Finally heard back from ECC: nothing in Hiroshima, but they will put me on a list for later openings. Thus, no definites. I guess it gives me the chance to drop Geos, as I'm in the same situation for both companies (can't choose where I go) and I like ECC better overall. One highlight is that ECC has fewer schools, which might mean less chance of getting stuck in the boonies, as they are primarily in Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo; still, no guarantees.
Well, I really screwed up. I may have written before that I was less than excited about the interview today, that I might even skip it. Because I haven't heard from ECC yet, though, I decided I'd better; besides, I've read people's experiences at the interview and they a couple said they had been able to get placed near Tokyo, something impossible with ECC and very unlikely with Geos. I decided, in the end, to go to the interview, if only to see what they had to offer.
Well, I notice a job listing for the job in Hiroshima on the latest Gaijinpot (the place where I've done a lot of job searching) so I'm guessing I didn't get it. I haven't had any word from the interviewer yet - he's supposed to contact me today. I don't know what to think - I have to admit I felt some relief when I saw that posting, but if you'd told me I didn't have to do the speeches in my speech class several years ago, I would have been relieved, too - and yet, I think I gained from having done them.
Just called Geos, the second company I interviewed with, and I somehow got a job. I'm a little surprised, but it's certainly a boost. However, I have no idea where I'd be placed and, honestly, I don't particularly like their business tactics. I have a week from tomorrow (when I get the contract and associated materials) to mull it over. In the meantime, I'll hear from the job I am more interested in tomorrow, and, if I'm really feeling a glutton for punishment, I have an interview starting Thursday with Aeon - a company even bigger than Geos.