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What Good is a Coder Who Can’t Code?

I hear you’re looking to hire coders.  A Python Pro, perhaps? How are you going to go about it?banner

Stage 1: You start by publicizing the job opening

First come the job boards, then some social networking, and maybe even some internal references; you need to get the word out about your vacancy. The right developer might be lurking around the corner and you don’t want to miss them.

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Posted in Candidate Screening, HR Tech, Recruitment, Resumes, Work Life

Conduct Employee Training with Online Skills Assessment Tools

Employee Training at regular intervals has a number of tangible benefits across organisations of all sizes that makes it an integral part of any good HR manager’s list of initiatives. Given the rapidity of advancements in HR Technology, it is no surprise that Training and Development too, has evolved. Online Skills Assessment tools allow Training Managers more flexibility, deeper insights and a number of other very real benefits that makes their immediate adoption, imperative.Picture1

Online Skills Assessment Tools, an introduction to which can be found here and the best of which we’re going to be telling you about, allow recruiters to conduct large scale training tests for employees using nothing more than an internet connection. The most important benefit of the tool we are telling you about, Potknox, is that it enables immense flexibility in training schedules that means employees can take these training tests absolutely anywhere they want, with no requirement of coordinating a common training center or even any personnel to monitor their conduct.

How does an Online Skills Assessment Tool enable more effective Employee Training?


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Posted in Employee Training, HR Tech, Online Assessment, Recruitment

7 Career Lessons From the Modern Family Crew


Modern Family won the Emmy for Best Comedy Series for the 5th time in a row this year, but award winning comedy and incredible acting isn’t the only thing we can get from this incredible show. Not only is it a healthy of real fiction, but each of the adult characters- Jay, Gloria, Phil, Claire, Mitchell, Cam and even Haley- can each teach us a quintessential and very valuable lesson about choosing a career, dealing with it, and making the most out of it, no matter how modern our family:

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Posted in Lessons From Hollywood, Work Life

Recruiting Lessons from a Sales Person

If we dwell deeper into recruitment, we’ll find that there are instances where a recruiter faces situations similar to the one’s faced by a sales person. Recruiting is about finding the right person to fill a vacancy and is a time consuming task. Whenever a firm launches a recruitment drive, they receive a huge load of resumes which need to be filtered for interviews. Even after filtering the resumes, there are generally a large number of candidates left to deal with. These candidates need to be sent through another filtration process (for IT requirements, this can be done easily by online assessment tools but let’s not get into that right now).

Now, where does the sales person aspect kick in? Wait for it. After going through so many resumes it is natural for the recruiter to be exhausted and have reduced patience levels for every hire. These little implosions can lead to recruitment blunders like hiring the wrong candidate, giving out false aspirations in order to bag the candidate, poor salary negotiation etc, and it’s in this pickle of a situation that a sales person might find the right way to navigate to success.

A sales person goes through all of this almost on a day to day basis. Giving out false aspirations in his case would mean giving incorrect or exaggerated product details, and poor salary negotiation would mean selling at a loss. There are some key points that every sales person keeps in his or her mind before going after a potential client, and since some situations faced by recruiters have similar characteristic to the ones faced by salespeople, these key points can certainly be useful to recruiters. Here are 3 business lessons recruiters can learn from a sales person:

A Seller should always make his product look bei-love-my-productstter

When a sales person approaches a prospect, he must make his product look better than anything else. The same thing goes for recruiter too. The common scenario that every one imagines is that there are a hundred candidates and the employer has the luxury and liberty to choose anyone. Well, this is not entirely true. Yes it does happen, but when we talk about middle level to higher level jobs, recruiters always want the best. And the candidates, who apply for middle level to upper level jobs, want to work with the best.  So, it is essential that the interviewer presents his company as one of the best. The recruiter should make the candidate think that his company is the one that he should be working for. Otherwise, the recruiting firm might risk losing good talent to other companies.

