How to Make a Great First Impression

How to Make a Great First Impression

You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. In most western job interview scenarios, there is a belief that when you are in the interview chair, if you aren’t pumped with enthusiasm, you will be dumped, with enthusiasm.

Conversely, in the blue-suited business culture of Korea, it’s certainly not about histrionic displays of your super-keenness. What is required, however, is a more than passable fluency in the world’s lingua franca – and more and more university grads are entering the domestic marketplace with the language skills needed for an international audience.

The level of English of employees in large Korean firms – particularly those workers under 40 – has risen, including those who have never studied overseas. In the past, many Koreans may have had good scores on paper, but only those with a real ‘front line’ need developed their skills to a functional level.

Those days are gone. Standardized speaking tests like the TOEFL produce scores that are almost universally accepted. Moreover, hiring managers are relying more and more on in-house tests and regularly contract native speakers to sit in on face-to-face English interviews.

Preparation for these grueling encounters can often determine whether you are shown the door to your office or shown the door to the street.

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3 Replies to “How to Make a Great First Impression”

  1. You must focus on not paper but functional English skills in interview.
    Our generation lives international period. As we are living Korea, we are always connections to all around the world. We can meet foreigner in the street. A Korea traditional word so-called ” the only race” is out of fashion and outdated. According to change in and out surroundings, domestic company is growing the international size. They have many chance to contact with international company. Company has a change to eye on overseas. This phenomenal also change how to select human resource. Many people can enter the famous company if only they have paper recorded TOEIC sore in the past. This test is only evaluated reading comprehension and listening comprehension. The test can be told just one-sided English skills. Those who is good at memorization can get a high score not depending on real English communication.
    The phenomenal that those who have a very high score in TOEIC, they can’t speak basic telephone reception. This can be most wrongest contradiction to company. These days, company decided to change how to choose human resources. They are relying more and more on in-house tests and regularly contract native speakers to sit in on face-to-face English interviews. They have a positive eyes on TOEIC speaking that is producing scores that rank eight point ladder. As more and more world change, company change their hiring method.
    Catching up with their steps, preparation on real English skills are “must-do” to open the new company’s door.

  2. The memorized answer to the anticipated interview question! Ah yes. I’ve heard my share. In the past I’ve been hired on short-term contracts to assess the English speaking skills of applicants in short informal interviews. Virtually all interviewees had memorized responses to ‘tell me about yourself’ and a large number had prepared answers to the obvious ‘why should we hire you’ and ‘describe your strengths and weaknesses’. In order to accurately get a sense of how good a potential employee’s spontaneous spoken English was, I’d throw out a hypothetical situation like ‘what would you do if you found a wallet full of money?’ or a philosophical question like ‘what is more important, money or happiness?’

    Part of me felt bad for using these tricky tactics, but I could think of no better way to get a sense of how good a person’s spoken English was. The results were, unfortunately, not very good. Too many job seekers approach the interview process like they do an upcoming test: rather than work on response strategies, they work on responses.

    I hope you don’t make the same mistake!

  3. I also think it’s hard to change first impression and it’s difficult to make a good first impression. I have met many people whose first impression was very bad. Among them, there were a lot of good people. but, it takes long time to see he or she’s good side. Even though Korea companies do not evaluate a person only by he or she’s first impression, it’s stil very important thing. Therefore I want to make good first impression.

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