Thanks to guest contributor OnlineMBA for today's post content:
3 Tips For Your [Job] 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 CareerForum.net 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 Japan-Career.jp (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.