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Interview Question Database

International

Interviews for an international position can be unique.  The employer has the responsibility to not only determine if you are a right fit for their role and company, but also determine if you can easily transition to a new cultural environment.  The questions that they ask will likely go beyond those asked in a traditional interview to ensure that you would be a good candidate.  Visit the below categories to see a sample of international interview questions.  Please add your tips and comments on your international experiences, in addition to questions that you have been asked during an international interview.

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What qualifications/skills do you possess that will assist in your transition to working internationally?

The employer is likely looking to learn more about you and your fit with the position.


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What challenges do you think you could encounter when working in another country? How would you manage these challenges?


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What research have you done to prepare for working internationally?


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In the face of frustration, how will you fulfill the terms of your contract and demonstrate loyalty to the organization?


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Why do you want to work abroad?


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Describe a time when travelling when you experienced a completely new situation, where you were not in control. What happened and how did you deal with the challenge?


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What languages can you speak? How would you rate your fluency?


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Tell me about your past travels?


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Tell me about your international experience (either working, living or travelling in other countries).

They will want to know that you are someone who has experience adapting to change and dealing with culture shock.

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Moving to and working in a foreign country can be a culture shock. What you think you can do to prepare yourself?


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Acknowledge that you may experience culture shock and think of ways you might be able to deal with this.