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Global & Cultural Effectiveness


  • On your last expatriate assignment, what did you do to ensure that your adjustment into the new environment went smoothly?
  • Tell me about a time when working in a different country you had to adapt to the culture. What adaptations did you have to make? How did you go about it?
  • Describe a situation in which you have had to work in a multicultural environment and the challenges you had. How did you approach the situation, and what was the outcome?
  • Tell me about a time when you worked in a remote location or situation that was totally foreign.
  • Talk about a time when you worked abroad.


  • Describe an interaction you had in which different cultures collided. How did you handle it?
  • Five employees from five different countries eat lunch together regularly. One hurts the feelings of another. They complain to you. How do you resolve the situation?
  • Executives ask your opinion about whether the company should spread operations into Mexico, Canada and India. Do you encourage the expansion or discourage it?


  • How many expatriate assignments have you completed?
  • Please share the main reasons why you chose to accept your previous expatriate assignments.
  • Was the success or failure of your expatriate assignments measured by your employers? If so, how did they measure it?
  • During your last international assignment, do you recall when you realized your situation was a success or a failure? How did you come to that determination?
  • Why do you wish to be assigned an international position?
  • What experiences made it easier to interact with the locals in the countries where you were on expatriate assignment?
  • Please describe what success or failure means to you when referring to an expatriate assignment.
  • If you could work and live anywhere else in the world, where would it be?


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