Issues in Conducting International Interviews (Online Self-Study)

CPE Credit: 2 
Course Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Familiarity with basic interviewing techniques


The process of conducting an interview is never simple. Adding an international element introduces several layers of potential complications regarding preparation, logistics, communication and cultural interaction. 

This course will educate you about issues specific to international interview, and will provide you with strategies to help you overcome these issues. Additionally, this course will improve how you interview employees who are from another culture or speak a different first language than you.

Key Takeaways: 

  • Methods for communicating clearly with people from other cultures
  • Techniques for conducting video interviews
  • Strategies for calibrating an international interview subject
  • Tips to overcome challenges specific to international interviews
  • Tips for planning international interviews

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CPE Information:

You Will Learn How To:

  • Identify key distinctions of various interviewing methodologies used around the world
  • Discern approaches to planning international interviews prior to departure
  • Identify potential challenges of international interviewing, such as cultural, logistical and time-related concerns
  • Recognize methods of communicating clearly with someone from another culture
  • Ascertain techniques for conducting video interviews and the ways in which they differ from in-person interviews
  • Discern issues that might arise when conducting an interview with an interpreter
  • Determine strategies for calibrating an international interview subject
  • Recognize legal concerns that could impact an international interview





Table of Contents:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to International Interviews
  • Lesson 2: International Interviewing Methodologies
  • Lesson 3: Cultural Challenges
  • Lesson 4: Time and Logistical Challenges
  • Lesson 5: Planning for International Interviews
  • Lesson 6: Video Interviews
  • Lesson 7: International Communication
  • Lesson 8: Other Cultural Considerations/p>
  • Lesson 9: Using an Interpreter
  • Lesson 10: Choosing the Right Words
  • Lesson 11: Establishing Rapport and Calibrating the Subject
  • Lesson 12: Policy and Legal Concerns
  • Lesson 13: Conclusion

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System Requirements:

Internet access: High-speed connection recommended

Free Adobe Flash Player

Speakers required for video sound

Online Self-Study Troubleshooting Guide:

Problem: When I attempt to access my courses from “My Online Learning,” the course never launches, or I receive an error message saying my pop-up blocker needs to be turned off.

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Use a different browser. This error seems to only occur in Internet Explorer, so using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome should resolve the issue (see below for links to download either of these browsers).

Other Troubleshooting Tips: If you encounter other errors, such as courses freezing or crashing, we recommend taking the following action:

Try a different browser. ACFE online self-study courses are designed to run on all modern web browsers, but if you encounter a problem that is not solved using one of the suggestions above, you can try using a different web browser to see if it eliminates the problem. We have most frequently seen where using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome has resolved an issue that was seen in Internet Explorer.

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Make sure you are running the latest version of Flash. Go to to see what version of Flash you are running, and then compare that to the table on that page to see what the latest version is for your operating system/browser combination. If you are not running the newest version, you should upgrade and see if that resolves the problem.