Online recruitment gives students insufficient info on firms: survey


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Education should be free for everybody in this universe, not for business.

I'd rather work in the agriculture sector by experiencing on the field than stick my eyes and brain on the screen.

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"...Companies should provide orientation that will enable them to better understand what their companies and jobs are like," the human resource management professor said.

Can you imagine if companies provided open and honest orientations about what their jobs were actually like?

"This is Sato san. Many moons ago he was once an enthusiastic fresh-faced newbie, but he's a bit haggard and struggling for motivation now. I say 'many moons ago', he joined us 4 years ago. This is Hara san. That's his nickname because he's the lead harasser. This is the clocking in and out machine. You must clock in at 8:00 prompt, otherwise you'll be penalized some salary. Please clock out at 6:00 regardless of whether you've actually finished or not. You'll probably be going back to your desk for a couple more hours. This Saturday you will be taking part in 'Happy Work Gaman Day'. Please come to the office as usual and enjoy an extra day of paperwork. Sunday is the monthly 'Weeding the Parking Lot Day'. Suit and tie as usual please, but you may remove your jacket if the temperature is over 30C. Sorry... when will you be using the practical skills you learned at university? Sato san is taking the company test to graduate to regular employee with minimum responsibilities next April, so if everything goes well for you, you should start putting your up-to-date modern skills into practice in about 5 years from now. Any questions so far?"

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Whenever interviewing for a job, neither side has enough information. There is always a leap taken by both sides.

Some interviewers are so used to seeing the full person and gaining a feel about them from all the intangible (or illegal) questions, they feel much less assured without the full person-to-person interaction.

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A lot of this "uncomfortable" not enough information stems from it's a change, and change is difficult in a culture based on known repetitive actions. As usual change has been forced by outside events rather than a internal generational one.

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Give it time! As companies here get accustomed to doing online recruiting they will find ways to make information more available to potential employees.

A number of "foreign" based companies have been doing online interviews/recruitment for years now, and no one who ended up working for them (least wise the one's I know) ever made any complaints about "lack of information"

If these businesses dont have their corporate or company information readily available on line now, I wonder if they are even worth the trouble for job seekers in the first place. Meaning that they are probably still working in the "dark days" of analog, and have not made it into the 21st Century yet!

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The conveyor belt is finally breaking. Let’s see if companies can adapt and use Corona as a one off window of opportunity to rethink their whole game plan from top to bottom. Surely someone sees the chance and runs with it. Graduating students that have been trained to be generic may be a bit confused because, “what now??” bit they are young and still adaptable.

whether the old machine can be discarded or not will be the big question.

But the online interviews tended to be shorter than face-to-face meetings, as interviewers were not accustomed to them and asked less complex questions.

statements like this already suggest the fallback to just going through the motions when things get difficult.

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We understand. When we do online interviews, we take it slow and answer questions before, during, and after every interview. COVID-19 forced us to change as well.

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The students should write down the questions they seek answers to. They should research the company online. The company are not only interviewing the students, the students are interviewing the company.

The post photo shows the interviewer using an iPad, so what technology are they using? FaceTime, Skype, zoom. Students should practice holding online interviews and learn how to make sure they are using the best setup with dress, background, light, microphone. A smart phone is quite capable for an interview if set up probably.

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Presumably these graduates have heard of the Internet? If they want an objective picture of a company, they won't hear it from HR.

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Well, I guess it would be too much to expect the applicants to do their own research on the companies they are applying to, wouldn’t it?

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Well, I guess it would be too much to expect the applicants to do their own research on the companies they are applying to, wouldn’t it?

What is this madness you speak of?

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From my old generation I think on-line experience would be a sort of future movie scene in my youth. If I had on-line opportunity I wanted to be interviewed without going many companies I spent time and money to be there, not only in Japan.

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One benefit of in-person interviews is the ability of the student to speak to people other than the recruiter and be able to ask questions of people who work there; get a wider picture of the company than just the recruiter's memorized spiel.

That said, I got two jobs here in Japan based only on a phone call. No visuals.

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The expression of, "that's cute, but you don't have the job".

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A Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co interviewer meets a student online in Tokyo

Presumably the person in the photo will be conducting a multitude of interviews, and all the company has given her is a 10" iPad?? Of course the interviewer is going to this the process is sub-optimal.

In the survey, 51.1 percent of interviewees said they were anxious about showing their personal space to recruiters

Custom backgrounds anyone?

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I think online interviews are preferable in this environment and going forward as teleworking becomes a norm.

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I seriously hope my kids do not end up applying for a job at a Japanese insurance company. If they do, it won't be because we as parents have told them such companies are "antei-shite-iru" (stable) and that is all that matters. I suspect that seeking reassurances from different insurance companies during the application process is largely a futile act, to use the Japanese expression, "comparing the height of acorns". Whichever one you join, it's signing up for servitude, starting with them lining in identical suits and identical haircuts in some big hall in those photos we see every April. Your kid as another bum on a seat.

With falling standards of living and the folks at the Post Office having to mis-sell policies to old people to hit sales targets, I don't even think insurance is particularly "antei-shite-iru".

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It's not like job hunters get accurate info at company setsumeikai, either, where nobody asks questions for fear of standing out or looking clueless.

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But the online interviews tended to be shorter than face-to-face meetings, as interviewers were not accustomed to them and asked less complex questions.

At least there are some positives.

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