Checking Daegu Bank account balance

Just in case anyone has a Daegu Bank account and needs to check their balance from overseas (or…in country, as well, I suppose)…

I’m sure there are other cheap ways to go about this, but Skype averages about 10 cents for a quick balance check.

This is the basic order things will happen and as menu options are available.  Note, when the system first answers it is all in Korean.  If you speak it, great, if you don’t then go ahead and skip the long message by just pressing 7 for English.

+82 53 742 5050 (this includes the country code first)
1st menu: Press 7 for English
2nd menu: Press 3 for balance
When prompted: Enter first 6 digits of your ARC number (aka your birth date) then # sign: yymmdd #
When prompted: Enter Account number then # sign (inside front cover of bank book)
3rd menu: Press 2 for normal mode
When prompted: Enter 4-digit PIN (the one you use for your card at ATM)
System spells out your name then gives balance

Final Interview went well! (Well…I *think* it did…)

The final interview was fun!  I definitely felt a bit more relaxed and didn’t lose my train of thought this time around (thank goodness for small favors) and we laughed, a lot.

Ohhhh, but then again… maybe I’m remembering it wrong and I was the only one laughing while he sat there horrified, nervously chuckling while he eyed the power button, wishing he could “accidentally” hit it and run…

Either way, it’s done and I should know in a week.

As a gesture of faith in myself, I ordered a large rolling duffel bag last week that was 70% off.  I’m hoping I will be delivered good news and my new luggage all on the same day!  *^^*

A note about the interview: once again, I prepared for a behavioral interview and also thought out even more, “What would you do if…” classroom management/situation answers.  That was a good thing!

Also, I used my checklist for the first interview and rechecked my Skype settings, background, lighting, all of that.

The questions I wrote down to ask were about (there were more, but were answered in the course of conversation):

  • Contacting current teachers (although, several have blogs and I’ve gleaned a LOT of information from them.  It sounds creepy haha but if the blogs weren’t meant to be read they wouldn’t be out there, correct?).
  • Preparing lesson plans ahead of time (I have a binder full from ed. classes that I’m working on tweaking then scanning/saving on to a flashdrive)

Also, this book was suggested as an excellent reference so I’ve ordered it and will definitely be reading it before I go (as of today, there are quite a few used copies on!

Learning to Think Korean: A Guide to Living and Working in Korea.  Robert L. Kohls

Interview went well!

The interview went very well and I seem to recall that I was hand dancing a little right before we hung up from Skype.  I think she was laughing so hopefully that’s a good thing…  =D  The interview lasted for over an hour and there were a few moments where I lost my train of thought just a bit.  I really should have taken a second to write down the basic wording of the question while ‘gathering my thoughts’.

But I can do that for the NEXT INTERVIEW!  Yay!  =)

What I did to prep this morning for the Skype interview:

Ate a very light breakfast and had NO caffeine

Re-checked the lighting

Re-checked the sound

Double checked the settings so that the headset was selected for both the microphone and speakers

Adjusted the chair to center it

Moved webcam up higher (since I had it on top if the monitor I just put two books under the monitor itself)

Re-checked the background (Shoji screen behind me since the webcam faced out into the living room)

Did my makeup and hair and then checked it on the webcam for wash-out

Checked my teeth!

Taped a big sign over the doorbell DO NOT RING DOORBELL PLEASE!

Put the dog outside

Got two cups of water- one hot and one cold

Checked my email for any last minute changes to interview time

Turned my phone on silent but put it where I could see in case she called, instead

Went to the bathroom.  Twice.

Grabbed a box of tissues, just in case

Taped a smiley face on the wall behind the computer

Read through my application, resume, educational philosophy (written previously), letter of interest, and LOR’s

Told myself, I am prepared, I am calm, I am ready.

The interviewer was fantastic!  She really put me at ease and most of my nerves disappeared within the first 10 minutes.

Now, I just wait for the follow-up interview in 2-3 weeks.

FedEx, USPS, & Behavioral Interviews

If you were like me and thought that, as long as you got there before 9:30am, then shipping Christmas packages would be easy peasy today… silly us.  I got to the post office at 9:26am and there were already over a dozen people in front of me and one woman had somewhere between 12-15 packages on a handtruck….

All in all, the two clerks on duty did a great job but I imagine they’ll be 10 kinds of happy when their shifts are over.

Second on my list was a ‘quick stop’ at the local FedEx shipping center.  I was the first in line, the place was quiet, 1940’s Christmas music wafting around me… bliss.  Until the computer decided that no, you are not allowed to print prepaid return shipping labels today. Last Friday? No problem.  Tomorrow?  Happy to see you.  Today?  Holy Moly.  To her credit, the clerk was very patient, made phone calls, and stayed with it until it was sorted- still took nearly an hour.

HOWEVER- my documents are now on their way to the Secretary of State along with a prepaid envelope to mail the apostilled degree copies back to me.  Total cost for documents out and back was about $34USD.

One reason that I wanted everything finished today was so I would have all afternoon to prepare for my Skype interview tomorrow.

Some fantastic tips from friends that have professional experience coaching job-seekers and career changers:


Behavioral interview type questions will explore:

A task or situation you experienced

What did you do?

What were the results?

1- Get your stories straight.  Seriously.  YOUR stories. A behavioral interview is about getting to know YOU, what you have experienced, and how your past experiences have prepared you for the future.

2- Print out a copy of the job description and highlight the areas that could be considered preferred skills or attributes.  This might be under preferred qualifications or something similar.  OR you might have to pull these out of a descriptive paragraph of the job description.  The point is, know what they want then think back through all of your experiences and find something that describes what they’re looking for.  It doesn’t have to be exact but it does need to be relevant.

3- If you need to, print out a few key words above or just to the side of the webcam line-of-sight and use those to remind you of the experiences you wanted to talk about.

4- Whenever possible, answer each question as if it were a behavioral question.  Q: “Do you think you have the patience to teach young students?” A: “That’s a great question.  Let me tell you about a time when I…”  The point in the interview is for the interviewer to get to know you.  They already have your resume/cv in front of them but those are just words (albeit, important ones!) they really need to see, hear, and experience YOU.

5- Be calm.  Create a mantra, chant, words of affirmation- whatever you choose to call them.  My friend uses:

I am prepared.

I am calm.

I am ready.


Prepping today:

Confirm appointment- let interviewer know how to pronounce my name phonetically (Done! But I forgot to add my Skype ID.  Again.  Argh. I had to send it separately last time but we’ve been confirmed as contacts on Skype so, hopefully, it’s all fine.)

Set up/test lighting (Done!)

Set up/test sound (Skype settings adjusted for headset NOT speakers/webcam mic) (Done!)

Set up background (Shoji screen with light fabric draped over it) (Done!)

Print application (Done!)

Print key words for experiences (behavioral questions)

Practice answering questions