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Japanese interview - self introduction

Postby adam » Sun 08.19.2007 6:31 pm

Wow it's been a while since I've posted on this forum. Mostly new faces. A few old. But anyway, to my question. If you are in an interview at a Japanese company and someone asks you to give a self introduction, what kind of things do you think are the most important to say? Do you talk about your university experience? Your experience in Japan? What your goals are in the future?

Yes I know what I'd say if it was an American company but I feel like a Japanese company may want to hear different things that I'm not used to talking about. Any ideas from those with experience? (Or those taking educated guesses)

Or will I not even be asked to give a self introduction?

Thanks!
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RE: Japanese interview - self introduction

Postby coco » Mon 08.20.2007 4:15 am

Adamさん お久しぶりです。
たしか千葉にお住まいだったと記憶していますが、東京に移られたのですか?

就職面接では、一問一答形式が一般的だと思われます。
先方がAdamさんの履歴書などを見ながら質問し、それにAdamさんが回答する形です。

いずれにしても先方が訊きたいことは主にこれまでの職歴と業務内容ですから、自己紹介をする場合でもこれらを含めた内容が一般的だろうと思います。
退職理由を訊かれる可柏ォも高いので、自己紹介には含める必要はありませんが、それなりの答えを用意しておいた方がいいでしょう。

また近々結婚する嵐閧ェある場合はその旨を伝え、すでに結婚している場合には、妻の職業の有無、子供がいれば、その学年なども盛り込んで紹介するといいかもしれません。

職種・業種にもよりますが、学生時代にスポーツ(特にチームプレーが必要とされる球技など)をしていた経験が評価される場合もあります。

うまくいくといいですね。 :)
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RE: Japanese interview - self introduction

Postby adam » Mon 08.20.2007 6:30 am

cocoさん、久しぶりですね!もう一年ぶりぐりだと思います。私のことを覚えていてびっくりです。
千葉に住んでいましたけど一ヶ月前に東京に引越ししました。

いろいろ教えてくれてありがとうございます。この情報は役に立ちます。この面接は日本語しか使えないのでちょっと緊張してきました。でも、頑張るしかないですね!
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RE: Japanese interview - self introduction

Postby Shirasagi » Tue 08.21.2007 1:05 am

Adam, the nearly universal question asked in Japanese job interviews is:

"What made you choose this company and why do you want to work here?"
こちらに就職したいというのは、どうしてですか?

So think of an answer to this one before you go in.

Another JSL shout-out for Yudan Taiteki. At a job interview for an employment agency in 1999 I was asked this very question and responded word-for-word with JSL CC 25A #2, (N)a. And I got the job. B)
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RE: Japanese interview - self introduction

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Tue 08.21.2007 9:00 am

Haha, awesome!

まあ、日本語が少し話せるので、英語と日本語を生かした仕事がしたいと思いまして...
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RE: Japanese interview - self introduction

Postby two_heads_talking » Tue 08.21.2007 10:04 am

Shirasagi wrote:

Another JSL shout-out for Yudan Taiteki. At a job interview for an employment agency in 1999 I was asked this very question and responded word-for-word with JSL CC 25A #2, (N)a. And I got the job. B)


WELL, as long as that's what you really meant, that's awesome. It's a shame that with many corporations it's just a matter of "quoting" something just to get the job. I have fired more than my share of "quoters" after finding out they didn't know jackcrap like they said they did.

(to the OP) I have always been an advocate of being honest. If you answer the qeustions honestly, you will find that your carreer will be a bit easier to deal with. Not only will you find a job suited for you and your likes, you will also find a boss that is looking for what you have. it makes the day and your "shigoto" more smooth. Most good interviewers know enough about interviews that they can even slip you up on "non-credible" or exagerated claims, so be cautious if you are exagerating your abilities.
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RE: Japanese interview - self introduction

Postby adam » Mon 09.03.2007 9:35 am

Just a followup.

Everyone thanks for the advice.

Shirasagi, as you said they did ask that question. Thanks for the heads up.

Two_heads_talking, I tried to be as honest as possible, and it definitely worked out for the best.

However 2 things that completely caught me off guard.

One was someting along the lines of
この仕事が物足りないことになれば転職しますか。

And I couldn't catch the whole sentence and said yes! I think it was more of a joking question, because the 3 interviewers starting cracking up when I answered that. Of course I had to explain how I didn't understand the question then!

The last question the interviewer asked me was,

自炊しますか。

Something that completely caught me off guard. First I've never heard of that phrase. And second, even after I found the meaning, I was at a loss for words. Strange!

But all in all, it was a great experience!
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RE: Japanese interview - self introduction

Postby Shirasagi » Wed 09.05.2007 6:58 am

I would say that virtually every Japanese person I've met has eventually asked me if I cook for myself. I think it comes from natural curiosity at how ex-pats in Japan find food, since it's likely our native food is quite different from Japanese food. At a job interview, in particular, I imagine they felt the answer would tell them something about your stability as well as your adaptability.
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