Jobseekers should know that “intercultural skills” are rated just as highly as formal qualifications in the eyes of employers.
According to a new Ipsos Public Affairs poll conducted on behalf of the British Council, cited by hrmagazine.co.uk, understanding different cultural contexts and viewpoints is one of the key characteristics which employers look for.
Furthermore, the study, which surveyed private, public and non-profit organisations, also noted demonstrating respect for others and knowledge of a foreign language as good skills to display.
As a result, those interviewing for jobs in London may wish to brush up on their foreign language skills as employees ‘recognise a clear business value’ in individuals with varied cultural backgrounds.
On the other hand, organisations whose employees lack these intercultural skills are more exposed to risk such as miscommunication between teams and damage to the organisation’s brand, according to ipsos-na.com.
Jo Beall, British Council director of education and society, commented on the figures: “This research demonstrates a real gap in the education provision across key global economies and the risks an intercultural skills deficit poses to businesses – but equally the great opportunities for education providers and the benefits that job seekers and multinational organisations can gain if we’re able to address this issue.”