4 in 10 Candidates Find Researching a Company for an Interview Challenging -
Tokyo, Apr 24, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) - According to a recent survey conducted
by Robert Walters PLC (LSE: RWA), Japan's most trusted specialist
recruiter for global business, almost four in ten professionals find
researching a company for an interview challenging.
Robert Walters Japan surveyed visitors to its Facebook page and asked users
what they found was the most challenging issue when preparing for an interview.
Of the 500 professionals in Japan that participated in the web poll, 39% of
candidates feel performing background research for a company is the most
difficult challenge when preparing for a job interview. 22% of respondents also
indicate that they are unsure what appearance and clothing is most appropriate
and 13% of candidates have trouble promoting their own skills and abilities
during an interview.
Here are Robert Walters Japan's five tips to help candidates prepare
successfully for an interview:
1. Be Resourceful - While a company website is great for product details or
recent news, other sources such as investor reports or acquaintances in the
industry can be just as valuable for information. Candidates should also review
their current and past employers, and their key achievements at each company.
2. Study the Competition - Investigating a firm's competition can offer a
stronger understanding of the industry. Candidates should be prepared to answer
what unique points attracted them to an interviewing company over a competing
3. First Impressions Count - People tend to set their opinions about others
the first few seconds after meeting, so initial appearance can leave a lasting
impression. Even if company policy allows for casual clothing, candidates
should dress like a professional throughout the interview process.
4. Getting to the Interview - Candidates should research transportation
options, routes from a train station or parking availability to ensure they
arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled interview time. Online maps are helpful
resources to inspect an unfamiliar location beforehand.
5. Know Your Interviewer - At Western companies, address interviewers by their
surnames, for example, Mr. Jenkins. Candidates should prepare the full names of
any potential interviewers they will meet and if there are uncertainties with
pronunciation, candidates can ask an interviewer or receptionist to repeat
their name. It is also helpful to view the interviewers' profiles on sites
like LinkedIn in order to find mutual acquaintances or common interests in
What do Candidates Find Most Challenging When Preparing for an Interview?
39% - Background research for a company
22% - Appearance and clothing
13% - Self promotion
10% - Being yourself
7% - Writing an English CV
7% - Other
2% - Writing a Japanese CV
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About Robert Walters PLC
Robert Walters is an award-winning business and the leading specialist
consultancy in Japan and worldwide for permanent and contract recruitment. Our
industry-specialised teams leverage a network of 53 offices spanning 24
countries. We are the only consultancy in Japan to offer a non-commissioned
approach ensuring clients have access to our entire database of experienced,
bilingual professionals. For more information, please visit
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