Owner Interview Anil Dev, Antal Bangalore

Entrepreneur Anil P Dev who has a fantastic career spanning 20 years and has been with Antal for 5 years. He is based out of Bangalore, India and his Antal Office specialized in Engineering, FMCG, Ecomm & Online sectors. Anil speaks about work, life and his journey at Antal International Network.

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Anil Dev with his team during Holi celebrations at his office in Bangalore

Why did you choose recruitment franchise business?

The power of a large global network overweighs the option of being small, standalone, and single location/geography business.
Access to cross border assignments, Global practices and processes, Higher fees being a part of a global brand and many more..

What are the good things about working in the recruitment industry?

One gets to partner with a client company to write their growth story, which in itself is an enriching journey. Also within which are many aspects like Network development, Knowledge enhancement, Enrichment of sales and talent hiring acumen.

How did you hear about Antal International? And what made you pick Antal of all the choices you had?     

I got to know about Antal when I was researching for International firms setting up operations in India.Antal was one of the firms that I shortlisted amongst the other firms that I was exploring to partner with as Antal was fairly new in the Indian markets whilst being a large player globally.

How were your initial days in the business? What are the challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?

Being the second office in India, there were a few hiccups initially in terms of kick-starting the operations; however things were ironed out within no time as the Team in Antal was extremely proactive and supportive.

How is your business functioning now? When did you make your first placement?

Business is growing consistently and do see a potential to grow exponentially in the coming years.We did our first placement in the 3rd month after joining Antal.

What are your plans for the next years?

Double the team size and triple the business revenue

Are you happy to be part of the Antal Network? What do you like most about Antal?

YES and NO.. Largely YES, Access to immense information and knowledge, Infrastructure, Global yet Local, Global family.

What is the key advice you would give to other prospective franchisees that are considering this kind of self-employment?

It’s a lot of HARD WORK; Sky is not the limit; If you think you will, You can at ANTAL.

What keeps you motivated to do the same job every day?

I agree “Same job” is indeed boring.. Thank god I don’t have one nor we offer one (job)..Recruitment is Entrepreneurship and In Recruitment, everyday is another new day which is unique filled with New client prospecting, New Leads, New conversations, new interactions, New learning, New mandates, New Interviews, New offers, New joinings, New Invoices, New collections, New incentives, New pay checks, new parties, new celebrations…and the list is endless!!! How can it be boring when every day has so much variety…and everyday is unique in itself.

How do you balance your professional & personal life?

I strongly believe, promote, educate and practice work life balance.. Work hard and Play hard.. One life..Earn..to live it.. is my mantra

  • My fitness mantraAn hour of work out a day, keeps the doctor and worries away.
  • My familyMy wife Prathima is a passionate Educationist; I have 2 children, Prerna (10 Yrs) and Siddhanth (3 Yrs).
  • My favorite holiday destination(s)Australia, Norway and Slovenia and Leh/Ladakh.
  • My Hobbies – Music, Photography, Books, Travel (Backpacking), Sports (Shuttle), Adventure, FOOOOOD!!!!!
  • My proud Antal Moment – 9AM – 6.30PM; Monday to Friday
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About Antal India Recruitment Blog

Founded in 1993, Antal International is a global Executive Recruitment firm with 120 offices in more than 30 countries We work with professional and managerial talent worldwide. works with many of the world’s most successful and ambitious employers. In January 2007 Antal International established the first office in India, which led to the opening of 38 offices in 14 cities. In 2013, Antal named Joseph Devasia as its Managing Director for Antal International Network, India – the man who brought Antal to India 9 years ago. Antal India today has 100+ consultants working across offices in India filling more than 3000 assignments at the mid – senior level. Antal India today has offices specialising in various industries like FMCG/CD, Ecommerce, IT, Pharma, Auto, Engineering, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Construction, Retail, Oil & Gas, Aerospace, Defence. Clients: Over the past 22 years, Antal has worked with over several thousand clients making 60,000 placements. Antal extensive network of offices and deep market expertise is what sets Antal apart from its competitors. To know more about us – www.antal.com

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