When and How to Apply

Applying for a teaching opportunity is quick and easy. You can do so online today.

When you are ready to complete your application, click the “Apply Now” link in orange at the top right corner of any page on this website. This will direct you to our online application system.

How to Make an Application

The first step is to complete the registration form with personal details. Make sure you complete each field correctly. Once complete, click on “save and submit.” Your initial details are now registered in our system. A new page will automatically reload with more fields to complete. At the same time, you will receive an email from us that contains your username and password. This email is important for future reference.

Although we recommend that you complete the entire application form at once, you can choose to save the information entered so far and return later to complete the rest. This is ideal if you do not have all of your education or previous employment details on hand.

When to Apply

Interac accepts applications from within Japan all year round. However, we have a significant number of openings throughout Japan during two seasons: spring and fall. These seasons coincide with the Japanese school year, which begins in April.

Click here to find details of our current openings.

Online Application Submission and Resume Screening

In simple terms, the recruitment process begins when you submit your online application. Once received, it is routed to the recruiter who takes care of your area or to Interac’s Head Office in Tokyo. Our recruiters will then review it. If you are successful, a recruiter will contact you, likely by email, regarding the next step. During certain times of the year, due to the volume of applications, it may take us some weeks to completely assess your application. If you do not pass this stage, you will be notified by email. Your patience and cooperation would be appreciated.

Phone Interview

If you pass the resume screening, the next step is a short phone interview. In some cases, a recruiter may email you to determine the best time to talk. In other cases, the recruiter may call you directly. If you are unable to speak at that time, please do not panic. Please respond to any voicemail or follow-up emails promptly. If, after a number of attempts, we have difficulty contacting you or our messages are not responded to, we will abandon your application. If you do not pass the phone interview, you will be notified by email.

Seminar or Online Interview

If you pass the phone interview, we may invite you to participate in a seminar and/or interview. This usually involves visiting an Interac office, where we will have a small presentation followed by a grammar test, one-to-one interview, and a recorded demonstration lesson. All details on the seminar and/or interview, including what you need to prepare, will be sent to you in advance.

If you live outside of the areas where Interac has an office, we may be able to complete all of the recruiting process online. In this case it is likely that you will be invited to interview by Skype.

Document Package

If you are invited to a seminar and/or interview, a package containing all of your documents will need to be prepared by you an submitted to your recruiter. Prior to the seminar and/or interview, your recruiter will provide you with a list of documents you must submit. Failure to gather and submit your documents by the deadline will mean a delay in the processing of your application.

Offer of Employment

If you pass the interview stage and reference checks are complete, your application and recorded demonstration will be assessed and matched with one of our six regional companies. The regional company will then make the final decision to extend a written offer of employment. This offer will provide specific details on your employment in Japan and be the first step in providing certainty and a timeline for arrival. Depending on the time of year the amount of time between the seminar and/or interview and your written offer being will take a few weeks, please watch your email for updates with the latest information.


Upon acceptance of the written offer of employment, you will move into the placement phase. Two main things happen in this phase. First, this is the point where LJC will help organize your application for your Certificate of Eligibility, which is the first step to securing your visa.

The visa process could take up to eight weeks starting from the time the application is submitted to the Bureau of Immigration. The preparation and submission of the application is taken care of by the regional company which has extended the offer of employment to you. Your application will be submitted once your arrival date has been determined.

Second, you’ll receive the details of your specific position with one of the branches in your region along with details for your arrival in Japan. As your departure date nears you can also expect to receive more information about training, housing and other topics.

Initial Orientation and Training

If you are recruited from within Japan, the initial orientation and training is likely to be organized by and held in your branch.