(4) Japanese Job Interview Flow and Cautions
What you are always asked at the interview are self-introduction and reason for applying. You will also almost certainly be asked if you have any questions. Of course, there are many other questions. They ask you all kinds of questions about you: “How much salary do you want?” “There are times when you have to work overtime or on holidays, but is it okay?” “When can you start working?” “Please tell me your strengths and weaknesses.” “What is your concept about jobs?” “Is there anything you value when you work?” “Is there any news you are interested in these days?” It is not recommendable to lie, but try to answer it in a way that makes the interviewer want to hire you. For example, if you answer “You can’t work overtime at all.” to a question like “Can you work overtime sometimes?” it would be difficult that you are accepted.
■An interview typically proceeds in the following sequence (Question):.
Enter the room → Greeting → Self-introduction (PR) → Motivation for application (Why our company? Why work in Japan?) → What you want to do in the company → Question & Answer → Greeting → Leave the room
The most important of those is self-introduction (PR). It’s a good way to judge whether a person has the ability to do their job and whether they can get along well with their colleagues and bosses. Also, it is said that first impression is critical, so introduction is very important.
Next is the reason for applying. Why do you want to do this job? Why are you interested in our company? You should make a logical explanation so that the interviewer can understand well. At the same time, enthusiasm is very important. For example, consider a relationship. Suppose you have two equally wonderful people, and they confess at the same time. Which attracts you more is “someone who likes you more.”
They also want to know if you match the company culture and vision. Even if you have a good motivation to apply, if you have the opposite orientation and way of thinking of the company, you may feel a mismatch after joining the company. So, you can say “I am very sympathetic to your company’s mission and vision,” to the reason for applying. Most of the company’s missions are written on its website.