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Selecting Candidates for International Positions

As Vice President of Human Resources for Orca Water, Inc., you are charged with filling overseas plant operations management positions. In general terms, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of hiring each of the following individuals for a position in Chile or Brazil:

Candidate A

Single individual graduated two years ago and has worked in operations management for the past two years. Speaks Spanish and Portuguese but has never traveled outside the United States.

Candidate B

Married individual with three school aged children. His spouse does not work outside the home. Candidate B is college educated and has worked for the company the past 18 years in various positions moving from the factory floor to management position in headquarters. Does not speak Spanish or Portuguese but has traveled extensively for the company.

Candidate C

Candidate is a married female individual with no children. Spouse maintains a successful career as an attorney in the United States. Candidate C is college educated and has worked for the company the past
18 years. Does not speak Spanish or Portuguese but has traveled extensively for the company.

It is interesting to note that Candidate C was hired the same day as Candidate B and they have the followed the same career path.

Which candidate would you choose, based solely on the information provided and why?

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Candidate A:

Advantages: This person has a recent education, which could help in the technical aspect of the position. As well, they have direct experience in operations management. This could be a huge advantage since the position is as plant operations. As well, they speak the local language in either chile or brazil, which would really help him/her communicate with their staff. As operations manager, you need to be able to communicate and run an efficient plant. It might be seen like being single is an advantage, since they are able to move easily without disrupting their family life.

Disadvantage: This person has never left the United States, and might be in for a culture shock. American culture is drastically different then in south america. As well, they only have 2 years of experience, which might not be enough to manage operations. This position might be better left to an experienced manager.

Candidate B:

Advantage: Has solid ...

Solution Summary

The solution examines selecting candidates for international positions. The candidate that the expert would choose is determined.

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