Early-Career Scholar Forum

Japanese University Students’ Critique on the Hiring Process of Firms

Friday, 9 July 2021 | 12:15 - 13:00 (JST)
Zoom Meeting
  • Naoki Iguchi Lecturer, Department of Social Information, Faculty of Studies on Contemporary Society, Mejiro University
  • Sawako Shirahase TCJS Director
Event Description

Selection by a person’s non-cognitive features is common in companies’ hiring process. There have been criticism that it leads to the applicants’ self-blame, or that it plays a role in the reproduction of inequality. However, these critique have not always led to change in the selection process. This presentation aims to describe the lived experiences of youth in such circumstances. Also it aims to clarify the effects that critique can have in such difficult circumstances. This presentation focuses on the critique of the job searchers themselves by drawing on interview data. He will show the types of critique, the difficulties they experienced on making an acceptable public claim, and how they responded privately, through the selection of companies.