Shelley White

Nick Noorani has met a lot of talented immigrants who have had a hard time landing a job. The founder of Canadian Immigrant magazine says some of the biggest challenges can stem from cultural differences evident during the job interview.

“Some newcomers come from places where it’s not okay to boast about your achievements, so you play it down. In Canada, you can’t play down your achievements,” said Mr. Noorani. “We have different body language in interviews. In a lot of countries, especially Asian countries, it’s considered rude to look you in the eye … you can imagine how that measures up with the Western notion of shiftiness.”

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Reference: Globe and Mail

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