5 key steps to succeed your international recruitment

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In the context of a very tense job market with a war for talent, successfully recruiting has become a real obstacle course. Defining your project and the profile you are looking for, finding and recruiting the right person who will be able to integrate and lead the company to success, and then building loyalty are all challenges that must be met when recruiting… especially internationally! 

To maximize your chances of success, we share with you 5 key steps to succeed in your international recruitment!

1. Defining the position and its challenges

Before starting your international recruitment, it is essential to clearly define your vision and your project internally. It is very common to find yourself held back in a recruitment process because the challenges of the position have not been completely understood by all the decision-makers, or because there are differences of opinion.

To avoid this pitfall, it is essential to bring together all the key people in the project and define :

  • The vision: Why do we choose to recruit? What need(s) are we addressing?
  • Job objectives: What are the 3 main objectives assigned to the new talent during their first year (e.g. to enter a new foreign market)?
  • The position’s missions: What are the main missions? What are the secondary missions? To help you, you can break down the major objectives mentioned above into concrete tasks
  • The future of the position: What are the prospects for development? What are the challenges ahead?

You need to ensure that everyone involved in the recruitment process is aligned with the position’s challenges and opportunities. This will maximize the chances of success, but it will also allow you to present candidates with a clear vision of the challenge and the issues related to the position.

Finally, it is essential to define the international recruitment process beforehand: recruitment stages, people involved, etc.

Once the position and its stakes are clearly defined, you will be able to establish the recruitment specifications to maximize your chances of integrating the right person.

2. Identifying soft skills with a well-established set of specifications

As we have seen, the labor market is under pressure at the European and international level. The scarcity of talent and skills, especially for international profiles, makes recruitment more complex. The responsibility of recruiters is therefore twofold: to carry out the recruitment process, but also to find the talents whose values are aligned with those of the company they are joining.

For example, today in France 46% of employees are no longer with the company within 18 months of joining and in 36% of cases the failures are due to a mismatch of cultures and values. The problem is often not technical skills, but the misidentification of soft skills (behavioral competencies) of talents.

Before starting your international recruitment, it is therefore necessary to identify the soft skills that are essential to integrate into your organization. We recommend that you associate a precise description to each of the identified soft skills: for example, you need a talent with an entrepreneurial spirit because the person will be the first representative of your company who is still unknown in the target market.

In the context of international recruitment, the important soft skills may be commercial temperament, the adaptability, multicultural openness, the quick decision-making, etc.

When creating your specifications, it is obviously necessary to complete the soft skills required with technical skills (language skills, specific training, experience in a specific sector, etc.).

Drawing up your specifications and paying particular attention to identifying the required soft skills will allow you to maximize your chances of success and to integrate the right talent!

3. Focusing on a neat and attractive job ad

In order to attract the best profiles, you must also refine your job ad and communicate your company’s values. In the context of a tight job market, you must ask yourself why a candidate would want to join your company rather than another. It is necessary to offer attractive perspectives and a stimulating work environment.

Since the global pandemic and with the arrival of generation Z on the job market, expectations have changed. It is therefore necessary to offer more than just a salary: what will motivate candidates to apply goes far beyond the simple financial aspect (project, challenge, work environment and team cohesion, teleworking, work/life balance, etc.).

Concerning the writing of the ad, we advise you to articulate it according to the format :

  • A short but precise title
  • Context of the position and quick explanation of the issues
  • Presentation of the missions
    Presentation of the profile sought
  • Sharing the company’s values in a “Why join us?”: this section is essential to attract candidates to your company!

Finally, making your proposal appealing and sharing an attractive ad will allow you to attract the best profiles and put all the chances on your side for your international recruitment… but we will see, it is not the only way to find good profiles!

4. Finding candidates with a proactive approach

In the current context, it is estimated that more than 70% of recruitments for Sales, Management, Marketing or Export Management positions are finalized through direct approach. In other words, as there are very few candidates on the market, most of the people recruited are approached while they are still in the job!

