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prasada
February 21st, 2015, 14:05
Hey-a,

Are there any fellow kiwi aspiring JETs lurking around here?

If so, how was your interview? How are you finding the long wait?

prasada
February 23rd, 2015, 12:28
:-(

FightingNemo
February 23rd, 2015, 13:08
Do not worry Prasada. There are many Kiwis out there.....but you know that we are not the most active bunch of people when it comes to technology.

I am a second year JET from Christchurch, so feel free to ask any questions :)

word
February 23rd, 2015, 13:10
Aww sorry. If it makes you feel any better, I know arseloads of kiwi JETs. We used to have a regular here who's been in Japan almost as long as I have. He's not on much these days but that's 'cause he lives in Tokyo now and is doing cooler sh*t.

Jiggit
February 23rd, 2015, 13:11
Do you even have internet down there? The Kiwis I've met don't seem to know what shoes or deodorant are, so I figured things must be pretty basic.

BeckyJones
February 23rd, 2015, 13:15
Do you even have internet down there? The Kiwis I've met don't seem to know what shoes or deodorant are, so I figured things must be pretty basic.
making fun of an entire culture of people. is best mod! yay

FightingNemo
February 23rd, 2015, 13:17
Do you even have internet down there? The Kiwis I've met don't seem to know what shoes or deodorant are, so I figured things must be pretty basic.

It is a pretty new development. From what my family has told me there is only access every second day from a communal computer that is stationed down at the local dairy.

Jiggit
February 23rd, 2015, 13:20
making fun of an entire culture of people. is best mod! yay

It's cool, Kiwis can take a joke. They don't have a massive inferiority complex.

BeckyJones
February 23rd, 2015, 13:23
It's cool, Kiwis can take a joke. They don't have a massive inferiority complex.

Yea. Thank god they aren't [no swearing in applying]stuck up POMs

prasada
February 23rd, 2015, 13:38
Do you even have internet down there? The Kiwis I've met don't seem to know what shoes or deodorant are, so I figured things must be pretty basic.

Of course we have internet down here! All you have to do is solder some straightened out paperclips together and attach them to a tin-foil satellite dish - we learnt how to make them in metal work at primary school. It works a treat!

prasada
February 23rd, 2015, 13:47
Do not worry Prasada. There are many Kiwis out there.....but you know that we are not the most active bunch of people when it comes to technology.

I am a second year JET from Christchurch, so feel free to ask any questions :)

Thanks for the reply! I'm from Chch originally, living in Wellington now.

I just wanted to compare interview experiences with other NZers since I'm now just hanging out in a 2 month period of second guessing everything about that 30 minute slot. Do you remember much about how yours went? I'm pretty sure mine was alright - I failed at all of the Japanese language tests but, as far as I can tell, I don't think that matters. Other than that, I'm pretty sure I answered quite well. I just keep dreading that I won't get in because I might have come across as seeming too straight laced/professional, and not 'genki' enough, though I was smiling, nodding and trying to seem enthusiastic.

FightingNemo
February 23rd, 2015, 14:11
I remember that I was nervous as hell. When I first walked in one of the interviewers looked at me and said "You work at the casino? Does that mean you can help me win?" and from there my nerves calmed down a little. Then came the Japanese part. I have a diploma of Japanese language so should be relatively decent, but my mind was shot. I couldn`t for the life of me remember how to answer what the guy was asking. I left thinking I had screwed my chances over. The security guard said to me that everyone he had asked that morning had said exactly the same thing to him, so I should not worry. So I am saying it to you, do not worry! I think compared to many countries our interview is quite straight forward and a more easy going environment. I know they could see I was nervous and shaking like Christchurch did those few years ago, but it all seemed to turn out fine. I am sure it all went fine and I know the wait is a drag but well worth it in the end.

My friend actually went through the interview this year. From her experience, it seems to have been run the same as mine was a couple of years ago. She is currently taking over my apartment in Japan with all her ski gear,but has said that she felt the same as you seem to have felt.

johnny
February 23rd, 2015, 14:46
I know it's OT, but I pray that neither BJ nor Jiggit ever leave ITIL.

Jiggit
February 23rd, 2015, 15:11
I know it's OT, but I pray that neither BJ nor Jiggit ever leave ITIL.

Wow. What did I ever do to you that you should wish such a fate upon me?

johnny
February 23rd, 2015, 15:16
Wow. What did I ever do to you that you should wish such a fate upon me?

That was mean. I just always assumed you would stick around to take the reins from Word when he leaves.

