Requirements and Expectations

Base Requirements

As well as having an adventurous spirit and a thirst for the challenge of living and working overseas, to be eligible to become an Interac ALT, you must:

  • Be a native-level speaker of English
  • Have received an education conducted in English for at least 12 years
  • Have at least a bachelor’s degree in any subject from an accredited university
  • Be a team-player that is professional, flexible, cheerful, and energetic
  • Be under 60 years of age
While not required, it helps your chances if you:
  • Hold a driver’s license
  • Have teaching experience
  • Have a teaching qualification, or ESL/EFL Certification such as CELTA, DELTA, or TEFL
  • Have studied a second language at school or university
  • Can speak some basic Japanese

For domestic applicants

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 Residence Card in addition to the base requirements. 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.

Initial Money Requirements

For recruits arriving from overseas, you will need to have approximately 500,000 yen available to you in accessible cash (i.e. not credit card!) so you can cover costs associated with setting up your apartment and sustain yourself until the first payday.

Expectations During the Recruiting Process

Once you have submitted your application, it is expected that you:

  • Respond to our communications and office requests in a timely manner
  • Have your documents organized, and ready to be sent on-time
  • Come to your interview/seminar well presented in business formal attire
  • Show a willingness to be flexible, especially about your placement location
  • Are polite, articulate, well-spoken and culturally sensitive

Expectations Once You Become an Interac ALT

Once you become an Interac ALT, it is expected that you:

  • Will comply with the laws and regulations of Japan
  • Will comply with the spirit and letter of the Interac Group’s values and ethics
  • Will demonstrate good character and behavior both at school and during your free time

There is a high social expectation placed on teachers in Japan and that includes Interac ALTs. All teachers are expected to set a good example for students in and outside the school gates.

Dress Code

In keeping with the high professional standards placed on teachers in Japan, it is required that you maintain a professional appearance. All Interac ALTs are expected to wear business formal attire during working hours.

Health Checks

If you are recruited from outside Japan, you will have a company paid health check upon arrival and annually thereafter. If you are recruited within Japan, you will have a company paid health check annually.

Drug Screening

Interac maintains a drug-free workplace and conducts drug screenings and random testing of all employees. All Interac ALTs must pledge that, while in Japan, they do not and shall not knowingly possess and/or take drugs or synthetic psychoactive substances that violate Japanese law.