With traditional models of recruitment not yielding the desired results, it is crucial to involve technology to address the growing demand for rare digital talent.
With corporates wanting to hire the best talent, India witnesses a familiar sight of corporates skimming the best graduates among the 36.64 million students enrolled in higher education every year. While candidates find it difficult to find the right job, it is also equally difficult these days for companies to find the right kind of talent. In order to fill in this gap between a candidate’s aspirations and the requirements of a corporate, multiple rounds of screening are conducted to minimise human error, which drags the hiring process for months. This process starts with visiting over 350-400 colleges in the placement season involving enormous cost and effort as well as a huge deal of time. Additionally, the sporadic rise in demand require businesses to have easy access to eligible candidates when the need arises rather than hiring in bulk and putting them on the bench. Recruiting the right talent for the right job has always been a raging problem for India. With the traditional models of recruitment not yielding the desired results, it is crucial to involve technology to address the growing demand for rare digital talent and remain competitive in the market.
Pre-employment assessment is critical to determine the capability of a candidate with the implementation of multiple disparate digital platforms and tools. With businesses evolving very often, hiring a candidate who can adopt to new skills with the changing time is one of the most important attributes to look for. A comprehensive assessment on the cloud driven through multi-modal approach can be conducted in proctored centres across the country to find the best talent suitable for the job profile. This will not only help in conducting the background check of a candidate, but they could be assessed on their job-related knowledge and interpersonal skills, giving them the opportunity to secure jobs with the top companies and get higher salaries. Such a cloud-based application would make the assessment process affordable and time-efficient for recruiters too.
Hiring at Speed
New-age technology with minimal human intervention reduces the duration of hiring process by 60-70%. Digital infrastructure in recruitment ensures transparency and efficiency of the assessment process. Real-time monitoring at all levels leads to conducting candidate assessment in an error-free manner and also reduces the evaluation time drastically.
Once the results are processed, a score can be generated, which either qualifies or disqualifies a candidate. Face-to-face or video interviews can then be conducted, depending on the location of the candidate.
A similar approach can be taken for experienced professionals where aspirants can select the slots for open-book assessments and interview at their convenience. A walk-in interview can be scheduled immediately after the evaluation, qualifying which one can collect their offer on the very same day.
Reducing efforts while maximising productivity
Digitising the examination process increases accessibility to rich talent, facilitating equal opportunities to candidates even in remote locations. Companies can no longer solely depend on traditional models of recruitment. Investing in digital and mobile-based solutions can help in improving productivity and efficiency.
A micro-site can be designed with all exam-related information to provide the necessary support. Uploaded question paper blueprints and sample questions would help familiarise the candidates with the exam pattern. Candidates would also get access to digital courses in an interactive learning environment. Additionally, online self-proctored practice tests would aid in measuring preparedness with analytics on time-management, strengths, improvement areas, and behavioural traits. This would assist candidates to prepare according to the specific requirements of the corporates and be job-ready at the time of hiring.
Spotting the right talent is a Herculean task, which involves careful planning and execution. However, by digitising the complex steps of the selection process, recruiters can streamline their energies and efforts in the best possible way while saving on both money and time.
-Venguswamy Ramaswamy, Global Head, TCS iON
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