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Posted in Campus Recruitment, Candidate Screening, Recruitment, Startups

10 Things All Recruiters Must Know About Online Skills Assessment

A lot of the advice about “how to hire better” asks recruiters to spend more time on each candidate and discover as much as they possibly can, all so they can reduce the risk of a bad hire, and save themselves a lot of trouble. But the one thing this advice doesn’t take into account is: where are recruiters going to find the extra time to put in this extra effort? Isn’t there a better way to assess what’s important, in a time and cost effective manner?19-10a08_hiring-the-best

Here are the 10 things all recruiters- under worked, overworked or remarkably efficient- need to know about online skills assessment, before it’s too late:

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Posted in Campus Recruitment, Candidate Screening, HR Tech, Online Assessment, Recruitment, Resumes, Work Life

Case Study: Potknox Simplifies Infogain’s Campus Hiring


infogain-logoInfogain is a business-oriented IT services leader, with its headquarters in Silicon Valley, that specializes in technology solutions for the High Tech, Retail and Insurance industries. With close to 2,000 employees in the US, Europe, Middle East, India, and the Asia Pacific., they service 5 of the world’s largest 50, and 20 of the world’s largest 1000 enterprises.

Here is their experience with Potknox in their latest round of Campus Recruitment in Chandigarh, India- The challenges they faced, and how we overcame them.

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Posted in Campus Recruitment, Case Study, Online Assessment, Recruitment

Why do startups find it so hard to find good talent?

Potknox Co Founder, Pottu Venugopal, tells us why finding talent for startups is a lot like, and as tough as, finding clients, wherein making a hire resembles making a sale. Here’s what he and a number of other startup CXOs had to say about this worldwide worry!

“Having been part of a number of startups, I strongly feel that in a startup, ‘finding talent’ is sometimes just as challenging as ‘finding clients’.

The sales process is fairly standard: Generate Leads, Follow Up and then Convert Leads i.e. make a sale. Similarly, hiring involves:
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Posted in Candidate Screening, Recruitment, Startups, Uncategorized, Work Life

Summer Recruitment Drive 2014

1000 programmers.

28 startups.

10 days.

7 distinct profiles.

All from 1500 miles away.

The Start of Something

On August 1st, 2014 at 10 AM, we met in the room with the big table and chairs. Usually, all five of us would have taken the discussion in five different directions, but today our voices were unanimous.

It had been two weeks we’d been waiting to have this conversation, and the moment was finally here. Read more ›

Posted in Business Development, Candidate Screening, Case Study, HR Tech, Online Assessment, Recruitment, Resumes, Startups, Uncategorized

7 Problems Startups Face with Campus Recruitment

Campus  Placements and Working at Startups are two equally promising trends in recruitment that are shaking things up for the corporate world. Question is, why don’t they go together? What’s stopping startups from tapping into this wide pool of talent that’s so much like them- new to nuances, eager to excel, and intelligently innovative?

Here are 7 problems startups face with campus recruitment:

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Posted in HR Tech, Recruitment, Startups, Work Life

4 Alternatives to Resumes

Dear Employers and Employees alike, to quote Phoebe Buffay as she *pwned* Ross Geller, “Wasn’t there a time when the brightest minds in the world believed that the world was flat? And, up until like what, 50 years ago, you all thought the atom was the smallest thing, until you split it open, and this like, whole mess of crap came out. Now, are you telling me that you are so unbelievably arrogant that you can’t admit that there’s a teeny tiny possibility that you could be wrong about this?”

What if there was a way to reduce the amount of time you spent hiring? These four methods below aren’t just alternatives to resumes, they’re practical, cost effective methods to improve the quality  and reduce the quantity of candidates qualifying for time-consuming interviews.

What if you’re wrong about resumes being indispensable to the hiring procedure? Are you willing to admit it might be time to move past them? Are you willing to stop wasting time interviewing candidates you could never hire?

As a recruiter it’s not your responsibility to invest more time in individual candidates than you already are, but if they do offer other ways to get to know them, don’t dismiss them. These five methods might just be the future we haven’t unlocked yet:

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Posted in Candidate Screening, HR Tech, Online Assessment, Recruitment, Resumes, Startups

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