Actress Kim Tae-hee was greeted by hundreds of smitten students at Seoul National University on Thursday. She was there to take part in a recruitment drive by the Hanwha Group, one of Korea's major conglomerates.
The venue opened at 10 a.m., 30 minutes before the event started, and some 600 students were already waiting in line and all 200 seats were filled instantly. Many students had to sit on the floor and stairs.
Hanwha had prepared only 400 booklets introducing the group, and all of them had been snapped up even before the presentation started.
Kim is an alumnus of the prestigious university, where she studied fashion design. "Standing here in front of all of you brings back fond memories of my days here," Kim said.
She spoke for 30 minutes about her experience modeling in Hanwha advertisements and ended her presentation by wishing the students good luck in their job search. The students responded with loud cheers.
One student said, "I've been to a lot of recruitment events, but I've never seen one that drew so many people." Another student said, "I didn't come here to find out about job opportunities at Hanwha. I came to see Kim Tae-hee."
But a third was less star-struck. "I don't know why Kim Tae-hee came here since she's never actually worked for the Hanwha Group," he said.
The previous day, Hanwha held a recruitment drive that took seven hours on another part of the SNU campus, but that attracted far less interest.