Openness to Other Cultures


Cross-Cultural Awareness

Prospective employers welcome candidates who are aware of differences, as well as parallels, between their country's business practices and that of the candidate. People everywhere appreciate individuals who are interested in getting to know them and learn about their culture. Enormous cultural faux pas are forgiven of individuals who are making honest attempts to fit in. The guidelines below provide key points of intercultural communication:

    1.  Communicating across cultures requires extra effort. Good communication requires commitment and concentration.
    2.  Learn to understand different communication styles. You will benefit from expanding your cultural repertoire.
    3.  Although culture affects differences in communication patterns, there are many exceptions within each group depending on class, age,     education,experience, and personality.      
    4.  When communications cause conflict, be aware that problems might have more to do with style or process than with content or motives.
    5.  Remember that communication is a process and that the process varies among cultures.
    6.  Use language that fosters trust and alliance.
    7.  Respect differences. Don't judge people because of the way they speak.
    8.  Be flexible and open minded, as well as eager to learn news ways of doing things.
    9.  Be patient and observant.
   10. Show your interest in learning and broadening your horizons.
   11. Ask questions.
   12. Be aware that you represent your country to everyone you meet.