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How many characters do you know in Japanese?

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They know I don't know any. I put on my application that I don't know a lick of Japanese, but still they asked. Fortunately I had prepared a handful of common Japanese phrases so I shared them instead. (Good morning, good afternoon, excuse me, I don't understand.) I ended by saying something like, "and the most important word of all, kōhī (coffee.)" Thankfully the Japanese woman laughed. My small attempt at Japanese phrases turned this spit fire interview into more of a conversation after that.

Prepare a sample lesson.

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I was so extremely nervous that I know I don't remember some of the questions, but here are some of the ones I do remember: Tell us about your interest in Japan/JET.

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Would I be willing to work with elementary school students--and, if so, would I be willing to sing, dance, etc. to warm them up to the English language?

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I listed in my application that I could speak Japanese, and was asked one question in Japanese. It was ludicrously easy: What have you done today?

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Which American holiday would you choose to demonstrate a lesson for Japanese students?

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Imagine you have to introduce a famous American historical figure to a group of Japanese students. Now talk about that figure as if we were your students.

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How would you plan a class to introduce kids to the ABCs?

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What do you think the relation between Japan and the U.S. is?

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There was one member of my interview panel who seemed like he wanted to get me flustered. I learned afterwards that many interviewees have that experience. The question I was asked that got me the most flustered was "We see that you have a lot of teaching experience. Why do you think you would be qualified for the CIR position?"

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