Understanding the dance

The challenges of interviewing across cultures
By Adam Kaminsky
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/30/2001

The Canadian job interview today is not unlike a dance — a series of choreographed moves that participants know and expect others involved to know as well.

Interviews are a sort of conga line of fairly predictable questions, a range of acceptable answers and an outcome based on how well the dance was performed.

But what happens if an interview candidate comes from a culture that only does the rumba and has never seen a conga line, does that mean they are any less capable of performing on the job?