Jiggit
February 23rd, 2015, 15:20
If I liked someone the last thing I would wish would be for them to turn into word

word
February 23rd, 2015, 15:55
If I liked someone the last thing I would wish would be for them to turn into word

word

prasada
February 23rd, 2015, 16:03
shaking like Christchurch did those few years ago.

Haha! I was shaking like that too! Slightly off topic, I know a couple who did JET in 2011 and were placed in Sendai, and so had their hometown destroyed by the February earthquake, then a few weeks later, had their new short-term home effected by the Japanese earthquake/tsunami!

Thanks for your reply, it puts me at ease a bit. The first thing the interviewers asked me was to tell them about myself, and I basically just came across as an ultra boring person "I'm an early childhood teacher and I love teaching, I also wrote my thesis on Zen Buddhism and I love studying." I didn't say anything about enjoying socialising, or sports, or traveling. I was able to mention those things a bit later on in the interview, but I keep kicking myself for coming across as too much of a nerdy introvert right at the start of the interview!

KILLxTONE
April 1st, 2015, 21:39
Shortlisted! Any other Kiwi's in the same boat?

prasada
April 2nd, 2015, 02:12
Shortlisted! Any other Kiwi's in the same boat?
When did you find out!

KILLxTONE
April 2nd, 2015, 06:31
Monday March 30th by email

prasada
April 7th, 2015, 13:16
I got shortlisted! Well done killxtone and any other Kiwi shortlisters lurking around :-)

KILLxTONE
April 7th, 2015, 13:28
Nice! I hear Wellington is one of the last consulates to notify their candidates

MaxLC
April 7th, 2015, 18:35
I got shortlisted! Well done killxtone and any other Kiwi shortlisters lurking around :-)

Did you get your letter? I'm in Dunedin so won't get mine until tomorrow (hopefully) but we are getting emails tomorrow too apparently.

prasada
April 7th, 2015, 18:43
Did you get your letter? I'm in Dunedin so won't get mine until tomorrow (hopefully) but we are getting emails tomorrow too apparently.

I emailed the consulate yesterday and asked if they could email my results earlier, and they did! I got too impatient! Good luck!

KILLxTONE
April 7th, 2015, 18:51
Any kiwi JET blogs floating around? So far ive only read memoirs of a gaijin and what sheep do.

prasada
April 7th, 2015, 19:04
I know some people that were ALTs in Sendai a few years ago. They blogged about it at allyourstarsareout.blogspot.com you'll have to go back a bit for the JET stuff, but it's quite good

MaxLC
April 8th, 2015, 11:53
Just got my email and I'm an Alternate :'(

KILLxTONE
April 8th, 2015, 13:14
I heard someone in Auckland turned down their Shortlist as they got offered a Full time position somewhere. Maybe an Alternate from NZ might get upgraded. never know, dont give up bro

MaxLC
April 8th, 2015, 13:25
I heard someone in Auckland turned down their Shortlist as they got offered a Full time position somewhere. Maybe an Alternate from NZ might get upgraded. never know, dont give up bro

Cheers man! Unfortunately, I'll only get upgraded when people in Wellington deny their position. I haven't lost hope tho!

nihonandy
April 14th, 2015, 11:40
Shortlisted, did my interview in Auckland. I have already sent away my reply form, now the big wait for the placement details.
My choices were Kumamoto City, Hyogo and Kyoto, I wanted to go somewhere in the south of Japan because I have already lived in the north. Really hoping for Kyushu though.

Good luck to other Kiwi JETs

Ananasboat
April 14th, 2015, 13:35
A bunch of spots are opening around Fukuoka and Saga. Hopefully I see you around!

prasada
April 15th, 2015, 16:51
Shortlisted

Congrats for being shortlisted! I just had my chest x-ray today (clear of TB, phew!), and tomorrow will hand in my reply forms after work :-)

My placement preferences were for Kyoto City (with full knowledge that I would pretty unlikely to get it), Fukuoka and Kobe. Good luck for your placement!

nihonandy
April 15th, 2015, 19:57
Nice, I did all my medical stuff last week and the consulate got my reply letter today!, now I just need to renew my passport.

Yeah same idea for me with Kyoto, I love the city but I don't think there is a chance to get it. Actually we have quite similar requests haha, Good luck!

wind-up
April 25th, 2015, 11:58
I had my interview in Welly and got onto the shortlist! Placement choices were: Osaka (prolly not gonna get it though), Wakayama and Takamatsu. See you Welly JETs at the Q+A evening!