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Get your hidden competences noticed in a job interview

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Vast amount of skills and competencies developed through international training and experiences often go unrecognized by employers. They are hidden! Make them visible by using some useful tips from a Finnish study.

The visibility of international competencies

Research report from the Finnish Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) and the think tank Demos Helsinki  shows that the skills and competences developed through international experiences go unrecognized. It is not that these competencies are not valued but rather that employers are unable to link them and your international experiences during recruitment process. Initial survey results showed that only just over half of international businesses and only just over 10% of the employers without international operations regarded international experiences as important. Perhaps you were not aware yourself of the skills acquired during your study or training abroad? 

Re-evaluate your international skills

The main reason why your international competencies are not recognized is because they are hidden. Traditionally we understand the skills gained through international experiences as language skills, intercultural competencies, tolerance, broad-mindedness etc. But there is much more to it! International experience can also be a potent indicator in helping to identify personal qualities that employers seek for in a candidate. 

International experiences, understood in a traditional way, no longer help you to stand out in recruitment process either. Since international mobility have become commonplace you are competing with many other internationally minded applicants. You may be eager to tell the recruiter that through training abroad you became much more aware about the global trends and different problem-solving methods which make you think more creatively. But you may not know what labels to put on your rather unconventional skills. The Finnish study may come into help by proposing some useful tips in selling yourself to the future employer. Your hidden personal competencies could be made visible by attributing them to three new skill areas: productivity, resilience and curiosity


Published Thu, 16/10/2014 - 13:35
Last updated on Wed, 29/10/2014 - 13:58

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