Several times each month, I interview people who are candidates for roles which have a large degree to of global exposure to vastly different cultures. Clients ask me to provide an assessment of the candidate’s global literacy and a suggested coaching plan where relevant.
I generally ask 12 questions. I will share 4 of these questions with my readers. For these interested in what I consider “global literacy”, here is a link to another post.
1) Describe what you think are the biases of your own culture, and how do they impact the way you manage conflict, communication and teamwork.
2) Describe 2-3 behavioural patterns of other cultures which you find most challenging to deal with and explain.
3) Respect is a term that many cultures use, yet often it means different things to different people. Explain how you would show respect, differently, to various populations that you work with.
4) How do you go about establishing trust in a society with an insider-outsider dynamic?