受験者( 158 ):男性
 

(ドアをノックしてはいると試験官2人。アジア系の男性と日本人女性)
B: Good morning.

Good morning. (こちらから声をかけるべきだと思ったが声が出なかった)
(試験官の前のいすはずいぶん小さいなあと思いながら、言われる前に腰掛けてしまった。あとで考えるとこれは大失敗)
A: May I ask your name and address?

My name is .......... I live in .........., ............ Prefecture.
(フルアドレスを言う必要はないと思い上記のように答えたが試験官Bがよしよしというような表情をしていたのでほっとした)
A: In Japan there are many hot springs. Why?

Because there are many volcanoes in Japan. That’s why.
(突然、温泉の話からはいってきたのでちょっととまどった)
A: Do you have hot springs in Tokyo?

Yes. There are several hot springs even in Tokyo. If you dig deep into the ground, you’ll find hot spring.
(drilling技術の進歩によって東京にも温泉がでると言いたかったがうまく表現できず)
A: Do you know a car manufacturing factory in Japan?

I have never been there. But I know for example Toyota.
A: How can I get to the Toyota car manufacturing factory?

They have a factory in Aichi Prefecture. So you can take a bullet train from Tokyo to Nagoya. Then you may take a car or a bus from Nagoya to their factory.
A: There are many good places for skiing in Hokkaido. Where …….?

(よく聞き取れなかったので)
Do you mean the name of skiing areas in Hokkaido?
A: Yes.

(私はスキー1級で、各地で滑った経験あるので)
I like skiing very much. In Hokkaido I think Niseko skiing area is one of the best places. Because they have very good quality of snow. You may go to another skiing area like Teine. It’s quite near Sapporo city. However Niseko is much better.
A: Hokkaido is very far. How about skiing in Tokyo area?

Oh, you can enjoy skiing in this region. There are many skiing areas in Joestsu where are not far from Tokyo. For example Naeba is very good skiing area. Also the Japan Alps area is very good. Happo One is one of the best skiing courses in Japan.
(スキーについてはいくらでも話できたが、東京から上越までの距離とか時間について説明したほうがよかったと後で反省)
A: To go to Osaka, how do you get there?

There are several ways to go there. You may take a flight from Haneda airport to Osaka or you take a bullet train from Tokyo. Also there is a bus transportation available.
A: In Osaka where are the places to visit?

Osaka is a city of commerce.
(commerceが聞き取れなかったようで)
A: what?

A city of business.
A: Oh, “commerce”

I have been to Osaka, but only on business. So I am not so familiar with the places in Osaka. For example you may go to Universal Studio…. And where else......
(大阪城が頭に浮かんだがあまり面白い所ではないとの思いから言葉にでなかった。大阪城は絶対言わなければだめよと、後で娘に言われた)
A: How about foods in Osaka?

There are many good foods in Osaka. Some are expensive, some are less expensive and you can enjoy foods in Osaka.
A: What kind of foods is good in Osaka?

Now we are going on to a winter season. So “Fugu” is very good in Osaka. “Fugu” is famous in the western part of Japan, like Shimonoseki. However “Fugu” is also good in Osaka.
(ビジネスマンの習性で「ふぐ」が頭に浮かんでしまったが、普通は「お好み焼き」とか言うのだと後で娘に言われた)
A: How is Kyoto?

Kyoto is a very nice city in Japan. There are many places of historical interest. We have many Japanese style gardens, Shinto shrines and temples. There are lots to see.
A: When was the last shogun in Japan?

Actually shogun was in Japan from 15th century till 19th century.
(たまたま朝、家を出る前に「将軍はいつの時代からだったかなあ」と家内と話していたので上記のような答えになってしまった)
A: When was the Edo era?

It was from 1600, or 1603 to be exact, till 1868.
(試験官Bがうなずいたように見えたのでこれでよいのかと思った。この後試験官Aが “Is that all?” もうこれでいいね というように試験官Bに話しかけて面接は終了。 時間は10分近くたっていたが、当方は、あれもう終わりなのという感じだった。
反省点:私は海外駐在の経験もあり、日常会話に不自由はないのですがこのような面接試験は初めてで準備不足を感じました。もう少しきちっとした表現ができないといけないと思いました。


 

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