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ISSUES OF CULTURAL DIFFERENCES IN JOB INTERVIEWS

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Cultural differences mean interviewers can completely misinterpret candidates' body language, warns The Times in a ...
Cultural differences mean interviewers can completely misinterpret candidates' body language, warns The Times in a recruitment feature (sect 3, p2).

Annie Hedge, of recruitment consultancy Equality Works, said: 'One of the risks that interviewers take is making a decision on partial information at a point where the candidate is most likely to be nervous.'

Psychologist Tony Snapes said: 'The popular British stereo-type is that there should be a firm handshake in an interview, but in other cultures, a strong handshake may be seen differently.'

And South-East Asians may avoid eye contact because it can seen to be disrespectful, he said.
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