Cross-cultural interview practices: Research and recommendations

Joshua S Bourdage*, Eva Derous, Djurre Holtrop, Nicolas Roulin, Francois S. de Kock, Deborah M Powell, Patrick D. Dunlop

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Although they can take on a wide variety of forms and can occur at different parts of a selection process (Anderson & Witvliet, 2008; Posthuma et al., 2014; Ryan et al., 1999), job interviews are perhaps the most common method used to select employees across cultures (Huffcutt & Culbertson, 2011; Macan, 2009). Although research has examined best practice solutions for maximizing the utility of interviews in general (e.g., increasing interview structure; Huffcutt et al., 2013), the importance of cross-cultural considerations has often been overlooked in both research and practice, with much of the best practice research being informed by a more “Western-centric” approach. The purpose of the present white paper is therefore to describe some of the research to date on the role of culture in job interviews, practices in different regions, practical considerations, and next steps. We describe the research on interviews around the world and the implications of these findings in terms of applicant reactions, behaviors, interview use and design, and bias and stigma.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherSociety for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameSIOP White papers
PublisherSociety for Industrial and Organizational Psychology


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