Opinions of foreign students on finding a job in Japan

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A survey of international students about their job search experiences asked them about the resources they found helpful, the deciding factor in choosing a company, and how they thought recruitment could be improved.

Originator, an employment company that helps foreign students find jobs in Japan, surveyed 301 foreign students about their job search experiences. In addition to general trends, responses revealed some bewilderment about Japan’s complex job search culture.

When asked about the resources used to find a company, the first two answers “Gathering information on recruitment information sites” at 46.2% and “Registering on information sites on recruitment” at 42.5% were chosen by more than twice as many people as the third answer. . Registering on these sites has apparently become a common practice for foreign students looking for a job, just like for Japanese students.

The top three answers to the decisive factor in choosing a company all had roughly the same numbers: “high salary” for 38.3%, “work environment and company culture are good” for 37% and ” great benefits package.” at 36.1%. “Connections to country of origin” had relatively few responses, at 12.3%.

When asked what they would like Japanese companies to improve on the recruitment process, 54.8% of respondents said “the complexity of the selection process”, 47.2% “the aptitude tests and 46.5% “too many interviews”, indicating that many international students are intrigued by Japan’s unusual selection process.

Comments from respondents in the free response space included, “One of the reasons for hiring foreign nationals is to increase diversity, but it seems strange that the scoring criteria is the same as for Japanese citizens. It looks like they are looking for foreigners who look like the Japanese. Others were, “They prioritize Japanese language skills over knowledge” and “I doubt general knowledge and Japanese language questions in an aptitude test for foreign students.”

When those who already worked or had worked in Japanese companies were asked their thoughts on business practices and business etiquette, responses included pointers that hit painfully close to home, like: “The number of people having to report is too big and inefficient,” “They only focus on work time, not work efficiency” and “Meetings are too long and many don’t reach a conclusion.”

(Originally published in Japanese. Banner photo © Pixta.)

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