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5 secrets to hiring the right candidate

5 secrets to hiring the right candidate

There are more than a hundred methodologies companies use across the globe to hire their ideal candidate, let’s refine them to the best 5 secrets to hiring that perfect candidate.

  • Believe what you see: You may have the candidates well written resumes, accolades and awards on paper, but do not forget the basics. Non verbal cues are very important to absorb during a hiring process. This gives you a fair idea of the candidate’s attitude, outlook, interests and basic approach. They actually speak louder than the verbal communication. Facial expression, eye contact, and most importantly posture are some forms of non verbal cues.
  • Highly Adaptive: With hundreds of start-up firms mushrooming every year, candidates that need to work in this kind of environment must be highly adaptive. With today’s changing consumer needs and a high competitive market, companies pivot at lightning speed. Asking specific examples from the candidate as to how they were able to grow, shift and evolve in their earlier roles and at the same time adapt to them are very important to ask.
  • Trust your gut: This may sound very clichéd. But many interviewers perhaps are sitting on the fence most of the times deciding who that ideal candidate should be especially for senior management roles. At such situations, its best to go with your gut feel on which candidate is to be hired. Global companies like Goldman Sachs and many others lay a big emphasis on character, they do not really have any assessment centres or numerical tests. Of course, this is no ways indicates that you will get in if you are academically mediocre, Grades do play an important role.

  • Look for someone who has “The Commitment”: Very simply put, no matter how the game is changing these days, if u see a frequent job hopper be mindful before getting him or her on board. You really do not want to hire someone who switches careers or jobs often just to get a higher salary. Getting a person like that can be detrimental for your business.
  • Never Compromise: Finally, if you have a clear idea of the culture of your organization and the dynamics you need within the team do not ever make a compromise while hiring. Chances are that the candidate will not simply align with the company’s motto and result either in a burnout or shoddy performance. As the saying goes “If in Doubt, Do not Hire”

To conclude if you need to get your company into the world class standards, you must never ever think hiring to be a waste of time. It requires the same amount of time and investment like actually running a business.

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Top 5 recruitment trends for 2017

Top 5 recruitment trends for 2017

We have seen some radical changes in the trends of recruiting with the advent of technology. Let’s look at some of the top recruitment trends for 2017.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)– Love it, Hate it but you simply cannot ignore it!  Artificial Intelligence simply put, is the intelligence exhibited by machines to compute and perform complex problems based on historical data. There are a bunch of start-ups mushrooming in India trying to help the end consumer using AI. Research has shown that for closing a single position, 23 hours is spent by recruiters in screening the right candidate. Automating high volume tasks which are repetitive such as screening resumes and setting up interviews can be done by AI software.

Increased focus on hiring the “Right talent” – The earlier years of recruitment were based on very limited historical data. In recent times we have seen the emergence of big data in recruitment as well.  The role of the HR is going to get more complex, where he would have the ability to scan large amounts of data to generate a better insight and make well-calculated decisions. We are looking at high-end software tools to generate this kind of accurate dissection of data to help the HR team. There are many HR consultancies in Mumbai already have adopted this. Recruitment has always been a combination of biases and intuition in the past, Big data and Predictive analysis will surely lead the way moving forward.

Recruitment Consultant

Recruitment Consultant

Social Technology– LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Behance, recruiters are all over the place with these new social media tools. The beauty is, unlike in the past, today’s recruiters are open to embrace this new technology and work smart.  More and more employers are using Webcams and Video interviews to expedite and cut the geographical barriers. 2017 and onwards are sure going to see recruitment through this medium grow six-fold.

 Pro Employee– Recruitment trends in 2017 is sure going to see Employers give more and more flexibility to their employees. Concepts like Work from home, flex- hours, albeit not largely embraced in the past by most organizations will be looking at this trend much deeper. At the end of the day, one must not forget the adage, “Happy employees create Happy customers”

Rehiring  –  More of a softer medium this trend is, however, gaining traction where ex-employees, especially in senior management roles who have left organizations are being called back so, are new moms who have taken a long sabbatical. The value these employees bring back to the organization is immense, this is one path many established and reputed companies are taking, which is extremely beneficial for the pocket too.

To conclude, the right use of technology be in any area of specialization should be a medium to make our lives easier and faster but we must never forget to be in control. The moment we allow technology to rule our life it sure is going to endanger our species.