for a job?
Have an interview and just don't know how to prepare?
a few things I share with candidates everyday. They work!
Making your resume
Remember, your resume is "the image of you" on paper. When you first
meet someone you don't tell them your whole life, you just tell them enough to
get them interested. The same thing is true for your resume. It is a document
that gets HR Department Managers interested. As in conversation, talk too much
about how great you are, and people will get turned off, don't say enough and
people will think you are boring.Keep your resume direct and to the point. Show
your strengthens and your personality. Give bullet points to what your key success
have been. ALWAYS tailor your resume to a specific job. Look at the job specs
and MATCH your resume. Make sure you answer all the questions listed in qualifications.
I need to stress this... Make sure you get all the requirements answered. HR people
want to see if you qualify! After they will look to see if you are someone they
want to learn more about. You Goal... "to get the HR manager interested enough
to want to learn more about you..." After you do this, you will see you get
more Yes's and "Yes" you have an interview. Success on your first Goal... "The
Get a Second Interview (Goal 2)
The fist interview
Before you go to the interview you need to make a list of Goals. What do you want
to say? How do you want to say it? What are your strengthens, to the job? What
do you want to make sure you go over in the meeting.? How should I impress them???
All of these are good in extreme moderation, however keep Goal 1, which is the
same as Goal 2, 3, 4 etc. "To get a 2nd interview!" Nothing else matters! You
simply want the person to give you a "2nd" interview. Career Goals Career goals
Career goals are always asked. Should include what do you want out of a job. This
is an especially important question for those seeking a job in a foreign country.
Other questions you should expect.... How long do you plan to stay in Japan? One
year, five years, forever? Your interviewer will want to know, and you need to
think about how the experience will affect your career. Time and time again I
see candidates go into interviews thinking that "one interview" was going
to get them the job. Or, they think that "one interview" to offer. If you
think this is the case, well keep thinking. The first interview is just that.
A first interview. As in life, if you want to be friends with someone it takes
time. Perhaps Mc. Donald's will hire after one interview, but they don't want
to be your friend. They don't care... They just need bodies. The Corporate world
doesn't work that way. Employer's need bodies, but they need bodies that fit within
their structures. It takes time to learn this. Expect at least 2 interview meeting
with managers, staff, (Currently I would say 3 interviews before offer are the
norm.) before anything serious is going to take place.Good Luck. Here is a bit
more to think about... Having trouble finding jobs that suit you?
be discouraged if there don't seem to be a lot of jobs that suit you - don't worry
you only need one job anyway. Go after the job you want. Get the interviewer to
like you. You just have to get them to realize you are the perfect person to fill
their job. Ask a recruiter to help. Recommend companies that you think you would
fit. Most honest recruiters want to get you a job. They should call the company
for you and help you! Contract
Understand the contract before you sign
it. Avoid the stress and confusion that can ensue when something goes wrong- make
sure you have a clearly written contract (preferably in your language.)
Use your contacts for everything they're worth. Sound sneaky?
It's not. Often in Japan, it's a must (ask someone from the Ministry of Finance!)
Even if it's just a simple introduction, you're no longer a "stranger" when you
walk in the door, and that can make a big difference when the interviewer considers
you for a position.Learn Japanese Learn Japanese.
Even if you don't feel
like putting in the time to learn the language, you should definitely learn something
about the culture. You don't have to don a kimono and get a, but you should at
least know what to do- and what not to do when you visit a Japanese company or
home.No lace-ups, Look Clean Cut, and No Spicy Food. Don't where lace-up shoes
(you may have to take your shoes off when you visit a company). We're only half
joking here... Having clean dark socks always helps. Cut your hair, shave, (especially
in Japan HR Managers typically HATE hair on the face of candidates no hair under
your nose, no beards and surely no 3 day growth) Wash your hands. Don't each strong
food the day before, for example Garlic, Curry, Strong or Spicy Spices. Look clean
cut! after you get the job, you can turn into a slob....
Beware of the
Many companies in Japan require that you have a home address before
applying for a job- but most real estate agencies require that you have a job
before you can rent a property. Our advice? Try to find a company that provides
housing for its employees- and enjoy the yen you'll save!Just remember, even if
you are just looking at the market, or you seriously need a job, you should think
that your resume is just the first step, in many many steps, that will get you
that dream job.
What do Managers Expect?
Well we asked. Here are a few
of the answers..
Resume Resume - Give details only for credentials that
show experience that is relevant to the job type. If you are looking for two different
job types, make up a different resume for each job. It helps us screen.
-Don't get screened out because your resume is to long and not to the point.
When you call to setup an appointment for an interview, stay to
the point. We don't want to conduct a 30 minute pre-interview over the phone.
- Remember that the point of this call is not to give information but
to schedule the interview. Tell them you meet the qualifications without explaining
any more and set a time to meet or you just might screen yourself out.
At the interview
At the interview - We are looking for an attitude of moderated
excitement and confidence. We are looking for people who pleasantly project the
feeling that they are exactly the people we need to hire.
-this is the
message that you must deliver to the interviewer. Listen carefully to the interviewer
to see that he or she is getting this message. If you do not know the answer to
a question tell the truth. If the interviewer asks about experience that you do
not have tell the truth but quickly explain that you are looking for a chance
to learn more about that subject. The only time this will not apply is if you
discover, during the interview, that the content of the job is not what you thought
and you are not interested.
No problem. It normally
-If an interview goes longer than the scheduled
time or lasts more than 45 minutes it is usually positive. An interviewer will
not usually spend more time if they do not see potential.
Even if the interview
does not seem to be going well, it always doesn't mean we think you are bad. Perhaps
we are just having a bad day. As long as it is being conducted professionally,
don't read too much into it.
I hope this helps.