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The good news is, if you're an international student who has been in the U.S. for a little while you've probably already encountered most of these cultural differences, just within a different context.
American Cultural Values
While values and culture vary among different regions, groups, and individuals in the U.S., there are some commonly held cultural norms in American society. In general, U.S. culture values:
Some of these are common in other cultures, too. Chances are, however, that there will be some differences between your home country and interviews in the States.
What it Means for the Interview Process
Each of the values listed above impacts the interview process in different ways:
When we spend the majority of our lives in one place, cultural norms become deeply rooted in our thoughts and behaviors. It's challenging to try to "un-do", even if only temporarily, what seems completely natural. Doing some practice interviewing with a friend or advisor that can give you honest feedback is the best way to identify some of these issues so you can be a better and more confident interview candidate.
Kelly is a career advisor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she assists undergraduate business students with all aspects of their career development. Connect with Kelly on Twitter, LinkedIn orBrazenCareerist.
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