7 Interview Tips / Typical Interview Questions

So you just found out you have a telephone or Skype interview. Now what? Keep in mind that interviews with Korean schools are famously short and mainly serve the purpose of gauging your enthusiasm and listening to your accent. But, no matter their objectives, it’s important to have a great interview. Here are some tips that we think will help the interview run smoothly along with some sample interview questions that always come up:


  • Express enthusiasm. Many administrators of ESL schools admit that an enthusiastic and approachable personality is more important than strong teaching experience. Some schools even prefer inexperienced teachers who are excited to begin a new career. Whether you are a seasoned teacher or a recent grad, one of the most important things you can demonstrate in an interview is that you are passionate.
  • Provide examples of how you will energize the English classroom.
  • Speak positively to help express your enthusiasm for the position. But also keep in mind that if you’re too over the top, no one will be fooled.
  • Speak clearly. Remember you most likely will be speaking to someone who is speaking English for their second language. Speak slowly, but not too slowly, and speak clearly.
  • Ask questions. If you want to know what the provided housing is like, ask them. If you want to know what the vacation schedule or daily schedule looks like, ask them.
  • Consider the culture. Be prepared to answer why you chose this country to teach in. If your reason is because there are lots of ESL jobs the money is good, pick a different reason.
  • Be prepared. Think ahead of time about what the school might ask.

Here are some popular questions you may get asked;

  1. Why do you want to teach English in Korea?
  2. Do you enjoy teaching children/adults?
  3. How long do you want to teach in Korea? One year? Two years?
  4. What do you like about Korean culture?
  5. How would you make a lesson to get very shy Korean students to speak?
  6. How would you handle disruptive students in your class?
  7. How can you make learning English fun for our students?

Stay calm and good luck!