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Popularity of the Korean language
Interested in learning the Korean language? Want to ace the Korean language interview? Then check out this article about the Top 30 Korean language Interview questions and answers.
만나서 반갑습니다 (mannaseo bangabseubnida)
If you are a K-pop or a K-drama fan, then you might have heard these phrases before. Due to the increase in viewership for dramas and K-pop, the demand for the Korean language has escalated quickly. May it be just humming to the tune of a BTS song or using small Korean phrases while talking casually. As a result, the Korean language has created its mark and generated a spark of interest in the masses!
But how about first learning the Korean language?
Henry Harvin has designed a special course for those who are interested in learning the Korean language but have no previous knowledge about it and the course trains you to express clearly in the target language among the Korean masses. Consequently, you will be able to form sentences and communicate efficiently too.
Learning a foreign language becomes a blessing in disguise. It enhances and improves your CV and you have better job opportunities in the corporate world too. Consequently, you can also connect to the masses and interact with them. Henry Harvin efficiently designs the course to attain a particular level of proficiency in the Korean language.
The course has been divided into 3 levels of proficiency:
- The beginner’s level: Basic knowledge about the language + listening and reading practice
- The intermediate level: listening + reading + writing
- The advanced level: listening + reading + writing + sentence formation practice.
Perks of joining this course:
- 9 in 1 Course: Bootcamps + Certificate + Training + Placement + Internship + Projects + Membership + E-learning + Hackathons
- Engage yourself with expert trainers
- Benefits from Gold membership
- Speak like a native and communicate fluently
However, are you already an expert in the Korean language? And want to apply for a Korean Company?
Then check out these top 30 Korean language interview questions and answers!
Nowadays the demand for foreign language experts has increased rapidly. Moreover, before applying for an MNC that hires foreign language experts, you need to prepare for the interview questions. In order to answer the interview questions with confidence and procure a job, you need to prepare yourself with the possible questions that might be asked in an interview.
Following are the possible set of Korean language interview questions and answers:
Korean language Interview
Q1.한국어로 자신을 소개합니다 (hangug-eolo jasin-eul sogaehabnida)
Introduce yourself in Korean.
Ans: Begin with a greeting and then by saying your name. Similarly, it is considered polite to bow while greeting someone. Koreans generally address each other with their surnames unless they are well acquainted with each other.
Q2. 한국어를 배우기로 선택한 이유는 무엇입니까? (hangug-eoleul baeugilo seontaeghan iyuneun mueos-ibnikka?)
Why did you choose to learn the Korean language?
Ans: The answer may vary from person to person. Similarly, the reasons can be the person’s interest, his/her hobby, settling in Korea, visiting Korea, learning about Korean culture and traditions, working in a Korean company, becoming a translator or interpreter so on and so forth.
Q.3 당신은 한국어를 얼마나 유창하게 구사하며 어떤 시험 수준을 통과했습니까? (dangsin-eun hangug-eoleul eolmana yuchanghage gusahamyeo eotteon siheom sujun-eul tong-gwahaessseubnikka?)
How fluent are you in the Korean language and which level of proficiency have you attained?
Ans: According to KLPT or KLAT (Korean Language Proficiency Test or Korean Language Ability Test) or TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) mention the level of proficiency you have cleared. It is important to make sure that you state the proper factual information instead of delivering false information. Also, be precise and correct while answering the question.
Q.4 이전에 언어에 대한 전문적인 경험이 있습니까? (ijeon-e eon-eoe daehan jeonmunjeog-in gyeongheom-i issseubnikka?)
Do you have any previous professional experience with the language?
Ans: Here you are expected to narrate your previous experiences with the former companies. Therefore, it is always better to keep in mind, the things that you learnt at your previous job and how they helped in enhancing your Korean language skills.
Likewise, you can elaborate by saying how the present company will help you in widening the scope of learning the Korean language.
Q5. 한국어 능력에 대해 알려주세요 (hangug-eo neunglyeog-e daehae allyeojuseyo)
Tell me about your Korean language skills.
Ans: Answer this question with utmost attention by highlighting and elaborating on your skills like your vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, listening and writing skills, etc. Subsequently, elucidate by giving situational references or examples which will make the interviewer easy, to understand your areas of proficiency.
