• JOBS

  • COURSES

  • BLOG

  • FUNDAY

What is the process of getting a job in Korea?

Tips

What is the process of getting a job in Korea?

Job Manager

The most asked question at last year’s JobpassKorea talk show!?
Can you guess?


Most of our participants last year wanted to know about the hiring and employment processes of multiple Korean companies. This question was so popular, we've decided to give you a whole blog on it! 

If you want to find a job while studying, if you are about to start your first job, or if you would like to continue the career you’ve been building in Korea so far, check out today’s ‘Job Free Pass’ to learn about the employment processes of Korean companies!


What are the employment processes of Korean companies?


Naturally, each company has a different employment process.
Prior to your application, you should thoroughly check the company’s website and the job posting itself to prepare for their specific process. This kind of preparedness is essential to making a good impression with the company you're applying for, and while every company is different, there are a few general things that you can expect. So let's talk about those. 

General employment processes of Korean companies
You can usually expect the process to go something like this:
Application submission → Document screening → Results of document screening & interview notification → 1st round interview → Executive interview → Employment 
* The order may be changed, or certain processes may be omitted depending on the nature of the company.

Let’s look into unique procedures and various types of interviews, found only in Korea, that exist on top of this general employment process. 



Unique procedures in Korea

✽ Job suitability evaluation 
 - An evaluation of one's suitability for the job conducted to examine whether the applicant has the competencies and qualities needed to perform the job well. If the document screening verifies that the applicant meets certain qualifications for GPA and certificates, the job suitability evaluation verifies the applicant’s job competency.

Job suitability evaluations are, of course, conducted differently depending on the position. For example, sales and business management applicants submit ‘job essays’ that reflect how much they have been interested in the field and have prepared for the position. R&D, technical, and software-related positions are evaluated based on their ‘major competency’ instead of job essays.

Most major corporations use the job suitability evaluation to help select new employees, and each company has different criteria and methods. 

✽ Aptitude test
- The job aptitude test is a test designed according to the specificity of the tasks, structure, and demands of each job. It gives an accurate aptitude assesment for the individual over their selected job.

Most major corporations use the job aptitude test to help select new employees, and each company has different criteria and methods. 


Types of interviews

✽ Individual interview
- A private interview with one or more interviewers and one applicant. There are many opportunities to promote yourself as the applicant at the center of focus, but this attention requires the applicant to prepare more thoroughly for the interview. 

✽ Group interview
- An interview conducted with one or more interviewers and several applicants. Since the time allocated to each applicant is short with limited opportunities to speak, the applicant must answer the questions accurately and impressively when given a chance. 

✽ Presentation interview
- An interview that evaluates the applicant’s sincerity, preparedness, and professionalism regarding a topic given to the applicant beforehand. The applicant’s attitude, confidence, and precision are evaluated through the presentation. Thorough preparation is required since the applicant must prepare material and also present it.  





Case-by-case employment processes
All procedures may be changed or omitted depending on the nature of the company. What follows here are the employment processes standard for most major companies. 

○ Entry-level employee
Separate announcements are made for each recruitment period. 

Application submission→ Job suitability evaluation→ Job aptitude test→ Interview→ Physical examination→ Employment


○ Experienced employee
Recruitment of experienced employees is conducted individually when there is a demand for manpower, and qualifications are different for each job. 
If the employment is conducted through scouting, interview procedures may be simplified. 

Application submission → Application review → Professional interview → Executive interview → Employment details informed, physical examination → Employment

○ Undergraduate intern 
Interns are hired regularly each year during winter/summer breaks or hired intermittently, depending on the company’s needs. 
You can usually refer to the information posted on the company’s website. If there is no website, you can also usually get information from your school’s notification board. 

Application submission → Job suitability evaluation→ Job aptitude test→ Interview → Education, field training → Employment

○ Graduate/PhD Intern
Interns are hired regularly each year during winter/summer breaks or hired intermittently depending on the company’s needs. 
You can usually refer to the information posted on the company’s website. If there is no website, you can also usually get information from your school’s notification board. 

Application submission → Application review → Professional interview → Internship → Executive interview→ Employment


Today we’ve looked at several employment processes in a few different situations. 

Each step will not be easy, but we hope that today’s content will help you be prepared and to find a job through postings on JobpassKorea!

Please stay tuned for next week’s ‘Job Free Pass’ as we’ve prepared useful content to satisfy all your curiosities!

🔥 Coming up next week!
What kind of jobs will be trending in Korea after COVID-19?

Recommend

Tips

What questions will I be asked in Korean job interviews?

Tips

Can I get a job without work experience?

Tips

The A to Z of video interviews in the contact-free era

People

What is it like being a videographer in Korea