Hiring can be fun

Having the right person in the right job is the crux of business success. With today’s changing market dynamics many organisations are fashioning their hiring strategies to appeal to the young, creative and the whimsy. Heineken’s recent hiring campaign – The Candidate, received mixed reviews from the industry. Where some see this as just an attention seeking stint, others feel that such hiring strategies can be the game changers.

Putting on the creative caps 

According to Ashish Arora, Founder & MD, HR Anexi, “Making hiring fun is a great way to truly judge and analyse a prospective employee.” He stated that in traditional interviews, candidates are very likely to be someone you “expect” them to be. “Being creative is the alternative as the candidate does not have a set precedent to fall back on; as long as the creative method measures the outcomes expected from the candidate in the role offered,” he added.

With the rapidly changing organisation dynamics, recruiters often need to improvise hiring practices. Consequently, organisations are thinking out of the box to attract the best talent available. Udit Mittal, Founder & MD, Unison International agree that hiring in a fun way is a good practice, indeed, but “It takes experience, exposure and brainstorming to have creative thoughts while hiring,” he exclaimed.

The right approach

Before taking on the first step to have fun hiring strategies in place on should assess the practicalities of the recruitment environment. These include the profile and position you are hiring for and also the budgetary allocations, the desired final outcome and business implications.

Arora explains, “It is definitely practical to apply such an approach to recruiting. However this approach may not be applicable to all job profiles or companies. Every job requires a different skill set; for instance, a brand analyst, a banker and an HR manager have very different skills or traits a recruiter would look for.” He explained, “For jobs where being creative, open and vibrant are imperative, it would be ideal to make hiring extremely fun. However, for jobs that are more serious, strategic and research based, the right approach would be to have a blend between a serious and fun interview.”

All gain, no pain

A creative hiring technique, besides being novel, cost effective and an energetic way of hiring, also adds to the employer brand value. As Vinay Nijhawan, COO, PurpleLeap puts it, “Such hiring practices keep the stress out and culturally, it shows that the organisation encourages out of the box thinking and is a cool place to work for.”

For Mittal, hiring in a creative/fun way ensures an interesting recruitment process. “It brings out the inherent personality of the candidate and helps in breaking the ice.” Arora highlighted, “It provides the much needed competitive advantage. If you are just doing a traditional interview, the chances of you being played by the candidate is high where people might be seasoned to impress in a job interview. Introducing fun, creative techniques gives that one glimpse into the candidate’s true self and whether he will blend with the company culture.” 

Be warned

There are certain things that should be kept in mind while applying creative/fun hiring tactics. According to Nijhawan, “It requires very high levels of maturity on the part of the interviewer. Creative formats have to be thoroughly thought through before applying.”

Arora makes a point, “Being creative during the hiring process does not necessarily imply being ‘crazy’. Debrief the candidates post the interview session, just to let them know that it was all part of the interview process. They shouldn’t feel awkward and confused, resulting in them turning down the job before they are even hired.” He suggests vigilance on recruiter’s part, “Ensure the recruiter does lose focus amidst all the fun but carefully and thoroughly evaluates the candidate.”

Such practices only reinforce that “Work is not all drudgery. It follows a safe assumption that if you enjoy doing what you are doing, then you do it the best,” concludes Nijhawan.

Source: http://content.timesjobs.com


The World of Robotics

Amit Bansal, CEO and co-founder , PurpleLeap, gives a lowdown on Robotics as a career.

Robot Institute of America defines a robot as, ‘a reprogrammable, multifunctional manipulator designed to move material parts, tools or specialised devices through various programmed motions for the performance of a variety of tasks’ .

Robotics finds application in diverse areas such as industrial automation, intelligent security systems, automotive industry, space exploration, defense services, healthcare etc. Essentially, robots are used widely to handle hazardous situations, carry out tasks that need high accuracy and speed, and replace monotonous and routine tasks for better efficiency.

While in Japan and Korea, most industries are heavily automated with robots, in India, the trend is still in a nascent stage. In India, automotive companies like Maruti, Tata Motors and heavy engineering companies like Tata Steel have deployed robots for industrial automation.

Although industrial robots have been around for quite some time, the trend of home robots is yet to catch up. Computing power and energy sources are the two main areas that are holding robots back from invading our homes and cooking our food.

This field offers opportunities in the area of design, industrial robotics and applied embedded systems.

As a design professional, you may find a place in the design section of a robot or embedded design firm and work on robotic assemblies like actuators, sensors and interface circuitries and develop graphical user interfaces and control mechanisms for the robots.

In the manufacturing sector, there are opportunities in the areas of maintenance and operation. The roles involve programming , troubleshooting and maintenance of the automation system (including robots, hydraulics and pneumatics system, control systems etc.)

Apart from the core robotics jobs, a professional skilled in the area of robotics can also join the area of applied embedded systems.

The sector is poised for huge growth and early entrants can reap dividends in coming times. A fresher in the sector could earn a starting salary in the range of Rs 25,000 to Rs 40,000 and with 4-5 years of experience the remuneration could rise to Rs 1,00,000. More importantly, you should enter this sector only if the world of robotics fascinates you!

