The Jet Programme interview can be a bit nerve racking as it is one of the most sought after ALT programs because of better salary and working conditions. Generally the interview lasts about 20 minutes and there will be a panel of three interviewers. Two former Jets and a Japanese. Generally when you are called in for your interview you will have to wait outside of the actual room where the interview is conducted.
As with most interviews, of course they will ask you some questions like "Tell me about yourself." Try to keep this short and sweet and just hit the main points.
Then you can expect some questions like " Why The JET Program?" It's best to be as straight forward and common sensible as you can be.
One thing that is noteworthy is that the more you talk about yourself the further you open the door to them asking you questions about what you just said. So if you're not the type that is happy, spontaneous and open you may find yourself getting into deeper water. Also don't bother hanging yourself by saying things like "I like sushi and manga". If you are asked what you like about Japan. More info. for Aspiring JETs.
These type of questions are meant to suss out your personality traits. Notice how they are not stupid questions like "What is your favorite color?" Other JET Programme questions to put you in the hot seat and see how you react are :
There are a few thing in general to keep in mind. They will scrutinize your application, resume and credentials and will ask fairly pointed questions about that so it's a good thing to try to envision what type of questions they will come up with based on the information you gave them and have meaningful response prepared.
They might even go into areas of current political events between your native country and Japan.
There is also a Japanese section of the interview where they will ask you some simple questions in Japanese. The level of difficulty will depend upon how you filled out your JET Programme application.
If you indicate your spoken and written Japanese is basic they will ask you simple questions. Something like "what is your favorite city in Japan and why?" "What is your favorite season and why?" If you indicate that you have intermediate skills you should expect more difficult questions.
It's also a good idea to have a few questions of your own to ask the interviewers. Try to come up with something creative and not something that is so commonly asked. That way, they know you care enough or are serious enough about the job to ask a meaningful question.
One thing to keep in mind is that because the JET Programme is quite competitive (and they know this) you can't come across with wishy-washy answers. Like all other ALT programs out there and quite frankly all other companies that might interview you, they want to be assured that your going to be an asset to them. It's your job to sell yourself as competent, easy going fun and enthusiastic about joining their team to make your contribution.
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