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4 Things To Keep In Mind When Recruiting Internationally

recruiting internationally

There comes a time in a company when national recruitment isn’t enough. A lack of talent (or niche talent) pushes recruiters to look overseas for candidates. An international recruitment process is not hard, but it is lengthy and requires a lot of attention and planning. The following are some points to keep in mind.


Cultural Differences and Awareness

When interviewing for a possible new role enthusiasm and genuine interest is paramount from the candidate. Otherwise interviewers automatically think that a new role is not of interest to the candidate and that the process is boring them. Despite this, there are certain national characteristics of some countries that will likely stand out during the recruitment process; some candidates may appear disinterested and unenthusiastic but really are serious and reserved. They are aware that this is a process in which they have to prove their abilities and skills. Taking into account that they have been contacted from a different country with a sudden job offer, they have a right to hold back a bit until they’ve done some background checks on you and the company you work for.


Relocation Package

Will a relocation package be included in the hiring process? A fair question considering the candidate is either applying from abroad or was called by you and it will definitely arise. If relocation assistance is provided then this is great news for both sides as your job offer is now more attractive. If offered the job without a relocation package there is still a chance of negotiating an arrangement that would benefit both parties.


Last Minute “Heartbreaks”

Candidates withdrawing on short notice, candidates missing their flights, bad internet connections, etc. All of these things will happen when recruiting internationally. There’s no way to avoid the unpredictable, but there is a way to handle each situation. With a bad connection there are always other alternatives (conference calls, Google Hangouts, traditional phone calls) that will ensure clear communication and understanding. Candidates that withdraw all of the sudden usually have some unanswered questions and misconceptions about the role/location/company so addressing these questions will surely shed some light and make them reconsider their decision.


Useful Info

A trusty hiring sidekick is a collection of guides, brochures, videos and maps for candidates which helps inform them about the city they are relocating to. Include information about the company so that candidates will understand the goals of the company and know what to expect if they accept an offer. It saves a lot of time and offers a concise perspective.


International recruitment processes can be difficult but they enrich companies culturally and break down stereotypes and misconceptions.

Posted by Recruitment Consultant, Sigmar on 7 December 2017

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