– At work in case of absence, it is polite to apologies for being absent while providing the reason behind it followed by requesting politely to be brought up to date on what you have missed during the absence period.
Another part was when using formal greetings, apologizing or showing appreciation.The aforementioned are normally followed by a bow, when doing so you need to be aware of how to bow properly , time the greeting or apology well, use polite language and make sure not to greet/apologies to someone and bowing simultaneously, but in a proper order (i.e “Hello” then bowing for about 5 seconds).
Then there was what I believe to be considered a global common knowledge, but it might still have different meaning in some cultures and that is body language.We learned that in some companies in Japan sitting positions, postures or gestures could speak volumes about how you’re reacting to whatever situation you’re in, it might also imply boredom or not paying attention.therefore, make sure to avoid using gestures or body language that could be offensive or indicate lack of interest.
– While in Western regions they look at experience, education and prefer everything to be short and straight to the point, Japanese have a slightly different view on that.There are two types of Resume/CV, the first one is called “Rirekisho” (履歴書) similar to regular CV the contents are short, simple and straight to the point.The main differences are the inclusion of the applicant photo on top, the other difference is the order of prior experience and education is the opposite of an English CV with the oldest experience being on top and newest at the bottom.
The other resume “keirekisho” (職務経歴書) (which is main big difference between Japan and other regions) add more details about the experience gained, clubs joined, weakness and strengths as well personality treats with more elaboration about every aspect for the interviewers to have an idea about what type of a person are the applicants and prepare the right questions during the interview.
Other aspects learned will be included in the second part so please look forward to it.
I will say that it was rather interesting to learn how differently things are handled in Japan when compared to the likes of The UK and Libya, but it also proves to be challenging.