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Transcript of Expatriates Interview
I have over 50 years international professional experience in planning, organizing, staffing, managing and delivering both greenfield and brownfield engineering and construction projects in the Mining, Metals and Steel-making industries.
Extensive experience in managing projects in a variety of sectors with long-term residencies in Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, China, USA and Venezuela.
Interview Key Element
Host country and business environment will adapt to high ranking expatriates.
Unstable politics and the environment influences expatriates a lot.
Important for expatriate success:
The ability to adapt
Table of Contents
Find & search for information of prospective respondents, who are or have been an expatriate for at least 2 years.
Not considering candidates with too short assignments.
Screen and select the most appropriate one.
Two expatriates were selected.
One was not in Taiwan at the time.
Chose to interview Brian Goldsmith since we considered him the most excellent expat to interview.
Contact: Email, Telephone
Questions mainly focused on:
Motivation to take the assignments,
Preparation & Training offered to the candidate,
Performance evaluations, and
Start of contact & Emailed interview: March 25th
Expatriate was unavailable for face-to-face interview.
Response received: March 26th
1. What is the motivation for deciding to take the offer as an expatriate?
2. How do you prepare before going overseas?
3. Were you offered any training courses? If yes, what were they and did you feel that it was helpful?
4. What was your first experience as an expatriate? How did you adapt? After working as an expatriate for several times, how did your experience change?
5. How many countries have you traveled to? Among them, which did you feel was the most difficult and which was the easiest?
6. How does your company evaluate your performance?
If there are any problems, what will you do to improve it?
Preparation and Training
Q1. What is the motivation for deciding to take the offer as an expatriate?
So, in truth my motivation is money-in-the-bank! Freedom from home office politics is also a bonus!!
What was your first experience as an expatriate? How did you adapt? After working as an expatriate for several times, how did your experience change?
This is your desk – there’s the toilet – we’ll leave you to it! Where do I start?
Q5. How many countries have you traveled to? Among them, which did you feel was the most difficult and which was the easiest?
Australia – Easiest
Saudi Arabia - Hardest
Q6. How does your company evaluate your performance?
Evaluations of expats performance also include client relationships and social conduct.
Q7. If there are any problems, what will you do to improve it?
Not much can be done about it except to negotiate with the employer.
How do you prepare before going overseas?
I spend considerable time reading about the country’s history, politics, and especially any sensitive issues.
Q3. Were you offered any training courses? What were they and did you feel that it was helpful?
Companies might provide language courses suitable for at best “playground conversation”.