Japanese companies take the following approaches to evaluate the candidates’ abilities and personalities. International students are required to take the same employment exam as Japanese students, therefore high levels of Japanese language skills are required to receive an informal job offer.
In Japan, we have a distinctive type of series tests such as a general knowledge test, an aptitude test (for example, SPI3), an online test, and essay writing. The questions are normally written in Japanese and you are required to read them fast and accurately. It is desirable that you start your preparation as early as possible in order to pass the written exam.
Companies evaluate your communication skills and how cooperative you are during a group discussion. You might be considered to have insufficient Japanese skills when an attitude of uncooperativeness or lack of involvement were shown during the discussion. We recommend you to actively get involved in the group discussion with an optimistic expression when listening to others as well as when making a statement about yourself.
Application form and an interview
Respond to questions by either speaking or writing in a comprehensive way after accurately capture and understand those questions.
Making an application form or job interview are the repeated actions of these procedures.
The word“accurately”here represents not only understanding the meaning of the word itself but also taking considerations from the listeners’ perspective and emotions.
The term “in a comprehensive way” means the following: the accurate use of Japanese terms, moderate vocal volume and speaking speed, legible size of characters, letters carefully written, concise and logical expressions.
①Distinguish “spoken language” from “written language”
You need to use “written language” in your application form. During an interview, you should use “spoken language”. We recommend that you should ask places such as the Career Center within your institution to see if you are using appropriate language in a proper manner.
②Have a good command of “Keigo”(This is the appropriate language style that you should use when you are talking to your superior or the elderly)
When you are working in Japanese enterprises, it is important that you know how to use Keigo as a business manner. We recommend you to continually learn how to practically use Keigo while you interact with local Japanese people in various positions or at different age levels.
It could be very helpful that you ask your close Japanese friends or colleagues to correct you with any mistakes you made during your daily life in order to improve your Japanese language skills.