By: Marc Wessels

It is useful to know that Dutch candidates tend to be quite outspoken. A job interview is a great way for employers to get to know their candidates and the other way around. Dutch applicants take advantage of the opportunity to ask any questions that will help them determine if they are interested in the position and the company. Certain terms of conditions of employment may also be mentioned in the first interview.

What do Dutch applicants expect from you as an employer?

After Brexit you will probably be interviewing Dutch candidates for positions in your company. What do Dutch applicants expect from you as an employer? What basic working conditions is the current generation of employees looking for? What do they expect their employers to provide?

Connectivity and mobile phone

In the Netherlands, employees expect to have easy access to the information they seek, anytime and anywhere. Databases and networks may be accessed from desktop computers in the office or from a mobile phone. Employees in the Netherlands are used to quick access to information and social media channels, and a mobile phone is a useful tool. Don’t be surprised if you notice that your new employees spend a lot of time on their phones, as chances are what they are doing is actually work-related.

Allow for multitasking

The new generation in particular has a short attention span. Giving employees a job description with a range of duties and responsibilities helps to keep them engaged and increases productivity.

Provide development opportunities

Dutch employees are ambitious and eager to learn. A well-known phrase used often in the Netherlands is ‘lifelong learning’. This applies to a growing number of employees. The current generation strongly focuses on continued personal development. Dutch employees expect to be offered training opportunities, such as courses, a degree programme, workshops and other learning opportunities that allow them to keep their expertise up to date. Both employees and employers benefit from additional training. It also helps boost employee motivation.

Flexible working hours

Flexible working, in the office and from home, is becoming the norm in the Netherlands. Dutch employees expect to have the opportunity to determine their own working hours. If your employees would like to work longer or shorter days, let them. Be flexible and allow your employees to switch days or change their hours when possible.

Delegate responsibilities

In the Netherlands, employees expect to be given a certain amount of responsibility to perform their duties and tasks. Dutch people do not enjoy being told what to do and prefer to be given a degree of freedom in their jobs. Employers should allow their employees the freedom to take on responsibility or delegate responsibilities. Manage your employees well and allow them to work independently while monitoring progress and performance.

Relocating to the Netherlands?

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