Colleges for robotics engineering:

Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur National Institute of Technology, Warangal (AP), Surathkal (Karnataka) BITS, Pilani International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad


For admission in a Bachelor’s degree, the candidate must have passed the higher secondary school certificate (10+2) examination with science subjects. For IITs, it is mandatory to qualify in the Joint Entrance Examinations (JEE). For a Master’s degree, the candidate should have a BTech in mechanical engineering, electronics and communication engineering or computer science engineering.

Courtesy: Educationtimes.com

Source: timesofindia

IT companies cut intake of engineering talent

IT firms that have been the biggest employers of engineering talent are sharply reducing their intake on account of automation of lower-end processes, and a move to higher-end work.

The IT industry used to hire half or more of the approximately 5 lakh engineers that India produces each year, but that number is now sharply down, and is estimated to be significantly below 2 lakh last year. Though one reason for that is the slowdown in global IT demand, there is now a much more serious longer term reason for why the industry may not touch those hiring highs again.

Mundane, repetitive IT tasks are getting automated, just as it did in the traditional manufacturing sector. Equally, the major IT companies are all talking of moving to do more sophisticated and complex work that requires skilled engineers. “Technology and automation have been significantly minimizing the human intervention across industries and this would mean a reduction in fresher hiring in the country,” said Saurabh Govil, senior vice president of human resources, at Wipro.

Fresher hiring, he said, would be muted going forward. “Previously, companies focused on investing on the supply (people) side. But now the focus is on innovation on the demand side (to create demand for IT). The focus is on managing demand and creating demand,” Govil said. Infosys’s new strategy that it calls 3.0 is entirely predicated on the assumption that their customers’ requirements have become more sophisticated and they will have to be met primarily through products and platforms; and that requires few people to build and manage. The company’s revenue per employee has shown clear signs of rising in recent years; it stood at $47,215 last year, compared to $44,473 in 2008-09.

HCL said it would not hire freshers this year; Wipro said fresher hiring would drastically come down. Wipro’s gross employee utilization was as low as 64.9% in the last quarter. Infosys’s was 70.9%; it says the ideal figure is between 78% and 82%.

Romi Malhotra, CEO of Linkage India, a global leadership development and employability solutions provider, said IT had become an old economy sector in terms of growth rate and hiring volumes. “Today, the industry has enough critical mass to hire from within. So we will see a whole lot of freshers moving into niches and specialization around mobility, cloud and gaming,” he said.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

How to nail your job interview

Now that you have completed your education and are ready to set foot in the real world and as much as you’d like to earn some money, the idea of job-hunting can be pretty intimidating for some. If you’re feeling shy and lacking confidence about getting out there and talking to employers, you are far from alone, according to many career counsellors.

Job interviews have a lot in common with having a first date. You really want one, and you are thrilled when you get one, but then you start worrying about everything like, what to wear, what to say, what not to say and how not to act like an idiot!

Though job interviews can be nerve wracking experiences, they can also be wonderful opportunities too. If you are well prepared, confident and do everything right, you will make a winning impression and obtain your goal.

Below Q&A are answered by Amit Bansal, CEO-PurpleLeap

aparna asked, what to answer when they ask me why am changing domain since i do not want to tell m desperate for a job
Amit Bansal answers, You can always say you would like to expand your skill set. Now days it is important to be multi – skilled to be an asset to an organization.

amit1000 asked, How to go ahead with career transition from one domain to another domain after having around 15 years of work exp. and how we can showcase value to perpective employer?
Amit Bansal answers, At a senior level even if you change your domain, there will be a set of skills that will be common to both the domains for example management skills. What is important is to identify the exact role you want to apply for and customize your CV highlighting the skills you feel you have and might be useful for that. role. Like I said, After an experience of 15 years there might be few domain specific skills that you might have to pick up but you would have enough business related skills to project yourself well.

ablinc asked, how to answer the question- “what are your weaknesses”?
Amit Bansal answers, Weaknesses need not always be negative. They can also mean your areas of improvement or something that you think might be of help to you but you haven’t acquired that skill yet.

Savio asked, Ironically, i’m just going for an interview in a company in 2 hours. I have prepared (hopefully well). What is the single most important thing i need to keep in my mind? Good day
Amit Bansal answers, Well there are a lot of important things that matter.However, if you have already prepared well then, the only thing I would recommend you to do is try to build rapport with the interviewer with positive and confident approach and body language.

Rajesh asked, How to crack Product Management interview? What are the key skillsets for PM?
Amit Bansal answers, A product manager should have skills like organizational skills, strategic planning , good communication skills, negotiation skills, business acumen, administrative skills etc. As far as cracking an interview is concerned, it depends on how well you prepare and project yourself.

Abhinav asked, How does one overcome the barrier of employment gap in the resume and at the interview
Amit Bansal answers, It helps if you have taken a course during that gap as it is still utilizing your time. However, if you have a personal and more important reason, it is alright to be honest.

AmitBansal asked, Sir, should my resume have 5 pages for every year of experience?
Amit Bansal answers, A good resume should not ideally exceed 2 pages however, in certain cases people have to mention the projects. So another page can be added to accommodate that.The recruiters usually take a look at the basic information, snap shot of career progression and significant accomplishments.

ataneja asked, How to overcome nervousness in the interview?
Amit Bansal answers, Being prepared for the interview usually helps to kill the nervousness and makes you feel more confident. It is always a good idea to research on the company, read the JD well, know your resume and be prepared with examples of achievement to quote from your experience. Dress well and keep an open and positive body language.

rediffbhai asked, i want to know how to negotiate a salary, my salary is 5 lakhs
Amit Bansal answers, The companies usually pay as per the market scenario. To be able to negotiate you have to first convince them that hiring you will be an asset for the company. You can always quote a % hike that you expect based on your last drawn salary which is realistic.

