5 tips for optimizing your global hiring strategy

March 14, 2023

Global hiring strategy

The workplace as we know it has evolved.

Spurred by the global pandemic and sustained by shifting priorities among employees and employers alike, this change—mostly an embrace of remote or hybrid work—has meant that companies around the world have had to rethink their recruiting and hiring strategies. For one, physical office locations no longer dictate talent pools. 

And though hiring remote employees eliminates geographical boundaries, there are a few tactics that recruitment and hiring teams should keep in mind as they adapt to this changing global hiring landscape:

  1. Emphasize internal hiring 
  2. Invest in technology 
  3. Embrace skills-based hiring 
  4. Highlight company culture 
  5. Enhance employee benefits and perks 

1. Emphasize internal hiring 

The concept of internal hiring is not new. But more companies are emphasizing this strategy—73% of companies hiring say internal recruiting is increasingly important—because it reduces time, cost and administrative burden of sourcing, hiring and onboarding external candidates.

By filling available positions internally first, not only are you utilizing the skills and talent already available to you, but you’re also more likely to positively impact employee engagement and satisfaction, which will ultimately reduce employee turnover. 

After implementing an internal hiring strategy, you can tap into the external talent pool quickly and efficiently to add key skill sets to your team.

2. Invest in technology 

Coupled with a personal touch, the use of technology during the recruitment and hiring process can make the candidate experience seamless and informative. Start by investing in tools like automated scheduling apps, allowing candidates to schedule their meetings based on mutual availability. 

Investing in cutting-edge video tools also offers many ways to enhance the candidate experience. For example, some tools allow employers to add personalized videos explaining more about the company’s culture or a specific role. Some companies even allow candidates to pre-record a video interview, so they can conduct it on their schedule and even re-record their answers to ensure they perform to the best of their ability. 

3. Embrace skills-based hiring  

Employers that want to stay ahead of the hiring curve should start evaluating potential new hires based on their skill sets instead of their work history. According to an article by the Harvard Business Review, “shifting to a skills-focused approach is a viable solution to an evolving workforce dilemma.” 

To do so successfully, employers should focus job descriptions on skills necessary to perform the role instead of qualifications and requirements. Job descriptions focus on results rather than qualifications. By highlighting the desired skill sets you’d like to see in a candidate, you can eliminate barriers to entry, like the requirement of a four-year degree. 

4. Highlight company culture  

Companies with a strong, positive culture are more likely to present better opportunities for employees to feel and perform their best. Ultimately, building a positive company culture begins with the hiring process. When a company’s core values are clearly communicated, employers will likely find new candidates committed to fostering your culture and values from day one. 

5. Enhance employee benefits and perks 

Employee benefits and perks can be life-changing, especially those centered around flexibility, financial well-being and mental health. 

Revising benefits packages should meet the needs of both current and potential employees. Employers should consider adopting a flexible work approach, as many remote workers have thrived due to improved work-life balance throughout the pandemic. 

Harvard Business School research shows 81% of professionals don't wish to return to work or prefer a hybrid schedule. Employers offering this flexibility are more likely to find and hire suitable candidates.

In addition to flexible work options, providing enhanced childcare benefits, like paid access to online platforms to find care, new parent support, or cash subsidies, could significantly impact employees’ quality of life when recruiting globally. 

Another crucial aspect is expanding mental health benefits, including online therapy or coaching and paid access to mindfulness-promoting and stress-reduction. Increasing access to telemedicine has been adopted by some employers, which enables employers to cut employee healthcare costs and improve patient satisfaction and engagement. Employees can also benefit from virtual health services like online fitness classes, virtual gym memberships, or reimbursement programs for home gyms. 

A partner in global recruitment and hiring

Whether you’re just beginning to recruit and hire internationally, or you need help improving upon and executing your strategy, partnering with global recruiting and hiring solutions providers can help by:

  • Providing local HR expertise around the world
  • Navigating complex foreign employment laws and hiring practices
  • Offering guidance on competitive compensation packages

Contact us today to speak with a global solutions advisor and learn how we can help meet your recruiting and hiring needs.

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