Save Time, Money & Hire Qualified Job Applicants

qualified job applicantsImagine if finding qualified job applicants was fast, easy and cost effective? While that might be a far-off dream, there is one foolproof way to save yourself time and money when hiring multilingual candidates.

Language Certification is the answer to ensuring your multilingual job applicants are qualified and have the appropriate level of language ability for the job at hand. 

How does it work?

Simply add “ACTFL Bilingual Certification Preferred” to your job postings. Then point potential candidates to www.languagetesting.com, where they can pre-certify their level of proficiency in the target language. It’s an effective screening method, which ensures that all candidates you choose to interview are highly-qualified to speak, understand, read and write in a foreign language. 

Remote, Secure, and Convenient

Through our remote proctoring service, we offer candidates the ability to securely test their language skills anytime, anywhere. We visually verify identifications and monitor the entire test, ensuring valid and reliable results. Candidates who choose to pre-certify, organize and pay for their exams directly with LTI. 

Besides saving you time and money, pre-certification testing means you’ll never end up interviewing a candidate who doesn’t really have the language skills to be successful in a particular role. It also shows that candidates are serious about the position in question, and this means that you’ll spend less time sorting applications and more time recruiting top candidates. 

Contact us and schedule a time with an assessment specialist to learn more about how Language Testing International (LTI) can assist you with your language testing needs.

Language Proficient – October 2019

Language Proficient

Brought to you by Language Testing International — Your Global Partner in Language Testing, Training, and Learning.

3 MILLION Multilinguals strong and growing!

Companies all around the world depend on multilingual talent in order to grow and scale their business. Employees with the appropriate level of language proficiency eliminate communication barriers and mitigate risk when conducting business. The list of companies that have announced hiring initiatives to fill the gap in their multilingual talent pool is growing—from call centers in Honduras to corporations in the United States such as Progressive, Nielsen, and Disney. CEO and Founder of Monese, Norris Koppel, spoke on his purpose, “We operate in 8 languages with more to roll out, so having the insight of those who are bilingual or multilingual not only helps us to achieve our goals but also to understand the nuances and cultures of each country and our customers.” (Gentle)

The impact of having a multilingual proficient workplace in the corporate sector bolsters both economic and social psychological effects. A one language fits all approach to business “could impoverish innovation and creativity, leading to business monoculture and standardized patterns of thinking” while a multilingual approach allows a company the opportunity to look at achieving their goals through multiple lenses (Yanaprasart, 2016, HRPub). Implementing a multilingual approach provides a strong infrastructure for engagement, for suppliers to customers to coworkers, with which otherwise nuances in language would be lost (Kraniotis).

The consequences of continuing on with this one language fits all approach have become indisputable. In the UK, 11% of contracts are lost annually “…because SME’s are unable to conduct business in a language other than English. That’s the equivalent of 945,000 lost contracts”(DCU Language Services, 2013). Overall in the United States, 1 in 6 U.S. businesses are losing out due to a lack of language skills and cultural awareness in their workforce (Conversis). In Australia, a high profile case, in particular regarding 7-Eleven, the convenience store chain, was ordered to pay $57 million in wages to overseas workers who were unable to communicate workplace issues because of a language barrier (Bushell-Embling). Clearly, language proficiency is a worldwide matter.

As the role of technology evolves, it is important to embrace the highly adaptive means of evaluating language proficiency in the workplace (Kraniotis).

Language Testing International (LTI) administers language assessments to hundreds of thousands of candidates every year and is one of the largest and most respected foreign language proficiency test providers in the world. We offer the highest level of client service as well as convenient online test scheduling and reporting over secure client networks. Not sure what level of language is needed for the task at hand? LTI offers comprehensive assessments to help you every step of the way!

Contact us today to get started!

Go Global, Grow Your Business, and Get Certified!

world globe puzzleGlobalization creates unlimited opportunities for industries worldwide. How can your organization go global and ensure that your efforts are successful? Your company’s potential customer base is virtually endless when barriers are broken down, including, but not limited to, language barriers.

Is your organization prepared to communicate, serve, and delight your customers?

Have you certified the language skills of your employees who are front and center?

An opinion article in the Training Journal indicated that “language learning will become an integral part of a company’s corporate strategy” as a means of improving international negotiations and relationships as well as internal business operations. This article is part of a growing body of evidence that suggests that corporations are in need of global language expansion in order to succeed. This goes hand in hand with recent reports that the demand for bilingual workers has doubled in the past five years (New American Economy, 2017, March).

Successful global companies assess the language proficiency of their employees and unlock the potential of key global markets by using language assessments to certify the skills of their bilingual employees. Studies have shown that customers prefer to communicate in their native language, and “56.2% of consumers said that the ability to obtain information in their own language is more important than price.”

Language assessments allow you to better understand your employees’ actual language skills so that you can assign your team tasks that are the best fit for their level of language ability. Language testing is an essential part of any company’s global strategy.

Contact us and schedule a time with an assessment specialist to learn more about how Language Testing International (LTI) can assist you with your language testing needs.

Go Global, Grow Your Business, and Get Certified!

Why Language Proficiency Assessments Are Good for Employees and Employers

professional woman with headset in front of computerWhy Language Proficiency Assessments Are Good for Employees and Employers

Whether you have multilingual employees, plan to hire those who are, or want to encourage your staff to pursue a second or third language, it’s critical to consider certification of their language abilities. Certifying your employees’ language skills brings credibility to your company’s multilingual talent, and it has a positive effect on your employees’ morale and their ability to confidently do the job. You might be asking, do I also test current employees, or do I just test new candidates?

Here are some reasons why companies test every multilingual employee with a valid and reliable language proficiency assessment.

Employee Retention: Your employees are guaranteed to have the right level of language for the task at hand.

Language testing demonstrates the value you place on your employees’ talents and language ability. Certifying their skills ensures they have the appropriate level of language for the task at hand, giving them confidence and protecting you —the employer— should you ever need proof that skills are certified, qualified, and confirmed by a trusted and reliable source. Language certification is valid for two years.

Foreign Language Incentive Pay: Be fair to your employees and take the guesswork out of your assessment of language ability.

Many organizations offer foreign language incentive pay. How can you as the employer fairly determine who is eligible for additional compensation or a promotion? What happens when you have multiple candidates that self-select their eligibility? How do you make a fair assessment of an employee’s language proficiency and award incentive pay or even a promotion? Well-informed hiring managers and HR professionals use a third-party testing partner who specializes in language testing and rating.

Serve Your Multilingual Customers at Home and Abroad: Go global and grow!

Customers want to be understood, whether they are stateside or abroad. They are even willing to pay more if you can service them in a language they understand. Seventy-two percent of consumers spend time on websites in their own language. Sectors such as education, healthcare, and financial services actually require you to serve clients with limited English proficiency in their native language. Certifying your employees’ language skills will give you the peace of mind that they can indeed communicate in the required language, thus ensuring that your clients and partners are well-served.

Assess with Confidence, Fairness, and Equity, Language Testing International (LTI) administers language assessments to hundreds of thousands of candidates every year and is one of the largest and most respected foreign language proficiency test providers in the world. We offer the highest level of customer service as well as convenient online test scheduling, remote proctoring and secure reporting in customized client portals. Not sure what level of language is needed for the task at hand? LTI offers consultative services as well as validate and reliable research provided by subject matter experts to help you every step of the way!

Contact us today to learn more!