6. Could you describe the MERC application process?
After submitting your resume or CV, we will review your application to see if your skills match the position that you have applied for. If we think you are a good fit, you will be contacted by one of MERC's consultants or interviewers for a first interview within 5 working days. If you don't receive a response from us within 5 working days, this will indicate that you were not shortlisted for the job you applied for.
If you are called by MERC recruitment team member for an interview and pass the initial evaluation, you are considered a potential candidate to cover the position that you have applied for. MERC recruitment staff will forward your information to our client. From there, our client will make the final decision as to which candidates they wish to interview.
If you are shortlisted by a client for an interview, we will contact you to make the arrangements. This can take several days but if you have not heard from us within 10 working days, you may assume that our client has not shortlisted you for that position.
7. If I am interviewed by your client, when will I know if I got the job?
MERC recruitment consultants will give you feedback as soon as we receive information from our client. This my take around 10 working days but sometimes can take a little longer. All communication must be made through the MERC consultant team. Please do not follow up directly with our client, as this won’t help your application process.
8. Does MERC charge candidates any fees for their application or successful job placement?
Our clients pay for all services rendered by us. MERC do not charge any fees to job seekers.
9. Does MERC actively look for employment opportunities for me?
The MERC recruitment consultant team works on behalf of our clients. We are appointed by our clients to identify and introduce the candidates who most closely match their requirements, and therefore we are proactive in working on the clients’ behalf.
10. Do I need a working visa and how can I get one?
You will need a visa to work in most Middle Eastern countries, and your new employer will obtain or sponsor the visa for you. As immigration requirements vary from country to country, MERC staff members will let you know the specific requirements for your position.
11. What is the typical working week?
Working time will vary from employer to employer, and we will review this information as part of your hiring process for a job. The typical working week is an average of 40 hours from Sunday to Thursday, and the weekend consists of a Friday "prayer day" and Saturday. An employee working in Saudi Arabia is not supposed to work continuously for more than 48 hours a week without a day off.
12. What are the typical work locations like?
Typical work locations are just like in any developed nation; clean, comfortable, and geared towards efficiency and productivity. Offices, educational establishments and hospitals are generally held to high standards and most of them are new, modern facilities. The health and safety of employees is a key concern, and many steps are taken to minimize any work related accidents.
13. Is training provided by employers?
It is up to the employer to decide whether they will provide you with some sort of training courses or obtain training material on your behalf. Nevertheless, most employers expect to recruit individuals with an existing skill sets that matches their current needs.
14. Is it safe to work in the Middle East?
The countries and cities we cover in our portfolio of clients are just as safe as anywhere in the western world. Safety of citizens, and in particular of foreign workers, is deemed to be of critical importance to Middle Eastern governments.
15. What is the weather like in the Middle East?
Typically, November to April are the coolest months with average temperatures of approximately 20°C. During the rest of the year, temperatures are higher and hover around 30-45°C. There is very little rainfall and precipitation usually occurs during the cooler months. You should not be concerned about the heat in the Middle East, as there is air conditioning available in most places, and in employee accommodation, workplaces, offices, malls, and hotels.
16. Data protection
We are committed to protecting your personal information. With your permission, your information will only be used for the purposes of helping you connect with potential employers when you have applied for one of their job vacancies. We will not share any of your information unless we have explicit permission from yourself.