5 tips for highlighting study abroad in an interview

Young man have job interview.

1. RESUME

Make sure your study abroad experience is on your resume

2. INCLUDE YOUR STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE IN YOUR ANSWER TO THE INITIAL “TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF” QUESTION.

Start with your name, major, something important to you, and then say “Recently I studied abroad in [INSERT LOCATION] which taught me a lot about [INSERT 2-4 SKILLS], it was the learning experience of a lifetime!”

3. GO WITH THE FLOW.

If your interviewer has been to the same place, or wants to visit there, don’t feel awkward spending time chatting about where you studied. This is building a relationship between you and your interviewer. This conversation is more likely to get you the job than perfect answers to each interview question. People hire people they like!

4. ALWAYS PROVIDE AN EXAMPLE STORY OF HOW YOU LEARNED A SPECIFIC TRAIT.

Honed your intercultural communication skills? Great -now tell them how! Tell a story!

5. DID YOU LEARN THE FOLLOWING THINGS WHILE YOU WERE ABROAD?

  • Cultural diversity
    Appreciating and maybe even partaking in unique traditions that the host country celebrates.
  • Intercultural skills
    Ordering food in a country where you don’t speak the language.
  • Facing and overcoming adversity
    When you missed a train, bus, or flight.
    Navigating a new city.
     
  • Effective time management
    Planning out where to travel in your limited time.
  • Teamwork

    Planning trips with our students.
    Deciding what sites to visit during weekend trips.

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    Flexibility

    Traveling with others and balance priorities.
    Compromising on travel itineraries and plans.

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