Q6. 당신의 경력 목표는 무엇입니까? (dangsin-ui gyeonglyeog mogpyoneun mueos-ibnikka?)
What are your career goals?
Ans: The answer to this question may obviously vary from person to person. But at the same time, it is important to keep the focus on how you want to broaden your scope of a career with the help of the Korean language. See to it that your answer revolves around how Korean as a language will help you shape your path of career.
Q.7 학력에 대해 알려주세요 (haglyeog-e daehae allyeojuseyo)
Tell us about your educational qualifications.
Ans: Be specific, factual and precise while answering the above question. State your educational qualifications as well as your Korean language proficiency levels which you have successfully passed.
Q8. 언어를 배우면서 어떤 어려움을 겪었습니까? (eon-eoleul baeumyeonseo eotteon eolyeoum-eul gyeokk-eossseubnikka?)
What were some of the challenges that you faced while learning the language?
Ans: The challenges or difficulties will be different according to each and every person. Some might have difficulty in memorising new vocabulary or others might have a problem remembering the grammar rules. Some might have found it difficult to speak fluently in the target language. It is important to highlight the fact that despite these hurdles you still overcame all of those difficulties.
The interviewer must sense the feeling of confidence in you because despite these difficulties you successfully triumphed over your problems.
Q.9 우리와 함께 일하기로 선택한 이유는 무엇입니까? (uliwa hamkke ilhagilo seontaeghan iyuneun mueos-ibnikka?)
Why did you choose to work with us?
Ans. Be specific while answering this question. Don’t give a general answer. Do your research about the company and find out its unique features of the company. These unique features can be the reason which can appeal to you. This can therefore become the answer to the question.
Q.10 한국어를 배우게 된 동기는 무엇입니까? (hangug-eoleul baeuge doen dong-gineun mueos-ibnikka?)
What motivates you to learn Korean?
Ans. The answer to this question may be subjective. The Korean culture, the people, the history, the cuisine, the films or dramas can be the few reasons which can motivate a person to learn the language.
Q.11 자신이 이 직업에 대한 잠재적인 후보자라고 생각하는 이유는 무엇입니까? (jasin-i i jig-eob-e daehan jamjaejeog-in hubojalago saeng-gaghaneun iyuneun mueos-ibnikka?)
Why do you consider yourself a potential candidate for this job?
Ans. State your strengths while keeping in mind that your reply should revolve around the Korean language. State your areas of expertise and how you are different from other candidates.
Q.12 이전 경험이 이 공석을 준비하는 데 어떻게 도움이 되었습니까? (ijeon gyeongheom-i i gongseog-eul junbihaneun de eotteohge doum-i doeeossseubnikka?)
How has your previous experience prepared you for this job vacancy?
Ans. You can narrate a few of your work experiences briefly and how they helped you to learn new things. You can also tell about your accomplishments and previous work projects which yielded positive results. Reflect on all of this and then conclude by saying how all of this has helped you in the entire process of learning.
Q.13 한국어로 된 책을 읽은 적이 있습니까? 그렇다면 다른 사람들에게 어떤 책을 추천하고 싶습니까? (hangug-eolo doen chaeg-eul ilg-eun jeog-i issseubnikka? geuleohdamyeon daleun salamdeul-ege eotteon chaeg-eul chucheonhago sipseubnikka)
Have you read any books in Korean? If yes then what book would you like to recommend to others?
Ans. This is a great question for those who are interested in Korean literature and have read quite a few books in the Korean language. Try to mention books which you have read and which you truly liked.
Q.14 우리 회사가 당신에게 어떤 이점을 가져다 줄 수 있다고 생각합니까? (uli hoesaga dangsin-ege eotteon ijeom-eul gajyeoda jul su issdago saeng-gaghabnikka?)
How do you think you would benefit from our company?
Ans. It is important to do thorough research on the company. Try to bring out your language skills and how working in this company will help you hone and shape them properly. State the several opportunities that the company will provide which will eventually help you shape your career in the right way.