AJOY asked, Apart from qualification,experience and special skill, what should be mentioned to draw attention
Amit Bansal answers, Apart from the above it is important to mention how have you utilized your skills in your previous roles and how has the organizations benefited from it. Important projects you might have worked on.

Sony asked, what is the answer to Why are you leaving your current company if there is no problem in there and it is located near to your house?
Amit Bansal answers, People don’t always leave their jobs because there is a problem. They might be looking for a change for several reasons like career enhancement, knowledge/ expertise gain, domain change etc.

Stallion asked, 1. How should one structure the answer to the question – “tell me about yourself”? 2. How to “map” your strengths to the role description, especially if there is a gap? 3. Should one give a number when asked “what salary are you expecting”?
Amit Bansal answers, 1. When asked this question, the recruiter expects you to give a quick snapshot about your skills and where have you used them. The best way to start is always from the latest. 2. It is very important to go through the job description and identify your areas of expertise matches the JD. If yes, find the common ground and use that to prepare for the interview. 3. It is always more dignified and professional to mention the % of hike you expect on your current CTC.

red asked, Amit sir, how to nail job interview and shine??
Amit Bansal answers, A lot of things can be done to make sure your interview goes well. 1. Researching about the company 2. Knowing your own CV well. 3. Reading the job description well and have relevant examples ready to quote in case asked. 4. Good body language..

Ashish asked, I have 14 year exp. what is an apt way to reply for the question ” Tell us about yourself?”
Amit Bansal answers, When people ask this question, they usually want to hear more about your career progression and significant contribution towards something. Basically a snap shot of your skills and how you have used them in various roles.

amar asked, I am a fresher MJMC how to prepare for media jobs. What kind of skills should i put in my resume if i want to become a news anchor
Amit Bansal answers, Now days there are several workshops that will help you gain knowledge and expertise on this. Few skills that any anchor is required to have are: Good conversationalist expertise in preferably more than 2 languages Extroverts People who easily build rapport on screen. You can always create a short video and show it as a sample.

shivamogga asked, Why should we to select you…?? what kind of answer will be better !!!
Amit Bansal answers, No one knows your strengths better than you yourself. While answering a question like this one, always be factual and avoid getting into a self praise mode.You can always mention your strengths that have enabled you to achieve something preferably quantifiable in your previous companies.

Bhat asked, whats a good answer for the question – why do you want to change your job ?
Amit Bansal answers, I have always recommend honest answers. People change their jobs for various reasons like career enhancement, chance to work with a big name, experience, domain change etc..Having said that one should keep in mind that most of the recruiters look for what a candidate can bring to the company and not what the company can give to the candidate.

A asked, whar are the keywords should i use in my resume to get shortlisted?
Amit Bansal answers, The keywords in your resume will depend on the job profile and your skill set. For example, if any recruiter is looking for someone with experience in Business development, then he would ideally be looking for resumes with key words like Client management, Business development, sales, vendor management etc…

Source: http://www.rediff.com

Chat Date: April 17, 2013

88% of Indian companies to give wage hikes

About 73% of Indian businesses are planning to increase hiring in the coming year doubling the global average of 36%, said the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR). About 83% of Indian businesses are optimistic about their local economy (up from 78% three months earlier), and much higher than the global average of 50%, trailing only Peru (98%), the Philippines (92%), the UAE (92%) and Mexico (84%).

The Grant Thornton International Business Report said that 88% of Indian businesses plan to increase employee wages at or above inflation (up from 83%). Inflation is still a concern for Indian businesses as 76% planned to increase the prices of their products (up from 69%), ranking third in the world, trailing only Botswana (86%) and Argentina (77%).

Vishesh Chandiok, national managing partner at tax and advisory firm Grant Thornton in India, said, “Though the survey shows an increase in optimism and demand, as well as willingness to invest, there’s still an issue of uncertainty. For most businesses while Reason says hoard cash, their instinct says invest now to get ahead of the competition. If businesses think another crash is imminent, they will hoard cash to insulate their operations.

Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) is a quarterly survey of more than 3,000 businesses in 44 countries.

Source: www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Prospect of New Banks Stirs Up a Dull Hiring Market

