College juniors have begun hunting for jobs after graduation, while various government ministry officials are visiting the Chamber of Commerce and Industry requesting action to ensure more employment opportunities. Some students, though, are coming up with different means to gain an advantage in securing a job.
Messages posted on a Sophia University student’s blog, subsequently shut down, caused the uproar. In recent years, more companies are conducting employment examinations on the Internet, known as the "web test," and a number of postings by students were found bragging how they used stand-ins to take over parts of the exam that they know they will score poorly.
“As if I remember anything about math… for the Avex exam, I had friends help me out.” “Toyota Tsusho asked about web competency, so I’ll manage to get myself an interview.” Students seem to have no qualms about paying a couple thousand yen to friends to answer exam questions on their behalf. So long as the ID and password are available, there is no way to confirm the identity of the applicant.
A number of prominent companies, including Sony, the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Nippon TV, Takeda Pharmaceutical, Kirin, and Kao have adopted this system to cut expenditures incurred to hold examinations across the country (one examination can cost 15 million yen). These companies find the stand-in issue vexing, but are confident that such students would never pass subsequent tests and interviews.
Not so, according to an interview with a new employee of a manufacturer who successfully got his job through this method. The young man said he knew of others like him in the company.© Japan Today