Weird Questions That An Interviewee Will Get During A Job Interview In Korea | Korean Culture News

“What does Chinese idiom ‘????’ (3 in the morning, 4 in the evening) means?”, “What does ‘Kill 115145425’ mean?”, and “How much do the Chinese restaurants in Seoul make per day?”

Ridiculous? These are some of the weird questions popping out from interviewers of some big companies in Korea recently, such as Samsung, LG Electronics, SK and Kia Motors, etc. These ‘Zen’ type of questions will turn even the most confident interviewees into cold sweat.

An employment website in Korea had listed the possible interview questions and answers from big companies of the world today. From the answers gathered, we can see what these companies are really asking for – creativity, sensitivity and logical thinking skills.

“What does ‘zhao san mu si’ mean in modern times?” ‘Zhao san mu si’ originally meant to use tricks to trick people. To the people in the enterprise, it means that no matter what task you undertake, you must make sure what the other parties’ motives are and to predict what will happen in the end. That is how businesses work today.

“Kill11514542” seems like a code but what does it mean? It actually means nothing except to test the response of the interviewee. You can reply it in any way you want, for instance you can say, “It’s the title of a movie in the making, perhaps the making of ‘Kill Bill 2 ’?”

As for the turnover for Chinese restaurants in Seoul per day, you can answer by doing a calculation and analysis. Suppose 7.5 million bowls of noodles are sold in Korea per day and that these noodles stands for 40% of the Chinese restaurants’ sales, then approximately 18 million to 19 million bowls of noodles are sold per day. Considering the fact that one quarter of the population of Korea resides in Seoul, the answer to the question would be approximately 4.7 million bowls are sold per day in Chinese restaurants in Seoul.

Now, here’s an even more interesting question. When you are faced with this “If your partner and your best friend were caught in an affair, who will you choose?” Your best bet will be, “neither, but I will forgive them both” and then further explain with this, “Not choosing either one because they had lost my trust but forgiving means harmony and graciousness, these are key elements to a better future for the company, there is no point harboring resentment or plotting revenge strategies to get even, as this will only bring harm to the company. ” That would definitely leave a good impression.

So, what would your answers be if you were the interviewee? One thing’s for sure though, there are no correct answers.

Korean Match Making | Korean Culture News

South Koreans get scientific about finding love
(Reported In Singapore Newspaper: The Straits Times – 17 Jan 2007)

SEOUL – A South Korean matchmaking firm has come up with a computer system which it says can help singles find spouses the scientific way.

After obtaining information on an applicant’s academic qualifications, job, salary and other personal details, the computer tosses up a ‘competitive index’ rating indicating the person’s desirability.

From its database, the computer then throws up a batch of photos of potentially compatible partners.

Invariably, though, a high-scoring man is likely to land a pretty catch, while a good-looking woman will snag a man with deep pockets.

The system, named Shiny, is the brainchild of Mr Lee Woong Jin, who owns Sunoo, the country’s second largest matchmaking company, with about 20,000 members.

He told The Straits Times: ‘Shiny is able to objectively analyse our members and provide compatible matches. Computers are better than people in this area.’

One in 10 meetings proposed by his staff results in a date, but the figure rises to one in three when computers do the job.

Over the past 16 years, the company has seen about 10,000 marriages among its members, but it is still early days for Shiny, which cost US$10 million (S$15.4 million) to set up.

South Korea’s matchmakers are pouring big money into new ideas, because there are huge returns to reap in a country where busy singles have little time to socialise.

According to the Korean Institute for Health and Social Affairs, two in five couples who married between 1998 and 2003 met through matchmakers.

About 1,000 agencies rake in more than 50 billion won (S$82.6 million) a year, a 20 per cent increase since the late 1990s.

Some agencies send staff to university convocation ceremonies to seek out the top graduands and offer them free services, knowing that they will be highly sought after.

Even banks get in on the act, with some providing free matchmaking services for children of clients who deposit more than US$100,000.

