So what happens when you have successfully passed all the interviews and got yourself a job at a Japanese company?
What do you have to do on your first day there?
If you have friends who have already started working in a Japanese company, you will be able to get some advice from them.
However, for those of you who don`t know anyone, here are some useful tips for you to employ on your first day.
When you get to the office building on the first day, it can be a nervous occasion and stressful wondering what you have to say in Japanese. You do want to make a good impression, after all.
Learning to say the right things will help you achieve this and make a good impression among your new Japanese colleagues.
1. If it is a reasonably big company, the first thing you will encounter is the Reception Area. With security at almost all buildings being tight, you will likely have to call someone from your department to come down and bring you up to the office to orientate you.
When asking for someone over the phone or to the receptionists, you can use the phrases below. They are in business (honorific) Japanese.
私＿＿＿＿＿＿で ござい ます
Watashi (last name/first name) de gozai masu.
＿__ ＿＿＿＿＿＿ 様にお取り次ぎ願えますでしょうか。
[Surname of the person] sama ni otori tsugi negae-masu desho ka?
The phrase means that “My name is XXXXX and I have a prior arrangement with XXXXXX of the company who is expecting me today.”
If you use this phrase, you will impress the Japanese staff as it shows your knowledge of Japanese business culture.
2. First Greetings & Introduction
Once you are in the company, it`s the norm for you to introduce yourself in front of a group of people. Usually, standard Japanese phrases are used as to make it easier for the audience to greet you.
When you are in a smaller group later, you can introduce your hobbies, and interests but for the first time its more convenient to use the following phrases:
Ohayo gozai-masu (Good morning)
（Your department）に入社しました、＿＿＿ です
（Your department ）ni nyusha shimashita ……. desu.
I am from the XXXXXX division.
Dozo yoroshiku onegai itashi masu
Nice to meet you.
Depending on the department you are going to work in, you can insert it in from the follow phrases below.
技術部 Gijitsu bu Technical division
営業部 Eigyo bu Sales department
開発部 Kaihatsu bu Development Department
企画部 Kikaku bu Planning division
教育部 Kyouiku bu Education or Training division
3.Meeting staff from the same department
Once you get to this level, it becomes less formal than the first greeting in point 2 above. This is where you would normally introduce yourself, hobbies, and where you came from. The standard introductory
How do you do?
Watashi wa「last name, first name」to mo shimasu.
My name is …….
「Your country」kara maeri mashita.
I’m from …..
Nihon ni 「number of years*」nen mae maeri mashita.
I came to Japan ……. years ago.
Dozo yoroshiku onegai itashi masu.
Nice to meet you.
If you can remember these phrases, you will be alright on your first day at the office. Not only that, you will impress your fellow Japanese co-workers as it shows you have a good grasp of Japanese business culture and you will be able to survive your first day.