Tag: international workplace

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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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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“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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Working in Norway: “Do Norwegians Like Foreigners?”

This surprise question left this particular course instructor at a momentary loss for words, and she’s still not satisfied with the eventual answer she gave in response to it. It happened during an (English) evening course called ‘Living and Working in Norway’ that I was running last month in Trondheim, a major city making up … les mer

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy: Why Having a Well-Written LinkedIn Profile Won’t Upset Your Boss

If you’re worried that presenting your abilities and experience in the most professional way possible on your LinkedIn profile will be taken badly by your boss, don’t. Here’s why. I had this thought after having been approached by a young man after a CV-writing course I gave last month. He started off by explaining to … les mer

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Don’t Buzz: How to Avoid Using the Overused When Writing Your CV

If English is your ‘L2’ (second language), don’t fall into the trap of using superficial buzzwords to describe your abilities in your CV/LinkedIn profile. The old phrase ‘I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place’ came to mind when I was reading a LinkedIn article the other day entitled, These are the absolute worst … les mer

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