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  • Recruitment trends are changed in biggest Institutes

    THE recruitment trends at biggest educational institutes are changed significantly over the years. The most crucial changes are discovered in the recruiter’s requirements, job profiles and opportunities available to candidates. Additionally there is a change in the mix of industrial sectors which are employing candidates over the last decade.

    It 2005 International Technology was the leading recruiting sector at IIFT. Over the past few years BFSI (Banking Financial Services and Insurance) and Information Technology increasingly becoming the largest recruiters with emerging sectors for example ecommerce and pharmaceuticals also expanding their campus presence.

    While in the past a candidate’s educational overall performance and go with the job were the primary criteria, at present recruiters are searching for even more behavioral and inter- personal skills. Also as businesses globalize additionally there is increased emphasis to work in a globally connected work place.

    The profiles of students also have changed in management institutes. While in the past a lot of the students who enrolled in B- Schools were straight out of college, now over and above 50 per cent of the students have one or more or two years of work experience before they start management education.

    While students with engineering and technical undergraduate skills are common we are also seeing a lot more diversity in terms of the educational background of students who join our schools. The gender combination is also seeing a larger mix of women.

    Students now have more clarity about their career plans and pursue the job profile of their liking.

    The enrolment of students seeking management degrees has increased substantially due to increased demand as well as increase in the number of seats in numerous institutes. This has made selection process during recruitment more stringent.

    The process often includes an interview, group discussion, case studies, psychometric tests, and online tests. The interview itself is more specific to the roles being filled requiring the applicants to be focused. Companies have also started using internship as vehicle to select candidates for final placement while some companies only recruit candidates for permanent placements based on their performance in internship.

    Students with work experience usually tend to do better in the selection process as they are more prepared than students straight out of college. The business environment in India has become more global and as such the knowledge of international business gives students and added edge during the recruitment process.

    The expectation of recruiters has evolved over the years in what they look for in students during recruitment. In addition to a well- rounded educational background, many companies are looking for specialization in a particular function which is increasing the importance of the electives or majors in the desired domain. This ensures that the students are better prepared to hit the ground running with specialized knowledge. And with society as a key stakeholder in businesses there is an increased focus on governance, corporate social responsibility and ethics.

    Students with volunteering or NGO experience have an edge when it comes to companies looking for socially responsible global managers.

    The selection criteria and emphasis of recruiters vary greatly. While some recruiters look for consistency of past performance, others look for academic excellence, yet others give weightage to soft skills. Therefore, it is advisable to gain clarity about the recruiter’s expectation in advance to ensure you are best prepared to present your candidature.
    There are also logistical elements like getting to the interview venue on time and dressing appropriately that should not be overlooked.

    There are aspects about one’s personality that are individual and cannot be modified easily, while attitude and preparedness play an important role in successful recruitment. It is advisable to pursue roles that have the best fit with your personality and being aware of your strengths and weaknesses helps with this filtering process. The attitude of a person is the overall impact and impression that a person leaves on others during an interaction.

    Relative to recruiting, it is combination of many factors such as overall demeanor, grooming, attire, body language and enthusiasm.

    So sustain an optimistic attitude and put your best foot forward to improve your chance of landing the job. As Arthur Miller put it “ it’s not what you say; it’s how you say – because personality always wins the day.”