Hello World! Welcome Friends! Please welcome Jessica Kane to the blog who shares valuable information to navigate the international job interview.
We are living in the midst of the Globalization Age, which means that there is a good chance that you may one day find yourself looking for a job abroad. When this moment comes, you will be surprised to learn that international job markets are not as different as you may have originally thought.
“Dress to impress” is a job search standard that applies not just in the United States but also around the world. What this means to you as an international job applicant is that you should first spend time researching the local dress code. The first rule of thumb is to avoid dressing like a tourist. Most societies have learned to tolerate the styles of international visitors who arrive on vacation; for example, people in Costa Rica are used to seeing American tourists wearing shorts, colorful t-shirts and sandals as they tour national landmarks such as the gorgeous National Theater in Downtown San Jose. You should not assume that a human resources manager in Costa Rica will be tolerate seeing you arrive to an interview in such casual attire.
Quite a few business centers in Europe and the Americas are very conservative when it comes to dress code; a few examples in this regard include Buenos Aires, Paris, Sao Paulo, Lima, Madrid, Prague, Santiago, Mexico City, London, and others. This is not so much the case in Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, and South Africa; over the last few years, these countries have been relaxing their workplace dress codes considerably, but it is still a good idea to wear conservative attire for job interviews.
Climate and social norms should also be evaluated when dressing up for job interviews abroad. In countries where femininity is celebrated, you can comfortably inject style in your interview wardrobe as long as it is not revealing; this would be the case in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, the Philippines, Romania, and Italy. You do not want to wear overly chic or sexy clothing in certain cities such as London, Mumbai, Shanghai, Istanbul, or in predominantly Muslim nations; in these cases, your interview dress style should be staid and conservative.
In tropical countries, you should never let them see you sweat during a job interview. Keep in mind that air conditioning is not a global standard; some corporate offices in the Caribbean are kept cool by means of letting the outdoor breeze circulate. This is a perfect occasion for wearing a seamless, crop top or lace cap undershirt that will keep you cool and fresh.
If you happen to get the job in a warm and fabulous city such as Cancun, Port of Spain, Nassau, Beirut, San Jose, Sao Paulo, Cartagena, or Barcelona, you will want to take your fashion cues from your coworkers with regard to keeping cool in the office. Be sure to protect your office attire from perspiration stains by wearing undershirts and rotating them often.
Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes for Documents International LLC, a leading apostille service for individuals and businesses.
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