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Hiring Cultures: Unique Recruitment Traditions from Around the World

In our globalised world, with over 200 million international workers, diverse recruitment traditions can offer businesses unique insights. Let's dive into these fascinating practices.

By Chris Smith

6 Oct 2023 · 2 min read

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Hiring Cultures: Unique Recruitment Traditions from Around the World

Have you ever thought about how a job interview might look on the other side of the world?

While many of us are familiar with nerve-wracking Q&A sessions in boardrooms, others might sit down with their entire family or offer non-verbal cues in silence.

The world is vast, diverse, and fascinating, and the ways we approach hiring are no exception.

Hiring cultures vary dramatically from one country to the next. At GoHire, we've had the unique opportunity to work with businesses from various parts of the world, allowing us to observe diverse recruitment traditions firsthand.

Embark on a journey with us as we explore some truly unique recruitment traditions from various corners of the globe.

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1. Japan: The Simultaneous Recruiting of New Graduates 

In Japan, there's a unified recruitment season called Shūshoku Katsudō.

Companies target students in their final year of university, often leading to mass hiring in April, the start of Japan’s fiscal year.

Such hires are expected to be long-term, and this has shaped a cultural paradigm where loyalty is esteemed, and job-hopping is rare.

2. Finland: The Transparent Salary Tradition

In stark contrast to most societies where discussing salaries is considered taboo, Finland embraces transparency.

Their 'National Jealousy Day' is a testament to this, where individual earnings become accessible to the public. Every November everyone's earnings become public knowledge. 

Such a culture nurtures an atmosphere of trust and candour during recruitment, as candidates walk in with clear fiscal expectations.

3. Bali, Indonesia: Silent Day Interviews

Bali's profound spiritual ethos is its hallmark. This is exemplified during Nyepi, or the Day of Silence.

Some local enterprises have ingeniously integrated this spirit into their hiring process.

'Silent interviews' are held where non-verbal cues, energy, and intuition play pivotal roles in gauging a candidate's fit.

4. Mexico: Family Involvement

In Mexico, family plays a pivotal role in one's life decisions, including career choices.

It's not unusual for family members to accompany candidates to job interviews or for employers to engage in brief discussions with them.

This familial involvement offers companies a 360-degree view of a candidate, weaving in personal narratives with professional competencies.

5. New Zealand: Whānau Interviews

Drawing from the deeply rooted Māori tradition, whānau (family) interviews have found a place in New Zealand's corporate culture.

Here, recruitment isn't an isolated event. Candidates are encouraged to bring family members, making the process an ensemble of diverse voices and perspectives.

This holistic approach values the interconnectedness of personal and professional lives.

6. Germany: The Meticulous CV Tradition

Germans are known for their attention to detail, and this extends to their hiring culture.

A German CV, or lebenslauf, often includes minute details, such as elementary school education, non-academic hobbies, and even a candidate's photo.

Accuracy and thoroughness are paramount.

7. India: Astrological Charts

It might surprise some, but in certain sectors and regions of India, astrological charts, or 'kundalis', play a role in the hiring process.

While not widespread and becoming less common with globalisation, there are businesses that consider astrological readings when making hiring decisions.

They believe that the stars can determine if an applicant is a good fit for a role or if they will bring good fortune to a company.

8. Brazil: The Importance of Personal Relationships

In Brazil, the personal connection can sometimes outweigh professional qualifications.

Often, who you know might be more important than what you know.

Networking is an essential aspect of the Brazilian job market. It's common for job seekers to obtain positions because of personal recommendations rather than solely through traditional job applications.

Let's wrap up

The world of hiring is as diverse as the tapestry of global cultures.

No matter the approach or tradition, tools like GoHire can support recruitment agencies and businesses in streamlining their hiring processes

While the core objective remains consistent - finding the right fit - the paths to reach this destination are myriad and infused with cultural richness.

As we usher in an era where businesses span continents, acknowledging and integrating these traditions can be a game-changer, laying the foundation for a globally sensitive and culturally rich workplace.

By Chris Smith

6 Oct 2023 · 2 min read

Founder of GoHire, dedicated to simplifying hiring for SMBs across the globe. Passionate about tech, SaaS, business, and recruitment innovations. Always up for a chat about the latest in our field. Let's connect!


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