Japanese companies looking to hire college graduates pit them against each other at the mahjong tables. Yiming Woo reports.
This game of mahjong could decide the futures of these college graduates. 50 of them are playing against each other in the hopes of impressing six companies during Japan's job-hunting season. The game's main objective? Build sets by drawing or discarding tiles. Players say it requires skills, strategy and a bit of luck. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) FOURTH YEAR ART COLLEGE STUDENT ASPIRING TO BECOME A DESIGNER, TOMOKO HASEGAWA, SAYING: "Mahjong is a very strategic game, so I think people who are good at it would be good at marketing. This is a new approach and I find it really interesting." Those who do well get the chance to compete against job recruiters, who say the game reveals more about the candidates than pages of resumes. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) ORGANIZER OF THE EVENT, HIKARU NAKANISHI, SAYING: "Your true self does come out, it's not something that would be seen at a job interview. You get to see that person's true character and that person's intelligence and communication skills. These become very visible, so I think this method is very effective." On this particular day, eight graduates were picked to move on to the next round of the selection process.