I’ve been fortunate enough to be on both sides of the coin when it comes to recruitment. Firstly being a hiring manager and building my own Finance Teams, and now with 16, working with CFOs and Senior Finance Executives to help them assemble best-in-class finance teams.
Organisations, the commercial playground and the talent pool that goes into them is global. The thing that puzzles me as of late is that when I work with candidates that have amazing international experience, they have been passed up on positions with the following explanation:
‘You’re a great fit but you just don’t have any local experience.’
I do understand there may be industry-specific requirements, technical accounting requirements or a cultural fit aspect that could deem a candidate unsuitable for a role. Yet citing ‘local experience’ as a reason for not hiring someone is unusual given the fact that Australia’s commercial framework is similar to any other developed country.
Every business exists in a global market which makes local experience less of a make-or-break criteria.
Are you a hiring manager who has not hired a candidate due to a lack of local experience or are you a candidate who has yet to overcome this?
If yes, it might be worthwhile to consider the following:
- In what scenarios would this lack of local experience be a deal breaker, and how often do these scenarios arise in the current role?
- With the international experience, can the current candidate showcase something you don’t already know or have in your current setup?
- Does the candidate have core skills and attributes that will elevate the team as a whole?
The talent in the world of finance is global, just like our businesses. As a business with global reach, why not embrace talent on a global scale?
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