Q.15 이전 직장에서 어려운 상황에 직면했습니까? 어떻게 처리했습니까? (ijeon jigjang-eseo eolyeoun sanghwang-e jigmyeonhaessseubnikka? eotteohge cheolihaessseubnikka?)
Did you face any difficult situations at your previous job? How did you handle it?
Ans. This is a great opportunity to show how good you are at handling difficult situations. You can first briefly explain the scenario. Don’t forget the relevant and important details while describing the situation. Then explain what “action” you took in order to tackle or handle the situation. This “action” will be the key answer to this question. You can conclude by stating the results or the outcome of the situation.
Q.16 성공을 어떻게 평가합니까? (seong-gong-eul eotteohge pyeong-gahabnikka?)
How do you evaluate success?
Ans. The answer to this question highly depends on the values that you inherit or learn through the process, the small or big experiences you have in your life and how they have shaped your way of thinking and personality and at last how your work has motivated or inspired you to experiment as well as experience new things and opportunities in life.
Q.17 새로운 직책에서 무엇을 찾고 있습니까? (saeloun jigchaeg-eseo mueos-eul chajgo issseubnikka?)
What are you looking for in a new job position?
Ans. Try to focus on your work skills and language skills and how you want to improve more in this field in order to learn new areas of expertise and gain experience at the same time. Elucidate more on how the current job position will help you gain the relevant work experience and shape your career graph.
Q.18 이 채용공고를 어떻게 알게 되셨나요? (i chaeyong-gong-goleul eotteohge alge doesyeossnayo?)
How did you hear about this job vacancy?
Ans. The employer expects you to be sincere and passionate about your work. Therefore it is important to show the employer how well aware and well informed you are. Moreover, you can state the source from which you got to know about the job vacancy as the sources that you will mention can be varied like the internet, newspaper, contacts, social media etc. Try to be specific about the reason that actually made you apply for this job.
Q.19 회사에 무엇을 가져올 수 있습니까? (hoesa-e mueos-eul gajyeool su issseubnikka?)
What can you bring to the company?
Ans. Try to first study the aspects or areas in which the company might be lacking and answer this question diplomatically by stating how your skills and previous work experience can bring a change in the environment. In other words, try to give references and examples to elucidate your explanation.
Q.20한국어 실력을 보여줬던 때를 말해주세요. (hangug-eo sillyeog-eul boyeojwossdeon ttaeleul malhaejuseyo.)
Tell me about a time when you demonstrated your Korean language skills.
Ans. Answer this type of question with an example because examples always give clarity and a proper idea to the interviewer.
For instance, you can narrate a situation where you had to translate or interpret a conversation or a document. There can also be a situation where you had to write content in Korean. The situations may vary according to your own work experiences.
Q.21 어떤 유형의 작업 환경을 선호합니까? (eotteon yuhyeong-ui jag-eob hwangyeong-eul seonhohabnikka?)
What type of work environment do you prefer?
Ans. It is ideal to first study the work environment of the company you are applying for. Try to answer the above question by explaining the work environment that the current company has and how it is going to benefit you in certain ways.
Q.22 한국에 여행을 가본 적이 있습니까? (hangug-e yeohaeng-eul gabon jeog-i issseubnikka?)
Have you ever traveled to Korea?
Ans. The answer can be subjective. If you have traveled to Korea then the interviewer may ask about the country, the language, the people, and other aspects of it. In other words, the interviewer wants to test your knowledge about Korea.
Q.23당신은 여전히 당신의 언어 능력을 연마하려고 노력하고 있습니까? (dangsin-eun yeojeonhi dangsin-ui eon-eo neunglyeog-eul yeonmahalyeogo nolyeoghago issseubnikka?)
Do you still work on honing and polishing your language skills?
Ans. It is better to give an affirmative reply. This will show you that every day you are trying to attempt to improve your Korean language skills. The phrase “practice makes a man perfect” is what is expected as a reply from you. You can also describe your process of improving your language skills or describe the methods that you follow to polish your language skills.
Q.24 한국에서 회사에 지원하고 싶거나 한국에서 일하고 싶습니까? (hangug-eseo hoesa-e jiwonhago sipgeona hangug-eseo ilhago sipseubnikka?)
