kaylasturner wrote:For those that are still kind of worried about the whole "should I shake their hands or bow or not" question, I'm going to go with whatever feels best in the situation. Just like everybody keeps saying, every situation is different. There are varying interview panels, some of which may want to shake hands, some of which may bow to you and expect you to return the favor, others won't expect either and just want to get down to business and start with the questions. Basically, I think we should just keep calm and go with the flow. I feel like that part of the interview should be the least of our worries.
I'm doing my best not to overthink. Especially after reading vietnamazing's blog post, I realised that maybe I've been going about this the wrong way. I want the interview panel to see that I am a cheerful person who can be a flexible, hard-working employee. I am going to do some very light research on some current events, just in case, brush up on my basic Japanese, and practice giving sample lessons on some basic concepts to my friends and see what they think. Other than that, I think I'm actually ready for this! I'm just gonna be myself : )
If someone extends their hand to me, I'll shake their hand. If not, I'm not doing it. I personally don't like shaking other people's hands so I always assume the other person feels the same way if they don't initiate it.