How do I find an international candidate?

Now that you’ve decided to also look for international talent, there are a few practical matters you should take into account. This might the first time you start working with an international / expat / highly skilled migrant, so  it makes sense to inform yourself about matters like work permits and working with different cultures in your company. The Expat Center gladly informs you about the logical steps to take.


Recruiting within Europe is easier, because of travel distances and language and culture is closer to the Dutch. Moreover, there is no requirement for work and residence permits.

When recruiting an international, always pay close attention to:

  • Any experience of the candidate working/studying abroad
  • The motivation (prestige, economic progress)
  • Level of English
  • Accompanying partner/family
  • Cultural differences
  • Validation of local diplomas
  • Employee binding by means of main language in the office or Dutch language training, assign a buddy

The Expat Center will assist you

Recruiting abroad is more difficult than in the Netherlands, but certainly not impossible. Make use of your own network or use one of our service partners: Bysonder Recruitment, QSXL and Technisch Nederland. We work closely together and the Expat Center can take care of the following steps: applying for the work permit and housing for your new colleague. We also work together with TalentIT, the organisation assisting IT students finding a position with companies in our region for part time job, internship or job.

Also keep in mind what the impact will be of working with people from different cultural backgrounds. You can prepare yourself by participating in workshops, cultural differences trainging and consult a specialist. The Expat Center will gladly forward you to our network.

Job vacancy

In the east of the Netherlands, it’s also possible to use the job site hosted by Twente Branding. To post a job vacancy on please contact Twente Branding on  053-4836 839.


Do you have any questions? Of course we are happy to speak to you personally, in Dutch or English. You can reach us by calling + 31 (0) 74 2503325, sending an email to or fill in the contact form.