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 in a group.
Tell us about a time you were working ina group and had to make some changes.
Tell us about a time when you were group leader. How did you lead?
What personal skills do you have to make a good a group? Describe how you use these skills at the group’s first meeting.

Second interview (English skills)

Here I was one on one with a native speaker.

Introduce yourself.
Why did you apply for a position in sales management? What is sales management?
Tell me as much as you can about Lotte Department Store.
Tell me about your internship experience.
Tell me about your hobbies.

Third interview (discussion / debate)

They put six of us in a room and gave us a topic: The game industry is developing rapidly in Korea but we should make a bill to prohibit adolescents from accessing internet game sites to protect them. We had 10 minutes to think and then moved to the interview room with two interviewers. The put is in two groups, pro and con. The idea was to listen carefully to the opponents reach some sort of compromise.

Fourth interview

The final interview was the executive interview. There were three executives and three interviewees. This time the atmosphere was pretty relaxed.

Introduce yourself briefly.
What are your strong and weak points?
What do you think of our company president, Shin Guek Ho?
Do you know how many Lotte Department Stores there are in Korea?
Tell us about your volunteer experience. What did you learn from it?
What current issue are you interested in?
Tell us about IT technology and how we can use it in our department store.
What can you do better than other job applicants?

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About the Author

James Trotta began teaching public speaking in 2002 and interview skills in 2008. Somewhere in between he began teaching intercultural communication, public speaking, and resume / cover letter writing.

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