Job Interview Techniques for Teaching in Korea
I am now working on job interview techniques for teaching in Korea in hopes that I land a job this summer. I am waiting for EPIK (English Program in Korea) to contact me. Some possible interview questions are:
- What do you know about the EPIK program?
- What do you know about Busan?
- Tell me about your travel experiences.
- Why do you want to teach?
- Why do you want to be a part of the EPIK program.
- Tell me about your most successful project and what you learned from it.
I have done some research on the EPIK program and found out that it began in 1981 when 200 young college graduates were placed in secondary schools in Korea. They were Peace Corps members. Over the years additional teachers were recruited and trained, and in 1994, the Korean Ministry of Education decided that the English Program in Korea will help promote international education and language skills. All of the information that I found is according to the EPIK website. I think that knowing about the job and the area where I plan to teach will make an impressive difference. Since the interview will be by phone, I will make sure that I have note handy! It’s also a good idea to smile while talking to the interview, even on the phone. People can hear a smile in your voice. Oh, and since this is an interview for an English teaching job, I will make sure to speak slowly and distinctly, but sound natural, too. I am just trying to take mental notes for the big day and think up some great job interview techniques to help me score that position!
Competition for the EPIK Program
I received an e-mail from my recruiter stating that EPIK has been inundated with applications and that they are behind in scheduling interviews for August 2009. Great! So the competition will be stiffer than normal. I just hope that I can get an English teaching job in Busan before they are all filled up! I really want to teach in a public school rather than a private school due to the job security associated with teaching in the public school system. It could take up to three weeks to receive an interview date, and the recruiter made that sound like it was unusual. I hope that I don’t have to wait three weeks. Is there anyone else out there waiting for an EPIK interview? What are you doing to prepare or simply to relax and keep your cool?