Executives at head hunters Egon Zender, Heidrick & Struggles, Randstad and Vito India are suddenly on their toes in a dull hiring market as bank license aspirants such as RIL, L&T Finance Holdings, Religare, and the Aditya Birla Group throng them to snatch the industry’s talent cream.
Banking experts at these hiring companies are burning midnight oil to identify candidates, from prospective chief executives to compliance officers, to compile a list that would impress the regulator and brighten applicants’ chances. Different headhunting firms are advising clients on their different talent needs and no mandates have been awarded yet. “The new applicants are looking at hiring people with credible track record and who can build a strong operating model and who have a strong corporate, rural, retail and SME banking background,” says Puneet Singh, partner, financial services and head-North India at global executive search firm Heidrick and Struggles. Singh’s organisation is advising some of the prospective top applicants on their talent needs.
They are likely to short list candidates from many banks including HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, notwithstanding the sting operation, and Citigroup and State Bank of India. The candidates will be picked not just based on their years of experience, but will also need to have achieved success in building profitable businesses without compromising regulatory guidelines.
“They are interested in top guys from consulting firms who are into the banking and financial services sector, banks and financial services institutions,” says Aditya Narayan Mishra, president, India unit at the Dutch head-hunter Randstad Holding NV. There is a new buoyancy in the employment market and the Indian business community with the RBI spelling out guidelines for new bank licenses, ending a decade of false starts. Former Infosys chief financial officer Mohandas Pai, and L & T have thrown their hats into the ring. “It has been a long-held dream to start a bank,” said micro financier Ramesh Ramanathan, who plans to partner Pai in seeking a license. “The clock started to tick when the final guidelines came out.” Some of the publicly known aspirants for the new banking licences include Aditya Birla Financial Services, Reliance Industries, Reliance Capital, Shriram Transport, Piramal Enterprises, Mahindra Financial Services, Bajaj Finserv, L&T Finance, Tata Capital, Religare, Cholamandalam Finance, Edelweiss, Videocon and IDFC.
The financial services sector, which has been at the receiving end of the Indian slowdown, is seeing some recovery. Staffing company Manpower’s Employment Outlook Survey showed a 19 percentage point slump in companies that plan to hire in the second quarter of 2013 to 27%, down from 45% a year ago. State-run banks are hiring more than 55,000 candidates in the next few months. In fact, the employment market has been so bad that there were more than 17 lakh applications for just about 1,500 officer jobs at the State Bank of India. Even among the new banks, nonbanking finance companies such as L & T Finance and Shriram City Union, may be better placed with a substantial staff familiar with credit operations.

Source: Times of India

How to overcome communication barriers at work

In office we come across people with whom we have to work to get things done. Our ability to communicate with clients, customers, subordinates, peers, and superiors can either enhance our effectiveness or sabotage us. In an office every individual puts an effort over a period of time in building influential relationships. Communicating effectively and efficiently can help build a good dynamic relationship with your peers, subordinates and superiors. Studies have shown that the top and middle level managers typically devote 60 to 80 per cent of their total working hours to communicating.

The principal barriers to effective communication are: noise, poor feedback, selection of inappropriate media, a wrong mental attitude, insufficient or lack of attention to work selection, delay in message transmittal, physical separation of the sender and receiver, and lack of empathy or a good relationship between the sender and receiver.

Below Q&A session are answered by Amit Bansal, CEO-PurpleLeap

hanji asked, hi Amit Ji,Can you please suggest some good books to increase proficiency in English? Thanks!!

Amit Bansal answers, 1. Improve your communication skills by Allan Barker 2. Write better read better- readers digest 3. English Grammar by Thomson and Martinet 4. You can also read simple fiction or non- fiction novels if you don;t like heavy reading.

Jithendra asked, Amit Ji, I feel i am good listner but bad at communication. specially worried whether other will take in right perspective, or what i speak makes sense, or the thing which i would speak might already been known to other person. Kindly Help
Amit Bansal answers, First of all be positive in your approach and outlook. We should not assume that the others will perceive us wrong. They can get it right as well. To improve your communication other than reading ( grammar and vocab related books) and watching English news channels most important thing is to practice.Speak slowly and if you think someone has misunderstood clarify the point. If someone already knows what you said, there is no harm done.Don’t worry too much.

Rakesh asked, How to improve on business communication front?
Amit Bansal answers, Business communication whether written or verbal has to be crisp , concise and simple. 1. It is always a good idea to have a clear topic of conversation or discussion. 2. language issues can be delt with training. 3. Is is important to encourage listening skills rather than just talking. 4. Written communication pieces should be proof read for grammar and spelling errors. 5. Going slow when talking to someone with foreign accent is another tip. 6.It is good idea to use simple verbiage. 7. Documenting is another way to make ensure you have the missed pieces.

siva asked, I tried to watch movies with subtitles. but ,still my listening skills are not good.
Amit Bansal answers, Try watching a short English film with subtitles and if you don’t understand it in one go, watch it again. Try reading simple books first and use the language you learn while talking. You can also join some communication workshops .

divya asked, how can i communicate with people in office who spoke very worst against me by which i was hurt?
Amit Bansal answers, There are only two ways to resolve such things. One is to simply ignore such people. Second is to talk to them and discuss the issue. This can resolve any misunderstandings. If you feel uncomfortable talking to them alone, involve your manager or any unbiased person who has some influence as a witness.

krishna asked, How to improve the written skills? Can you please suggest me in this mattere
Amit Bansal answers, Language can always be improved by reading and speaking. While writing we have an option to run a grammar and a spell check before sending any document. This will help you to improve and proof read your document.

priya asked, Hi Amit, I am working as a senior manager in a reputed MNC. I joined this MNC some time back because my ex boss is in this org and we have a good connect. But few months back our org appointed a senior person who is now heading that business. My boss doesn’t get along well with this new person who is his boss. Because I report to my boss this new head doesn’t support me. He feels that I am not in his team. Kindly suggest different ways to handle this situation.
Amit Bansal answers, Again a very sensitive situation and should be handled carefully. Sometimes even at such senior levels people do carry a huge ego. Your boss might not get along with his boss for some reasons of his own but you are a different person. If you think you can gel well with your bosses boss without compromising on anything that you hold important than, there is nothing wrong in it. For examples: Sometimes we are friends with 2 enemies and equally good friends but the other two people should be mature enough to understand that. You can only be accountable for your behaviour , not that senior person’s. If all this worries you talk it out with him and explain that his work relationship with your boss is a separate issue and should not affect yours. Hope this essay helps in some way.:)

kumar asked, Am weak in english grammar how to improve writing & speaking
Amit Bansal answers, Few tips: 1. Communication related training or workshops. 2. Reading books on grammar and vocab. 3. Most importantly speaking in English as much as possible. 4. Watching movies with subtitles also help a lot.

