When is the right time to bow in an office or interview in Japan?

When is the right time to bow in an office or interview in Japan? I know how to bow, but many foreigners don't know when to do it. Bowing is a kind of etiquette in Japan. Even Japanese people do it unconsciously and naturally, so sometimes they don't remember when to do it. Now let's see when to bow, including a job interview.

① When do you bow at the time of the interview?

When interviewing for a job, first enter the room and then bow. You probably have a chair in the interview room, but it's a good idea to stand next to the chair and bow before you sit down. Also, stand next to your chair and bow after the interview. And finally, when you stand in front of the door and bow for the third time, it ’s very polite.

② Do you bow when you come to work?

Normally, I do not bow to my colleagues and subordinates when I come to work. However, Japanese people tend to bow when superiors such as officers come.

③ Do you ever bow while you work?

Usually, the only time you bow while you're working is when a customer comes in. When customers come, Japanese people tend to bow more slowly and deeply than they bow in-house.

④ Do you bow when you go home?

When I get home, I sometimes bow lightly to my colleagues and my boss. A very simple bow is fine. It is Japanese style to leave while bowing, saying "I'm sorry to go first おさきにしつれいします".

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