Some particular interview questions that can catch many people off guard:
“What are your merits? How would they be beneficial to the company?”
The problem is with the word benefit which might lead you to think this question is about job benefits, but in fact actually they want to know how you would be a benefit for the company.
Finally, as a foreigner they may be interested in knowing more about your Japanese skills by asking straightforward:
“Please tell us about your Japanese level.”
You can answer this with information about your Japanese studies, any JLPT exams you have taken as well as any relevant experiences. Of course, the best way to knock it out of the park is to speak great Japanese throughout the interview!
The interviewers may also want to know more about any achievements you have listed in your application or mentioned during the course of the interview. You’ll then hear this question:
“Please tell us about something that you achieved? How did you achieve it?”
This question means up until now what have you achieved, and what was the process to achieve those things. It’s very important to have prepared specific answers. For example, you can talk about how you supervised a team which achieved its sales targets – but you must also specify what those targets were, how they were achieved, and the importance of teamwork throughout the process.
The interviewer may finish with some questions that are a bit more general and personal, such as:
“What are your thoughts about your career? What kind of job do you want to have?”
In this case they are asking you what you think about your career and what kind of position you would ideally like to do. It is best to align your answer with the expectations of the position you have applied for.
They may also ask for a little information about your hobbies:
“What is your hobby?”
Here you can answer with anything relevant about yourself and your hobbies. And it would be best if they are somewhat related to the job you are currently applying for.
Asking the interviewer questions
It is best to ask at least a couple of questions at the end of an interview, such as asking why the position become vacant, what kind of person would be successful in the job and to ask for more details about the position. You need to ensure that you use polite language while asking any and all questions.
End the interview on a high note
When the interview has ended, you need to stand once more, place yourself next to your chair and say a simple:
“Thank you very much.” “doumo arigatou gozaimashita”. You then bow, walk to the door, turn around and say “Shitsurei Shimas” while bowing. After you have gone through the door, you should bow one more time just before you close the door.