What to Expect in a Japanese Job Interview

July 1st, 2013By Category: Teaching in Japan, Working in Japan

What to Expect During a Japanese Job Interview.

The interview is one of the most important parts of the job search process. Your resume and cover letter are simply tools to get you to the interview stage. This is your chance to convince the employer that you are the right person for the job.

It’s best to come early, and make a good impression. Dress appropriately, smile and greet the person who’s going to interview you, and be positive. Make them like you not only because you have a good record, but also because you act and look professional.

Most of the time, interviews are done one on one, the employer and the applicant, however, there are companies that hold group interviews or panel interviews, so it’s best that you get yourself together and expect the unexpected.

Group interviews are actually done to assess how well you can present in front of a group and how well you work with others. This is a teaching job after all so the more comfortable you are talking in front of a group the better you should do in the interview. However, don’t overdo it, try to relax and just let the interviewers ask the questions and answer them honestly. Trying too hard to impress (or entertain) could work against you.

Expect them to ask you questions about their company to found out why you want to work for them. This is a good opportunity to show the research you have done on the company and ask key questions that demonstrate your interest.

Some companies will hire you right after the interview, while some would ask you to wait for them to contact you. You can make a follow up of your application, after a week or two, but it’s best if you keep looking for other opportunities in case you didn’t get the job.

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