Nhung (Vietnam, NBJ)

  • Nationality: Vietnam
  • Graduation date: December,2017
  • Place of employment: Food industry, Human resources

The job hunting process

I used an agent for my job hunting. They checked my resume, helped me practice for the interviews and gave me advice on how to answer the questions. When I didn’t pass the interview, they explained the reasons. I’m glad that I used their services.
Questions about how I picture myself five or ten years from now, or what I would do if I were the company president were something I found unique to Japanese companies. 
They are questions that are difficult to answer if you haven’t developed a proper career vision or didn’t do enough research about the company. It’s very Japanese. Also, at the end of the interview, when I was asked if I had any questions, I made sure I asked something. For example, during the interview, I observed the company environment and came up with questions. I think it’s important to show that you are interested in the company.

Advice to peers

During the job hunting process, I was refused a few times because my Japanese level was not up to par. I was on the verge of giving up. That’s when I started picking up information from the internet about Vietnamese people who went through the same experience. By getting to know those things, I was able to view myself from an objective perspective. I think when you find out that you’re not the only one going through a tough time, it makes things much easier.