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How can I prevent Expat Failure?

When you wish to hire an expat to work for you, there are a few qualities an expat must have or obtain in order to succeed. There are the cultural, social and business aspects to consider, in order to avoid failure and in order to select the right candidate. Once you will get everything figured out and pick your candidate, you will be able to connect them with an international Moving company and get them to start working.

Make Sure the Expat’s Family Is Onboard

One of the main causes to expat failure is the inability of the expat’s family to settle in the new country. When the expat gets a positive answer and needs to start preparing for the relocation, sometimes they tend to forget about what their family is going through. This may be referred to as the “trailing spouse” issue, and the way to prevent its occurrence is to interview the partner of the expat as well. By doing so, you will be able to determine whether the family is likely to settle in the new country.

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 Check the Expat’s Language and Experience

If one of the requirements for the work opportunity is speaking the local language, make sure the expat is aware of that fact and is able to do so. This will be much more effective professionally and they will automatically gain more confidence and more respect from their coworkers, clients and every other person they have to be in contact with during work time. In the case of an expat that doesn’t know the local language but does know 3 or 4 other languages, they might be able to learn an extra one quickly.

There is no way to be certain a candidate will succeed, but there are ways to at least pin-point the best and most likely ones. One of the best ways to try and asses a candidate is by looking through their past experience. Try to find candidates who are experienced and maybe even worked in the target country before. The next stage is to look for candidates who worked and succeeded in culturally similar countries. In the end, the fact of the matter is that some people are just more adaptable than others, and it’s your job to determine who is best suited for the relocation.

Ways to Make the Task Easier

There is no reason to avoid using the help of a talent manager. Many companies go through tons of candidates, each with their own skill set, experience, salary expectations and other factors. Your task will be much easier if you’ll go through some sorts of an initial selection and end up with the most suitable candidates, with the help of a talent manager. If the company itself has a talent management team it’s even better. This can help make the process less grueling and save precious time.

Once you have your final list of candidates, it is recommended to consider flying them in for the interview and tests they need to go through. If the position they competing for is important enough, this will give you a chance to get the best impression of the candidates. Once you choose the best candidate, you can prepare information on the most recommended international shipping company ahead of time for their convenience.

In addition, there are more than a few digital tools and applications that might help you get an assessment of the best candidates, using data calculations according to what your needs are. These tools will not provide the recommendations on their own, but they will help you reduce the number of candidates who applied for the opportunity.

Use the Help of Experienced Expats

You can always consider using the help of a selection board. This will give you a balanced perspective and you will be able to make better decisions using other peoples’ expertise. You can also consult with other expats and ask for their opinion about certain candidates, they might be able to recognize the potential of a person based on their own experience.

When talking to the candidate, give them a realistic preview of what the work requires and about living in the new country they might eventually move to. This could result in ruling out several candidates that will find your description of the job less appealing, and it’s important for you to be open and honest about all the details and to resist the temptation of talking it up too much.

Helping the Expat Adjusting to the New Country

When you finally pick your candidate, they must immediately begin the moving process. Try not to put too much pressure on them and allow them to manage the process in a controlled pace, so everything can go smoothly. An option you should bear in mind is to suggest the chosen candidate to go for an exploratory trip, so they can check out their soon to be place of living.

This is important for more than one reason. First, it can help the candidate get a little more familiar with the new country, and they might even decide to give the opportunity up it they see that the place is not really for them. Second, it will give them a little more traveling experience so they could get ready and contact an international shipping company as soon as possible.

Help your candidate plan the entire process of moving and adjusting, so they will feel welcomed and supported even before the first day on the job.

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By Kfir Cohen

Kfir Cohen is handling global operations, cargo shipping, negotiation, and management of different suppliers around the world. He has more than 15 years of experience in the avant-garde of relocation and the sea/air freight business.
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