Interview Advice

Interview preparation can make all the difference, here is our advice about how to make sure you do not fall at the first hurdle.

Japan is a thriving recruitment market, strongly candidate driven in particular in the bilingual sector. This results is a very high employment rate and multiple vacancies available for each job applicant. Considering this, it is easy to imagine that all you have to do is turn up to an interview to get a job! The reality however is slightly different. Companies in Japan rarely compromise on their expectaions and interview processes can be long and rigorous. 

1.Research deeply about the company and brand you are applying for

Having a look at the website, knowing the size of the company, number of employees and core products or services is not good enough anymore. You must truly make an effort to understand the company culture and be on top of their latest press release or product launch. Use social media to get to know the company better. Do they have a, Twitter or You Tube account where you can learn about the latest news or even watch videos that give you a better insight into the business. Research your interviewers background on Linkedin. It is amazing how often you will discover some common ground or an intersting talking point.

2.Dress for the Occasion

This is very basic advice that lots of candidates still get wrong. Make sure your dress sense matches the company you are applying for. If you are applying for a fashion brand, wearing a boring black suit and tie will probably not give you the edge. Vice versa, wearing something too fashionable within the professional services industry will not work either. Some of our clients are even happy for interviewees to turn up dressed in jeans and a T-shirt! Speak to your RGF Professional Recruitment Japan consultant and we will tell you exactly how to dress to impress.

3. Review expected interview questions and prepare your responses

Speak to your RGF Professional Recruitment Japan consultant and get an insight into what questions you will typically be asked by our clients. We will listen to how you plan to answer them and give you valuable feedback. As a general rule it is always better to illustrate your abilities with specific examples. Just telling the interviewer that you are good at something does not work. You need context and a real life example of how you have demonstrated this skill in the past.

4. Be Authentic, Upbeat, Focused, Confident, Candid, and Concise

The key to success is the quality and delivery of your responses. Your goal should always be authenticity, responding truthfully to interview questions. It sounds basic but most clients want positive, upbeat candidates that display a great attitude, no matter what your level of seniority. Finally, no matter how much an interviewer might bait you, never badmouth a previous employer, boss, or co-worker.

5. Ask Insightful Questions.

Studies continually show that employers make a judgment about an applicant’s interest in the job by whether or not the interviewee asks questions. Thus, even if the hiring manager was thorough in his or her discussions about the job opening and what is expected, you must ask a few questions. This shows that you have done your research and that you are curious. The smart jobseeker prepares questions to ask days before the interview, adding any additional queries that might arise during the meeting.

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