Japanese Job Interview — (8) when asking questions from your side
The interviewer will almost certainly ask, “Do you have any questions?” The more questions you ask, the more interested you are in the job. On the other hand, if you don’t have any questions, it will be a negative evaluation, so make sure to ask some questions. But here, you have to ask questions that convey your enthusiasm. You shouldn’t ask about the contents that have already been passed on in advance or what you can easily find if you look into. If you can tell your skill level and strong desire to join the company from what you ask, it will lead to a positive evaluation.
■Let’s actively ask questions.
At the end of an interview, they often say, “Do you have any questions?” It is not good to say “Nothing in particular” at this time. There is a possibility that people may think that they are not motivated to work. But it is not that you can ask anything.
■First of all, what you should avoid is remuneration or benefit such as salary and vacation. It’s a minus because they might think “Are you motivated only by beneficial conditions?” If possible, ask questions about the job description. Of course, if you are asked for your wish or ideals, you can answer them without hesitation.
■Also, it seems to be a clear lack of preparation to ask the facts that can be known if you investigate beforehand. Questions that arise from a desire to confirm with a positive interest something that you do not know in advance, such as what is necessary to create a concrete image of your desired job or position, such as the personnel structure of the department, specific work plan, the atmosphere of the workplace, and the attitude you should take at work, can be a valuable source of information for you and give a favorable impression to the interviewer.