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What your business needs to consider when hiring from overseas


After the pandemic, many businesses found themselves working remotely from across the globe. Organisations can search for new employees from anywhere globally, instead of just in the local area. Technology and remote working strategies have transformed the business world in recent years. You can find the perfect candidate for a role who can bring new ideas and prospects to your company.

However, hiring from overseas also comes with a lot of challenges. You need to prepare for these new challenges and adapt your business accordingly.

One significant consideration when hiring employees from overseas is understanding the regulatory requirements of their home countries. For instance, if you’re hiring someone to work in Canada, you’ll need to explore a labour market impact assessment in Canada(Évaluation de l’impact sur le marché du travail au Canada)  to ensure compliance with local employment laws.

Here are a few things to consider when hiring from overseas.

Language barriers

If you hire someone from another country, they may speak a different language to you. It can be difficult to work and collaborate with someone when you do not speak the same language. One of you may speak a little of the other’s language – but there will still be a large barrier in communication. You need to consider this when hiring people and think of a solution.

Language also refers to the way in which we work and how we approach the workplace. You may speak the same language as your new hire but still, have a break in communication. You need a team that works together and communicates effectively.

Cultural differences

You should expect to find cultural differences between employees from different countries. When interviewing candidates, try to learn a little about their culture and how they will work with the team. Different cultures will diversify your business and help your team to grow. However, it can also be a huge learning curve for everyone involved. Your team will need to learn about different cultural factors and how to communicate effectively with everyone.

Home-work environment

You need to make sure your new hires are comfortable working remotely. Working with a company from a different company can be stressful – especially if they need to work in your time zone. They may find it lonely to work at different times of day with no face-to-face colleagues. In the interview process, you should make sure remote work is suitable and efficient for them.

How will they get to know the team?

Team relationships are an integral part of an organisation. They encourage trust, collaboration and communication. You should have constant communication with overseas employees over Teams, Slack and Zoom. It’s important to also get them involved in social events, like virtual Zoom quiz nights.

Could you offer relocation?

If the remote setup isn’t working, you could relocate the employee. Relocation needs to work for the employee and the company. You could ask the employee about the possibility of relocation and have an honest discussion. You will need information and immigration advice from experts when hiring from different countries and when relocation the company’s HQ is on the cards.

Expanding your team and taking advantage of remote working could mean great things for your company, especially when ruling out location opens so many opportunities. If you’re hiring overseas, be sure to keep the lines of communication open with your overseas employees.

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