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query on interview [#permalink]
16 Jan 2007, 09:50
In my 6 years of WE in IT, I have 3.5 years in servicing clients from a non-english speaking geography.
Although I have travelled to that geography for only 2 weeks, I do have substantial WE in dealing with those people.
The issue Is I havent learnt the native language of that geography.
and If a question is asked in interview why havent you learnt that language ? How should I defend It?
Can I just say that english is the international standard or must I say I have made a mistake and couple of weeks down the line I plan to take up lnaguage classes?
I really don't think its an issue. You can say for the most part the company you were involved with conducted business in English - but you also picked up a working knowledge of the local langauge to ensure proper communication with the right people.
You don't even have to mention the latter half if you're not comfortable with it.
Absolutely don't admit it as a mistake. For your specific working process, studying their language was by far less productive than improving your professional skills, so you just concentrated on providing the best service. That's it, no need to make excuses.
There's definitely no shame in not knowing that language (and this from a language snob). Your job didn't require it. But IF it comes up, this is a great time to point out that you'd love to learn it. This desire shows a dedication to your work, intellectual curiousity, and a desire to engage the world at large. But don't feel like you need to bring this up. It's really not an issue. (IMO, of course.)
Now, the director of the NGO I interned with in college is a different story. He'd spent TWELVE YEARS working in Russia, without learning Russian at all. Totally inexcusable. It impeded his work and showed what a hoser he really was. Americans - I swear!