As a global technology recruiter, Interfacio has been helping organisations source professional audio/video/control talent in Asia for the past 15 years. It would be presumptuous to say that we totally understand the Asian market. In fact, I have often said “The more I learn about Asia, the more I realize what I need to learn!”
The journey for me started by loving Asian food and Asian technology, but it grew into knowing, respecting and loving Asian people. And isn’t that one of the most important aspects of a successful career – loving what you do and who you do it with?
Over the past 30 or so years of doing business with Asians and then 20 years of doing business in Asia, I have learned some interesting things that I am now applying to recruiting.
A good starting point is that “Asian business culture” isn’t actually a thing – but many overlapping ways of interacting with each other, philosophes, and methods of getting the job done. It is no surprise to anyone that has spent any time in Asia, that the countries and cultures are much more diverse than in most of the West. Therefore, adapting programs, policies and products to accommodate individual ways of doing business is crucial for successful organisations to grow their Asia business. And sourcing candidates for APAC roles requires similar sensitivity and flexibility.
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