Recruiters in major business conglomerates prefer jobseekers with the will to rise to a challenge and amiable personalities rather than stellar grades and other achievements on paper.
The Federation of Korean Industries surveyed human resources staff in 180 big businesses in the country and 46.1 percent cited passion and spirit as the greatest attribute they look for in a job applicant.
Some 38.4 percent look for persistence and diligence and 2.2 percent prefer creativity, but only 1.1 percent cited a long list of internship experiences and other resume-fillers as the clinching factor.
A surprising 39.5 percent of big businesses said they are satisfied with candidates with English test scores just above average, contrary to popular belief that stellar scores are the key to getting a job with a leading firm. Some 28.3 percent said high English test scores are not the most important quality.
Some 18.9 percent evaluate applicants by dividing them into several groups according to their English skills, while only 13.3 percent place a high priority on English scores.
When it comes to school grades, 47.2 percent of the companies surveyed said they make no difference as long as the applicant meets certain requirements, while 19.5 percent said they categorize applicants into several groups according to their grades and 18.9 percent said grades are not given a high priority in recruiting new workers.
Only 14.4 percent of the companies said they place a high priority on school grades.
Rather, companies prefer certificates or licenses in fields related to their line of business. Some 63.3 percent said they prefer job applicants with licenses or certificates, while 36.7 percent said they do not care.