The interview

A post on how to prepare for your Skype Interview with a Korean School (and other relevant info)

  1. Dress appropriately

Even though this is a Skype interview, you still need to dress to impress. When you dress as if you are going to a regular face to face interview, you will automatically feel more prepared and take the whole thing a bit more seriously. Ladies, a white blouse with a jacket/cardigan will do just fine. Guys should wear a collared shirt with a tie- jacket optional.

       2.Be on time

If your Skype interview starts at 10h00 (GMT +2) it means it is somewhere around 17h00’ish KST. Double check with your recruiter if your interview is scheduled for KST or GMT +2. Make sure that you are prepared at least an hour before the scheduled time.

      3. Check Skype

Ask your recruiter to phone you on skype about 30 minutes before the scheduled interview. Ask them to check your seating, lighting, sound and other things. This will help to calm your nerves and ensure that the interview will go smoothly. Have your cellphone with you (on silent, with vibrate off) in case something goes wrong and they want to continue the interview telephonically. This is the worst case scenario, and it’s highly unlikely that this will happen.

     4. Prepare for all possible questions

It is impossible to know how the questions will be phrased, but have a general idea of the type of answer you would like to give. Make sure your answers are the same as the info on your resume. The questions we got in our interview went something like this;

  • Tell me about yourselves?
  • What hobbies do you have?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Why do you want to teach in Korea?
  • What teaching experience do you have?
  • How will you engage students who are not interested in learning/speaking English?
  • How will you handle conflict with a student/staff member?
  • What is your teaching philosophy?

More personal questions followed;

  • How long have you been married?
  • Do you have pets?
  • Do you have children?
  • Do you have any mental health issues? (depression/ anxiety etc.)
  • Do you have tattoos and piercings
  • Are you religious?

Lastly some Korean info questions;

  • What do you know about Korea?
  • Can you speak any Korean?
  • Do you know that you will not be able to eat your regular food in Korea/ or find all the ingredients to make it yourself?
  • How are you going to handle cultural differences?

I do not think there are any right or wrong answers, as long as you make it clear that you are interesting, interested, willing to learn and participate, friendly and cooperative with a good general idea of what you want and what you can offer/contribute. My recruiter told me beforehand that the school does not expect you to be an expert on all things Korean, and it will not count against you if you don’t know everything, as long as they can see you are willing to learn and open to new things. You should, however, be somewhat of an expert in either teaching or the English language…after all, that is why they are hiring you!

At the end of the interview the school representative will run through the administrative nitty gritty such as housing, other allowances, medical aid, remuneration etc. This is where you will need to focus, and ask/clarify anything your recruiter did not make clear. The representative of the school will also inform you about when you should hear back from them. They might ask your email address as well. Tell them that you will send it after the interview in a Skype message.

As soon as the interview is complete, send a Skype message to your recruiter to say you are done and how it went. You can also do the same with the interviewer. Thank them for their time and interest. Supply them with your email address (but do not email them/correspond with them, that’s your recruiter’s job).

Now you just sit back and wait for them to send you a job offer! It takes 1-3 weeks, and the offer will come via your recruiter. Your next encounter with the school will be on your day of arrival in Korea.

Good luck with the interviewing process! Just remember to breathe, smile and show them what they will be missing if they do not hire you.

Keep an eye out for the next post: ‘The offer’.







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