360º Expat Candidate Assessment

The SURVEY ON INTERCULTURAL RELOCATION ADAPTABILITY, or SIRA, is a moderately priced, on-line, 360º assessment that enables business leaderswho are contemplating relocation to...

  • Clarify their own expectations and decision-making about global business relationships;
  • Obtain 360° feedback about the extent to which they demonstrate skills, behaviors, and qualities that promote adaptation to, and effectiveness with, diverse others
  • Learn ways to enhance effective skills and qualities, and to reduce ineffective behaviors;
  • Identify what else they need to learn about a global assignment in order to clarify their concerns.

SIRA facilitates self-exploration, thoughtful decision-making, and focused preparation by the business leader, in consultation with someone such as a coach, counselor, trainer, or advisor. In this way, SIRA informs and enhances the ability of the leader to...

  • Decide wisely whether to accept an assignment requiring cross-cultural interactions and relocation
  • Prepare intelligently by developing appropriate personal skills, qualities, behaviors, and expectations.

For participating client companies, the value of SIRA is in enhancing the likelihood that relocation assignments for business leaders will actually lead to steadily increasing ROI.

See also Important Background Information about SIRA's Use.

The Learn More button will bring a reply from SIRA co-creator Cornelius Grove. Or phone +1-718-492-1896.

Advantages of SIRA Over Competing Instruments

SIRA differs in seven ways from other adaptability assessments:

  • SIRA is a 360° instrument. We believe that SIRA is the only 360° expat assessment available today.
  • Accessible online:  Users complete SIRA online; the Feedback Report is returned online.
  • Feedback provided only to the individual:  The Feedback Report is distributed solely to the individual, who may distribute it to others.  This makes accurate, specific 360° feedback more likely.
  • American value bias minimized:  We have removed the U.S. value bias found in other surveys.  Example:  We do not assume that global success depends on one's being proactive and deadline-conscious.
  • Supporting materials:  Each user's Feedback Report offers individual guidance on his or her personal adaptability.  In contracting firms, HR and EAP professionals receive a supporting manual.
  • Certification not required:  HR and EAP professionals may use SIRA without expensive training.
  • SIRA is moderately priced:  Fee information appears below.

Using the Survey on Intercultural Relocation Adaptability

SIRA is appropriate when the global business leader needing an adaptability assessment is contemplating relocation.  In this case, the leader's spouse or partner (if any) should also complete a SIRA assessment.

If physical relocation is not contemplated, but extensive relationships with culturally different counterparts at home and abroad is contemplated, please learn about GROVEWELL's parallel SGLR Assessment.

SIRA is a modified 360° survey that is completed by the individual, at least 3 friends/family members, and at least 3 work colleagues.  Assessed are seven skills/qualities that facilitate successful adaptation.

The 360º process also assesses 20 behaviors that are capable of undermining relationships with culturally different counterparts.

In addition, SIRA includes a self-assessment by the relocation candidate (and, if any, spouse or partner) of his/her motivations, concerns, and expectations about an assignment involving long-term living and working in an unfamiliar environment.  This section is not 360°.

See also Important Background Information about SIRA's Use.

Purchasing Complete SIRA Services

SIRA is available only from GROVEWELL LLC. To obtain additional information, or to inquire about arranging for the use of this instrument, contact Dr. Cornelius Grove at +1-718-492-1896 or by using the Learn More button.

The following fees apply worldwide; volume discounts are available.

  • $795 - For each employee and up to 12 of his/her 360° participants. Volume discounts available.
  • $695 - For each spouse/partner of a participating employee, plus his or her 360° participants.
  • $595 - Manual for HR and EAP professionals (one-time purchase), plus a phone consultation with assessment authority Dr. R. S. Mansfield.


 

IMPORTANT BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT SIRA'S USE

SIRA is grounded in decades of intercultural and psychological research on “suitability for an assignment abroad.” These research findings are extensive, revealing, and consistent.

The most important and realistic contribution to be made by any expatriate assessment instrument is to identify individuals who, due to recurring behavioral characteristics, put themselves at risk of failure in interpersonal interactions with culturally different others.

When an at-risk person is identified, he or she should be strongly encouraged to either (1) reconsider accepting the global assignment, or (2) take specific steps to reduce and replace his/her interfering behaviors.

SIRA promotes and facilitates these outcomes beginning with the Feedback Report and continuing when the individual shares his or her results, in confidence, with an HR or EAP professional associated with his firm.

SIRA is not intended for use as the single determinant of selection for an assignment abroad.

The determinants of success or failure in an unfamiliar environment do not lie wholly within the individual, whether as knowledge, skill, or behavioral characteristics. Success is determined by a multiplicity of factors. Some are internal. More are external, not under the individual's control, subject to capricious changes, and impossible to assess in advance.

SIRA is intended to build self-awareness in relocation candidates and designees so that they can make wise decisions about whether to accept the assignment, and can prepare knowledgeably and effectively for it.