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1 JET interview on Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:21 am

Today, I got home from work and to my pleasure, I saw many alumni got JET interviews. Congrats. I'm not sure if you all still use this forum, but I'm just gonna create this thread to give advice on the interview. I have a shit load of resources that you guys can check out. Anyway, post here if you are interested or have any questions.

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2 Re: JET interview on Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:49 am

Thanks bro! Did they ask you anything really crazy or something that caught you off guard? I think I might have some trouble with the asian/filipino questions. And did a bunch of tough guys interview you?

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3 Re: JET interview on Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:36 am

I set it up so that they couldn't really bust me out on anything. If you emphasized on how adaptable you are, I don't think they should give you any trouble. However, if they do. Don't get angry. I planned that if they asked me about being black and racism in Japan....I would spin it into "it can't be helped because limited exposure" combo'd with "that's part of the reason I want to work in Japan is to show them the real thing, show them me....yada yada." You just gotta be positive like Martin Luther King and not get butt hurt. They do that on purpose to simulate the real thing.

As for the tough guys, I believe Toure got one. The most he asked him was "You're a business major, you could get a job working in a business in Tokyo. Why be an English teacher?" Luckily, you're not a Business major, so I doubt they will ask you anything that will catch you off guard....because I think the JET program is geared towards HRS majors. lol'd I was only asked like 4 or 5 questions. That's how well I elaborated XD

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4 Re: JET interview on Wed Jan 27, 2010 6:01 pm

I really like your advice. It's a good idea to try and mold everything in your direction. And wow to Toure's question!

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5 Re: JET interview on Thu Jan 28, 2010 5:53 am

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Thanks Chris! We're still here.

I have a feeling they will probably ask me something about why be an English teacher with a background in photography and banking.. and probably situational question since I'm female, like if a boss makes a pass at me or kids asking personal questions.

One of the sample questions I saw, that I'm not sure what is the most appropriate answer, is what if you are asked to work overtime without being compensated? I'm not sure what the overtime laws are like in Japan.

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6 Re: JET interview on Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:50 am

They have lists of possible questions that others have received before as well. Chris and I went over them at a Starbucks one time, and if you look at them, there are very clear themes that the questions fall under. If you generally understand your answers to questions within a category, such as "Why are you doing JET" or "How does this apply to your future" then you will absolutely ace the interview.

In my view, it's about stocking up on ammo for those specific categories rather than specific questions.

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7 Re: JET interview on Thu Feb 04, 2010 7:40 am

Another thing i worked on was my body language, reaction time, and the length of each answer. I noticed when I was taped myself with toure, that i used too many hand gestures and i looked like I was thinking about everything on the spot. It'S a good idea to tape yourself and be really strict on those little habits you have when you are nervous. I also noticed that I took too long to answer which kind of made it look like I did not prepare for the interview. Try to answer the question with in 5 seconds at most. Also keep your answer within about 2 minutes. I'm not sure what Brian did, but that's how I rolled.

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8 Re: JET interview on Tue Feb 09, 2010 1:44 am

We just had our mock interviews this past Saturday. Overall, I think things went pretty well. We had a lot of douchery and hard questions. After recording myself, I noticed I had the same problem as Chris in that I was using too many hand gestures, and I was fidgeting way too much. I need to control that.

We were wondering if you guys had any advice for keeping a smile on our faces? It feels kind of weird to smile when being asked difficult questions. Any tips?

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9 Re: JET interview on Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:18 am

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Yeah I think we all just need to "up the genki" a little bit. I found that even though I was smiling, it was a little smile that didn't translate onto video and I looked more =| than =)

The questions are just so serious! It feels odd to smile through what could potentially be "What would you do if you were groped on the train?" type questions.

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10 Re: JET interview on Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:11 pm

Already mentioned my chikan experience Don't use my answer as an example lol

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11 Re: JET interview on Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:30 pm

Gemma, Shar, and I have our interviews tomorrow. Just wanted to say thanks for all the help both of you have given us.

RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAwrafsadf

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12 Re: JET interview on Thu Feb 18, 2010 3:02 am

You'll do fine. Go in relaxed, happy, flexible, and do your best.

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13 Re: JET interview on Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:48 am

Do that thang

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14 Re: JET interview on Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:14 am

Wow. We were really prepared for our interviews. I don't know who was supposed to be bad cop, but I think I got three good cops. If any of you guys are on MSN or facebook tonight lets talk! I was finally able to remember the questions they asked me. It happened so fast.

Thanks so much for the advice! You guys are the best.

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15 Re: JET interview on Fri Feb 19, 2010 5:21 am

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I wanted to also chime in and say, thank you! Your advice was very useful and helped us all to prepare.

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16 Re: JET interview on Fri Feb 19, 2010 2:32 pm

From what it sounds like, you guys nailed it better than even Chris and I. Some of the questions you said you got were pretty tough though!!

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17 Re: JET interview on Sat Feb 20, 2010 2:34 am

Hey there now, Brian. Speak for yourself. I had them in the palm of my hand with a smile that could light a thousand suns. From the point I walked in, no questions were asked and I was automatically let in.

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18 Re: JET interview on Sat Feb 20, 2010 2:39 am

I think I got in cuz I said "Ultraman".. It's not anime, its Ultraman.

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19 Re: JET interview on Sat Feb 20, 2010 3:52 am

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BrianBerry wrote:From what it sounds like, you guys nailed it better than even Chris and I. Some of the questions you said you got were pretty tough though!!

Oh, definitely some tough questions! But it was important to remember staying calm & composed.

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20 Re: JET interview on Sat Feb 20, 2010 5:15 am

Chris you are right. Now it feels like waiting hell. My older brother pointed out that sometimes you feel like you nailed the interview, but sometimes it just isn't meant to be.

NOOOO. Now I must wait. April april april april

Edit: Chris I was browsing the I think I'm lost forums. Are you PurpleDrank? HAHA if not, its funny cuz he mentions he has a friend that rejected the shortlist because he got accepted to Todai... (Brian?) lol

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21 Re: JET interview on Sat Feb 20, 2010 7:28 am

hahahaha, purpledrank? That's one cool name. Sounds like a pretty sexy dude from Sacramento.

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22 Re: JET interview on Sat Feb 20, 2010 7:37 am

Also one word of advice. Stay away from ITIL. It's filled with horrible people who waste time post during work instead of uhh...actually doing work.

going on ITIL at this point in time will only make you doubt yourself more

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23 Re: JET interview on Sat Feb 20, 2010 8:01 am

Yeah I thought ITIL was a lot nicer than big daikon (horrendous site), but its the same thing.. only all the mean stuff goes into a different section.

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24 Re: JET interview on Sat Feb 20, 2010 11:44 am

JET didn't know I got into Todai till I told them almost a week before leaving cause of Todai being iffy.

Do NOT stress over the JET stuff, absolutely ONE of you will get in I'm CERTAIN. The only thing you need to worry about now are two things. Wedding stuff, and how to manage things if you get put in very different locations. Don't stress. If you want something to really stress about, start worrying about what you'll do AFTER JET.

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25 Re: JET interview on Sat Feb 20, 2010 5:17 pm

Yeah I'm over it haha. Plannin the Hawaii trip now, alright!

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