Xin vấn đề ở Nhật: “OB Houmon” là gì? Tổng họp vềý nghĩa những công dụng của “OB houmon”

Have you ever done OB houmon? For a lot of you, you may be hearing this word for the first time when you start your job search in Japan. We’ll help you by explaining just what these OB houtháng, or “OB visits” are, their purpose, and of course, how lớn bởi vì them yourself!

To begin at the beginning, many non-Japanese students may find themselves wondering, “What is an OB, anyway?” You may have guessed it, but “OB” is a kind of wasei-eigo, or Japanese word originating in English: it’s an abbreviation for “Old Boy” (“OG” is used as an abbreviation for “Old Girl” when the person in question is a woman). OBs và OGs are simply alumni of your university who graduated before you.

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An “OB visit” is a visit to lớn speak with such an alumni who works in an industry you’d lượt thích khổng lồ work in yourself—what are often called “informational interviews” in the West.

So…why would I vày an “OB visit” anyway?

Some students may be wondering why they have khổng lồ bother with a one-on-one interview. Aren’t company info sessions (setsumeikai) enough?

Go deeper than the information at setsumeikai, & learn about the day-to-day work of an individual

An OB visit is a chance khổng lồ have a one-on-one conversation, with just you, và your sempai. OB visits typically last from between 30 minutes to an hour at the longest, but you’ll be able to speak for much longer than you would at a setsumeikai with an employee at your company of choice. Find out more about what actually goes on at the company, và what working there is really lượt thích, which will also allow you lớn write in much more specific terms about why you want to work at this company when you apply.

It may help your chances during the screening process

From the outside, OB visits may seem to have sầu nothing to lớn vị with many company’s actual hiring processes, but the “OB” of some companies vị in fact nói qua their impressions of the students they’ve sầu spoken with within the company. If you have the opportunity khổng lồ vị an OB visit yourself, please use it as a chance to lớn display your passion for the company before the actual interview. It’s also an excellent opportunity to lớn get a little more used to speaking with non-students in the working world in Japan.

You may be told about the screening process, or given advice about your résumé

This will depover on the company’s policy, but there are cases in which an OB or OG will offer advice to lớn the student they’re speaking with. The exact screening process may vary from year khổng lồ year, but it should nonetheless be helpful khổng lồ ask your OB or OG about any aptitude tests (like SPI) that they had lớn take, how many interviews they had, what sorts of questions they were asked in their interviews, and so forth.

Will I get lớn hear employee’s honest opinions in an OB visit?

During an OB visit, an alumni will be speaking with you directly, as opposed to lớn a large group of people. Because of this, you should be able lớn hear their opinions with relative frankness.

However, to the OB you’re speaking lớn, this OB visit is a part of their regular work.

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Because of this, rather than using the interview as a chance khổng lồ completely determine whether or not this is a company at which it’s easy lớn work or not, it’s probably most in your advantage lớn use it as an opportunity to gather information that will help you strengthen your case as a prospective employee throughout the screening process.

Now that we know why people vì OB visits, well…how exactly does one go about doing one? Study Kyoto lớn will lay it all out!

The OB Visiting Season

The peak season for OB visits lasts from March to lớn April for third year university students. If you can, try to lớn make plans for your visit about one month before this busy period. It should be easier lớn make an appointment if you do so in advance.

How can I get an OB’s tương tác information?

・At a career center

If you are a university student, you should have access lớn your school’s career center, where you should be able lớn see a registry of OB & OG. Because the majority of the students registered here will be Japanese, your conversation will likely have sầu to be conducted in Japanese. Some school websites will even make this registry available online.

・ From an upperclassman

Upperclassmen you may know from your graduate seminar, dorm, or school clubs can be one of your biggest saving graces. Try actively asking around if your upperclassmen friends—or their friends!—have gotten positions at a company you’re interested in. It can also be a good idea to lớn ask one of your professors khổng lồ introduce you khổng lồ someone.

・International Student Groups

Another option is khổng lồ ask for an introduction to lớn an OB through another international student from your country. Even if you aren’t from the same school, as someone from the same country, they should be able to lớn give some good support.

・Apps & Websites for OB Visits

The internet has become an indispensable tool for job hunting in Japan. When using an tiện ích or a trang web for your OB search, you should be able lớn find an alumni, even if they graduated from a different school than yours—give one a try!Matcher: https://matcher.jp/dictionaryVisit OB: https://vis-its.com/

・Get an OB introduction from a company in Kyoto

Kyoto lớn is full of cutting-edge technology companies, và companies with international projects. The following organizations work hard to offer opportunities to lớn international students looking for OB introductions và office visits. Check them out!

①Study Kyoto’s Job Hunting Information Site for International StudentsThis website offers information on job-hunting-related events in Kyokhổng lồ, aimed at international students. There are also many opportunities lớn hear directly from companies themselves.https://www.studykyokhổng lồ.jp/wp/jobhunting/

②KyoTomorrow Academy

Holding casual exchange events between international students and OB/OG, as well as with company representatives.