Cultural adaptability and awareness: Job Interview Questions


Cultural adaptability and awareness: Job Interview Questions

There are different reasons to want to move abroad.

For professional reasons, my upfront advice is to fully research the company, benefits, country and your personal capacity and situation to adapt, before deciding to move. This takes time, but you will ultimately gain time!

Working (and living abroad) requires cultural awareness and adaptability. If you are interviewing for your first overseas position, the hiring company or recruiters will want to know your motivation to work abroad.  

You can be trained by coaches to apprehend different cultures, but like all human sciences and communication, cultural adaptability depends on the context and the human part of the context.

Questions you may be asked during an interview:

Why do you want to move abroad?

What do you know about our company?

And often you will have: What are your strengths and weaknesses?

What is our culture?

Have you already lived abroad?

If yes, what challenges did you encounter?

Why do you want to leave your current company?

How do you think you will adapt?

The list is long, but it is up to you also, to make another list before leaving:

Do I have to leave the family behind?

Does the climate suit me?

Do I gain financially?

What are my career prospects after?

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