Interview manners in Japan

Wear a “recruit suit”, a plain black suit combined with a white shirt. Avoid wearing a size that is too large. You should wear a watch, but avoid one that is too expensive, glamorous, or sporty.

Try to arrive at the interview site 10-15 minutes early. If you arrive too early, spend some time around the company or the nearest station. If you are going to be late, be sure to call and inform the person in charge. Tell the person in charge why you will be late, what time you will arrive, and an apology.

・At the reception
When you arrive at the company, tell the receptionist briefly your name, your concern, and who you are there to see. In the waiting room, keep your posture straight and quiet. Do not look at or operate your cell phone while waiting.

・Entering the interview room
When entering a room, knock lightly on the door and enter when asked to do so.
After entering the interview room, close the door quietly. At this time, make sure to turn toward the door. Turn to the recruiter and greet him or her by saying, "honjitsu wa yoroshiku onegaishimasu” (something like: thank you for your time today), and bow.

Keep your bag at your feet so that documents, writing utensils, etc. can be quickly taken out.

・Business Card
When the recruiter offers you a business card, receive it politely with both hands. Take a seat when the person asks to do so.
Place the business card to your left.

Keep your back straight during the interview. Keep your hands lightly on both knees. Do not spread your legs too far apart.

・After the interview
After the interview is over, put away your documents and business cards in your bag before standing up. Handle the business cards and documents given by the recruiter with care.

・Leaving the interview room
Stand next to the chair and say Thank You for the interview. Bow at the door and open it. Then close the door quietly.
The recruiter may escort you to the exit or elevator. When you are escorted to the elevator, bow and say, "kochira de shitsurei itashimasu” (something like: please excuse me from here). Bow your head until the door closes.

In addition to interview preparation, TCJ offers detailed guidance and support for job hunting, such as resume correction and business email writing, in its classes.
We also offer face-to-face and online classes for international people who want to improve their Japanese language skills! If you are interested in higher education or working in Japan, we are looking forward to seeing you at TCJ.
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