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International students who are in the course of job hunting and wish to work at a Japanese company will be subject to largely the same schedules and job hunting regimens as Japanese students. This will mean that you will be job hunting alongside and under the same conditions as students who are Japanese nationals.
Japanese companies tend to focus their recruitment drives on students who have just graduated from universities or graduate schools ("new graduates"). You should also note that the current timing for corporate recruitment drives (company briefings, etc.) and recruitment screening (interviews, etc.) is as follows.
It is important, however, to always be on the lookout for new information as these schedules may change in the future. In addition, the possibility of knowing if particular companies will proceed as foreseen is preempted by the fact that these are merely government guidelines on recruitment schedules for corporations.
Persons who want to know more about job hunting schedules and how to go about it are requested to refer to the Keio University Placement Guidebook which is distributed at the careers service desks at respective campuses (Mita, Yagami, Shonan Fujisawa).
In the leaflet below, you will find a concise overview of the baseline knowledge with which international students intending to job hunt in Japan should be equipped.
The following sites also contain useful information.
Please note that not all Japanese companies employ international students. The hurdles faced by international students seeking employment in Japan are by no means negligible and will include their understanding of Japanese culture and cultural norms as well as proficiency in the Japanese language.
It is imperative to begin to collect information as soon as possible, including that on hiring prerequisites and whether or not recruitment is ongoing.
Below is a list of common interview questions. We would advise you to list up your answers to these in advance.
International students employed by Japanese companies will be expected to both adapt to Japanese society and to take an active role as global players. Be aware that entry levels are accordingly set very high. Please take the following into account when undertaking your activities.
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Are there any differences between the recruitment tests for international students and those used for students who are Japanese nationals?
They are the same. As a general rule, you will have to undergo the same written examinations (SPI, etc.) and interviews as students who are Japanese nationals.
Can I return to my home country if I am employed in Japan?
You will need to check with the company. As a general rule, recruitment at Japanese companies is based on a managerial track and not bound to job type or location of workplace.
Will my salary differ from that of Japanese employees?
If you join as a full-time employee (managerial track), in principle there are no salary gaps based on nationality.
Are there any bodies which provide information on companies that recruit international students?
One such body is The Tokyo Employment Service Center for Foreigners, which is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
You can browse government initiatives to support job seeking by international students, including information from the above center, at the below Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare website.
Numerous job seminars on various themes take place on campus in any given year. Seminars with content aimed specifically at international students may also take place at particular campuses. You are encouraged to actively participate if you are considering seeking employment at a Japanese company. Please note that these will be conducted mostly in Japanese (expect for a few English seminars). For details on content and schedules, please refer to "the Job hunting/careers advice sessions" page.
The careers service and support desks are aimed at the following persons.
This system can be availed of from the Fall Semester in the academic year preceding the year of your graduation.
*September 2020 and March 2021 graduates: From AY 2019 Fall Semester till program completion
*September 2021 and March 2022 graduates: From AY 2020 Fall Semester till program completion