Mr. Koichiro Misawa(Manager of English Innovations)

Located in Shinjuku, English innovations specializes in TOEFL/TOIEC based educational services. Here is an interview about foreign recruitment with Mr. Koichiro Misawa, manager of English innovations. (JIKOPY)

Company  English Innovations Inc.
Position  Manager
Name  Mr. Koichiro Misawa (三澤 功一郎)
Industry  Education
Location Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Why did you decide to recruit foreigners into your company?

We are an institute specialized in teaching TOEIC and TOEFL exams.

Through the foundation of our corporate philosphy, “teach English, in English”, the best way to tackle this is of course, recruiting English natives from around the world as teachers.

When did you start hiring foreigners?

We started hiring from January 2014.

Was the recruiting process difficult back when you started?

The number of  English natives with the experience in teaching TOEIC or TOEFL is extremely limited. Also, because of the unique Japanese learning style and culture, newly employed foreigners need to accommodate to this which results to longer periods of training for the job.

Are you still facing any challenges on recruiting foreigners now?

Sufficient training takes time. That is one of the problems we are facing now.

Also, cultural differences. There are situations where employees do not abide to corporate (Japanese) rules, or when they do not respect the importance of punctuality.

What are the advantages of recruiting talents from overseas?

Through the acquisition of learning TOEFL or TOIEC with international talents from around the world, Japanese people (who are learning the course) are able to deliver ideas in a different way.

Will you continue to recruit global talents in the future?

My company’s English program only recruits foreigners with English as a first language. We will continue to recruit them in the future.

What do you think is the lowest requirement in order to work in your company?

Candidates with the ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations (JLPT N3 level) will be considered.

Any words of advice for those who would like to work in Japan?

When it comes to corporate culture, every country is different. Japan and Korea is especially strict on business etiquette. I think it is advisable to grasp this understanding before making the next move.