What to do & what to watch out for before a job interview in Japan

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People who successfully change jobs make a great deal of effort in the preparatory stages of the interview process.

Japanese nationals also prepare for the interview by preparing questions that they expect to be asked by the company, and then they conduct mock interviews over and over again, considering the answers to the questions.

Some people even take their own videos of their own interviews to check that their own speaking style and speed are appropriate and how they are conveyed to the interviewer.

Foreign nationals who wish to work in Japan need to have an interview in a language other than their native language.

Japanese people practice over and over again, but how many times have you practiced before an interview?

In this article, we will discuss the characteristics of people who pass the interview process.

I will tell you in secret what kind of interview preparation measures they took and what kind of efforts they made in order to pass the interview.

People who create sentences in Japanese that can be used in interviews


The sentences you want to convey at the interview should be written in Japanese, not in English or your native language.

The reason is that when sentences are written in English and translated into Japanese, they contain difficult words.

When you translate English to Japanese on a translation site, you cannot remember the words because they contain difficult words that you do not know and have never used before in daily conversation.

In addition, since they are words that are not used in everyday language, they do not understand the original meaning of the word, so they do not know how to use the word correctly and end up with strange Japanese.

Even if you translate a sentence that was written in English, the interviewer will immediately recognize that the sentence has been translated and not written in Japanese.

However, foreign nationals who have received job offers from a number of companies are using the Japanese they know to answer the questions they are asked, and are composing their sentences in Japanese.

By writing sentences about past experiences and skills in Japanese, you will be able to practice Japanese language skills, and you will be able to speak smoothly by using only the words you know, instead of forcing yourself to use difficult words.

Needless to say, interviews with Japanese companies are conducted in Japanese.

When considering the text you want to convey, prepare it in Japanese, not English.

Also, you must have a list of questions that the interviewer is likely to ask you during the interview process.


Where can I get a list of questions?

There are various lists of questions on the Internet.The questions are designed to help you understand the questions you are likely to be asked, as well as to give you tips on how to pass the interview.

People who have completed a corporate analysis


In Japan, you will inevitably be asked about your motive for applying for a job at a job interview.

You must answer these questions in a way that the interviewer is satisfied with your answers.


●Why do you want to apply for this company?

●Why do you want to work for this compay?

●Why this company and not others?


Honestly, the reason why you applied is that you don’t like the company you’re working for now.

And this company offers higher salaries and is closer to my home.

However, such a statement is likely to result in rejection of the application.

Those who have successfully passed the interview interview process conduct research by visiting the websites of the companies they applied to.

They understand what kind of company it is, and they think logically about how they can use my experience and how they can contribute to the company.

If the reason is well-reasoned, the interviewer will be convinced and will be able to hire the applicant.

For example, suppose there is someone you like.

You want him or her to like you, so you do some research on him or her, right?


What is his/her character/personality?

What is his/her favorite food?

Where would he/she like to go on a date?


They are also desperately trying to find out if they have anything in common with themselves by checking information.

In order to get the company to look at you in the same way, do a thorough investigation of the company and find out what you have in common.

This makes it easy to create a motivation letter.

People who respond quickly and are self-disciplined


If you are a foreigner, you are likely to use a recruitment agent instead of applying for jobs on your own.

It is a common mistake to assume that a recruitment agent will do everything for you.

When changing jobs, you should not leave it up to the agent to handle everything.

A recruitment agent can be your friend or your foe.

A job change agent will prepare a resume, curriculum vitae, and other application documents on behalf of the foreign national.

Agents will ask you a lot of questions to convey your experience and skills to the company.

In some cases, you may also be required to submit the necessary documents to apply for the position.

If you respond to an agent’s question in one week, the agent will begin to distrust you and ask, “Is this person slow at their job?

Agents will ask you a variety of questions to help you communicate your experience and skills to the company.

In some cases, you may also be asked to submit documents necessary for your application.

In some cases, the company may judge that it is not possible to introduce such people to the company.

Please do not avoid making contact with them at all, no matter how busy you are with your work.

Just a simple “I’m busy right now, so I’ll contact you after I’ve settled down from work” will make a big difference in the impression you leave.

Also, some people may skip an interview that they have set up.

I understand that everyone is working and busy.

And everyone can be forgotten.

However, be sure to schedule your interview thoroughly so that you do not forget the date of your interview.

The recruiters at the company will take time out of their busy schedule to meet with you.

If you miss the interview date, it will be a waste of time for the company, and your image will be damaged.

In addition, the company will lose trust in you and will not be able to refer you for a job.

Requests for submission of documents from the agent, and diligent communication may also be checked.

Respond quickly.



So far, we have talked about what kind of measures people who pass the interview interview do and how they make efforts.

Let’s take these countermeasures.


①A person who considers the text to be conveyed in an interview in Japanese.

②people who can do corporate research

③People who can respond quickly and have good time management skills.


All of these points are common sense, but they are very important.

Practice interview sessions over and over again to get to know the company better.

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