The company you have been interviewing with wants you to come to headquarters.
They want to meet you in-person for the final round of job interviews. This is great!
There is one tiny problem with the job interview.
You live in the USA and the job interview is in another country.
Here are some tips you can use to prepare for that international job interview.
Make sure you have your passport before you set a date
Ideally, if you are applying for an international job, you already have a passport and visa.
If you know your passport is expired (or you simply never got one), visit this website to find out how you can get a passport fast.
Different countries have various visas requirements, so look into those details sooner rather than later.
Research the similarities
Sure, the job interview is in another country, but that does not mean it will be completely different.
To avoid tripping over the basics of the job interview, go over all the common interview questions:
- "Tell me about yourself."
- "Why do you want to work here?"
- "What are your strengths?"
- "What are your weaknesses?"
Mastering these commonly asked job interview questions helps you get your story down before talking to a hiring manager or prospective employer in the company where you hope to work.
However, the way you answer and what you say may depend on not only the company but also the country’s business etiquette.
Differences in business etiquette
Every business culture has its own unique traits and unspoken rules.
This is the time to do some intensive research.
This might be difficult, but forget what you know about the U.S. job market.
Here are a few questions you might want to figure out in advance:
- What does the company consider to be “on time” for an interview?
- Will the interview focus more on soft skills or hard skills?
Also, look into etiquette for matters such as:
- The proper ways to show respect when interviews end.
- Things the company will do that are not considered appropriate in the US.
- Common greetings and social cues, so you have an idea when something is not right.
Examples of behaviors to think about
The US emphasizes hard skills and “early is on-time,” for example.
In some other countries, the interview “time” usually means it will start several minutes later.
Additionally, countries like Denmark place a strong focus on hiring for personality and training for skill.
In other words, if you are interviewing in a country like that, emphasize your positive temperament.
Countries in South America often avoid saying the word, “No.”
It sounds rude to them; instead, they send social cues that let you know something is wrong.
Other countries have been known to conduct interviews in the form of personality tests.
Others might ask about religion or marital status, which may violate every EEOC law in the United States.
Research the preferred language
It is a good idea to know, before applying, what language the company prefers to use for business.
Even though the most commonly used language in business is English, other countries may view your lack of ability to speak their language as a sign of arrogance or disrespect.
You cannot learn a new language overnight, obviously.
However, apps like Duolingo can be of great assistance when you are trying to learn a language quickly.
They can also show a company that you respect the job enough to start learning.
Also, learning the language will give you some confidence and put you at ease while visiting the country.
Watch for the subtle tests of your personality
Company employees may want to get a sense of how you interact with other staff or the local culture.
If you get invited to an impromptu job interview, do not be surprised by requests to drink alcohol at the local pub or take part in local cultural activities.
Whatever you do, just be sure to not overdo it with the idea of impressing everyone.
You can only be yourself.
Do not try so hard, drink too much, or get yourself into a fix where you end up embarrassing yourself.
For more interview prep, check out the 50 Top Job Interview Questions & Answers.
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