View All num of num See all Photos KPMG US www.kpmg.com Engaged Employer Overview Reviews Salaries Interviews Jobs Photos Benefits 3.5k Reviews 10k Salaries 1.6k Interviews 1.4k Jobs Follow Add Interview Follow Add Interview Interview Question Global Internship Program Interview(Student Candidate) Chicago, IL KPMG US what do you anticipate will be your greatest challenge while abroad and how do you plan to minimize its impact? Tags: See more , See less 8 Answer Add Tags Answer Interview Answer 1 Answer ▲ 0 ▼ While visiting China in March of this past year, I noticed that my perception of time was different than the locals. Our culture avoids wasting time, and it is very typical to multitask. While we think this makes us more efficient, other cultures may see our polychronic culture as splitting focus between tasks and overall rushed efforts. It is more common to find monochronism abroad, meaning individuals focus on one thing at a time. These cultures do not value interruptions and appreciate order. Others may find it offensive if I am interrupted by phone calls, meetings, or am trying to do more than one thing at a time. This cultural difference will be a challenge for me to adapt to because I feel that being polychronic makes me more flexible to change and new arising tasks. While I see this as a strength, I am afraid abroad this characteristic may be seen as my weakness. I need to be wary of multitasking and be sure that my time and attention is focused on one task at a time. I need to be wary of this mindset and make an effort to manage my time similarly to those around me. Interview Candidate on Nov 12, 2013 Interviews > Global Internship Program > KPMG US Add Answers or Comments To comment on this, Sign In or Sign Up.