The globalization trend is taking place all over the world due to the rapid development in communication technology and reduced outsourcing costs for services with increases in high skilled migration. This has resulted in the current situation in which more and more organizations are looking for multilingual clients and workforces. It has been calculated that the demand for international candidates has almost doubled in the past five years.
Organizations have experienced clear benefits of multilingual talent acquisition. One of the key advantages is the ability to communicate with foreign-speaking markets, thus enabling business owners to expand the customer base. Moreover, by coming from different culture, they can add additional levels of cultural intelligence to your business environment. These special candidates are more easily to adapt to cultural differences than other colleagues.
It is undeniable that hiring a multilingual candidate will bring you many competitive advantages. However, depending on
your talent acquisition approach and the position you are recruiting, your business success will reach different levels. Below are some attributes that multilingual candidates can bring us but many people may overlook.
1. Ambition and drive
It takes candidates determination to learn another language. It is estimated that the average time to learn a language can range from 600 to 1100 hours depending the level of difficulty. Especially for a candidate who are learning another language while also working or learning another subjects, it would take more time and resources. Therefore, if they manage to learn another language and work at your organization, they are likely to have two desirable traits for any employer, which are work ethic and determination.
In order to grow as a professional, the ability of self- improvement is crucial for every staff. They should take note and draw experience lessons from their mistakes. According to Benny Lewis, author of a famous book named “fluent in 3 months”, making mistakes is regarded as the key step to become fluent in a language. By correcting the wrong phrase, pronunciation or word usages, multilingual employee will be able to achieve a good level of humility. They are not afraid of making errors and can make the best out of the errors for self-improvements.
Although some business owners do not prefer employees to juggle too much tasks at the same time, it is unavoidable that there are some busy time and people are struggle to meet the deadline. Therefore, the ability to flexibility switch between tasks is a crucial skill for staff of the modern time.
Based on a study conducted by Judith Kroll, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, it is reported that multilingual people are particularly skilled at multitasking effectively. Due to their demand to switch between different languages, they develop a strong ability to shift focus quickly while maintaining mental agility. As a result, multi-tasking is often referred to as one of the most cognitive advantages for hiring multilingual talents.
To summary, a multilingual talent acquisition campaign can bring a variety of advantages for business. However, it may take experiences and expertise to effectively design an appropriate strategy. Contact Faro Recruitment Vietnam if you need to strategically attract multilingual human resources.