These differences represent differences between cultures of the United States and foreign culture, not a specific culture.
Abroad: Detailed chronology of experience, not a method of self promotion.
In U.S.: Concise, one page, resume to reflect the individual’s accomplishments, credentials, strengths and abilities.
Abroad: It may be okay to be late.
In U.S.: Be on time. Arrive at least ten minutes early.
Abroad: Eye contact may be disrespectful.
In U.S.: Eye contact shows confidence and is necessary.
Abroad: Often very extensive to showcase personality and character.
In U.S.: Brief at beginning of interview, followed by direct, formal interview questions.
Abroad: Citing accomplishments may be seen as arrogant or individualistic.
In U.S.: Assertive, open discussion of accomplishments is expected and important.
Asking questions to the interviewer
Abroad: May be rude, intrusive, or aggressive.
In U.S. Expected, shows enthusiasm and interest.
Displaying knowledge of the company
Abroad: May show too much initiative; questioning may show disloyalty.
In U.S.: Demonstrating knowledge of the organization is expected and shows initiative.
Personality related discussion
Abroad: Discussion of hobbies, likes and dislikes may be seen as distractions from work and job performance. Questions about personality (leadership or problem solving style) may be considered irrelevant.
In U.S.: Discussion of personal hobbies and interests are admissible but not crucial. Discussion of leadership and problem solving traits are necessary.
Abroad: Questions about one’s role in the organization may be considered disloyal. Discussion of long‐term career goals may be negative.
In U.S.: Questions about role are welcomed. Discussion of long‐term plans shows goal‐oriented personality.
Responsibility in finding employment
Abroad: Possibility for job search taking place with little or no proactive action on part of individual.
In U.S.: Job search solely individual responsibility. Use whatever means available.
Informality in Interviewing
Abroad: Politeness and formality are necessary. Handshaking and casual speech may not be permissible.
In U.S.: Politeness is necessary, but some joking and informality is acceptable. Firm handshake necessary. Casual, friendly speech is permitted.
Abroad: Questioning one’s application status may be rude.
In U.S.: Telephone inquiry on application’s status is acceptable. A written thank‐you note is highly recommended and often expected.