Thanks to guest contributor OnlineMBA for today's post content:

3 Tips For Your [Job] Interview

"People who interview well seem to do so effortlessly. While the rest of us waste time studying single-use, canned answers we’ll probably never use in the actual interview, these lucky few come in and rattle off brilliant responses without any preparation at all.
Prospective employers can present these breezy interviewees with surprise panel interviews, hairy logic problems, or uncomfortable salary questions and they’ll handle each thoughtfully, without panicking. Now, most of us aren’t like that, but we can learn a few things from those that are.
One distinguishable difference between these candidates and the rest of us is that they come into an interview without expectations of how it will be conducted. They go with an aim to learn and discuss if they’d be a good fit for the organization, not to prove that they will be. So, instead of pouring over a laundry list of stay-cool tips the days and night before your interview, check out the latest video from OnlineMBA to learn three easy-to-remember tricks to both appear and actually be more relaxed during your interview."

I especially like the points brought up in the intro's third paragraph: Successful candidates walk in confident and discuss the position with the interviewer. They're not over-eager. They're just sitting down and having a chat. This is the same attitude you want to bring to an interview in Japan.

If you are young and looking at professional opportunities in Japan, you should really be checking out and the various job fairs it holds around the world. The big one is in Boston, held every October. That's where the top-tier industries congregate to find new batches of Japanese-English bilingual employees. If you're not sure where to start here, just create an account on the CFN website and take a look at the upcoming events. CFN makes it super-easy to prepare tailored online resumes and submit them to participating companies. Keep an eye on the site to find out when each company will be accepting online resumes and pre-registering people for interviews. If you're hoping to go to Boston, this submission window is usually early September through mid October.

If, on the other hand, you're already in Tokyo, the nice people over at (it's a short walk from Harajuku Station) can help evaluate your experience and hook you up with targeted job listings. They'll even help you prepare your resumes and polish your interviewing skills along the way. These services are generally free for job-hunters, as companies pay out a handsome commission when a recruiter lands them a desirable applicant. I highly recommend giving Japan-Career a call or email to schedule an appointment.

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