Interviewee question: tell me about yourself

I just had an interview with a decent company. I think it went OK. I just want to ask your opinion on something. In school, we had several accounting professors who were partners in big fours, some were CFOs, COO, and CAO. Basically they weren’t people from the street, they were successful individuals. Whenever it […]

Relationships between Korean students and American teachers

Here’s a Korean’s view on the cultural differences between dealing with teachers in Korea and in America. One aspect of American culture I really cannot adapt to is the way students behave to their teachers. English has no honorifics so there is no way of speaking with respect to older people. I cannot call a […]

Interview experience: Lotte Department Store Seoul (sales management)

The job aptitude test started at 7:50 AM and the interviews started at 9:15. First interview This was a high pressure interview where two workers grilled me. I remember a few questions: Have you gotten any suggestions that you found hard to accept recently? How did you react? Tell us about something you did creatively […]

Interview experience: Daewoo International 2010 (Steel)

I was in the afternoon group so I arrived at noon and the interview started at 12:30. It was a personality interview where six executives asked questions of me. I was the only interviewee and the atmosphere was very heavy. What do you know about our company? Tell us in English. Why did you apply […]

Beyond culture shock: he blew his nose in class

A fun story from one of my students: When I first went to America there were many things i wasn’t familiar with. The most shocking story of all happened during my first day in American school. A kid sitting next to me stood up in the middle of class, walked all the way to the […]

Toilet paper at the kitchen table

Here’s a cultural difference that a student of mine noticed: I went to an American university for one year and lived in a dorm with my American roommate. I used to cook Korean food for us and we enjoyed eating together. However, he was shocked and disgusted when I wiped my mouth with toilet paper […]

Lunch with a Canadian friend from a Korean perspective

Consider this story from one of my students: When I met my Canadian friend, I suggested we get lunch together. When she showed up for the lunch date, my Canadian fried had brought her friend along – a total stranger to me. In Korea, this kind of arrangement is between the inviter and the invitee. […]

Personality question: Who was your favorite Beatle?

Believe it or not I had a boss who would always ask people who their favorite Beatle was. If they said John he considered them radical or left leaning, if they said George they were moderate centrists and if the said Paul he considered them more conservative or right leaning. If someone said Ringo he […]

Trick questions

Most interviewers are smart enough not to use them but some claim that trick questions are good for spotting people like to spew BS. I don’t like these questions personally but there is something to that. These questions make it easy to spot when someone is pretending to know what they’re talking about. Given the […]

Personality question: what kind of animal are you?

Some interview questions seem ridiculous and impossible to answer. Many of these crazy sounding questions are personality questions and if you recognize a personality question, you can actually forget about trying to find the right answer and just relax – let your personality show. what kind of animal are you? There’s no right answer (but […]