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    Hi! Today (Monday, February 1), I had my interview for the JET Program and... to say I bombed it would be a bit of a stretch. But I definitely don't feel it was my greatest interview. I felt more nervous than I should have and I don't think I aced it. I'm not sure if anyone reading this post has been shortlisted after a not-so-great/bad interview. But if you have, I would like to hear your story.

    Also, at any one point during the interview, I was asked, "Are you nervous?" I said, "Yes." Do you think it's a bad sign for me that (a) one of the panelists asked me if I was visibly nervous? (b) asked me if I was nervous and (c) that I answered honestly.

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    I think I did a horrible job . Thought I was finished and they pulled a "but wait there's more." Conversation asseessment downstairs. It was a mental wtf

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    Sure, have you seen the people that they let through the net?
    Being nervous at an interview is natural and answering honestly is not going to hinder the outcome (at least in my opinion and I interview people all the time).
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    Is it possible to survive a bad interview? Probably not. But is what you described a bad interview? No.
    Interviewers go into the interviews looking for specific things, and unless you know what those things are, it's really not a worthwhile thing to dwell on the interview.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GodInStrafeMode View Post
    Sure, have you seen the people that they let through the net?
    Being nervous at an interview is natural and answering honestly is not going to hinder the outcome (at least in my opinion and I interview people all the time).
    Just wondering, what do you mean by "have you seen the people that they let through the net?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7beachbum View Post
    Just wondering, what do you mean by "have you seen the people that they let through the net?"
    80% of JETs are terrible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiggit View Post
    80% of JETs are terrible.
    I'd say that was a generous statistic. You weren't at the Sapporo SDC.

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    At what percentage of JETs being terrible do we just admit JET makes people terrible? I mean, I know it's true in my case.

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    I dunno, I think most people who want to go to Japan do so because they're terrible people back home.

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    I think all of your points are equally valid (and your statistics generous).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiggit View Post
    80% of JETs are terrible.
    That's conservative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmotech View Post
    That's conservative.
    Conservative but fair
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    The number of self described otaku and neckbeards in JET is more than I thought.

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    All the otaku folks in my area are jumping ship, lol.
    They complain they need friends...but fail to realize that most of us don't want to spend our weekends in Nagoya at the Pokemon Center...


    In short, dudebrobeachbum, I know of people here who I have no idea how they even functioned during their interview.
    My panel asked me if I was nervous and I replied "yes" as well and I was shortlisted.
    There is always a chance. Just as there's a chance for that one guy who shows up to the interview wearing jeans and an oil-stained hoodie and gets shortlisted.
    JET isn't the end-all if you want to come to Japan. Don't fret. You've got a couple months of waiting. Don't make yourself miserable.
    In the meantime, go on with life. Eat pizza. Be merry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ambrosse View Post
    All the otaku folks in my area are jumping ship, lol.
    They complain they need friends...but fail to realize that most of us don't want to spend our weekends in Nagoya at the Pokemon Center...


    In short, dudebrobeachbum, I know of people here who I have no idea how they even functioned during their interview.
    My panel asked me if I was nervous and I replied "yes" as well and I was shortlisted.
    There is always a chance. Just as there's a chance for that one guy who shows up to the interview wearing jeans and an oil-stained hoodie and gets shortlisted.
    JET isn't the end-all if you want to come to Japan. Don't fret. You've got a couple months of waiting. Don't make yourself miserable.
    In the meantime, go on with life. Eat pizza. Be merry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ambrosse View Post
    All the otaku folks in my area are jumping ship, lol.
    They complain they need friends...but fail to realize that most of us don't want to spend our weekends in Nagoya at the Pokemon Center...


    In short, dudebrobeachbum, I know of people here who I have no idea how they even functioned during their interview.
    My panel asked me if I was nervous and I replied "yes" as well and I was shortlisted.
    There is always a chance. Just as there's a chance for that one guy who shows up to the interview wearing jeans and an oil-stained hoodie and gets shortlisted.
    JET isn't the end-all if you want to come to Japan. Don't fret. You've got a couple months of waiting. Don't make yourself miserable.
    In the meantime, go on with life. Eat pizza. Be merry.
    oh i have a good friend in Mie

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    oh i have a good friend in Me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frap View Post
    oh i have a good friend in Me
    I bet you do.

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    Only one?

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