How can global mobility managers support hiring managers throughout the hiring process?
by Edufax, on Aug 24, 2020 2:15:16 PM
As a global mobility manager, you're all about providing pre-emptive help. The global mobility process requires you to be involved early on. After all, you sit as a coordinator for the entire assignment — from visas and taxes to housing and education solutions for the children. This means you need to have a certain position within the business: you should be able to talk to the hiring manager at an early stage, helping them make good decisions regarding international hires.
Often, though, the global mobility manager's reality is different. The process tends to work in reverse: the hiring manager involves you when they've already decided to hire talent from abroad, and the assignee’s arrival in the new location is imminent. In that case, you need to work backwards, which is far from ideal. This can be especially true when children are involved. One of the main concerns international hires usually have is the children's education. And global education can't be explored and explained overnight.
Here's how global mobility managers can support hiring managers: help them ask the right questions throughout the hiring process. To set you in the right direction, we've listed the three most important questions!
1. What are the family's concerns and how can I recognize them?
What does an international relocation mean for a child who will finish school next year? Or for a child who is learning to read and needs to follow education in a different language? Or for a special needs child? A million questions can come to mind when parents consider moving to another country. Hiring managers need to adopt a proactive approach and discuss these expat questions upfront. As a global mobility manager, you need to make them aware of this — it will reduce the chances of an assignment breaking down later on.
So, make sure the hiring manager understands the phases of a child's development and the implications of each on the prospective international hire's relocation. It's important for them to bring up the child's age and development phase. This way, the family can voice any concerns related to educational and socio-emotional matters, and solutions can be sought at an early stage.
2. What are the options beyond international schools?
When it comes to the international education system, the options are dazzling. First, the global educational curriculum varies greatly, making it difficult to decide which option is best for an individual child. But choosing a school goes beyond the curriculum. Every child has their own educational and socio-emotional needs, so a tailored approach is paramount.
Here, an education consultancy company can help out. A well-versed educational mobility consultant assesses a child's strengths and weaknesses early on, providing tailored advice on education. Sometimes, they will make suggestions that ensure a smooth transition to the new school, such as a pre-departure language course. As a global mobility manager, you can opt to hire an education consultancy company before an international hire signs the contract. This may be helpful if a family is concerned about the children's wellbeing and needs expert independent advice. It's a small investment if you consider the cost of the assignment breaking down further along the road!
3. Which resources are available to the international hire?
When a family considers moving across borders, they will need to sort out lots of things, including the children's education. As a global mobility manager, you play a crucial role in the process. But it's also important for the hiring manager to keep them informed of the resources available to them. These can be anything from general tips for successfully moving abroad with children to Ofsted inspection reports for schools in the U.K. International hires should also be aware of who their vendors are. If, for example, you work with an education consultancy company, they can help a family make a decision regarding the international assignment when they're on the fence.
An educational mobility consultant can discuss the individual child's needs, explain the different options of the international school system, and provide tailored advice. Should the family in question decide to go through with the assignment, they will already know this vendor. With so many questions yet to be answered, it's reassuring for them to be able to rely on the educational mobility consultant's help throughout the international relocation.
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Global mobility managers need to juggle a variety of tasks every day. Do you want to join forces with an experienced education consultancy company to support families on educational matters from A to Z? Families, employers, and schools have relied on Edufax since 1992. The educational part of global mobility holds no secrets for us. Contact us to find out how we'll go the extra mile for your international hires.