it is additionally required that you maintain a professional appearance. All Interac ALTs are expected to wear business attire during working hours. You can view a copy of the ALT Dress Code by clicking here.