Welcome to the JET Programme UK Website
The Official Website for UK Applicants

Interview Information

Key Points:

  • All interviews for the UK JET Programme are conducted in person in the UK.
  • Interviews cannot be held remotely (e.g. telephone, skype) and cannot be held at Japanese or British Embassies/Consulates outside the United Kingdom.
  • ALT candidates may choose to be interviewed in London or Edinburgh.
  • Interviews for the CIR position are conducted at the Embassy of Japan in London only.
  • Interview notifications will be sent out progressively from mid-December.
  • Selected candidates will receive notification of their interview time and date via email. Candidates are advised to check their inbox and junk folder regularly for correspondence from the UK JET Office.
  • It is essential to provide correct contact details on the application form. Candidates should notify the UK JET Office of any change in their contact details at any point during the application process.

Interview Invitations

Interview invitations will be issued via email and it is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that we have their correct email address. Selected candidates must reply to their interview invitation as soon as possible to confirm their attendance. Although every effort will be made to accommodate interview requests, please note that spaces are limited and it may not be possible to reschedule if any candidate is unavailable on their designated date. Therefore, candidates are strongly advised to keep the UK JET Office informed of any change in their availability during January and February.

About the Interview

The JET Programme interview is a formal occasion and applicants are expected to conduct themselves accordingly. Candidates are advised to prepare for the interview, ensuring that they have a clear understanding of the role that they are applying for. Those with little previous interview experience may wish to visit their local Job Centre or University Career Office for further guidance.

ALTs and CIRs are expected to have a high standard of English language ability and all candidates will be asked to complete a short English grammar test prior to the interview. The interview itself will last approximately fifteen to twenty minutes. There are two possible interview locations for ALT candidates: London and Edinburgh. Interviews for CIR candidates will be held at the Embassy of Japan in London only and will be conducted entirely in Japanese.

Interview Results

Interviewed applicants will start to receive notification of their interview results in early April. There are three possible outcomes: successful (final short-list), unsuccessful, or alternate (reserve) status. If you have been offered a place but wish to decline, please inform us immediately so that your place may be offered to another candidate. Applicants are also welcome to explain their reasons for withdrawing from the JET Programme at their own discretion.

We would advise all applicants of the UK JET Programme to follow our Twitter account to track the progress of our JET application process.