If you want to recruit the right person, you need to take a proactive approach and reach out to the best talent directly.

This new way of recruiting can take time, which is why we advise you to:

  • Invest in the right tools (access to online CV libraries for example)
  • To outsource your recruitment if the direct approach is too time consuming

In all cases, you should not rely solely on posting ads to finalize your recruitment. The direct approach will allow you to maximize your chances of success!

5. Understanding of international recruitment issues

Finally, whether you are recruiting a person in a foreign market or in your country for an export function, you must anticipate international HR issues.

It is essential to secure various aspects before you even begin your recruitment:

  • The multicultural aspect: business practices abroad are often very different from those in our own country and it is therefore necessary to understand them to be sure to recruit a talent that can adapt (to local practices if the talent joins the parent company and to your own practices if the talent is foreign and works locally)
  • The legal aspect: for example, during international mobility, it is necessary to declare your employee as soon as he/she leaves for a foreign country
  • Hiring: when recruiting in a foreign market, make sure that you have studied the possible hiring options and that you will be able to recruit in full compliance (labor law, remuneration, charges, health, immigration if necessary, etc.)

We advise you to get in touch with experts who will be able to assist you in securing your international recruitment project and will be able to enlighten you on the different issues to anticipate.

In conclusion, international recruitment for export functions or local markets is a strategic decision, often necessary for companies to accelerate their international deployment.

A recruitment error can cost, in terms of productivity gains, up to 15 times the base salary of the employee you hired! It is therefore necessary to prepare the project in advance, in order to secure it and maximize your chances of success, in a context of a tense labor market.

Our ALTIOS HR experts can assist you in your recruitment project, do not hesitate to contact us!

ALTIOS Australia: your trusted advisor in navigating India's complex mining sector

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February 2024

With a team of 270+ India-based experts, ALTIOS International stands as a trusted advisor who can help you navigate India’s burgeoning mining sector and reap the many benefits of.

India boasts the production of nearly 95 minerals across fuel, metallic, non-metallic, and minor categories and holds a significant position in the global mining landscape. This, coupled with the recently established Free Trade Agreement between India and Australia paves the way for a host of opportunities.

ALTIOS Australia has been a proud member of Austmine for 5 years, – Australia’s leading association in the global mining industry.

Most recently, ALTIOS was privileged to take part in Austmine’s first training program of the year 2024: “Australian METS India Growth Program”. This provided the most innovative businesses in the Australian METS sector with a detailed introduction to the Indian Mining Market and an overview of the key networks and events in the industry.

ALTIOS’s experts delivered insights on:

  • Successful Market Entry Strategies for India
  • How to do business in the Indian business environment (clue: it is not a single market)
  • Step-by-step overview of the export plan essentials and the considerations in the Indian market
  • Advice on how to refine a marketing and value proposition, and Pitch Preparation

India’s markets are exciting and growing and we find more companies asking us how to best enter and succeed  in India. Having helped 100s of companies from all types of industry including many machinery manufacturers for mining and associated industries, we know that preparation is key to success. Understanding your market potential and the best way for you to tap it can help you save a lot of time and money down the line” says our Head of Advisory in India Vipulansh Sharma.   “One case study is the journey of Ammann in India: here is our MD interviewing their Director”

“The insights provided by ALTIOS have been critical to preparing our members for entry into the Indian market. This will no doubt lead to increased sales and business growth for the Australian METS sector, and will help participating companies manage the complexities and risks of operating in international markets.” Sheldon Varcoe, Manager – International Projects, Austmine.

Why India?

Want to learn more?

Contact our team for more information on market entry strategies and insights on conducting business in India and fostering networking opportunities.

/ Daniela TOUZE, Business Development Manager, Australia email: d.touze@altios.com

/ Vipulansh Sharma, Head of Advisory, India email: v.sharma@mv-altios.com