PP asked, Whenever I do some good thing,my boss takes credit for that and he gives the pie of credit to his pet person,eventhough he is not involved.How can I solve this problem ?
Amit Bansal answers, Situations like this are very sensitive. It is always a good idea to communicate about such crucial projects on an email so that you have a record of all the good work you have done. Even if someone else takes credit for your work, that doesnt mean they know the work. They will not be able to do it themselves but you can. Your knowledge and experience will anyway show in the way you work. Anyone who copies the work or takes crdit wont be able to actually do it however you can. That’s your victory.

PP asked, How to please my seniors by communicating ?
Amit Bansal answers, Wel, most people like courteous and polite employees. By being a good listener and positive in communication, i believe most of the communication related problems can be avoided and congenial work enviornment can be created.

divya asked, how can i communicate with people in office who always gossips about me?
Amit Bansal answers, There are people who like to waste their time in idle gossips. You just be indifferent to them and continue being polite. As long as it doesn’t affect your work and performance, there is nothing to worry about.

hoggs asked, Hi Amitji. What needs to be done if a team member is throwing lot of attitudes and egos
Amit Bansal answers, Well, you will for sure come across such people every where you go. The most important thing is to not let their attitude affect you. Ignorning them is always the best approach however, if it affects you a lot, speak to them and discuss it out. Involve a senior management person as a witness to this conversation to avoid any misunderstandings.

Muthu asked, In conf call/Meeting it’s difficult to understand few peolpe prounnciation ..How to overcome this problem?
Amit Bansal answers, This is a very common situation that we face. Few tips are: 1. Hold the con call in a quiet room with no extrnal disturbance. 2. Ask the people on the call to speak slowly. 3. Make sure the equipment is working. 4. Take notes and exchange the minutes after the call to make sure nothing is missed. 5. There might be people who may not be good with the language, and may need training.

Satish asked, any specific news paper, you will recommend which can help in improving communication?
Amit Bansal answers, reading any English news paper can be helpful however, you should target the letters to the editor columns in HT, Learning English section in ‘ The Hindu’. Look for intersting articles in foreign papers like Newyork times that will improve your knowledge and language.

virendra asked, Sir, I’m working in new company as executive. Been reading books on improving my english, but still it is not better. Any other practical solution to improve communication
Amit Bansal answers, Reading ofcourse is a good idea however, things improve only when we practice what we read. Try conversing in English at work and with friends. Ask them to correct you when you go wrong and take the feedback positively. Watching BBC and English documentaries with subtitles is also helpful as it will tell you both the accent and the words.

Baby asked, how to talk with arrogant people at work?
Amit Bansal answers, You will come across all kinds of people at workplace. You should not let anyone’s bad behaviour affect you. If it is impacting you in anyway there are always solutions to resolve such issues like discussing it out on a one to one basis , simply ignoring them also works at times but if nothing else helps, then seek help of the senior management.

amul asked, my englis very pur. very little while speaking with colleagues. how to impruuv?
Amit Bansal answers, There are workshops on improving language and accent. Apart from that one should develop the habit of reading and talking in English as it is a global language.

ankit asked, Hi Amit, How can I improve my communication skills?
Amit Bansal answers, There are a lot of things that can be done to improve one’s communication skills. 1. Reading books. 2. If someone has accent or language issues, there are trainings to overcome that. 3. I also believe to be a good communicator one needs to be a good listener and free of any biases or prejudices. 4. Open communication is another way to make communication effective. 5. Main thing is to practice the above consistently.

aaa asked, sir, how to deal with difficult bosses who are bad with their communications?
Amit Bansal answers, The first step to effective communication is to give others benifit of doubt and by not taking everything they say negatively. Couple of things that help in office scenarios are : 1. Getting into a one on one with your boss and clarifying the concerns to avoid any misunderstandings. 2. Making sure any conversation that is important is documented on an email etc.

Source: http://www.rediff.com

Chat Date: Feb 27, 2013

Freshers ‘hired’ by HCL Tech stage protests across country

Fresh engineering graduates hired by India’s fourth largest information technology firm,HCL Technologies, staged a protest in front of the company’s offices in Noida, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad on Monday. They demanded that the company convert the offers to actual jobs.

These engineers were hired by the company in September 2011 and given Letters of Intent (LoI) to join the company in few months, but more than a year later, they are still waiting for the joining date.

Some 80 engineers gathered in front of HCL Tech’s office in Noida Sector 3 where the top brass of the company sits, including Vice-Chairman and Joint Managing Director Vineet Nayar and Chief Executive Officer Anant Gupta.

For the Noida protest, freshers came from colleges HCL had visited in August 2011 and made placement offers, including Maharaja Surajmal Institute of Technology, Amity, Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology, GB Pant Engineering College and Guru Tegh Bahadur Institute of Technology.

