How to prepare for international job interviews: a guide for companies and professionals

Check out the following tips to help professionals and companies prepare for international job interviews.

por Alexei Martchenko

A job interview is a critical moment for any candidate in search of a job, and anxiety can run even higher when the interview is for an international vacancy, where the native language spoken by the professional may not be the same as that of the recruiting company. Preparation by the professional and by the company searching for talent can make all the difference for a successful interview. 

There are several strategies that candidates, recruiters and companies can adopt to prepare for a job interview, which is why our Alstra recruiters, who mediate thousands of interviews per month, have listed our top tips for companies and professionals.

For companies that are interviewing

Recognize that the candidate may be nervous

Interviewing in an unknown environment, especially in another country or with someone from another country, can be intimidating for the candidate. Recognize that they may be nervous and try to set their minds at ease.

Break the ice

A good way to calm the candidate is to forge a connection and begin the conversation with some simple questions about their country or culture. This may help them feel more comfortable and may even reveal some useful information for the interview.

Be aware of language challenges

Remember that the candidate may be speaking in a second or third language. This may make communication more challenging. Try to speak slowly, avoiding jargon or slang, and ask clear, objective questions to help them communicate easier.

Be flexible about cultural differences

Expectations and cultural standards may vary between countries. Be aware of the cultural differences and be open to them. For example, some cultures may value modesty and humility, while others may value self-promotion.

Be sensitive to visa and immigration needs

If the candidate is selected for the job, there may be visa and immigration processes that need to be considered. Be aware of the candidate’s needs and be willing to help them navigate the process, if necessary.

Be open to hiring international candidates

Hiring international candidates may bring new perspectives and skills to your team and your company. Be open to this possibility and don’t let cultural and language barriers limit your choices when it comes to talent.

⭐ Remember that the interview is a chance to learn about the candidate and their skills, and to assess whether they are the right fit for the job. By following these tips, you can create a welcoming and productive environment for the interview, helping the candidate feel more comfortable and confident. ⭐

For professionals who are applying for an international position 

Be prepared

Ensure you have accurate information about the interview, including the date, time and information about the company and the position for which you are applying. Also make sure you have a stable internet connection, a reliable device and a camera and microphone that are working properly.

Create a calm environment

Choose a calm environment without distractions for the interview. Ensure there is sufficient lighting, a neutral background and a comfortable chair. Turn off the sound on electronic devices and app notifications that may interrupt the interview.

Test your equipment and connection

Make sure you test your equipment, internet connection and videoconference tools prior to the interview to ensure that everything is working properly. Perform a test in advance to avoid technical issues that may cause delays or interruptions.

Practice your communication skills

Since you are applying for a position in a foreign country, it is important for you to be prepared to communicate in a second language. Practice your communication skills in English or the interview language, reviewing common vocabulary and phrases related to the position and the company. Consider conducting a practice interview with a friend or mentor to boost your confidence.

Research the company’s culture

Take a deep dive into the culture of the company where you are applying and be aware of its cultural expectations and standards. This may help you better prepare for the interview and get a clearer understanding of the interviewer’s questions and expectations.

Be on time and professional

Ensure that you are ready for the interview at least 5 minutes prior to the scheduled time. Dress professionally, even though the interview is being conducted online. Act professional and respectful throughout the entire interview, even if an unforeseen event or challenge occurs.

⭐ Remember that the interview is a chance for you to showcase your skills and qualifications for the position and to the company. By following these tips, you can be better prepared for the interview, increase your confidence and show your ability to work in a global environment. ⭐

These tips will help both companies and professionals become better prepared for a successful job interview. Good luck! 🚀


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