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theycallmesusie1974



Joined: 27 May 2003
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2003 4:19 pm    Post subject: Interviewing for a saudi job Reply with quote

Hello,

My husband has an interview coming up for a teaching job at a college in saudi. The interview is in America at a Saudi Consulate.

Has anyone been thru this?

What is appropriate dress, suit? or a sportcoat with tie and business slacks?

What sort of questions should he expect?

Thank you for any help you can provide,

Susie
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johnslat



Joined: 21 Jan 2003
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Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2003 3:32 am    Post subject: Dress for success Reply with quote

Dear theycallmesusie1974,
As for what to wear, I'd suggest suit and tie - most of the Saudis would appreciate your husband's taking the trouble to dress formally, and I believe that in the universities they DO have a kind of " dress code " for teaching. However, don't go out and BUY a suit - if he doesn't have one, a sportscoat, tie and slacks will be fine. But that's the problem, you see - I don't work at a universitty here and never have. However, we do have someone on our staff who recently came over to the Institute of Public Administration ( where I work - no " dress code " here - yet ), so I'll ask him about that and see if he can also give me any info on what questions your husband might expect. I know at the IPA, the recruiters are interested in finding out just how much prospective hires know about the Kingdom, the culture and " life-style " here, so as to avoid extreme cases of " culture-shock ". I'll try to get back to you tomorrow with any info I can pick up.
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John
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theycallmesusie1974



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PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2003 3:12 pm    Post subject: Please do let me know.... Reply with quote

Dh has taught in the middle east already, so I expect that it should go pretty easily, but who knows???

His last job interview was not so formal, this one being at a consulate, him being flown down and the whole bit.

We weren't quite sure what to expect.

His suit is a darker suit, something that a business man might wear, and he also has a conservative sportcoat and and the whole get up.

We just weren't sure which way to go.....thinking the conservative coat might look like a wedding/funeral over there, as that's what it looked like when we lived in Egypt.

But I'm sure Saudi is different?????

Susie
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johnslat



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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2003 4:32 am    Post subject: Questions Reply with quote

Dear theycallmesusie1974,
I talked to my colleague who used to work at the university. Back in his day, they didn't ask " technical questions " - mostly what you knew about the country. But these days, he says they're more inclined to ask more " grammatical/linguistical " questions - the kind that start: If you were teaching ___________, how would you do it? As for the suit/sportscoat, I'm sure either ( but not both - at the same time, anyway ) would be fine.
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John
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