It’s true that in every country across the world, they have their own traditions and way of doing things – this can be applied both to life and in the workplace. Recruiting is no different. While the foundations of recruitment stay relatively the same (job advertising, head hunting, interviews, references etc), some countries have been found to implement interesting strategies in order to seek the best talent.
We’re going to uncover 5 of the most unique recruitment practices going.
1. Japan – Mum’s the Word
In Japan, it is expected that you join a company and stay with them for basically the rest of your life. Because most businesses hire straight out of university/college and keep people employed until they retire, it is much tougher to get a good job when you are older than graduate age. For this reason, it can be seen as “failure” or “disloyalty” to switch companies.
Phone interviews aren’t very popular either; people still prefer to meet face to face, even if the interview is secret and kept hush. Due to this, recruiters in Japan are having to source more aggressively as it’s harder to talk to candidates and get them to respond to potential job opportunities.
But times, they are a-changin’. This may have been common practice around 5 years ago, but it’s worth noting that this lifetime employment in a single company is starting to fade, more and more people are willing to look at other roles and are open in expressing their interest in other opportunities.
2. France – Cross those T’s
Across the pond, in France, a practice they rely on quite heavily is graphology – the study of handwriting. They will get potential employees to complete a test, and will analyse the physical characteristics and patterns of their handwriting – claiming to be able to identify the writer, their psychological state at the time of writing and able to evaluate their personality characteristics. Mad huh??
In 2017, it was reported that 50-80% of French companies were using this technique to assess candidates. Although, times are changing and seeing as technology is becoming more and more prevalent in the work place, a slight decrease in the use of this test has been seen.
3. Argentina – Let’s get Physical
The Argentinians tend to do things a little differently too – they are known to perform physical and psychological tests on candidates.
Physical tests are required to “help protect employees from illnesses and workplace accidents”. One company has even been known to examine blood tests, urine samples and even chest X-rays – and no, it wasn’t to work in the police or a governing agency – it was a simple desk job! Seems like a lot of worth, it makes you wonder if there is method to their madness??
The psychoanalytical exam has been known to use two different methods: the “draw a picture of someone in the rain”, and the “Rorschach Inkblot” methods. They would get candidates to draw a picture of someone in the rain, and evaluate the drawing. It is said that if there is a large umbrella, then the person is very defensive, needs protection and prefers isolation. If there is no umbrella, they tend to have the resources to cope with difficult life situations and are adaptable.
The Rorschach Inkblot test is where they present a images of ink blots on paper, and ask what you can see. This can give greater insight into who the person is and what their core values and personality traits are – eg. if they were seeing puppies, flowers, joyful things then they’d tend to be more of an optimist, positive in their approach etc.
4. Denmark – So Chill
In Denmark, they are known to be very casual and laid back in their approach to life, and this translates to the workplace and the recruitment process too. Unless applying for a high-profile or bank job, it’s common to rock up in a sweater and pants. They tend to sit over coffee and food to discuss all things business and it’s kept light.
Of course, all around the world people engage in a little small talk and chit-chat, however the Danish tend to place huge emphasis on being happy and keeping it casual. Personally, I love this, not so much the dress code, but love that it’s kept casual and not everything is serious!
5. Germany – Picture Perfect
Finally, Germany. In Germany, the recruitment agencies used to require a photograph attached to your application. However, although the German parliament passed a law which prevented people from requiring a candidate to attach a photo of themselves (good on you Germany), it is still customary and expected.
While submitting a photo may seem odd to a few recruiters, it’s not that strange considering most candidates have a professional photo on their LinkedIn profile, which we – as recruiters – use ALL.THE.TIME.!!
Although there are quite a few differences in how countries operate and recruit, there is a lot more that unites us.
“We are the world, we are the children”…