Reasons why you didn?t get a callback
Passing a document screening process is never easy, but it is actually even harder to get a callback for the second interview, which is close to the final step in the hiring process. If you have been to many job interviews for these last few months, which you think you nailed, but have not received any callbacks for the second interview, you might want to know the reasons why you didn’t get any callbacks, and things you can do to increase your callback rate for the second interviews.
Had a great interview but got ghosted after that? Give yourself a review!
Probably, you couldn’t care less when your Tinder date ghosted you after a perfect date, but you would definitely worry if the employer ghosted you after a perfect interview, wouldn’t you? Most of you would agree that you would rather get a friendly “Thanks, but no, thanks” e-mail or phone call than the alternative of being ignored, but it is safe to assumed that you didn’t get the position and should keep interviewing with other companies.
However, you should review yourself before you head into your next interview to make sure you will not make the same mistakes you accidentally did in your last interview. Below are some things to consider before you have your next interview.
1. Your introduction was either too long or too brief
The ideal length of a self introduction for a job interview is three minutes, and within those three minutes, you should be able to introduce yourself, including reasons why you came to Japan, your academic background, and also your past work experiences. Many failed interviews stems from this stage, most interviewers already know whether they want to continue with a candidate just by hearing their introduction so make sure to nail this one.
You should focus on the key elements in your background when introducing yourself, which will enable you to excel in the position you’re applying for. Make sure to do sufficient research on the company and the job position before the interview. If you’re not a good speaker, you might want to summarize your introduction into several points so it would be easier for you to deliver your talk on your next interview.
Below are some things to include in self introduction:
1. Reasons why you came to Japan
→ be careful in this one, many foreigner falls to the trap of "I love Japanese cultures/anime" when introducing themselves and most of the time that reason will not give a good impression to the interviewers. While coming to Japan for the culture itself is not a crime, for job interviews you should be able to illustrate on WHY you want to build career in Japan and how committed you are to stay in the country.
2. Why do you want to change your career
→ You also should be careful in this part, never ever talk bad about your previous/current job or give out the impression that you are applying to this company to "escape" your previous one. It will never ends well
3. Talk about your recent project
→ Make sure to talk about the concept, the target, and highlight your role in that project (including your skills).
4. Make sure your introduction is coherent and in order
→ Explain about your current condition, your future plan, and the goals you would like to achieve.
Also we talked about introducing yourself in Japanese interview before in this article, how about checking it again and make sure you practice it in real time?
2. You sounded like you’re not a good fit
You may think you’re the perfect candidate for the role, since you have all the necessary skills and experience. But perhaps, the way you delivered your talks about your skills and your experience was not as good as you think. Below are the things to include when explaining about your skills and experiences:
1. Include only skills and experiences that are relevant to the position
2. Talk about the company you used to work for, then explain the concept and the timeline of the project, and the skills you used to handle that project.
3. Mention languages and tools you used in the project.
4. If you were managing a team, explain about your management experience in details.
5. Emphasize skills, characteristics, and experiences the company is looking for.
3. Your reasons to change career were bad
All of us want to change our career at some points to level up, don’t we? Explaining the reason why you want to change career to your employer is not as easy as it sounds.
You should never mention things below as a reason why you want to change your job:
1. The salary was too low (this is not wrong, but do not use this as the only reason why you are changing your job)
2. You love Japanese culture (every foreigner in Japan would make this as a reason, so it wouldn’t make you special to the company)
3. The projects were boring (this reason shows that you have a low commitment)
4. The company was too small (this shows that you have a low commitment)
Things you can mention as a reason for you to change your job are listed below:
1. The amount of the projects were insufficient (this shows that you’re up to challenge and love improvement)
2. You want to brush up your skills (shows that you have a clear career goal, and make sure to explain this in details)
3. To build a family in Japan, or to bring your family to Japan (shows that you need to climb the career ladder by upgrading your skill)
4. Your reasons for applying were not legit
Japanese employers will always ask your reasons for applying, so you should make sure your reasons are relevant and persuasive enough. Below are some things you can use as reasons for applying the position:
1. Explain why you want to use your skills and experiences for the position and how will it contributes to your growth
2. Tell them that you are sharing the same missions and values with the company
3. Explain why you think you will fit in the company
5. Your career plan was not clear
You must clearly explain your career plan in the interview. Make sure you mention your career purposes and your goals, and what kind of plans and actions you will take to achieve those goals. Also, you need to relate your career plan with the position you’re applying for, by mentioning why working in that company will benefit you and your goals, especially if you’re an IT engineer.
You must be able to highlight on why and how joining the company / the position you are applying for will benefit your career in the long term, so the company will also see the benefit of hiring you. This approach will also guarantee that you won't suddenly quit when encountering hardships because you have your own goals that you want to achieve.
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