Job interview in Japan.

This will help you prepare for interviews in Japanese at Japanese companies.

Read it over and over again to pass the interview.


Interview Process

Interview lasts from 30 minutes to one hour.

The first interview is with the HR manager, and the second interview is with the department manager.

First, the interviewer will explain about the company to you. Is this company a good fit for you? and make sure that you’re a good fit.

Next, the interviewer will ask you questions about your personality. The company will determine if you are a good fit for the company.

Finally, the interviewer will ask you detailed questions about your previous work. Be prepared to answer questions about whether the position fits with your background and whether you can contribute to the company.


Interview Tips

The reason you are interviewing is to see if you and the company are a good match for each other.

During the interview, be relaxed. If you lie in an interview in order to get a job, you may have a hard time after joining the company, or you may end up leaving early.

The essence of the interview is that the interviewer is not checking your experience or skills, but rather how well you speak Japanese. They will check whether you can communicate well.

Because experience and skills can be judged by looking at your resume, but Japanese language ability and personality cannot be judged without meeting and talking with you in person.

If you have passed the document streaming, it means that you have enough skills and experience. Therefore, please think of the interview as a test of your Japanese language Skills.


Interview practice

The following are 4 basic questions you may be asked in an interview.

Interviewers will ask these questions in detail, so be prepared to answer them.


① Please introduce yourself. / 自己紹介(じこしょうかい)をしてください

Yourself introduction should include

・Your name,

・Where are you from,

・A brief description of your work in your home country and

・A brief description of your work in Japan.

Do not make it too long or too short.


This question will be asked as follows

◆あなたのことを教(おし)えてください。Tell us about yourself.

◆自己紹介(じこしょうかい)をしてくだい。Please introduce yourself.


I’ll tell you how to make a self-introduction. Make your sentence in this older please

① Greeting

② Your name and your country

③ What did you do in your home country

④ What is your job in Japan


First of all, greetings.


Thank you for your time today.

Be sure to say this first.


Next, your name and your country


My name is Tanaka and I am from Japan.

Next, what did you do in your home country. Tell briefly what kind of work you did and for how many years

日本(にほん)では5年間機械設計(ねんかん きかいせっけい)エンジニアとして自動車部品(じどうしゃぶひん)を設計(せっけい)していました。

In Japan, I worked as a mechanical design engineer for five years, designing automotive parts.


Finally, what is your job in Japan. Tell them briefly what kind of work do you do, what are you are involved in


I am currently working as a mechanical design engineer, designing automotive and plastic parts.

When you have said all of them, be sure to say


which means that’s all I have to say


The reason why you change job

The interviewer will check to see if you are not quitting too soon. Give positive reasons for changing jobs such as wanting to improve your skills or advance your career.

For example, in this case of mechanical design, you might say



I have been designing automotive parts for 5 years. I would like to use this experience to design ____ because I want to try my hand at designing ____.

As a point of caution, tell specifically how you want to advance your career. Do not complain about your reasons for changing jobs.

The interviewer fully understands that you are changing jobs because you are dissatisfied with the work and salary, so try to give positive reasons as much as possible.

This question can be asked as follows

◆転職理由(てんしょくりゆう)は何(なん)ですか? What is your reason for changing jobs?

◆転職理由(てんしょくりゆう)を教(おし)えてください。 What is your reason for changing jobs?

◆なぜ会社(かいしゃ)を辞(やめ)めるのですか? Why are you leaving your company?

◆なぜ会社(かいしゃ)を変(かえ)えるのですか? Why are you changing companies?


I will tell you how to make up a reason for changing jobs.

Please make your sentence in this order.

① The reason why you change jobs

② More details

③ Tell them why you can’t work at your current company

④ Tell them why again


First, say the conclusion the reason why you change jobs. Briefly tell them why you are changing jobs.


Because I want to work in electronic design where I have worked for 5 years.


Next, give more detail about the reason


I worked as an electronic designer for 5 years in Japan, but now I am working in production control. I don’t dislike my current job, but it is because I want to utilize my many years of experience in electronic design.


Next, do I really have to leave my current company? Tell them why you can’t work at your current company.


I talked to my supervisor, but there is no electronic design position available and I cannot design for my current company.


Finally , the conclusion. Tell them why again


Therefore, I am considering changing jobs to join a company where I can make use of my past experience in electrical design.


The reason why you apply for this company

The interviewer wants to know why you want to apply for our company, not another company.

It is important to look at the website of the company you are applying for and look carefully at a company’s project.

This question will be asked as follows

◆なぜ弊社(へいしゃ)を志望(しぼう)したのですか? Why did you apply to our company?



I’ll tell you how to create a motivation for applying to the company. Please make your sentence in this order.

① What you want to do with your new company.

② Reasons why you want to do so


First, tell what you want to achieve at the new company.


I would like to be involved in the design of your company’s ________.


Next, tell them why


I believe that my past design experience can contribute to your company’s project in ____. Because …


Experience and skills that would be useful

Show the interviewer how you can make use of your past experience, how can you make use of the skills you have acquired in your past work experience.

Be specific and concise about how you will contribute to the company.

This question will be asked as follows

◆あなたは弊社(へいしゃ)にどう貢献(こうけん)できますか? How can you contribute to our company?

◆あなたを採用(さいよう)するメリットは何(なに)ですか? What are the advantages of hiring you?

◆あなたの長所(ちょうしょ)を教(おし)えてください。 What are your strengths?


I’ll tell you how you can make use of your experience and knowledge. Please make your sentence in this order.

① Tell your previous experience

② How can that experience be put to use

③ A final word


First, you will give them your previous experience including years of experience and tools used.

私(わたし)はこれまで5年間(ねんかん)、 Catia, Autocad nx, solidworksなどのソフトを使(つか)った実務経験(じつむけいけん)があります。

I have 5 years of working experience with software such as Catia, Autocad nx, solidworks.


Next, you will tell them how you will use this experience


Since I have been involved in the design of automotive parts, I can contribute with quick analysis of design software. I have also been involved in training new employees, so I believe I can make use of my management experience.


Finally, say a few words


I would like to contribute to your company with this experience.


3 Point to get a job offer

① Study the Japanese you will use in the interview.

As we mentioned at the beginning of this section. The interviewer wants to know your Japanese language skills through questions about you and your background.

They will check to see if you can communicate with Japanese people. Answer the interviewer’s question correctly, listen carefully to the interviewer’s questions to avoid answering off target.

If you do not understand Japanese, you can ask again.

However, asking again repeatedly is not acceptable. It is also important to guess the meaning of the words in the interviewer’s question and understand the intent of the question.

② Do not memorize interview sentences, communicate in your own words.

It is very important to think about the sentences you will say in the interview. However, you should not memorize the sentences.

This is because you will get nervous during the interview and forget the sentences you thought of.

If you forget your sentences, you will be in a hurry and eventually you will not know what you want to say. Therefore, you should use your own words in the interview.

③ Speak clearly with confidence.

Eyes on the interviewer and answer clearly.

The interviewer is checking to see if you are sociable and can express your opinions clearly. If you do not smile or speak in a low voice, you will not be hired.

Our company provides interview preparation support for those who are looking for new job. Japanese career advisors can come up with the right sentences to say at an Interview and then practice for the interview for two weeks.

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