RESEARCH ON CULTURE AND PREPARING FOR THE INTERVIE

CONDUCTINGBACKGROUNDRESEARCHONCULTUREANDPREPARINGFORTHE
INTERVIEW
Toprepareforyourinterview,readaboutthecountryandcultureofthepersonyou’re
interviewing.PleasemakesuretoalsohavereadErinMeyer’sTheCultureMapCh1-4,asthis
will help inform your research (particularly the scales).For this part of the assignment, you must
find5sourcesonthatculturethatyoucanthenincorporateintoyourquestions.Usehighqualitysources,suchasErinMeyer’sTheCultureMap,theCIAWorldFactbook
(https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/),andGeertHofstede’swebsite
(https://geert-hofstede.com/)oranyscholarlyjournalonbusinesscommunicationand
customsfromthatculture.Thesesourceswillhelpinformyourinterview,becausetheycanhelp
youcraftdeeperquestions.YoumayuseWikipediatoreadingeneralabouttheculture,butthis
doesnotcountasasource.
Inpreparingfortheinterview,makesureyoufocusonwhatsomeonewouldneedtoknowabout
thatspecificforeignculturewhencommunicating.Inaddition,duringtheinterviewkeepyour
antennaupforconcepts,customs,orspecificwords/languagethatmaybeunfamiliartoyou.
BasedonyourresearchandreadingoftheMeyerbook,writealistofatleastteninterview
questionsyouwouldliketoaskthatwillgetyouabettersenseofwhatanindividualwouldneed
toknowtoenterthatculture.Yourquestionsshouldhelprevealhowapersoninthatculture
thinks,behaves,communicates,acts,andseestimeandspace.Yourintervieweemaynotknow
abouttheMeyerscales,soaskthemquestionsthatletyougetatthesehiddendimensionsof
theirculture.Partofthisrequiresthatyouanalyzetheiranswers,relatingtheanswerstothe
Meyerscales.
PART2:CONDUCTINGANDWRITINGUPTHEINTERVIEW
TheinterviewmaytakeplacebySkypeorphone,butanin-personconversationisideal.Take
notesontheresponses,andtakesometimeimmediatelyaftertheinterviewtowriteupwhat
wassaidandyourimpressions.Itisimportanttorecordthisdatawhenitisfreshandnotto
waituntillater,whensomeofyourimpressionsandlearningmayhavefaded.
PART3:WRITINGUPTHEINTERCULTURALASSIGNMENTMEMO
Sharewhatyouhavelearnedfromtheinterviewprocessinashortreport.Somequestionsyou
mightconsiderwritinguptheanswersincludethefollowing:
•Whatdidyoulearnfromyourpre-interviewresearchabouthowpeopleinthatculturethink,act,
behave,communicate,act,andseetimeandspace?
•Whatdidyoulearnthatwasnew,orhowdidtheinterviewdeepenyourunderstandingofthis
specificculture?
•Whatdoyounowunderstandbetteraboutthecultureofthepersonyouinterviewed,and,
basedontheideasoftheculturemap,howdoesitrelatetoyourownculture?
•Whatconclusionscanyoutakeawayfromthisexperienceaboutinterculturalcommunication
orcommunicationingeneral?
•Lastly,whichimportantthingsdoesapersonwhoisnotfromthatcultureneedtoknowto
successfullycommunicateandworkinthatculture?
Inyourreport,writeupandstructuretheinformationyoufoundintosections(useheadersto
segmentsectionsandtopicsentencesinparagraphstomakebrainfriendlyinformation).While
shortinlength,thereportshouldbeanin-depth,fullreportontheexperienceandits
implications.Sourcesmustbeproperlycitedintextwithacombinationofreferencesandin-text
citationsaligningwithAPAconventions.
FORMATANDGRADING
Theassignmentyouproduceshouldfollowmemoformatandbeabouttwopages.Besureto
citeallofyoursources,includingthefullbibliographicinformationforeachsource.Do
incorporatethescalesfromtheMeyerreadinganddiscusscommunicationpracticesofthat
culture.(Avoidfocusingonlyonvisibleelements–instead,youshouldheavilyfocusoninvisible
elementsofculturethatfactorintocommunicationandbehavior).Yourmemoshouldutilize
structuringskills,suchassectionheaders,clearCLOUDparagraphswithtopicsentences,
developingandsynthesizingideasfromothersourcesintoacoherentwhole,anddetermining
whatisimportanttonoteintermsofinformingwhatsomeonefromaparticularculturewould
needtoknowtocommunicatesuccessfullyintheforeigncultureyoustudied.
Includefoursectionswithheadersinthememo:
1)Introduction-introduceculture,setagendaformemo
2)CultureCharacteristics-DiscusscultureandconnectiontoErinMeyer’sscales+incorporate
yourresearchoncultureandcommunicationinthatculture.
3)Interview–Discusswhatoccurredininterviewandconnectthistodrawoutspecificsof
culture,connecttoMeyerculturescales
4)Conclusion–Connectandconcludewhatapersonwouldneedtoknowtocommunicateand
actinthisparticularculture.

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