According to students coordinating the protests, freshers from colleges like Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (Hyderabad), Andhra University, Maharashtra Institute of Technology (Pune), Vellore Institute of Technology (Tamil Nadu), and Sastra University (Tamil Nadu) protested at the gates of various offices of the company.

“As soon as we gathered to protest in front of the HCL office, we were called in by some senior officials, who asked us to sit for four hours in the auditorium. We asked for clarity on joining, but the officials kept repeating, ‘we will let you know by August’,” Piyush Khandelwal, one of the protesters, told Business Line.

He said the freshers were also given the option to join HCL Infrastructure instead of HCL Tech (for which they got the LoIs), but at a lesser salary. Business Line had written about the issue in early February.

“The company asked us to join for a Rs 2.75 lakh a year salary, which is lower than the Rs 3.25 lakh offered during campus recruitment. Also, we have been asked to take an entrance test afresh for joining HCL Infrastructure,” he said.

However, the company said it is an option offered to the hired students, who can join the company immediately as the vertical has vacant positions. And, even if they fail the test, the LoI will still hold for the HCL Tech vertical and they can join the company once positions get created, a company official said.

“We have openings for around 400 people there and few may open up soon. We have asked these freshers to join us there at the same positions as they were offered in the LoI (as Graduate Engineer Trainee),” Nitin Pande, Vice-President – HR, HCL Technologies, told Business Line.

He said the company will be able to decide on taking in more candidates by August and will decide on a timeline to on-board these freshers as, by then, HCL would have finished its business planning.

But the unemployed freshers were furious over the delay and demanded to know why the company had given the LoIs if it did not plan to on-board them.

“On one hand, the company is showing positive results quarter-on-quarter, why are they doing such things. We just want clarity just like other companies have done. Infosys, which had hired our friends during same time has at least given them the assurance and joining dates of early 2014,” said one of the protesters requesting anonymity.

“We are not even asking for salary for the first three months, as we want to work with this company and that too in HCL Tech, not HCL Infrastructure. We were hired as Software Engineers and in Infrastructure , it is like a BPO job, which we can’t do and lose our career,” said Anshul from Agrasen Institute of Technology.

The engineers and students shouted slogans against the company and said they were ready to go on a hunger strike from Tuesday, should HCL Tech hold back information about the joining date.

The company called in the police which asked the protestors to meet the District Magistrate.


Thanks for the letter, but what about the job?

Several engineering graduates of 2012, who were made job offers by IT firms more than a year ago, are yet to join their respective employers. With the economic climate not upbeat last year, several companies have been going slow with the induction of freshers.

In January, during their results conference, both Infosys and Wipro had stated that hiring reflects their business needs and is adjusted as per their business plans. This resulted in staggered hiring, with freshers joining in batches.

While many students from Tier I colleges have already been inducted in August and December, those from lesser-known colleges are still waiting. 22-year-old computer engineer Siddharth AV is one such unfortunate fresher. He has with him a job offer since last January, boasting of an annual pay packet of `2.2 lakhs from a mid-sized IT company in the city. But after graduating from a college in Chikaballapur in June, the wait to enter corporate corridors has been endless.
Repeated communication with the prospective employer has yielded only the monotonous “we will get back to you” response.

Instead of idling, Siddharth ended up doing a course in embedded technology, costing `45,000, in the hope that the course could give him some competitive edge. “I have been scouting for other jobs. I have posted my resume on various job sites. But nothing has come my way,” says Siddharth, whose offer letter from the IT firm has been gathering dust in the cupboard.

Siddharth’s neighbour Ranjini Reddy, who also had an offer letter in hand while graduating in June from an engineering institute, has on the other hand been “practically doing nothing”. I have just been waiting and waiting, she said. “I have applied in two BPO firms but there is no word from there as well. This software company, which had given me the offer, says they will get back.”

Job experts say several city freshers were in the same boat like Siddharth and Ranjini.”Getting a job in the open market without many contacts and referrals turns out 100 times tougher than through placements done through colleges.
But in these cases, waiting for that joining call can get frustrating, when the students have offers in hand,” says Bhupesh Gupta, director of recruitment firm Krizalis Consulting, adding that many freshers then end up doing part-time courses in mobile communications, programming etc.

According to Kris Lakshmikanth, MD of search firm HeadHunters India, the eventual joining of these freshers can happen slowly anywhere from May to December this year, which means a wait of nearly 12-18 months for freshers after their graduation.

Source: www.dnaindia.com

Goal Setting

Goal setting is one of the most powerful techniques that you can use to help accomplish what you really want in life. It helps you to move in a focused direction towards a target. The purpose of setting goals is to achieve it. Goals inspire us to do what we actually want to do. By having the goals you know where your efforts need to be put. Hence you can use your energy and time in the right way.

However not every goal can be successful and if a goal is not achieved there is no point in setting a goal. When we set up a goal, we are intended to be guided by the goal. Therefore, we should be active and motivated with the goal in order to achieve it half the time with double effort. In order to stay motivated with the goal all the time, it has some tricks in goal setting.

Below Q&A session are answered by Amit Bansal, CEO PurpleLeap

Harish asked, Sir, just one more question.. When a person is going though a bad phase, don’t you think the comparisons are bound to happen? Fortunately or Unfortunately, We live in a materialistic world where one’s achievements are measured with the amount of wealth he/she has been able to gain so far..