Do you plan to apply for a company in Korea or do you wish to work in Korea?
Ans. This can be a great opportunity to express that you are an enthusiast and would definitely like to travel the country. Working in Korea, when you can fully comprehend and speak the language almost like a native is always going to be an advantage and a great opportunity to give the “kick” that you need to boost the graph of your career.
Q.25이력서에 없는 것을 알아야 합니까? (ilyeogseoe eobsneun geos-eul al-aya habnikka?)
What should I know that is not on your resume?
Ans. Answer by sharing your core strengths which you haven’t in the resume. You can mention your creative skills or some exceptional language skills that you might possess. Reflect on your previous accomplishments too. In addition to it, you can also share your areas of interest or a hobby which is relevant to the job.
Q.26 당신은 한국어로 뭔가에 대한 짧은 단락을 쓸 수 있습니까? (dangsin-eun hangug-eolo mwonga-e daehan jjalb-eun danlag-eul sseul su issseubnikka?)
Can you write a brief paragraph about something in Korean?
Ans. This question aims to test your knowledge of Korean. It will test how well you make use of vocabulary, and how well you frame your sentences.
You can include a few Korean phrases or typical Korean idioms to sound a bit like a native.
Q.27 한국의 어떤 면이 마음에 드시나요? (hangug-ui eotteon myeon-i ma-eum-e deusinayo?)
What aspect of Korea do you like?
Ans. The answer to this can be subjective and might differ from person to person. You can highlight aspects like Korean mannerisms, Korean ethics, art, values, etc.
Focus on the aspect that you like the most and state the reason in detail as to why you like it. This will, therefore, reflect the amount of information you have about Korea and how well-informed you are about Korean culture.
Q.28 가상의 상황을 보여주고 한국어로 대화를 설정합니다. (gasang-ui sanghwang-eul boyeojugo hangug-eolo daehwaleul seoljeonghabnida.)
Show a hypothetical situation and set up a conversation in Korean.
Ans. This is the best chance to display your language skills and how fluent you are in the Korean language. You can take an example of a situation at work and try to briefly explain the situation first and then with steady eye contact and composed dialogue you can demonstrate the scenario. Make use of new vocabulary that you might have learned along with typical Korean phrases. This will eventually show how much knowledge you have about the language.
Q.29 한국어 사투리를 알고 있습니까? (hangug-eo satulileul algo issseubnikka?)
Do you know any Korean language dialects?
Ans. You might not know how to speak various Korean dialects. Here the interviewer expects you to at least have knowledge about various Korean dialects and in which regions of Korea these dialects are spoken.
Q.30 왜 우리가 당신을 고용해야 합니까? (wae uliga dangsin-eul goyonghaeya habnikka?)
Why should we hire you?
Ans. This question can definitely be a golden opportunity for you. You can frame your answer by stating that you are not only a hard worker but you can also deliver positive results. You can also explain by giving work experiences.
The popularity of the Korean language and the demand for it have significantly increased in the past few years. As a result, it seems that Korea is trying to cover different aspects of the world through its own unique culture, especially through the entertainment industry.
Korean is definitely an interesting language to learn and it will definitely help you dive deep into Korean culture and explore new facets of it.
By reading the above possible interview questions you will definitely be prepared to ace your Korean language interview questions.
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Ques 1. Is Korean different from Japanese or Chinese?
Ans. Korean is definitely a different language from Chinese and Japanese. Most of the time, people tend to be confused but Korean as a language use a completely different vocabulary, script and grammar rules than Chinese or Japanese.
Ques 2. How can I improve my Korean language skills?
Ans. Korea is pretty famous for its kpop culture as well ask dramas. They can turn out to be a great medium to increase your vocabulary as well as practice your language skills.
Ques 3. Which exam do I need to take to attain a certificate of proficiency in the Korean language?
Ans. TOPIK (Test Of Proficiency In Korean) is the official Korean language examination for non-native speakers.
Ques 4. Is the Korean language difficult to learn?
Ans. Korean is not so difficult to learn. But it is always important to keep in mind that, “practice makes a man perfect”. Everyday practice can turn out the baby steps toward your path to success in mastering the language.