High school diploma. Check. Good occupational history. Check. Relevant qualifications. Check. Well grooming turn-out. Check. Manners. Ermmm…. Still not used to the custom here.
My Japanese language is good enough to get around and possibly even good enough to smoke through part-time job interviews (I applied for a position at a wedding concierge and a banquet service. Of course I would prefer the wedding concierge, but the banquet job is pretty similar to the stewardess job, I guess). SIA had taught me well in grooming and service. Heck, just having SIA in my resume alone gives me an edge over the others. Back in Singapore if I were to apply for a normal part time with such a resume I will be more than qualified. But over here, I’m lacking in two important areas: the Japanese business language and the Japanese style service.
I’m still not used to bowing. When I went for the interview, I think my interviewer bowed more than me. Which I think it’s not right at all. And when the interviewer raised some points about me that I should have explained or improved, I simply kept quiet. True enough, SIA emphasises a lot on apologising, and so do the Japanese, but I was accustomed to saying ‘Sorry’, and not ‘Sumimasen’ or ‘Moushi wake gozaimasen’ (the more formal version of sorry in Japanese).
The manager of Hyatt’s banquet service (the job I went to interview for) mentioned that he was kind of disturbed by the fact that I wrote that I have interest in the reception and concierge job. I should’ve apologised, but I just kept quiet. If I were to really work with him in the future, who knows what will happen to me. In airline lingo, I will kena zapped everyday (but I won’t be working there everyday of course).
In short, I’m really screwed but I don’t want to think about negative things. the Law of Attraction states that if you think only about optimistic things, you will attract good outcomes, and that is what I will do.
I will get the jobs. I will get the jobs. I will get the jobs. I’m so overqualified, it’s their loss to not hire me. Yes, I will get the jobs.