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Graduates wait for a company briefing session at a job fair in Tokyo on Saturday.

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At least they don't have to skip uni classes to attend.

I think it's the camera but that guy has loooong feet.

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To my eyes sort of a sad sentiment to this photo.

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They sure don`t look too happy in this picture.

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yea ... based on this photo I probably would hire neither!

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Insensitive. Without a job, not very easy to look happy.

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They looks fantastic in their suits.

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Hire the women. She looks better prepared.

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Their feet look really large in those shoes!

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"that guy has loooong feet"

His feet aren't long, he's just wearing those "clown" shoes that for some reason are popular these days. At least the aren't light brown.

"Hire the ( woman ). She looks better prepared."

What makes you say that? It looks like she's still tring to figure about what to write on that paper.

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Party's over kids. Sucks to grow up.

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Good luck to them.

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I should start a "recruit suit" company.

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Don't know if they are unhappy but they both look as they should: serious.

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Jkanda: "Insensitive. Without a job, not very easy to look happy."

Why should they have a job? Aren't they still in school? In fact, why are they even called 'graduates' in Japan when they start looking for jobs in their third year? Now... when they FINISH school, actually graduate, and start looking for jobs and can't find them... THEN I might agree with your sentiment.

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Why sit so far apart? Move a little closer, it's cold these days!

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He needs better shows, better tie, Tie-clip and some pastel coloured shirts. White is so routine and boring time to make a bit of an impression.

Lady drop that pet-bottle in the bag.

Best of luck to them.

Said that they look like 98% of other Grads that were outfitted by the staff at Aoyama, etc.

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Slip of fingers meant Shoes.

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Sideshow Bob shoes!

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Its a sad reflection on this society that in spite of now being "graduates" and about to enter the work force to become 'shakai jin' they have to entertain the un written law of strictly black suits, white shirts no dyed hair and pony tail for the females... yes thats right folks, leave all individuality at home, resistance is futile.

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Hire the women. She looks better prepared.

That’s what I was thinking. Then again that’s why the company I work for started using cognitive and ethical tests rather than interviews, people like me kept hiring on intuition and we were only right a quarter of the time.

Never actually interviewed for a job over here so I'm not really in the know about the differences but in Detroit, before aforementioned exams, when you made it to 3rd round of interviews it was all about force of personality. But I guess it depends on the job, I was initially hired as the traveling hatchet man, so I can see how that may end up scaring off a potential employer.

Just remember to be yourself kids... unless nobody likes you, then you can lie. Pretend to be more interesting until you get the job.

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seriously what's with the long shoes? Of course, he might bow a bit further than his nearest competitor without falling over.. Any other theories?

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I wish them the best of luck. They look nervous which is a good sign they're not full of it.

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Why is it that the companies here all hire at one particular season? Haven't they ever heard of hiring when a vacancy needs to be filled? So help me out, if someone just happens to leave their job in November, does the company wait until April to fill in that position? If they do, then either that position wasn't very vital or that company has way too many people on hand doing "busy work."

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Yay! My life as an office worker is soon going to begin! Can't wait!

I think before the picture was taken they were making out and then when the photographer came, they quickly slid to opposite sides of the bench!

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Doplhingirl.

Office lady here means a lot of stapling, putting papers in envelopes and of course serving tea, etc. Unless you get hired for a specific role in a company that will actually use you for it and even than ....

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Zenny: I was being sarcastic.

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If you think the look in Japan is fixed and unimaginative, UBS Bank have a new employee clothing guide that details virtually aspect of what a person may wear. They think that if people look smart, or at least their definition of smart, they will regain the trust of the public!

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Agree with wanderlust.

Some companies I know Major insurance, etc got some extremely strict dress and grooming codes.

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So help me out, if someone just happens to leave their job in November, does the company wait until April to fill in that position? If they do, then either that position wasn't very vital or that company has way too many people on hand doing "busy work."

Alpha you almost have it, they wait those months till April + the number of years the person who left worked for the company hahahaha

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the dude needs a haircut

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About the shoes, they really are that long. For some reason I don't quite understand, long shoes are "kakui" here. You see them all the time. And no, their feet are not that big.

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sensei258 - kakui??? how ARE those japanese lessons going?

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I'm sure glad that my job hunting days are well and truly over. Good luck to all of them in their job hunt especially in these hard times.

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If you think the look in Japan is fixed and unimaginative, UBS Bank have a new employee clothing guide that details virtually aspect of what a person may wear.

That is one bank, out of a range of employers. This is a whole country where everyone dresses the same when they're applying for jobs, many continue this trend forever.

Black suit, white shirt, striped tie.

It's truly lamentable. No striped shirts, no pinks, blues, or other colours. No solid ties or striped suits. Many Japanese men wear suits, but look like cretins.

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Hire the women. She looks better prepared.

Eh? How do you know that just from this picture? Maybe the guy did his prep early on and is relaxing. The woman could be doing all her work at the last minute - or over-preparing.

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In Canada we had what is called "A banker's shoe". Then noted teeners wanted them but usually a banker's shoe is quite narrow at the toe so with big feet in length to dramatic width of the present teeners -----well we would not offer them knowing the teeners or parents would complain to us for selling them such shoes.

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