The keys to get offers through “Shūkatsu” as a technical job in Japan

Have you ever thought “I’d like to find a technical job after getting a master’s degree at a Japanese University” ? You can find much information about “Shūkatsu” for office workers, but little information about it for technical jobs. I got 3 offers from big Japanese food companies after I got a master’s degree at the University of Kyushu although I’m Japanese. I will tell you my experiences about “Shūkatsu”.

There are 4 steps for “Shūkatsu”. I show you the keys about every step.


1. Preparation in advance

You should make a personal summary as the following flames.
①What’s the purpose ?
②What did you challenge ?
③What result did you get ?
④What did you get from the result ?
⑤How can you make the most of it ?
You should start making a personal summary before information seminars start being held. You must be asked about your personal summary from interviewers in interview tests many times. For example, questions are “What did you work hard when you were a student ?”, “What’s your advantage and disadvantage ?” or “What’s the hardest thing you did ?”. It takes a long time to complete a personal summary for passing application sheets and interview tests. In addition to that you should prepare multiple personal summaries because you must be asked multiple questions about your personal summary as you already wrote. You should have other people listen to your personal summary, get the advice about it from them and improve it. You should repeat it to improve it.


2.Information seminar

You can go to a job fair easily, but you should be careful when you take part in information seminars from one company because you can be picked up from the people in the company if you behave well there. So you shouldn’t ask the people questions you can understand from a homepage and should ask the people impressive questions. For example, in my case in advance I compared the company about products, marketing and technologies with competitors and clarified the characters of the company. In the information seminar I asked them the questions related to the result I analyzed in advance positively. It’s very important that you impress the people well and positively.


3. Application sheet

As to a personal summary you should write as the following flames.
②What’s the purpose ?
③What did you challenge ?
④What result did you get ?
⑤What did you get from the result ?
⑥How can you make the most of it ?
It’s better that you write them as specifically as possible based on your experiences because you can differentiate other applicants. As to big and popular companies, so many students apply for the jobs, so you should differentiate other applicants as much as possible.
As to reasons for application, you should compare products, technologies and so on with competitors and clarify the character of the company as I already wrote and write the reason fit to only the company. If you write the reason fit to other companies also, you can’t probably pass the application sheet.
If you want to get offers from food companies, you should apply for many jobs because it’s very hard to pass the application sheets in food companies. In my case I applied for about 50 food companies and could proceed to 1st interview tests in about 25 companies.


4. Interview tests and written examination

Interview tests are the most important in getting jobs. As to interview tests, in advance you should practice speaking about the outline of your research topic, your personal summary and the reason for application so many times so that you can explain about them simply within 1 minute. In 1st interview tests mostly you take interview tests in a group and in a very short time. Most students can’t pass the 1st interview tests because their practice to explain them isn’t enough. But I think if you practice explaining them, it’s easy to raise the probability of passing 1st interview tests.
After 2nd interview tests you are asked about your personality, what you did and so on more deeply. If you take the interview tests in a group, you shouldn’t answer similarly to other applicants. It’s important to differentiate other applicants. If you talk to interviews about your experiences specifically, other applicants may not talk about the same topics.



You should start making a personal summary earlier, differentiate your contents from other people and prepare for emphasizing your differentiation simply in a short time.


  1. Seiko says:

    I found this article greatly insightful. I knew that job hunting in Japan is very competitive, but being able to actually read your experiences and tips really made it feel more real. Thank you so much for this! It really helped me a lot.

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