The war for tech talent is fierce as high-skill roles go unfilled and top workers are lured away by hefty incentives offered by competitors. In this aggressive recruiting landscape, the skills gap only adds to the problem. To keep up, many companies are turning to an immediate solution: foreign nationals. Yet sourcing and screening foreign talent can seem daunting.
In our e-book Hiring a Foreign National Employee: Essential Sourcing and Screening Guide, Laurie Ruettimann, HR speaker, writer and strategist, asked five HR experts to provide tactical insight. Below are excerpts from the book where they offer guidance on how to source, screen and hire foreign nationals.
Jennifer McClure, president of Unbridled Talent, on using data in recruiting:
“Local recruiting associations make it easy to talk to a competitor or even someone who is recruiting similar talent. Ask for help and see if someone would be willing to share market intelligence or trends that help you make your case for change.”
Pete Radloff, principal technical recruiter at comScore Inc., on leveraging international student talent:
“Work closely with four or five key schools to hire top-notch international talent in your industry. I’ve identified schools through market data, workforce intelligence and regional economic analysis.”
Jennifer Davis, senior director of people strategies and HR technology at Epsilon, on developing your employment brand in India:
“We did more with print ads there than we would do in America. It doesn’t make sense here in the United States, but [in India] you would. In retrospect, I would even do a billboard. It’s seen by so many people. The investment is worth it.”
Carmen Hudson, principal consultant of sourcing and social media strategy for Recruiting Toolbox, on navigating communication differences:
“It’s not uncommon for me to hear from hiring managers who struggle with candidates and communication skills. They pass on excellent candidates because it’s difficult to understand someone who is not a native English speaker. My advice is simple: Set your hiring criteria and know what’s required regarding communication skills.”
Tim Sackett, president of HRU Technical Resources, on culture and inclusion:
“Sports brings so many people together from all over the world. Your new employee might be a cricket fan. Can she teach your American office what the heck cricket even is? Also, does she have any interest in learning about American football or attending an NBA game? Leverage the universal love of sports to create a work environment that is fun for everyone.”
For a complete resource on recruiting foreign nationals, download Hiring a Foreign National Employee: Essential Sourcing and Screening Guide.