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"Cultural assimilation teaches the culture's values, attitudes, manners, and customs. So-called guerrilla linguistics, which involves learning some phrases in the local language, is often used at this stage. It also typically includes role-play exercises where the trainee responds to a specific situation to be evaluated by a team of judges. This method is often used when someone is given little notice of a short stay abroad and wishes to take a crash course in social and business etiquette and communication." (Menipaz, International Business, Chapter 12, Sage Publications)

Sensitivity training teaches people to be considerate and understanding of other people's feelings and emotions. It gets the trainee "under the skin" of the local people.

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- Discuss the special and important skills any employee would need in order to be considered as an employee for a large corporation. Include training and development that follows once the employee is hired and the international staffing policy, including Ethnocentric and Polycentric staffing.

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The skill sets required for any employee to work within a large corporation, especially, the global marketplace representing the organization must demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences in other regions. Further, the communication aspect is key towards human resources in making sure the selected candidate can sufficiently work with diversified teams. By doing so, the personality tests are ...

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This solution provides a review into hiring to adhere to international staffing protocols to assuring the right candidate is selected with sensitivity with cultural differences.

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