Standing out from other foreign students by focusing on an unusual topic in job interviews
Siu Pui Yan（Scheduled to be employed by an entertainment-related company）
Feb 22, 2019
The following story describes the job-hunting experience of Siu Pui Yan, a student in the Department of Intercultural Communication, College of Intercultural Communication, who has received a job offer from an entertainment-related company.
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Number of companies to which he submitted a job application: 15
Number of companies he visited for employment briefings: 5
Number of Rikkyo University alumni he visited: 1
Number of companies at which he had a job interview: 2
At one point, I was troubled by Japanese-style job hunting
Initially, I thought finding a job in Japan was difficult. I felt my personality – I act honestly and openly to myself and other people – did not always match with the Japanese culture. For example, Japanese people often separate their “true thoughts” and “publicly displayed stance.” I speak my real feelings candidly, so I wondered if I should reveal the “real me” in written job applications and interviews, or if I should use flowery phrases and comments that appeal to interviewers so I might pass the screening. In the end, I decided to stay true to myself during the job-hunting process. I started by seeking companies at which I would likely be able to use my strengths, nurtured over many years, without narrowing down the business fields I aspired to work in.
I answered job interview questions by mainly talking about one of my strengths
My item useful for job hunting
Effective points in my job application form
Piquing the interest of personnel department officials by telling unusual stories
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