I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at SMOE in May 2009.
Interview Details – When I first applied, I had to apply through an agency that's working together with SMOE to hire for their fall intake. SMOE has two hiring seasons: April for the August intake, and October for the February intake. When I applied through the agency (based in South Korea), they sent me a list of documents that I must send them via e-mail (Cover letter, Resume, Photo, 3 reference letters). After that, one of their agents contacted me by phone and interviewed me briefly. She mainly asked me why I am interested to teach in Korea and what time is convenient for me to receive an interview call from SMOE. After that she sent me another e-mail with the SMOE application form with instructions that I e-mail them the completed SMOE application form, personal essay, and a copy of a lesson plan. Next she arranged my interview with SMOE. Jon was the one who called me and he was very professional with the questions. I think I was asked about 5 questions? Questions ranged from why am I interested to teach in Korea; what do I know about Korean culture; what will I do if I encounter a class with varying degrees of English level, etc. It was my first phone interview so I was pretty nervous especially when I don't get to see the interviewer's face.
But within 2 weeks, I found out from the agent that I was hired!
Interview Question – Most difficult questions would be:
What will you do if your class has students with different English levels? How will you teach such a class?
What will you do if your student sleeps/ fight in class? How would you deal with this situation? Answer Question
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