Amit Bansal answers, yes, you are right, and it is good you are aware that we are living in a measurement oriented world, but there is no specific answer to your question, guess one needs to explore that…all the best

Prshant asked, My goal is to switch my current company and to be a part of another big organisation and I am working towards it hard but I started losing my patience as jobs are not generating can you tell how to be focus and not frustrated and wait for right time because I want to switch in next 3 months that is commitment to myself?
Amit Bansal answers, sometimes we make commitments to ourselves under some compulsions, and sometimes these compulsions are self-imposed, you may to examine your assumptions about leaving this company and joining the next

Arvin asked, Hello sir, i am 37, single, no movable or immovable assets. going to be fired on 28 feb because of egoist and bad boss. company run by politically influential person. this is the first time i am experiencing such kind of defeat in life. father has got lucoderma after 25 years of his age and many people find this as issue during matrimonial proposals. i do not know what exactly to do, how to set the goals in my life for 1. getting new job after such a episode. 2. getting married 3. getting owned home. can you please guide?
Amit Bansal answers, What if someone had stated the same issues to you, how would you have advised that person, with this in mind, you may want to write down some solutions…difficult activity but worth trying…

suniltiwari1407 asked, thnx mr amit but can you suggest me some more regarding general plans for achieve that goals.
Amit Bansal answers, typically a list helps…so you may want to make one and then classify them as short, middle term and long term,

RAJAT NIGAM 83 asked, Hi I am into retail business and i had opened newly .Kindly let me know about the goals of the business and how to write it
Amit Bansal answers, typically what you are asking is done before you set-up shop

Sunandan asked, Sir, pls advice me how to overcome lack of concentration and how to keep my mind cool to achieve success in my final exam?
Amit Bansal answers, try sitting down for short periods without interruptions and then extend that time, but avoid going more than 90 mins…

Vinod asked, I have been out of job for the last few months. Its my first such experience after working for over 20 years. No matter how hard I try I have not been get myself placed due to the bad economic conditions. How can I approach this problem through Goal Setting. Need your help.
Amit Bansal answers, This does not seem like a goal setting issue, typically in today’s day and age, personal branding is very crucial, it is about who you know (networks) in the industry and of course also about what you know (exposure) and how well you know (expertise),

suniltiwari1407 asked, Mr.Amit i want to set goals about our own home good education for child and a respectful life after retirement what we can do for fullfill the same presently i am working with a reputed construction company in logistic and inventory department.and my age is 32 years.
Amit Bansal answers, goal setting and success is not only dependant on you but also dependant on those you are in close relations with. typically critical things like you have mentioned are achieved in partnership, the question is have you initiated that discussion at home?

dhruv2004 asked, amit bansal sir how to manage our time?
Amit Bansal answers, time is only one of the things to be managed…but you really can’t manage it, you need to manage yourself…

Harish asked, I never let setbacks win over over me. I’m strong enough to stand up and fight again, but in such a course, time gets wasted. Today my batch-mates are way ahead of me & even though I a topper in college; am not able to achieve a decent career.. What to do sir?!?
Amit Bansal answers, typically this could be a situation of comparatives, let us take an example, imagine you are going on a highway and you are driving a car…you find that there is car who is trying to drive faster than you, but you are not in a hurry, but you feel that you should beat him because you have a more powerful car, so you race him and suddenly you see that car stop at a hospital and you stop and find out what happened. the other person was having some medical emergencey and hence he was racing to the hospital. so the lesson is he had a purpose and you were only racing to compete (without a clear purpose)

Pradeep asked, Sometimes our heart says this is my wish and it should be the goal but our mind denies it and we are in a state od dilemma. what to do in this case. listen to heart or mind? but one will be suppressed.
Amit Bansal answers, this is case of a conflict in the mind, think about one situation where you were able to resolve a conflict (heart/mind) and how did you handle it?

sanjeev asked, If i feel that i cannot achieve the in the middle, resetting of goal which is achievable is right or wrong and please let me know the areas in which i can set the goal
Amit Bansal answers, as for resetting, it is a very thing to do…sometimes unavoidable as well

sanjeev asked, If i feel that i cannot achieve the in the middle, resetting of goal which is achievable is right or wrong and please let me know the areas in which i can set the goal
Amit Bansal answers, career, health related, monetary, relationships etc are typical areas in which goals can be set

Amit Bansal answers, typically in sales, the org will set goals for you, first you may want to know what those are and after that you will have to work with it…

Anitha asked, how to prevent negative thorught that prevent us to reach goals?
Amit Bansal answers, write the so called negative thoughts down in journal each day or maybe every few hrs. continue this and maybe an idea may stike you…

vijay asked, A general goal for evry one is making money in his lifetime.It looks to me like this goal is parent goal and all child goals will come under this?
Amit Bansal answers, while there is a general process of goal setting, priorities are very individual dependant, it could be that you are thinking about priorities

