Job ID : 1712

How to take a job interview in Japan

Whole process to the interview day

About 1: How can you react to the first call from the company?


first step : Check your schedule

Mainly, the first call in Japanese refers to when the interview day can be held.

You have to check when you’ll be free for an interview.

(note: you should check also when is the free time of the day. Therefore you should know how far is the company and how long can you get there)


second step : Deal with some short questions

Sometimes you’ll have some short questions in Japanese like this :

・When can you work (in detail)? 

「きぼうのきんむじかんは いつですか?」

・What is the position you would like to work as? 


You should prepare for these easy questions to answer instantly.




About “before 2” : Complete your Japanese resume(Japanese CV)

This is a very important stuff indeed. Resume will be seen by recruiter and you’ll have some long questions through this.


first step : Get your resume paper

Resume is inside of recruit magazine, for example, “Town Work.”

(They are free to get and all Japanese stations may have.)

If you cannot find these magazines, you can download on web.

We’re sure you can buy them in shops. (Most of stationary shops have.)


second step : Fill in all blanks on resume in Japanese

On resume, there is lots of blanks for your name, photo, adress, personal history, why you want to work for the company, and so on.

You should fill in all in Japanese as you can and be attractive to be employed by the company. (note: you don’t have to use Kanji, it’s alright with Hiragana)




About 2 : Interview day

Interview before you are employed is the most important matter. You must promote yourself to the recruiter to be hired.But what can you do for the interview? What is like the Japanese interview?



first step : Know about what is like the interview

1. go to the company

: You should arrive at there 5 or 10 minutes before the time you made an appointment. To be punctual on time is very well considered by Japanese.

2. tell the stuff that you came for the interview

: The stuff may guide you to the room for interview. Don’t forget to knock the door and say something like “すみません(Excuse me)” when you enter the room.

3. start the interview

: Some long questions are asked. Answer them brightly, clearly.

In the end, you’ll be asked if you have any question about the work. In case you have question, ask this time. (If you have some questions, note them not to forget.)

4. the recruiter tells you the process after this interview

: Maybe he or she tell you the company call you in a week after this.  

5. finish!

: Don’t forget to say thank you for having this time.




second step : Common questions to be asked

・ Why did you apply for this work?


(Why did you choose this store even if there are lots of this kind of jobs ?)

(「たくさんのチェーンてんのなかで なぜこのおみせをえらびましたか?」)

・ Have you ever worked this kind of jobs before? 


・ When can you start working? 


・ Can you work on holidays?

「きゅうじつ、しゅくじつは はたらけますか?」

・ What do you do usually? Student? 


・ Do you want to work for a long term(more than a half year), or a short term(a few month)?

「きぼうは ちょうきですか?たんきですか?」

・ How often can you work per week?

「しゅうなんかい はたらけますか?」

・ Do you have days you CANNOT work?

「シフトがはいれない ようびは ありますか?」

・ Do you need transport expenses?

「こうつうひは いりますか?」

Mainly these kinds of questions are common ones. Sometimes you are asked in more detail way, but it’s alright if you relax and answer clearly.




third step : the stuff list you should have on the interview day


・ Japanese resume(CV)

・ Something to write and note

・ Spare pictures of yours

・ Smartphone (you should power off during the interview)




forth step : How can you dressed on interview day?

You should be in formal style as you can. Be careful to be seen clean! Lazy style is not good impression to any company.

 examples of NOT good style

・ hard hair style (use too much styling mousse)

・ leather jacket

・ damaged jeans

・ too much perfume

・ cap, hat



fifth step : NG behavior list

This is the list of you MUST NOT do.

・ Be lazy at time

・ Lose in your way (Check the way to the company again and again!)

・ Folding your arms (Japanese regard this as an action of lacking respect)

・ Tell a lie




These things are enough!

You don’t have to mind too much. Relax and promote yourself!

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