Post Interview: EPIK

It’s been almost a week since my interview with EPIK and I realized I should jot down the experience in case it helps anyone in the future! And also before I forget.

So let’s jump into it!

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EPIK: Where to Pick?

One of the most daunting parts of this whole application process (aside from the interview) has been picking the ONE location preference you’re allotted.

Since location is linked to salary level and popularity I decided to immediately disregard all the places where I’d be paid the least. This meant Seoul, Busan, Incheon, Daegu, and Gyeonggi were immediately out of the running.

After going through the remaining options as listed on the E.P.I.K. application I was able to narrow it down to what I felt would suit me.

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Pre-Interview: EPIK

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. I can honestly say I was NOT expecting to get called for an E.P.I.K. interview.

Now that I think about it I guess most (if not all applicants) probably do get an interview, but I’m impatient so after two weeks of not hearing anything I pretty much moved past it emotionally. I’m talking to the point where I’d mapped out a potential savings plan for the next year with goals for graduate school housing and a “farewell” trip to see myself off.

But that’s how it goes, right? Once you’re no longer thinking about it the time flies and then suddenly you’ve got an email saying your interview is scheduled for Thursday night and it hits that you have a SHIT ton of things to do if you actually land the position. In my case I still had to get my background check (i did the first one too early), get two passport photos, and complete my TEFL course (the final assignment and my in-class hours). That’s not too much right?….Right?

There’s also the task of buckling down and learning basic Korean.

SIDE NOTE: In figuring out what to do for this next year I looked into attending a language school through EF in either Japan or South Korea because it never hurts to learn another language and it’d be amazing, but it was honestly so expensive there was just no way it was going to happen.

But back on track.

Even though I haven’t gone through the interview yet, I can honestly say I don’t think I’m going to get the position. Now this isn’t one of those things where I’m looking for the whole “you’re great!” or “you got this!” reactions. Nope. It’s just me understanding that it’s an extremely competitive program, I haven’t taught before, I’m not as invested or enamored with South Korea as I’m learning many applicants are, and…other reasons I’m sure I’ll be able to find.

This also means I have to warn everyone in my house that for about an hour I’ll need silence…Nice.


NOTE: So my interview was this past Thursday (16 May) and I forgot to post this beforehand because…I was introducing my mom to the wonderful show that is Tuca and Bertie (she wasn’t about it). But anyway I should have my results by next Friday and when I do I shall update!

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