Korean University Job Interview: All the Details You Need

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I get a lot of questions from readers about the Korean University Job Interview. First of all, I’ll say that they are quite different from job interviews “back home,” wherever that may be. You’ll probably get asked far more personal questions than in Korea, and of course, you should answer them! These questions may even perhaps be downright illegal in the country you’re from. There are no such notions in Korea and anything is fair game.

Korean University Job Interview: The Nitty-Gritty Details

I’ve done lots of other posts getting into the nitty-gritty details of Korean university job interviews. Be sure to check them out here.

Weekend or Phone Interviews: Are they Possible?  

The short answer is no, weekend/phone interviews are usually not possible. If you work at a hagwon where days off are not possible, consider using a sick day or two.

Can I Apply for Korean University Jobs from Abroad?

The short answer is yes, of course you can. However, it’ll be extremely difficult to actually get the job. Korean universities STRONGLY prefer in person interviews. And the reality these days is that there is a huge glut of extremely qualified people in Korea who are struggling to find university jobs.

Use Correct Language at your Korean University Job Interview

You may be tempted to impress your interviewers with a little bit of Korean. This isn’t a bad thing-it shows you’re able to learn a language, are interested in Korean culture, etc. However, be sure that you’re using the correct verb endings. Only use Korean if you really know your stuff-the worst thing you can do is start speaking to your interviewers in an insulting way.

Korean University Job Interview Tip: Speak Clearly

Your interviewers will want to make sure that your students will be able to understand you easily. If you speak too quickly, or use very complicated language, you likely won’t get the job. Of course, don’t speak so slowly as to insult your interviewers. Aim for a happy medium-speak at a normal speed in plain language. Don’t mumble or ramble on and of course remember to smile a lot!

What not to Say During your Korean University Job Interview

There are a few things you might say which will guarantee that you won’t get the job. Avoid them at all costs!

How to Prepare for your Korean University Job Interview

A few general preparation tips.

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