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Keidanren guidelines call on corporations to diversify their recruiting activities

  • 2015-12-08 15:00:00
  • , Yomiuri
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(Yomiuri: December 8, 2015 – Top play)


 On Dec. 7, Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) announced new recruiting guidelines for its 1,300 member corporations, including moving up the start date for corporate screenings of university students to “June of the fourth year of university” for new university graduates who will join corporations in the spring of 2017. There are concerns that the June start date will impact students’ academic work and students studying overseas. In light of this, Keidanren has for the first time added a provision that instructs corporations to “endeavor to take students’ situations into consideration” in their recruiting activities. The guidelines ask companies to hold interviews on Saturdays, Sundays, and in the evenings [as well as daytime on weekdays] and to make it widely known [among the student and university community] if they have a separate framework under which students studying overseas can be recruited in the autumn.


 The new guidelines were formally approved at a meeting of the Keidanren chairman and vice chairs and posted on the organization’s website on Dec. 7.


 The new guidelines include the following: (1) companies [should endeavor to] hold corporate informational meetings, interviews, and tests on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and evenings [as well as daytime on weekdays]; (2) companies [should endeavor to] give ample notice regarding interviews and tests; and (3) companies that have a separate recruiting framework for students studying overseas [should endeavor to] actively make that broadly known.


 Moving the start date for corporate screenings of university students to June 1 means that it will overlap with fourth-year university students’ classes. There are concerns that students who choose to participate in teaching practicums, which are often held in June, as well as study abroad students, who return to Japan in June or July, may be left behind in job hunting. For this reason, universities and the government strongly urged Keidanren to incorporate measures that take students’ situations into consideration.


 The new guidelines also once again clarify that internships are part of companies’ social contribution activities and must be conducted in a way that makes it clear that the internships are completely unrelated to the company’s employment screening activities.


 The start date for corporate screening activities, including interviews, will be moved up by two months from “August 1 of the fourth year of university,” which was used for those joining companies in the spring of 2016, to “June 1.” The start dates for corporate informational meetings and the extension of formal tentative job offers remain unchanged at “March 1 of the third year of university” and “October 1 of the fourth year,” respectively.


 There is a possibility that the new guidelines will be for just one year as Keidanren is reconsidering the matter, including moving the schedule for recruiting and candidate screenings even earlier for new university graduates who will enter the full-time workforce in the spring of 2018.


 As early as this week, universities and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and others involved in job hunting will issue to about 450 economic and industrial organizations, including Keidanren, a request that the schedule [in the guidelines] be followed.


 The Keidanren guidelines and the government request are merely gentleman’s agreements, which impose no penalties for noncompliance. It remains unclear the extent to which corporations will follow them.


 Summary of the new [Keidanren] guidelines


Ø The start dates for job hunting and corporate recruiting next year will be as follows: corporate informational meetings: March 1; corporate screenings: June 1.


Ø Corporate informational meetings, interviews, and tests will also be held on Saturdays, Sundays, and evenings.


Ø Corporate screening opportunities will be diversified, including summer and autumn recruiting. Companies will actively publicize their recruiting frameworks for students studying abroad.


Ø Further use of transcripts and the like in corporate screening activities will be considered.

 Changes in the job-hunt schedule by date of entry to company


April 2015




April 2016

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Third year of university

Fourth year of university

* Blue arrows represent corporate informational meetings.

 Black arrows indicate interviews and corporate screenings.


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