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To foreigners who are looking for a job in Japan, do you know what is important for Japanese Companies in job interviews? The questions asked during interviews are unique about what Japanese companies focus on because Japanese Companies have unique rules when it comes to hiring.
Therefore, I would like to advise foreigners who are looking for a job or considering changing jobs in Japan about how to prepare for job interviews in Japan such as how to answer for the questions asked by Japanese companies through this article.
- 1 Purpose of job interview for Japanese companies
- 2 What Japanese companies expect from applicants
- 3 Example questions in job interviews from Japanese Companies and How to answer to them better
- 4 Things to be aware of when joining job interviews
- 5 Conclusion
Purpose of job interview for Japanese companies
When you prepare for a job interview, firstly it is necessary to understand why the company have the job interview.
The purpose of the job interview is for the company to clarify if the person is suitable for the recruiting position. Also for applicants, it is a place to prove that he/she fits the position they are recruiting, and a place to learn more about the company.
Therefore, it is important for the applicants to sell themselves in a job interview and make the company realize that they fit the recruiting position.
What Japanese companies expect from applicants
Before you join a job interview for a Japanese company, should understand that they expect for applicants. There are 3 main things that Japanese companies expect from applicants.
- Does the applicant have the experience and skills to take advantage of the recruiting position?
- Does the applicant have a mind or character that can be used in the recruiting position well ?
- Can the applicant work for the company for a long term?
“Does the applicant have the experience and skills to take advantage of the recruiting position?” mentioned in above 1 and “Does the applicant have a mind or character that can be used in the recruiting position well ?” said in above 2 are important factors when companies hire employees in any country.
In addition to that, Japanese companies regard “Can the applicant work for the company for long term?“ in above 3 as important.
Japanese companies tend not to hire employees, if they do not have the image that the applicant can work for a long period, even if he/she has high skills and experience for the recruiting position.
Therefore, Japanese companies confirm that the applicant will be able to work for a long period through the reasons why you want to change jobs and the reasons to apply in job interviews.
Example questions in job interviews from Japanese Companies and How to answer to them better
Questions about the reasons of changing jobs and applying jobs
First of all, we will show you the points of how to answer questions that are always asked in job interviews about reasons of applying/changing jobs. These are questions that companies will judge whether you will be able to work for a long term or whether you will be highly motivated to work, so be sure to prepare them ahead of having an interview.
[Question] Please tell me the reason for changing/leaving jobs.
[Question] Please explain your reason for choosing us (in the company).
[Question] What do you want to realize with us (in the company)?
Questions about your skills and experience
[Question] Please introduce yourself (Please tell us your curriculum vitae).
[Question] What are the strengths you can take advantage of the position you are applying for?
[Question] What is your most successful experience in your career?
[Question] Please tell us about an episode you failed at work.
Questions about your future
[Question] How long are you planning to stay in Japan?
[Question] Please tell us about your future career plan.
Other frequent questions
[Question] Please tell us your desired annual salary.
[Question] Please tell us your preference in comparison with other applicant companies
[Questions] Do you have any questions for us (the company)?
Things to be aware of when joining job interviews
So far, we have described how to answer to the most frequently questions in job interviews by Japanese compannies. However, in addition to the answers to the questions, there are 3 important things to keep in mind to leave a good impression during the interview.
- Make sure that the questions and answers are logically to understand easily.
- Relax and talk with a smile.
- Keep a clean appearance.
We will explain about these 3 points from now on.
Make sure that the questions and answers are logically to understand easily.
One of the most common mistakes made during job interviews is that the answer doesn’t fit the question. There are many applicants who are judged that their logicality and comprehension are lacking because the story when answering becomes too long and they say something different from the answer to the question.
For any questions, always give the answer first, after that, you can add the reason why you gave the answer. If you do not understand the meaning of the interviewer’s question, be sure to listen one more time the question and understand the meaning of it before answering.
Relax and talk with a smile
Japanese companies value internal communication in their work. Therefore, a person who is easy to talk tends to have a good impression in the interview.
If you get nervous in the job interview, your facial expression could become stiff and how to talk also could be faster. it would be a negative impressions which make you someone not easy to communicate. Be more conscious of smiles and speak with a slower pace so that the companies can want to work together.
Keep a clean appearance
When you meet someone for the first time, the first impression is very important. Generally, as a job interview has only 30 minutes to 1 hour, the visual impression would be very important.
It’s best to wear a suit, especially if you have a lot of contact with your customers. If there is no contact with the outside people such as customers, you can wear casual clothes. But we recommend at least wear a jacket and try to be as clean as possible.
If you are looking for a job or changing jobs in Japan, it is necessary to fully understand the interview culture of Japanese companies.
In Japan, job hunting or changing jobs are carried out after students graduated from university, all at once. Therefore, most companies tend to ask the same questions focusing on the same points. If you take the necessary measures and prepare well you can achieve good results. However, without a good preparation, the possibilities of getting job could be lower.
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