Skilled immigrants may struggle responding to Canadian employers’ questions about their decision-making skills and ability to take initiative because their culture discourages that type of individualistic behaviour. (Version français.)
These cultural differences around the value of group harmony and individual achievement are highlighted in the eleventh instalment of Finding Talent, a training video by TRIEC that follows the fictional experiences of MetroCan Technologies as it considers hiring a skilled immigrant named Tarek.
In this chapter, Tarek answers a question about standing up for an unpopular decision at work and reveals how much he values the achievement of the team over the achievement of an individual.
Tips for Employers:
- Interview questions about past accomplishments may yield answers that highlight differing cultural views about work.
- The awareness that cultural values differ provides hiring managers an opportunity to probe more deeply during job interviews and to interpret responses differently.
Watch the next video in the series: Colloquialisms and Business Idioms.