International assignments are fundamental for organisations to compete in the global marketplace. The most successful employees and leaders are sent on international assignments to transfer their technical and managerial knowledge or exploit local opportunities while at the same time gaining valuable international work experience and advancing their careers.
Most companies do a fine job of identifying candidates with the necessary knowledge and experience to fill a position abroad. Preliminary data on their eagerness in taking a potential international assignment, overseas study/travel/work experiences, foreign language skills, an immigration background and the like are considered too. Leadership skills can also be a decisive factor.
Unfortunately, sending the most technically competent or effective candidates abroad, without a proper assessment of whether they are likely to succeed in the culture of the target country, leads to many costly failures. Consequently, organisations achieve few of the benefits of international assignments but pay all of the costs.
But individual candidates also take a loss. While an international assignment can be a significant development experience, broadening horizons and instil a global perspective, considerable stress is involved in relocating to a new country and coping with the personal and professional challenges.
Consequently, unsettled candidates do not perform to their full potential. They might fail when confronted with a foreign cultural environment.
How To Optimise The Candidate Selection For International Assignments
In a best-case scenario, international assignments are a win-win for organisations and their people. However, international assignments can also gloriously fail if candidates and target countries are a mismatch. Global DISC ™ corporate solution supports organisations and candidates planning for international assignments in many ways:
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