Japanese you should use in interviews
This section provides detailed explanations of the words commonly used in interview and the proper way to use them in the workplace.
In fact, there are five major types of companies, and it is necessary to distinguish between them in each situation.
Kigyou / Onsha / Kisha / Heisha / Tousha
企業 御社 貴社 弊社 当社
There are 5 of them, so it’s very difficult…
However, the only vocabulary used in interview is Onsha, so it is good to memorize this only.
We will explain each in detail.
How to use each
The term “Kigyou” has the same meaning as “Kaisha“, but the Kigyou sounds larger than Kaisha. It is an image that there is a large Japanese company in the frame of a large company.
Japan’s only major business enterprise＝Uniqlo Company Ltd. and Softbank Company Ltd.
Japan’s Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises ＝（Examples) “Nihongo kaisha”
Onsha and Kisha are used to refer to the other party’s company.
Onsha: Used to mean “your company” in conversation with the other party.
Kisha: Used to mean “your company” in resume and e-mail correspondence.
When you are in a conversation with a interviewer, use Onsha when referring to the company you applied to.
For example, 「～なので御社を志望しました。」
Use kisha in the section of your resume where you write your reasons for applying for a job.
For example, 「～なので貴社を志望しました。」
Tousha and Heisha are used to refer to a ompany that you are working in.
Tousha: Used to refer to a company you are working.
Heisha: This is a humble term to put a company you work in a lower position and your partner’s company in a higher position.
In situations where it is not necessary to be humble, such as speeches at company meetings or company websites, we use Tousha.
For example, 「当社の強みを活かした○○をしましょう。」
In sales business and in conversations with business partners, we use Heisha when we humble a company you work in and put the other company in a superior position.
For example, 「弊社のシステムを使っていただければ御社の業務効率も更に上がると思います。」
vocabulary used in interview
Let’s learn the meanings of the words commonly used in interviews and how to use them together.
By using these words in interviews, your Japanese language skills will be at a business level.
Also, you can use the example sentences in the interview process, so please try them out.
Joining a companyoining the company
I will be joining the company in February of this year.
Resigning from a company
I quit my job last year.
Quitting your current company and joining a new company.
I want to change jobs to another company because the work I am doing now does not suit me.
The company where you worked in the past.
In my previous job, I worked in marketing.
The company at which you are currently working.
I am working as an engineer at my current job.
If you cannot remember 前職・現職, say the following
The job you are doing.
I am in charge of the design and manufacture of automotive parts.
Work experience: work you have done in the past
In my previous job, I had various experiences not only in design design but also in management.
To be of service to the company or to the company’s employees
I would like to contribute my five years of experience to this project.
Ability to work immediately due to experience.
I have 5 years of experience working as an engineer, so I am ready to work as an immediate asset to the company.
To engage in a great deal of activity and to produce results.
I would like to join your company, and if possible, I would like to play an active role in the company as an immediate asset.
To take on new and fresh challenges.
I would like to challenge not only engineering but also management.
After joining the company, I would like to challenge myself in a variety of different work tasks.
A specific specialized field of study.
I am a mechanical engineer by profession, so I am sure I can work as an immediate and effective worker.
Interview practice is the key to success
The words you use to find a job or change jobs are completely different from the words you use in everyday conversation.
Many business Japanese words are used in interview.
Understanding and using these words will bring your Japanese to a more business level.
However, it is necessary to be careful not to use business Japanese unnecessarily, as it will make it too difficult to use them.
Preparation and practice are very important for a successful interview.
Prepare your answers to the interviewer’s questions in advance.
In addition, practice interview questions at least 10 times, or as many times as possible.
You can memorize the answers to the questions by doing repeatedly.
Even if you have the skills and experience, there is no point if you cannot pass them on.
Make a strong appeal and win a job offer.