Job Searching & Recruiting: Differences between countries

Nowadays, you can look for a job almost anywhere in the world from your current location (and if you are a recruiter, you can recruit candidates too). As long as you have a computer with internet connection and you speak the same language, it’s easy, right?

But is hiring & job searching the same everywhere? Do we all use the same processes and practices?  We live in a globalized world but, in my experience, there are some differences you should be aware of if you’re looking for a job abroad (or if you’re looking for candidates in other countries).

Of course, the hiring process can vary from job to job even in the same country (for example,  a contract versus a permanent role, an entry level versus a manager role, a hard-to-fill position versus a “hundred-applicant” one, a small local shop versus a big international corporation). But it’s usually harder to figure it out when you don’t know your way around. If looking for a job is a stressful experience even when you know how the process should work, it can be a nightmare when you don’t know what to expect, or what is expected of you.

When I began working in the North America market, I discovered that the hiring process was not exactly the same as the process followed in South America. My first recruiting job was in Uruguay (South America) and I remember I used to joke about inviting candidates for dinner when they asked me to interview them after 6:30 PM. I never imagine that meeting candidates for coffee or for lunch was not so crazy in other parts of the world (like Canada). I didn’t know either that all those psychology test that are used in Uruguay are not a standard practice in other countries, or that I would have been sued if I asked the same kind of questions we ask in South America when interviewing candidates in North America (luckily I learned that on time).

Another difference I found is that there are a lot of contract jobs and a lot of people willing (and even preferring) to work under contract and not as employees – which brings a different dynamic to the recruiting field.

Other things that can differ from one country to another (even if the hiring process is the same) are taxes, healthcare, benefits, vacations….You should keep these things in mind when discussing salary/rate expectations.  

In a time where lots of people are looking for jobs abroad (and we recruiters need to search the world to find that needle in the haystack) I think it would be great if we could share our experiences, (both recruiters and job hunters all over the world), and make the recruiting process smoother for all of us.

What do you think? Wouldn’t be great if you could help someone to get a job? Feel free to share your knowledge and experiences below (or send me a private message and I’ll be happy to summarize all the answers I receive in another post)