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We’re going GLOBAL this How To Tuesday. Check out some general tips for international job searches and interviews:
- Don’t criticize the host country/politics/military operations/national religion(s)/members of royal families during your interview(s).
Note: In some countries, such as Thailand, speaking ill of the royal family in public is a criminal offense.
- Don’t be surprised if you are asked to come in for multiple interviews, or encounter interview formats you are unfamiliar with (i.e. Board interviews).
- Don’t wait until they contact you, in many countries being proactive (especially as a foreign applicant) is an asset and shows initiative.
- Entrance exams and psychometric/psychological testing before the interview can be common.
- Don’t criticize former employers.
- Obtaining copies of your diploma(s) and certification(s) before you apply will save time. Note: many countries require these documents to be attached to your CV/resume.
- Be aware of typical management styles and office environments of the host country.
- Don’t underestimate the power of networking with contacts in the host country, especially if you are able to visit before beginning your official job search process.
- It is advisable to write in both English and the host country’s national language, unless the employer conducts business exclusively in English. However, if you are not fluent or at a minimum conversational in the host country language this is not a good business practice.
- Utilize your contacts in the host country or those who have worked in the country to network, often this is the best way to obtain interviews for foreign applicants.
- Find out what style of business dress is typical and adhere to those standards during interviews and for any photos that may need to be attached to your CV/Resume.
- Use country specific information when it comes to manners and culturally sensitive, culturally correct terminology (in both written and spoken formats). Note: in some languages it is always inappropriate to use informal pronouns when addressing employers or those higher in the office hierarchy.
- Be aware that the application process and visa process can take several months.
- Some countries prefer factual CV /resumes others like will like a sales document, research before applying.
- Be punctual
Traits that make a successful international/foreign employee experience:
Enjoy change, enjoy challenges, ability to cope with stress, understanding of culture shock, flexibility, humor, self-knowledge, emotionally stable, patience, curiosity, language skills, self-discipline, versatility in working experiences, organizational skills, people skills, diplomacy, resourcefulness.