Recruitment in the Philippines Fast Start Guide
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Recruiting In The Philippines: A Fast Start Guide

A Fast Start Guide Series 1 & 2 of 5

 

In our Fast Start Guide, The Outsourced Accountant CEO Nick Sinclair, discusses how we help clients build a global workforce to become more efficient and grow capacity.

Through offshoring, global offshore teams can take the process-oriented work from the local team so they can focus on adding value to the business.

Why should you trust TOA with your accounting needs? Watch our CEO Nick Sinclair talk about what we can do for you.

 

Top tips for getting started

  • Identify and focus on your people strategy
  • What is your strategy for the next  one, two, three and five years?
  • Concentrate on the people you need for specific roles
  • Identify which roles to assign to your onshore and offshore team

 

Recruitment in the Philippines

  • It is a hot talent market in the Philippines
  • There is a huge number of high potential, early-in-their-career graduates available in the Philippines who are exceptionally trainable
  • The Philippines is one of the highly established locations for accounting offshoring
    • Filipinos have a very strong affinity for the western culture
    • There is little difference in time zones
    • Filipino accountants display a very strong work ethic
    • Filipinos have a very high English proficiency. They are ranked highest in the 2013 Business English Index
    • 3,000 CPA graduates per year
    • Get to work with degree holders CPAs and CFOs

 

Here are the key steps in recruitment

  1. Set-up
  2. Search
  3. Selection
  4. Onboarding

Recruiting onshore and offshore

There aren’t many differences in recruiting onshore and offshore. It is important to move through the recruitment process as quickly as possible because the war for talent is very hot. To secure good candidates, firms need to set aside plenty of time for the selection process.

Key Timelines To Consider When Hiring Your New Team Member

 

  • Recruitment in the Philippines Fast Start GuideTalent team will screen a number of candidates who possess the skills and experience suitable for the required role. You will be provided with 3 candidate profiles to choose from within 10 business days.
  • Review and assess the profiles.
  • Talent team will schedule a Skype interview with your chosen candidates.
  • After the interview, you will be given time to consider hiring the candidate.

The Interview Process

 

Recruitment in the Philippines - Interview tips

The Interview Structure

  • Make sure to prepare a guide prior to the interview.
  • Put the interviewee at ease so you can get to know them better.
  • Talk about your company and explain your role in the company.
  • Ask the right questions.
  • Move on to key competencies.

 

Top tips for interviewing candidates:

  • Be conscious of the timeline and move through the process in a timely manner.
  • Prepare well for the interview.
  • Articulate the role–expectations and requirements–very clearly.
  • After the interview, make sure to respond to the candidate as soon as possible.

 

Important things to remember when interviewing a candidate:

  • Candidates may be shy so take the opportunity to establish rapport by making them feel comfortable. A smile can go a long way.  
  • Ask the right questions. Probing questions can help determine the candidate’s suitability for the role.
  • Ask the candidate to showcase his or her accomplishments.
  • Avoid using jargons when discussing the role or talking about your company.

 

Very important: fly out your new hire to your onshore site to get them up to speed.

Not only would new hires get easily acquainted with the business when they come to your location, they would also:

  • Quickly establish relationships with the local team which helps foster better collaboration.
  • First-hand experiences will help new hires get acquainted with your culture.
  • New hires can receive hands-on training so they can learn the ropes quickly.
  • Traveling abroad will serve as a good motivation for new hires.

Setting up your new team member

  • Assign a point of contact: select a person to act as the regular point of contact who will also assume a vital role in establishing rapport with your new team member.
  • Create a position description and set milestones for the 1st, 3rd, 6th and 12th month of your new hire.
  • Design and implement a training program: ensure that you have put together a plan for documenting skills and training requirement from the onset.
  • Have the right technology support to ensure an effective communication flow.

 

Top tips for recruiting

  • Move quickly
  • Prepare well
  • Set aside time
  • Keep an open mind
  • Set up a proper onboarding process

Conclusion

It is a hot talent market in the Philippines and you need to move quickly to find the right people for your roles. When getting started, it is important to:

  • Identify and focus on your people strategy
  • Plot out your strategy for the next one, two, three and five years
  • Concentrate on the people you need for specific roles
  • Identify which roles to delegate

There aren’t many differences when hiring onshore and offshore team members. The way to secure good candidates is to set aside plenty of time for the recruitment process and make sure that you follow the following:

  • Prepare a guide prior to the interview
  • Get to know the candidates better
  • Talk about your company
  • Ask the right questions
  • Move on to the key competencies
  • Move through the process in a timely manner
  • Be clear about the expectations for the role
  • Once the interview is done, respond to the candidate as quickly as possible

Don’t forget these important things when interviewing a candidate:

  • Candidates can be shy so build rapport by making them feel comfortable
  • Probing questions will help you determine the candidate’s suitability for the role
  • Ask the candidate to showcase his or her accomplishments
  • Avoid jargons when talking about your company or the role

 


Looking to scale your business by getting the right people to do specific roles? Call our offshoring specialists at 1300 896 522 or click here to download our blueprint on how to build a global accounting team.


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