‘Why didn’t I get the job?’: Playing the Sympathy Card

My recent article about not getting the first job I ever interviewed for in Norway triggered a certain number of comments. While this is always a welcome thing for a blogger (to paraphrase circus owner P.T. Barnum, ‘There’s no such thing as bad reader response’?), what was especially interesting about these was the writers’ underlying … les mer

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‘Why didn’t I get the job?’: Our Need for Post-Interview Answers

Even though it took place a good many years ago, I still remember my first interview in Norway. I had answered a newspaper ad posting a teaching job at a newly started school in the area. The student body was made up of adults (as in age 19 and over) who were either going back … les mer

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Lost in (Cyber) Space?: Sending Your Application Into the Webcruiter Black Hole

As Robert from Duluth (or Hibbing, depending on who you ask) sang so many years ago, The Times They Are a-Changin’; never more so than in the workplace, as I was recently reminded of when becoming an evening student myself at a resumé and application letter writing course. And must admit that while sitting there … les mer

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Skype Meetings: You Can’t Run and You Can’t Hide

The other day I was signed up to teach a group of people working in Norway how to make a high-quality presentation in English after learning my tips of the trade about how to perform well in front of a large audience. Or so I thought. When questioned further in an advance e-mail sent out … les mer

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When Your Foreign Best Isn’t Good Enough: Transferring Higher Education Across Borders

One of the most difficult aspects of moving abroad can be having the education you completed in your home country rejected by your new country. Am using the strong verb ‘rejected’ on purpose, as while the educational authorities do not express it that way in the letter they send out to inform you of just … les mer

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You Win Some You Lose Some: Non-Native Partners of Non-Native/Native Workers Playing the New Friendship Game

When going through the phase of adjusting to living in a new, foreign culture, it’s not always the foreign worker who struggles the most. After all, it is they who have landed the fulltime job and who can spend their days at their new workplace with, simply put, something to do and someone to see. … les mer

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The Intercultural Interview Dating Game: Us vs Them?

Sometimes the best thing to come out of a training course for students is not what they learn from the instructor but rather what they remember from talking with their classmates about work-related experiences they’ve gone through that have been both painful and humbling. And then leaving the classroom knowing that they’re not the only … les mer

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Cross-Cultural Confusion: What’s Not to Love at an Interview?

I went on LinkedIn the other day and read an article whose title had caught my eye: ‘The 3 Secrets to Landing a Job When the Company Isn’t Hiring’ by American business consultant Avery Blank. When clicking on the link to open this page, I admitted to myself that the keywords ‘secret’ and ‘landing’ had … les mer

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Beyond Networking: Learn to Ask the Quality Question

On an average annual basis, thousands of employees in international companies spend thousands of hours attending courses, seminars, workshops, presentations, etc. about how to understand other people’s cultures, including their norms and values (the reason they do things the way they do). They attend these often compulsory training sessions so that they will become better … les mer

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To Correct or Not to Correct: When Should Native Speakers Speak Up?

Foreign language learners in the global workplace make spoken and written errors in their new language on a daily basis. Quite often, at least in technology-driven companies, they have been hired because of their education and work background, and not their proficiency in their host country’s native language. While they coast along in English for … les mer

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