Harish asked, Sometimes nothing works in your case.. No matter how many times I plan and set goals, mother-nature (God) never lets me walk through them and things get worse.. 😦
Amit Bansal answers, Sometimes yes these things happen, it is also about how you respond to these so called set backs

diliplimhan asked, please help me to set my effectiv goel
Amit Bansal answers, the following may help you set your goal effectively, using each of the letters below write down or elaborate your goal(s)… S- Specific and also short and simple, M – Measurable and also it should be meaningful to you and also there should be more than 1 way to achieve it, A- Achieveable and also it can be thought of ‘As if now’ or present tense, R- Realistic and also it should be responsible or ecological good and of course it should be Right for you, and finally, T- Timed, and also toward what you want, it should be positive with no negations and comparatives…

diliplimhan asked, i dont understand hou to make my goal
Amit Bansal answers, writing down is the best method, zig ziglar (famous motivational author) has some very clear ideas (videos), you may to go through that,

vijay asked, if a person sets a goal and his wife is contradictor to that goal. he should redefine his goal or he sould ignore her.
Amit Bansal answers, this is a relationship related point, any good relationship requires nurturing and talking and of course listening, you may want to ask the importance of each of the above to yourself…

harry asked, Sir I am in real estate bysiness and sells flats, plots, commercial spaces etc. How to achive my goals. How to find new clients.
Amit Bansal answers, You seem to thinking about sales strategies rather than goal setting, you may want to start reading about your sector, along with this research you may want to start talking to experienced heads and figure out how they achieved sucess, finally there is no subsititute to actually talking to your clients, how to find new clients? well, that is a networking issue,

harry asked, Sir I am in real estate bysiness and sells flats, plots, commercial spaces etc. How to achive my goals. How to find new clients.
Amit Bansal answers, You seem to thinkign about sales strategies rather than goal setting, you may to start reading about your sector, along with this research you may to start talking to experienced heads and figure out how they achieved sucess, finally there is no subsititute to actually talking to your clients, how to find new clients? well, that is a networking issue,

sameera asked, To achieve any goal you should be financially sound, so basic question should be that How you should be financially sound, Am I right?
Amit Bansal answers, not excatly, well it depends on how you are defining the process of goal setting

vijay asked, we should define our goals and also time period to achieve or not? Because if we define time period it will be burden and stress. if not it will be endless goal
Amit Bansal answers, Good observation, that is how it is…it is about how you manage the internal stress, famously it is said that you should use time to your advantage rather than becoming a slave of it… it is about how you stay relaxed and also focussed on your goals, unfortunately there is no one single formula to that, it is about trying different methods of goal setting, followed by reflection and finally using something which works for you

Vikas asked, How does goal setting help in proffessional life
Amit Bansal answers, Actually quite simple- it helps you to become a better professional. aprt from monetary success, it may also give you recognition, respect and admiration and you may also be able to leave a legacy, but remember running behind any these mentioned sometimes decreases your chance to actually get it… that is the paradox of success

priyanka asked, can you please explain what are the things we need to consider to set our goals.. And how do we proceed towards it ?
Amit Bansal answers, Sure…typically apart from career, it is also critical to think about financial goals, spiritual goals, health related goals, relationship goals, check out mind tools on the net and you will get more ideas…another point is once you have your goals written down, you may experiment by sharing your goals with somebody your trust…this may give you the necessary confidence and clarity…

AnilKarande asked, Sir I am Insurance agent and I would like achieve MDRT this year. Please guide me.
Amit Bansal answers, TO begin with you may to ask yourself, whether do you know your product(s) well enough, and next do you really believe in them. If the first points are not matching then you may or not achieve success…no matter how well you set goals (of course you can achieve short term success but it may not give you long term)

Anoop asked, Amit a simple example or a goal would be to get up early in the mornin whcih we might do it for 3 days and again back to the old routine. How to refine this process?
Amit Bansal answers, This is not just about goal setting…to adhere to your mentioned task, you need to do manage your energy well…what do i mean by energy…well, you may to ask yourself whether you are getting enough sleep, whether you are excercising well enough, also whether you take a small nap during a day, or whether you are browsing a lot before you go to sleep, all of the mentioned points and some more will impact you getting up successfully in the morning

Amit Bansal says, What is SMART- since we are talking about goal setting, we all could benefit by applying it…S- Specific and also short and simple, M – Measurable and also it should be meaningful to you and also there should be more than 1 way to achieve it, A- Achieveable and also it can be thought of ‘As if now’ or present tense, R- Realistic and also it should be responsible or ecological good and of course it should be Right for you, and finally, T- Timed, and also toward what you want, it should be positive with no negations and comparatives…

red asked, amit sir, how to set goals n reach them??
Amit Bansal answers, Try using some techniques, here is one of the techniques, ‘SMART’ way of setting goals, here each letter stands for process in goal setting…

red asked, I always set goal but mostly on half way i loose my focus/get tired/get bored etc n leave half way.Even if i reach the goal successfully theres not much excitment and the feeling comes – ok wat next?? So hw to balance the things?
Amit Bansal answers, First of all this is a common thing which happens to all of us…also you need to examine why do you want to have excitement to reach a particular goal…this typically results in setting expectations for ourselves which may or may not match with the outcomes…

Anoop asked, PLease help in setting measurable goals and also the process in sticking to them? The problem is basically I stick to it for two days and then aggain gets back to the old routine.
Amit Bansal answers, You may to think about which goal you have successfully adhered to…analyse what has made you stick to it…what motivates you to continue to stick to it…then you may want to think about what motivations are not allowing you to pursue some of the other goals…

Source: http://www.rediff.com

Chat Date: 20 February , 2013