10 challenges you’ll recognise if you work in multilingual recruitment

 10 challenges you’ll recognise if you work in multilingual recruitment

Working in multilingual recruitment is being a multi-talented person; you are a marketeer, sales rep, IT professional and an accountant. Besides that, you have a good knowledge of people, you are an excellent multitasker and interviewer and you are not afraid to make decisions.

Working in the recruitment industry can be tough – working in international or multilingual recruitment is even harder. You need to meet many requirements and you will face some unique challenges.

  1. Multilingual recruitment = looking for German speakers

Are you searching for multilingual candidates, especially German, Dutch or Nordic speakers? Well so is everyone else! You need to manage the expectations of the hiring manager when you need to find them in a short time frame. Anyone from the multilingual recruitment industry will agree that German speakers are like gold dust.

multilingual recruitment in just searching for German speakers

  1. Difficult names

Working in multilingual recruitment you will see candidates from all over the world applying to your job offers. This means a lot of difficult names to pronounce! There is no doubt that you will improve your language skills!

coming across difficult names in multilingual recruitment

  1. Time for some multilingual recruitment

Working in multilingual recruitment means working across multiple time zones, which isn’t always easy and time zone scheduling can be challenging. Besides that every country has its own national public holidays, you need to take them into account as well; not everybody appreciates a wake-up call on a bank holiday Monday!

multilingual recruitment has different times zones

  1. Different cultures and values

Every country has its own business culture. You will discover different values, some cultural discrepancies might strike you as bizarre and you will learn about their impact on business. Cultural differences can be a minefield.

Besides that, you will learn more about yourself:

“You think the only people who are people, are the people who look and think like you. But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger you’ll learn things you never knew.”

In multilingual recruitment you learn about different cultures


  1. You lost me at hello

You have found the perfect candidate, at least on paper. Then you discover a lie on the candidate’s resume, the candidate doesn’t meet the language requirements. As a recruiter you will have to deal with the fact that 34 % of the applicants will lie on their resume. Just a fact of multilingual recruitment.

languages are essential in multilingual recruitment


  1. When technology lets you down

Technical issues during a video chat; need I say more? Let’s face the facts; most of the issues are caused by the candidates themselves and could have been avoided. Wrong settings, bad WiFi signal or background noises. Welcome to multilingual recruitment!


using technology in multilingual recruitment



  1. Nom Nom

Working in multilingual recruitment means working with people all over the world. And THAT means food from all over the world! So enjoy the new tastes of multilingual recruitment. If you wonder why this is a “challenge”? Calories, just calories.

Working in an multilingual recruitment office

  1. Relocation support

If a candidate needs to relocate to another country he or she will compare the cost of living. Moving abroad is not easy, there are a lot of things to consider and things are really depending on the personal situation of the candidate. Beside that a candidate needs to compare apples with apples; sometimes he /she needs your help with that!


support candidates in multilingual recruitment


  1. Paperwork – the devil is in the details

Paperwork in multilingual recruitment is a time-consuming and challenging process, especially when you recruit internationally. Different rules and regulations; it can be overwhelming, an exercise in patience and a race against time. The devil is in the details!

Paperwork in multilingual recruitment

  1. New adventure in life

The impact of moving to a new country is huge and so many factors play a part in this. It is more than a new job, it is a life changing event for the candidate and his / her friends and family. It will change them forever and you are a part of this process. But when it goes well, this is one of the most rewarding parts of multilingual recruitment.

multilingual recruitment provides new adventures abroad

As a recruiter you will meet a lot of new people and you will enlarge your network. As a multilingual recruiter you will explore new cultures and values, discover new tastes, improve your language skills and maybe you will travel around the world as well. One thing is for sure; there is never a dull moment in the life of a multilingual recruiter!

Learn foreign languages working in multilingual recruitment

Being an international / multilingual recruiter can be challenging, however it is also one of the best jobs in the world!

Do you need help from Europe Language Jobs with finding multilingual candidates?  Please click on this link and get in touch!

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