Sunoo is anticipating a windfall from its investment in Shiny, which allows users to go online and pay for every step leading to a date.

The client starts out paying 20,000 won to key in a long list of personal particulars, including a description of his dream home, how much alcohol he consumes, and if he consults fortune tellers.

When the information is processed and the photographs of potential partners pops up, names or contact numbers are not revealed as yet.

If the client spots someone he likes, he can then send a greeting via Shiny to the person by paying 300 won for a text message and 700 won for a message with a graphic.

The recipient can then go to Shiny to check out the sender. If both agree to meet, the sender must pay 30,000 won to get the other person’s contact number.

After they meet, Shiny will ask both for feedback. Members pay 1,000 won a day to stay in circulation in the system.

A beaming Mr Lee said: ‘Since Shiny started operations in April, it has brought in an average of US$80,000 a month.’

On top of that, clients seeking personal counselling from one of his 60 ‘couple managers’ pay up to 3 million won for services that include access to Shiny.

The cost did not deter bank teller Park Jin Na, 30.

‘The matching process filters out unsuitable people, and I am willing to pay more to save time,’ she said.

One of the system’s strong selling points is that it claims to verify crucial data such as a member’s job, academic qualifications and marital status.

Sunoo has access to the databases of the Registry of Marriages and 240 universities across South Korea to check the background of its applicants.

New clients must also fax a letter from their employers to certify what they do and how much they earn before getting a date through Shiny.

Mr Lee said: ‘Such measures enhance our credibility and give our members greater peace of mind.’

The matchmaking agencies’ methods are not without critics.

They have come under fire for refusing to accept disabled or bald men and non-graduates as clients.

Last year, the two biggest matchmaking companies, Sunoo and Duo, were sued for discrimination.

Lawyer Kim Joo Kwan, who is disabled in one leg, complained: ‘They refused to accept me, citing their standards. This is against the basic human right of equality and against our law.’

The firms defended rejecting him.

Mr Lee said: ‘Even if we accept the disabled, it will be a waste of the client’s money because he is not going to get a date anyway. Call it stereotyping, but we are just reflecting society’s standards.’

Others have slammed Shiny for the way it is programmed to match well-off men with good-looking women, leaving the rest to take their chances.

‘They are reinforcing the stereotype that only a rich man gets the beauty,’ said Busan National University Professor Choi Yoon Tae, who has done research on the matchmaking industry.

The Shiny desirability index ranges from zero to a perfect score of 100.

A man’s ability – his job, salary and academic qualifications – is given a 50 per cent weightage, while the rest is evenly split between his looks and family background.

For a woman, however, looks count for half the score, with the rest split between her abilities and family background.

‘In other words, they are saying that women want men for their money and men favour beauties with no money over ugly women with a fortune,’ said Prof Choi.

But Sunoo’s head of public relations, Ms Roh Kyung Sun, insists that there is only so much a computer can do, no matter how it is programmed.

There are no guarantees that a computerised match will lead to marriage.

‘We can improve the odds, but a relationship depends a lot on personal chemistry that is impossible to quantify,’ she said.

Korean Culture - Korean Match Making

Korean Culture - Korean Match Making

LOVE BYTES: According to the Korean Institute of Health and Social Affairs, two in five couples who married between 1998 and 2003 met through matchmakers. — REUTERS

Korean Culture - Korean Match Making

Korean Culture - Korean Match Making

MASTER MATCHMAKER: Mr Lee Woong Jin owns Sunoo, South Korea’s second largest matchmaking company.

Korean Fashion Craze | Korean Culture News

Korean fashion craze had come a long way since Winter Sonata. Like a Tsunami, the whole of Asia was swept away by the Korean wave. Korean culture can be seen mushrooming all across major Asian cities (or maybe US too, Rain had a sold out concert at Madison Square!). Below is an article from a Singapore newspaper about the popularity of Korean Fashion.

