Tips to Prepare for a Japanese Interview


Interviews are an important part of the hiring process for any kind of Job. Interviews give the company and candidates a chance to match their requirements and expectations from another and are considered to play the deciding factor in hiring a candidate. Regardless of the company you are applying to, certain rules and etiquette are required to be followed to form a good impression on the interviewer. We have compiled a list of cues to follow when attending a job interview for a Japanese company in Japan.

  1. Body language is a very important aspect from the perspective of interviewing because it speaks a lot about your character. Always remember to sit in an upright posture, directly facing the interviewer. This gives out a signal of being calm and composed, making you a suitable candidate. Avoid using your cellphone or slouching while speaking to the interviewer.
  2. When the interviewer enters the room, be sure to stand up and greet him/her. The Japanese are not very big on handshakes so avoid making the first move. If they do extend a handshake, give a moderately tight one and pair it up with a bow, this marks respect in the Japanese tradition.
  3. Before leaving the interview venue, make sure to collect your belongingness and tuck your chair back in; these are basic courtesies that go a long way in establishing professionalism. Make sure to greet your interviewer with a respectful bow before you exit.
  4. Some Japanese phrases come handy during the conversation in the interview. A good way to introduce yourself in Japanese is ______to moushimasu. Douzo yoroshiku onegai shimasu”. This is a way of saying your name and mentioning that it is a pleasure to meet them. Complete it with a smile and you’ve got the perfect formal greeting.
  5. Be sure to read up well on the job profile, the role, your strengths and weaknesses, and why you are a perfect fit for the role. The Japanese place a lot of emphasis on knowing what you are about and giving off a clear impression will help you in securing your dream job.
  6. The last but not the least, never ever try to show off, lie or boast in front of a Japanese Employer regarding anything. Be as authentic as you can be, because they easily screen out candidates based upon their behaviour.

We hope this list will help in your journey from job search to job placement. Be sure to take your interviews seriously, be sincere and diligent with your responses. We wish you all the very best in securing a job in Japan!

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