Friday, May 31, 2013

make a video!

Gachon University just emailed me to say that they'd like to "interview" with me, but you'll need to read GU's email to see what the uni means by "interview." Here it is.

Dear applicant,


We’d like to thank you for your interest in teaching at Gachon University.

We’ve reviewed your resume thoroughly and are glad to let you know that you are well suited for the standard we’ve set for the teaching position. We cordially invite you to an interview with our staff, but you are not here in Korean [sic]. So we kindly ask you to send us a video footage of 10 minutes replacing an interview. Here are some questions we’d like you to respond. Please make sure that you include questions 1, 2, 3, and 4 and you may discard other questions if you are running out of time.

1. Brief review of your work experiences: The jobs you’ve held, what your duties and responsibilities were, your likes and dislikes, and what you felt you may have gained from them.

2. Your education: Start with college and then cover any specialized on-the-job training you may have had. We’re interested in the subjects you preferred, extracurricular activities, and anything else of importance.

3. How do you think people become good at a second language? How does instruction help? Do you believe grammar should be taught?

4. Have you ever developed any new ideas for teaching? How would you describe your teaching style?

5. How do you go about planning a lesson? How do you determine whether a lesson has been successful or not?

6. Are you comfortable with using technology in the classroom?

7. What is a cultural problem you’ve had in Korea? How did you deal with this problem?

- Please refer to the following information.

Due : Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

File : the video footage of 10 minutes (size : under 60 MB.)

※ If your file is bigger than 60 MB, could you set up a hyperlink? Or, you can use a DropSend service at [URL redacted] in order to send a big size file. (This is just an example.)

E-mail : [email redacted]

Once again we appreciate your time and effort to apply for the position of our university.

We’re all looking forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely yours,

[name redacted]
Gachon University
Tel : [redacted]

Sounds interesting. I might need to rope my brother David in to help me shoot the video. We'll see whether I can get this done by June 4.



Anonymous said...


I've been reading your blog for years (and rooting for you). I hope you factored in the Korean time zone for video subimisson and get it to Gachon University on 3 June States side timeframe.

Songtan Ron

Kevin Kim said...


Thanks. Yes, I've factored in the time difference. Was recently reminded of the time difference when I interviewed at 2AM for a 3PM appointment.