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05/02/15
Crossing International Cultural Differences.
Filed under: Recent Posts, Interviewing, Position Searching, Mentoring, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 8:25 am

Last month this blog posted International Job Applications,
indicating several differences between European and American
approaches.

Recently, KH was curious about an on-site interview with an
international organization that involved 5 separate meetings
with HR and technical representatives, but no formal technical
presentation.
It could be that one or more of the technical meetings would
involve going into the laboratory to demonstrate competence
and knowledge about equipment. 
It could be that the interviews aimed to explore the cultural and
personality fit into the organization.
Some work by Andy Molinsky about Cultural Dexterity might
fit. 
Molinsky has researched and written about “global dexterity
as being the ability to adapt your behaviors to foreign or local
cultures without losing your personal authenticity.

Molinsky details tactics to overcome three challenges interviewees
and visitors face– authenticity, competence and resentment, by focusing
on four elements of personal style.  They are directness, enthusiasm,
self promotion and formality
.

A Molinsky provides a slide-share of these concepts.

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