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Job Hunting rule 5:Am I Bilingual?


In this issue, we will answer one of our frequently asked questions: “What level do you have to be for a company to consider you ‘bilingual’?”


When companies look for a bilingual candidate, the required fluency in English or in the other language depends on the job description. For people whose first language is English and second language is Japanese, there are cases where only speaking Japanese fluently are enough, but in other cases “bilingual in Japanese” means the company is looking for someone with strong reading and writing ability. For example, in correspondence such as business letters, one must be able to use polite business terms in Japanese. When TWI introduces a Japanese/English bilingual candidate to a company, we make sure that the candidate’s language ability matches what the company is looking for; candidates whose first language is not Japanese are interviewed by Japanese consultants, and candidates whose first language is not English are interviewed by American consultants.


In this case, I would like to note that even if your second language isn’t 100% perfect, you should speak with confidence and actively communicate with the interviewer. In other words, the consultant is not only evaluating your language skills but also whether you are able to adapt in an environment using a different language. Although “bilingual” refers to “two languages”, it can be said that the demand for “bicultural” personnel is increasing as well.

照子は人が大好きです。From 照子ワインバーグ(TWI代表)
Teruko loves people. From Teruko Weinberg of TWI


Job Hunting rule 5:Am I Bilingual?

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