MANABINK

Japanese Job Interview — (2) Posture and way of speaking during the interview

(2) Posture and way of speaking during the interview

Next, it is about the posture and the way of speaking at the interview. First of all, it is not common in Japan to shake hands. Sit with your back straight. It’s not good to have a hunched back, put your elbows on the desk, or cross your legs. Also, put your bag on the floor next to the chair. And while you’re nervous at the interview, try to be friendly and have a bright, relaxed look. Also, when you talk, look their eyes straight. If you don’t do that, they won’t trust what you say. The speed of speech is not too fast, not too slow, and if possible, you should adjust it to the speed of the interviewer.

■Have a rich expression. Be relaxed, but moderately tense. Being nervous in front of people is normal, but being able to control that tension is also considered an important business skill. On the other hand, if there is no tension at all, your personality is suspected.

■You look the other person’s eyes straight. Don’t talk looking diagonally up and down. Look at the other person’s eyes gently. Of course, don’t stare at them.

■Speak clearly, in a clear tone. Too low a voice, too vague a way of talking, and being equivocal are bad. You try to appeal yourself honestly.

■Listen to the other person to the end and give a precise answer to the question. The interviewer asks questions with intent. In other words, there is an expected answer. During the interview, they look at you from the beginning to the end and judge, “Whether this foreigner can work properly in our company.” If you are aware of that, you can avoid giving wrong answers.

■Sit upright with your back straight: Even if you think you’re sitting straight, you might be slanted or have a rounded back. Check the mirror or have someone else look at it before the interview.