At that time, the company's salaries were 10-15% above the market average. Despite the high technical requirements, we were able to quickly create a pool of candidates using standard search channels (LinkedIn, Facebook, job boards). During the first two weeks we conducted interviews, and the following week the company made the first job offer.
The candidate lived in Novosibirsk, the largest city in Siberia. He likes snowboarding and owns a large dog that is quite resistant to the cold but can't withstand heat well. Moving to Cyprus meant serious changes in the candidate's life, in both terms of climate zone and social environment. Last but not least, he has to come to an agreement with his wife: while for our candidate it was an interesting job opportunity, his wife feared that she won't be able to fulfill herself in a new country.
First, we abandoned the formal approach. Our founder, who lives in Cyprus with his family, created the most trusting atmosphere by sharing his personal experience of moving and settling. We also told the candidate about the not-so-obvious perks of living in Cyprus. For example, during the summer season, it's colder in the mountains, and it can even snow in winter. Moreover, this region is more affordable for rent than the places by the sea.
When the first doubts were resolved and the candidate agreed to move to Cyprus, we consulted both the company and the candidate on the preparation of documents and the relocation process, sharing both our knowledge and personal experience.
To get a work visa, it was necessary to correctly fill the paperwork confirming the candidate's work experience. We also helped with the papers and the certified translation.
During our work with another customer based in Cyprus, we compiled a comparative table for the future candidates. Applicants filled in their usual expenses in Russia, and we compared them with how much they're going to change after moving to Cyprus. We used this knowledge as well.
Once the candidate relocated, we stayed in touch with him, helping him to settle in a new place and checking his experiences and impressions during the probationary period.