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From top: God of Job Interviews, Job Interview Highpass, Common Sense Brunch and Smart Interview. Screen captures

Many mobile-savvy job seekers use smartphone applications to help them prepare for interviews. And currently, there are four popular applications ranking high in the Google App Store.



God of Job Interviews

This app offers simulated job interviews. Users input basic career-related information such as college major and are asked questions frequently used in job interviews. “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?” “What would you do if you became CEO of this company right now?” The app is best suited for beginning job seekers.



Job Interview Highpass

Many job seekers visit private speech academies to practice facial expressions and professional speech. This app allows users to record videos of themselves answering interview questions. There are multiple kinds of interview sessions, such as the one-minute self introduction and the English-language interview. The app is also prepared with potential questions interviewers could ask, including seven series of relevant questions related to the job area and one series about personality and personal beliefs. Despite the variety of questions provided, many are obvious and outdated, such as “Do you have any specialties?” and “Why did you choose your alma mater?” This makes the app useful only for checking one’s speech habits and non-verbal expressions and body language.



Common Sense Brunch

Job interviews are mostly focused on the candidate’s confidence, but many Korean conglomerates ask questions about current events. This application provides brief summaries on key current events and definitions of new concepts. The app updates daily at noon, and there are identification quizzes. There is also an English news section, which provides audio of news clips recorded by native speakers, helping job seekers continuously accumulate knowledge in two languages.



Smart Interview

This is the ultimate job interview practice application. If one has practiced enough with prepared answers, he or she can use this to actually receive feedback from fellow job seekers and professional consultants. The application is free but part of a member-based system, in which real-life job consultants hold live mock interviews via smartphone video call. It also links to job portals for real-time questions and feedback.

BY KIM JI-YOON [jiyoon.kim@joongang.co.kr]




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