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Things you should know about recruiting in Poland

2018-08-29
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Recruitment varies from one country to another, that’s hardly news. You will use different sourcing platforms, different job boards and CV databases across Europe. But are those really the only differences you should expect when recruiting in another country? We believe there’s more and decided to share a little about what recruiting in Poland looks like.

Sourcing in Poland and sourcing in Polish

A big part of the Polish workforce are people who speak English, of course. But that doesn’t necessarily mean Polish professionals will create their online profiles in English. Some of them might feel more comfortable describing their work in their native language, others could simply use their job description to fill in their profile and that could be written in Polish. Which is why, when sourcing in Poland, it is important to translate your keywords into Polish. It can be difficult if you don’t speak the language, but with tools such as Google Translate and Wikipedia it shouldn’t be impossible. Remember to also examine the profiles of candidates you do find online: if the profile exists in both English and Polish, compare them and make notes of the Polish vocabulary used.

The job board market in Poland

Poland is still quite a traditional market in that a lot of companies will rely on job boards for their recruitment needs. There are some strong players on the market when it comes to generalist job boards, but in IT we are experiencing a rise of niche and specialist job boards. They will each have a very different approach to attracting candidates: some do it through content, others through a very specific job ad format. If you happen to recruit in IT, have a look at job boards such as Inhire.io, Just Join IT, Bulldogjob or No Fluff Jobs

Recruiting agencies in Poland

You can obviously find some of the large, international agencies in Poland. But more and more of small, specialised agencies appear on the market who might be able to offer services better suited to the local market. From agencies who specialise in recruiting in just one industry in one city only, to agencies that cover a slightly wider region, there is definitely plenty to choose from. A good idea is to ask some of the local in-house recruiters as to what agencies work best, have a decent database and / or sourcing skills. If you are looking for candidates who don’t necessarily speak English, definitely consider consulting an agency as they will be able to contact Polish speakers on your behalf.

The recruitment process

You should prepare to introduce some changes to your recruiting process when hiring in Poland due to cultural differences. For example, candidates might be reluctant to discuss their salary expectations at the beginning of the process so it might be best to confirm those only after the first steps of the process. Candidates might also struggle with small talk and prefer to stick to discussing their career in a screening call. Finally, it is still rather unlikely that a candidate would relocate for a job to another city within the country. This makes hiring in smaller towns particularly difficult.

Poland can be quite a tricky country to hire in for international recruiters. Candidates still haven’t necessarily caught up with all of the latest recruiting trends, but their salary expectations are often higher than companies imagine. We have plenty of local recruiting platforms, whether it’s sourcing channels or job boards, and a lot of them are only available in Polish. Finally, in some regions, there’s a strong preference for local employers rather than international companies. That being said, it’s also a great place to hire in as there are plenty of highly qualified candidates on the market. All you need is to find the right way to access that talent pool. If you’re struggling, let us know, we will be happy to chat.

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