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Cultural Differences in Hiring practices - Finland, the Netherlands and Spain
The aim of this study was to find out the main cultural differences between three Euro-pean countries in hiring practices. The focus is on the interview part for it is the part where most of the communication happens. The countries studied are Finland, the Netherlands and Spain. It is important to familiarize oneself toward this subject because a) hiring process done poorly can cost a lot of money for the company and b) migration is popular and cultural differences must be taken into account in business communication.
The thesis is divided into two sections: theoretical and empirical. This study uses qualitative research methods with deductive approach. These methods were chosen to gain as deep level of understanding from the subject as is possible. The secondary data for the theoretical part were collected from theories related to the cultural behaviour within these countries. The empirical part uses primary data, collected through an online survey.
The key findings from the survey were used as the primary data for this thesis. Some major differences were found through the answers of the survey. The biggest were about differences in countries laws, communication styles, adaptation skills and body language. The empirical research and their findings had support from Hofstede’s dimensions, especially with the part relating to power distance and the differences in that area within countries.