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The Job Interview

It is important to understand the cultural differences each countries job interview process.  Below are some tips that will help you be successful in your US job interview:

1.      Always arrive for the interview on time.  It is even better to show up a few minutes early.

2.      Speak English well.  Practice your English before an interview so you are able to communicate clearly.

3.      Be polite.  Shake hands and have eye contact when you meet your interviewer.  In some countries it is not okay for the women to shake hands with a male.  If you are male and your interviewer is female, then you must shake hands….and if you are female and your interviewer is male, it is okay to shake hands.   You must do so in the United States.

4.      Be pleasant.  Smile during the interview.

5.      It is important to maintain eye contact.  In some countries this is not an appropriate gesture.  However, in the U.S. it is very important because it shows you are confident in yourself.

6.      Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the company.  This shows you are interested in the company.

7.      Do not ask questions about salary or benefits until the end of the interview, or better yet, not at all.

8.      Never lie.  In the U.S. lying could be grounds for firing (or not hiring) an employee.

9.      Do not monopolize the conversation.  Listen attentively to your interviewer.

10.   Answer the questions confidently and thoughtfully.

11.   Always keep the conversation positive.   Employers don’t want to hear about all your problems nor do they want to hear you complain about other people or businesses.  Keep the focus on your skills and experience.

12.   At the end of the interview, shake the interviewers hand and say “thank-you.”  Remember to keep eye contact.

13.   It is very important to learn the differences between your country’s cultural rules and the United States’.  It is the goal of the work-study programs for you to become successful in the U.S., as well as in your own country when you return to find the dream, high paying  job.


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