How to Answer the Interview Question: “So, how long do you plan on staying here?”

I recently got an e-mail from a woman that went something like this: “Last week I was being interviewed for a promotion within my company, and was one of several applicants being considered for the job. Thought things were going rather well until the interviewer suddenly asked me, ‘So how long do you plan on … les mer

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‘So Why Is Norway Rich?’: Falling Into the (Easy) Tabloid Trap

Talk about journalistic bait and switch. Maybe I should just stay away from the tabloids for awhile. To explain: Working and living in Norway as we do, we’re in the understandable habit of watching and reading our homegrown media sources such as TV channels and newspapers/webpages. But sometimes it’s intriguing to learn about how others … les mer

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The Unspoken Yet Real Reason You Didn’t Get Called For That Job Interview

I just finished reading an article on LinkedIn entitled, ‘The Real Reason You Didn’t Get That Job’ by LI Influencer Liz Ryan in which she lists five potential changes in the company at which ‘you’ have just interviewed that may have prevented ‘you’ from getting hired. These changes include having the company cut the position … les mer

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Integration: It’s Okay to Talk Your Talk

When you’re trying to become integrated in your new country, you get other people’s different ideas about how you should go about this process. It’s especially true when learning how to speak the language. That is, the native speakers might offer advice something along the lines of: ‘You need to speak our language as much … les mer

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Repeat As Needed: What Job Seekers Should Tell Themselves

Saying to yourself ‘They’d be lucky to have me as an employee’ before throwing yourself off the deep end of the job search swimming pool doesn’t mean you’re an egomaniac; on the contrary, you’re just giving yourself what you need to keep your head above water in the upcoming process that will at times try … les mer

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The Right Way to Think About Your LinkedIn Connections

Teaching a new topic is like trying out a new recipe. While you’re enthusiastic when starting out, looking at either what’s on your kitchen counter or who’s sitting out in your classroom, you also realize you’re probably going to mess at least some little part of it up. So when you take the first bite … les mer

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Working in Norway: Who’s the Boss?

Being a manager in Norway isn’t always easy. Sometimes I wonder why anyone would want to be a manager with staff responsibility given all the problems inherent in the very act of trying to control other people’s behavior at work. I have a friend who’s been a manager for several years at a large Seattle … les mer

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What Does Integration Mean to You?

You foreigners who are working in Norway are of course living in Norway; which part is easier? By ‘living’ I mean all the things you do outside of work, from shopping at the grocery store to…what, exactly? What do you do during the rest of the time that’s not included in your 37.5 hour work … les mer

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“Why Do You Want the Job?”: Your Words Lost and Found

How do you answer this question when you just can’t find the words? Yesterday as I was scrolling down my LinkedIn home page, I came across a short article written in Norwegian where the author was responding to job seekers who often asked him why they hadn’t been called in for an interview after sending … les mer

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A Few Thoughts on a Foreigner’s Comfort Zone

A couple of weeks ago I sat in the audience listening to a professional speaker give a short motivational talk on among other things why it’s important for us to get out of our ‘Comfort Zone’. She told us different ways in which we could do this, ranging from the smaller scale – changing a … les mer

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