Q: What is the difference between new graduate recruitment and mid-career recruitment?

In Japan, there are mainly two types of employment patterns, new graduate recruitment, and mid-career recruitment. Recruitment for new graduates means recruitment for people without work experience. Those who graduated from a vocational school, college or university and are looking for employment for the first time fall under this new graduate recruitment process. When hiring new graduates, their motivation and potential are taken into account as they usually have no work experience.

On the other hand, mid-career recruitment refers to the hiring of people having specific work experience in job fields. Mid-career recruitment is based on past work experience, skills and abilities. In the past, the recruitment that took place in major Japanese companies was predominately new graduate recruitment. Recently, however, many companies have been proactively engaging in mid-career recruitment.

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