How to answer Japanese Interview Questions?
Few points to remember while you are going for a Japanese interview, no matter whether you are in Japan or in your home country:
- You should never forget any of your documents. Not because the Japanese have a precise mind and they will get to know you eventually, but because it is ethically wrong to do so.
- You should tell your Japanese language level honestly as they will judge your level within the first few minutes anyway.
- It is best to give an impression of truthfulness in you because it will add to your hidden qualities and your right attitude towards joining their company for a long time.
- It is essential to understand the requirement and undertake the opportunity only after getting your confidence and ability level understood by yourself.
- In case of a face-to-face interview, apart from all these points, also groom yourself with neat clothes and a clean shave. Also, read and understand all the essentials for the basic procedure of a Japanese interview.
Please refer to these questions and answers as they are given only to give you brief hint and some base so that you can build your own answers with confidence.
Q1. Why do you want to join this company?
Answer: I have studied about your company on the internet and on social media and I am keen to work with your organization for many months as my interests and your company’s vision match. Therefore I feel I can put my best efforts into contributing to your organization as well as my personal learning.
Q2. What was the previous experience that you contribute to our company?
Answer: First of all I have studied and worked in the Japanese language field for many years. Secondly, I am familiar with the technical jargon and Japanese work procedures, especially in the area of _______. So I feel I can contribute to the company using all the knowledge without taking much of the training time as well as I can enhance my vocabulary and verbal expressions that will fit my further growth within the company.
Q3. How do you distinguish yourself working with a Japanese company?
Answer: I have learned and appreciated all the Japanese work styles and I am well familiar with the ideologies they follow like 5S (Seiri, Seiton, Shitsuke, Seiso, Sousa). I am already familiar with training fellow persons who are going to work under Japanese with these ideologies. So I distinguish myself as a person with Japanese mannerisms as well as the competency to translate and interpret the language.
Q4. How comfortable are you doing Japanese interpretation and translation?
Answer: I like all kinds of Japanese-related works like Japanese translation, interpretation, conducting meetings, teleconferences, taking minutes of meetings. I have studied the Japanese language and put my every effort to do better in it. Even while working till now I have taken notes whenever new vocabulary or expression I came across. Thankfully my Japanese counterparts were too helpful to take the time and effort to teach me whenever they could.
Q5. What is more important while working with the Japanese?
Answer: The most important point is to be disciplined and truthful. If you are always on time and with the work done beforehand, you will be considered fit to work in the long run because discipline is just a norm in Japanese society. Another important point is while undertaking a task it is very important to understand first and then agree after your own calculation that this work can be really accomplished within the time limit or not. Once undertaken, it is assumed by Japanese people that you will finish it positively and you have a 100% understanding of it.
Q6. What is Don’ts while working with Japanese?
Answer: You should never try to cover up your mistake by lying or hiding something because it is always better and harmless to tell everything to your Japanese counterparts since they usually have a procedure or a remedy in case of any mistake. But if you are hiding it, then it will become your own responsibility later when it gets revealed. One more important point is that you never have to be rude or forceful while imparting an order or instruction given by any of the sides. Since everything is absolutely professional in the Japanese environment, everything has to be considered feasible or not through logic and not force.