I just finished my EPIK interview.
I feel relieved. And, to my surprise, very confident.
My interviewer added me on Skype several minutes late, but called me as soon as I accepted his request.
We did our introductions, and he gave me a run-down of how the interview was going to progress:
1. Go over basic application info (full legal name, DOB, birth place)
2. Go over application essays/lesson plan
3. Additional questions
I didn’t have a difficult time answering questions about my essays/lesson plan. I spent all day reviewing them. During the section on my lesson plan, he asked how I would deal with students who might be at a lower level than the rest of the class as well as how I would deal with rude/insensitive students.
My interviewer asked why I would be a good EPIK teacher. I discussed my experience working with children at my current job (I do a lot of children’s programs at the museum where I work) as well as the fact that I recently started tutoring non-native English speakers via Skype.
He also asked why I wanted to teach in Korea. I talked about an Asian art history class I took in college that really influenced me. I learned a lot about the Silla Dynasty and the art I admire from that period.
My interviewer also asked questions like if I had any tattoos, if I ever did drugs, if I ever took medication for anxiety/depression, etc.
At the end, he thanked me for my time and told me my recruiter will notify me in 2-3 days to let me know if I’ve been selected.
I feel pretty darn good right now!