Interviews can be dautnign, but they don't have to be if you practice. here are some tips for how you can prepare for the interview and be sure to incorporate your international experiencs abroad into ways in which you can impress the employer:
Preparing for the interview
Things to think about:
- How has your experience abroad positively impacted you?
- What kind of obstacles did you face while abroad?
- How did you overcome those obstacles?
- What was your biggest challenge?
Identify Transferable Skills
There are multiple transferable skills that can be applied in a work environment. Some include:
- Interpersonal Skills
- Intercultural Communication
- Appreciation of diffences and cultures
- Capacity to learn quickly in new situations
- Overcoming Adversity
- Networking and relationship building skills
- Time management
- Self-confidence, self-reliance
- Foreign Language Proficiency
Develop Career Stories
Here's where your memory comes into play. Plan your stories out ahead of time, so that you don't end up rambling. Here's a helpful acronym to follow: CAR
- Context: describe the situation and its circumstances
- Action: what did you do, how did you do it, and why?
- Result: the effects of what you did to resolve the sitation
Anticipate Interview Questions
- study abroad?
- did you choose (host country)?
- did you stay for (duration of time abroad)?
etc. Be prepared to talk about the purpose of your experience abroad; what led you to your decisions, and how they most benefited you.
Prepare and Practice
Our Career Center offers mock interviews to help prepare you to represent your most confident self. They offer 20-30 minute on-campus, phone, and virtual interviews. Schedule one today!