Recruitment is all about finding the best talent to propel your business forward. Whether you’re looking for young blood to breathe fresh life into your organization or a senior director to push the company in a new direction – hiring the right people is crucial to your long-term success. The majority of applicants will be from your country of operation, but if your company is prominent enough, you could attract interest from international talent. This can be beneficial for several reasons, as we explore below.
Why Consider more International Candidates?
You may be thinking: why go to the trouble of hiring international candidates? But there are many ways in which they can match, if not exceed domestic candidates. They can bring diversity and fresh perspectives, as well as give you regional and international expertise if you’re thinking of expanding into new regions. Different work ethics and professional cultures can help to inspire and develop your own company culture. So attracting and hiring overseas talent might well be worth it for you – here are a few tips to help you in the process:
Advertise a Career Rather than a Job
Appealing to international candidates is all about making a prospective relocation worth it, otherwise, why would they bother uprooting their life? Advertise a career with progression and opportunities for personal development to entice overseas candidates to consider a move.
Make Effort to Accommodate the Interview
International candidates may be in a different time zone or face other barriers that can make applying and interviewing tricky. Make every effort to overcome these and provide a solution that allows everyone to show their best side – that way you will start a relationship with a potential future employee on a good footing.
Offer Support with Relocation
If you offer an international candidate the opportunity, offer your support with relocation and all the associated processes. Moving overseas can be a stressful task and receiving assistance from the company will help your new employees to focus on their job fully when they start. You may need to assist with finding temporary serviced accommodation to help them while they search for more permanent residence.
Allow them to Settle
Moving overseas, starting a new job and adapting to new surroundings can be an overwhelming process for anyone. Allow your new employee to settle and don’t be expecting the world from them straight away. You’ll have hired a candidate for something they can bring to your company, and this will come naturally over time as they become more accustomed to the work environment. Offer support with adjustment in the early stages and support them so they can support you in the long term.
Jason is the Marketing Manager at a local advertising company in Australia. He moved to Australia 10 years back for his passion for advertising. Jason recently joined BFA as a volunteer writer and contributes by sharing his valuable experience and knowledge.