Now if you, like many people, can’t tell what is the difference between Korean fashion, Japanese fashion and Hong Kong fashion, you gonna read the article below. Remember, authentic Korean fashion represents quality, so cheap stuff doesn’t mean it’s good stuff and price can never comprise quality. Do ask yourself if you want to get the real stuff or the ‘copied’ stuff next time when you are buying what is deemed as ‘Korean fashion’.

Korean Kraze – After K-pop and K-drama comes K-fashion. A handful of boutiques selling Korean fashion have opened shop.

(Reported In Singapore Newspaper: The Straits Times ‘Urban Magazine’ – 18 Jan 2007)

Angeline Lee’s Lilica shoe boutique may be hidden away on the fourth storey of The Cathay, but skilled shopaholics will know how to sniff it out.

A chandelier swings from the low ceiling while a large plasma TV plays the music videos of South Korean popster Rain. A Victorian-style chaise longue is the centrepiece of the store.

And, oh, don’t forget the shelves of shoes, which cost about SGD100 each.

‘The inspiration for the shop was The Princess Hours,’ says Lee, 24. The hit K-drama plays out in a palace, which boasts decadent interior trimmings not unlike those in her shop.

‘I try to watch every single Korean drama,’ she gushes. ‘I also make it a point to go to the KBS (a Korean TV station) website every day.’

So when Lee, a former travel contract manager, came across Korean shoe brand Lilica – which specialises in handmade shoes – in Seoul early last year, she seized the opportunity to set up a franchise here.

Say ‘annyonghaseyo’ to the Korean pop culture invasion of Singapore. First there were barbecue restaurants and weepy dramas, then a sprinkling of make-up brands appeared. Now, Korean fashion is here.

Notable shops include Myth and Green Petals at Far East Plaza, which sell an assortment of Korean streetwear; Sugar House at Far East Plaza and VivoCity, which stocks up on lovely, empire-line dresses; and Sentiments at Millenia Walk, which even sells the hanbok, Korea’s national dress.

This month, Korean- wannabes can go ga-ga at Square 2, a new 200,000 sq ft mall in Novena that will feature one floor of Korean products.

Out of 20 Korean-themed tenants, 20 to 25 per cent will be fashion boutiques, says Chia Boon Pin, chief operating officer of retail business at Far East Organisation, which runs the premises. Most of the smaller shops are hole-in-the-wall and run by enterprising Singaporeans who, like Lee, were inspired by the ever-growing Korean wave.

Former air stewardess Fiona Tan, 27, shopped so much in Seoul that she discovered her ‘flair for fashion’. She set up Myth two years ago, which imports 60 per cent of its wares from Korea.

To ensure they are getting their pick of the trendiest items, boutique owners make regular buying trips to Korea. So, rather than the mass-produced clothing you get at say, Topshop, you get one-off pieces that you probably wouldn’t find on anyone else.

Adelene Tan, 29, who owns Green Petals, started bringing in Korean fashion in late 2005. She scours the wholesale malls in Dongdaemum in Seoul for pieces to sell here.

Over at Sugarhouse, owner Alvin Ng, 30, works exclusively with factories in Seoul to create his own designs.

But really, what’s the big deal about Korean clothes? And how different are they from, say, Hong Kong fashion?

It’s about the quality, insist retailers.

Says Sentiments’ marketing manager Karen Wong: ‘One thing that sets Korean fashion apart from other Asian fashion is the meticulous detail in the workmanship of textiles as well as the production of its ready- made garments.’

So while Korean designs may be copied by Chinese or Hong Kong manufacturers, ‘feel the material and you should know what you’re paying for’, says Ng.

This is why clothes from Korea are about 10 to 20 per cent more expensive than those made in China or Hong Kong, he adds.

They may also be pricier than Japanese fashion, given the mass appeal of the latter.

Style-wise, Korean fashion is widely seen as more wearable than Japanese fashion, claims Myth’s Tan. Rather than outrageous Harajuku styles, you get clean lines that are more suited to Singaporean tastes.