Have you ever thought “I’d like to find a job after studying at a Japanese University” ? There is a big difference between job hunting in Japan and in Germany although I live in Germany and hear about job hunting in Germany. I work for Japanese company. I got offers from 3 big companies when I had a master’s degree. So I introduce the difference about job hunting from my experiences.
There are 3 differences below.
1. Simultaneous recruiting of new graduates
In Germany there is no concept of simultaneous recruiting of new graduates. German students find a job at a different time depending on when they graduate from their Universities. In Japan students in 4th grade and 2nd year masters find a job in spring normally. Companies recruit new graduates in spring, but they don’t do that for new graduates except for spring normally.
2. Companies don’t put emphasis on what students major in and their grade
In Germany people study and research the areas they are interested in and get skills for jobs they want to get in the future. German companies hire the people who are ready to work hard. Depending on their grade, the companies which they can get a job from are changed. But Japanese recognize that people who graduate from good universities can get a good job. Most Japanese companies don’t put on what they major in and their grade because normally the companies think the grade of new graduates isn’t linked with ability for business mostly and try to raise new graduates after they join the companies.
3. Companies put emphasis on interview tests in recruiting
In recruiting Japanese companies put emphasis on interview tests instead of what new graduates major in and their grade. Normally the companies would like to see if they are smart and clever, if they can communicate with other people well and if they are harmonious in multiple interview tests. So Japanese students train for interview tests to find a job.
Job hunting in Japan is very unique. There are 3 different points from Germany.
1. Japanese companies recruit new graduates simultaneously
2. Japanese companies don’t put emphasis on what students major in and their grade
3. Japanese companies put emphasis on interview tests in recruiting