Cross-Cultural and Pragmatics Training for Succeeding in Job Interviews

Lisa Leopold, Assistant Professor, Monterey Institute of International Studies

Succeeding in job interviews in the United States is challenging even for well-qualified international students because it requires advanced linguistic and pragmatic competence as well as an understanding of American values–personal initiative, success-oriented behavior, and egalitarianism (Pautkina, 2006). However, pragmatics training can help learners acquire the skills for succeeding in job interviews. In this demonstration, participants will learn how to design a training which incorporates videotaped models of interviews with native speakers, role-plays, and vocabulary exercises. Participants will discover why undergraduate international students credited this workshop with helping them land jobs in the U.S.