Archive | Career Advice RSS for this section

Is video interviewing an effective screening tool for recruiters?

In the war for talent, accurate assessments of candidates and positive evaluations of interviewers are essential. Candidates who evaluate their interviewers more positively are more likely to accept a job offer. While modern technology has provided organizations with a slew of communication tools such as Skype, FaceTime and Google Hangouts that are used to recruit talent, nothing beats an in-person interaction, especially for the middle- and top-level jobs.

According to a study by Degroote School of Business at McMaster University in Ontario, applicants who were interviewed using video conferencing were less likely to get the job compared to the ones who underwent in-person interviews. Often, the resumes and the cover letters are written in a very formal manner, not providing much insight into the candidate’s personality. A personal Face-to-Face (F2F) interview is essential for gaining a good understanding of a candidate’s personality and motivation, which are key factors in predicting his or her success potential.

 

Video interviews are, of course, helpful when it comes to mass screening. They are particularly useful in assignments where a lot of the candidates, especially remote candidates, meet the basic requirements on paper and screening down to a few finalists would require a lot of interviews. But remember, as a recruiter you still have to go through all those videos to figure out the right candidate. Besides, a not-so-great internet connection can play havoc with the process. The candidates’ tech-savviness might also influence your impression even though it may not be directly related to the job, thus putting the candidate at a disadvantage. On the flip side, it puts less pressure on the candidates and allows them to communicate in a much more open fashion.

Besides, organizations don’t really save time with video interviews compared to telephone interviews or in-person interviews, except for the transportation time (on the candidate’s side). Another supposed benefit is that video interviews save recruiters the hassle as they help in sorting through the candidates faster. But, recruiters will still have to set apart time to listen and watch the interview videos. While recruiting for the middle or the top level, asking for a video interview can send a wrong signal to the candidates as it might mean that the company does not want to bother meeting people.

Additionally, it is also easy to become distracted whilst on video interviews and give the interviewer the wrong impressions. For example, the temptation to watch the little box at the bottom can give interviewer the impression that you lack confidence and sincerity. Looking into the camera will create the illusion of direct eye-contact, which is always a huge contributing factor in a F2F interview.

Video interviews are dehumanizing the interview process and while it may strike a chord with the millennial generation who have grown up with such applications, many mid and senior-level professionals still prefer the human touch. Cyberspace is a non-committed area of reality where you only have the facts and figures to guide you. People can be any kind of persona there and not show their true, authentic side. It works the other way too. When a candidate comes to your office, they too get an impression of you. How does the place look? Is the environment modern and clean? Does it look like it has a conducive atmosphere for reaching excellence? Bring in the candidates and give them the tour of the office, take them through multiple rounds and maybe a lunch. This would allow for multiple opinions on the candidate formed by various colleagues and provides a more wholesome picture about whether the candidate will be the right fit for the company.

F2F interviews allow for more in-depth data collection and comprehensive understanding and gives the interviewer more room to probe for explanation of responses. It allows the candidate to build a rapport with the interviewer, which will in turn help the latter pick up body language cues and facial expressions. This is more difficult in a video interview. An in-person interview is the best form of screening for the final decision-making round, particularly for the mid- and senior levels because as a recruiter you want the candidate to have the right culture fit. The DeGroote researchers found that candidates who were interviewed via video conferencing were rated lower by interviewers and were less likely to be recommended for hiring. Interestingly, even candidates rated their interviewers as less attractive, personable, trustworthy and competent.

F2F also makes it easier for the candidate to seek more answers to their queries or clarify questions that seemed confusing. Interviewers are able to connect with the candidates and show more empathy. When the candidates feel understood, they let their guard down, open up and share emotions.

One of the oldest forms of market research, F2F still holds good in this age of advanced technologies simply because there are inherent aspects, features and possibilities in a F2F interview that cannot be captured or replicated by any other method. That is why it is vital the talent acquisition function doesn’t lose the human touch. Recruitment, after all, is about finding the right person for the job who will be dependent on human relationships and intuition. At Antal International, we believe that enjoying the best of both worlds is key to successful talent acquisition.

Advertisements

Losing great candidates citing relocation constraint? Here’s how you can avoid it

Whether it is a high profile tech company like Infosys or Wipro or an established conglomerate like the Tatas, companies are having a hard time to keep the best and the brightest in the house. With millennial employees willing to relocate for a better job, HR has its job cut out. A recent survey found that young adults under the age of 35, senior executives, business owners, and unmarried adults are likely to consider relocation.

But, organizations need to evaluate how they can balance their relocation incentives with employee desires in order to fill key skill gaps. A failed relocation assignment doesn’t do anyone any good. It’s expensive and disruptive. And what might have started out as a positive experience could lead to a very unhappy employee or the loss of an employee.

HR needs to look beyond financial incentives to entice employees to relocate, underlining the need for companies to include alternatives in their relocation programs. Here are some of the factors to keep in mind while wooing outstation candidates:

Salary: When candidates consider relocation, they are not just looking for a hike in their salary. There will be compensation differences between cities depending on their Cost of Living Index. They become more pronounced when the candidate has to make the move from a Tier-II to Tier-I city, especially if they own a house where they live in. The double whammy of home loan EMIs and rent can take a toll and therefore these factors play a role in the candidate’s decision to join a company. It is important that the HR considers these important factors before they provide a salary offer: Cost of living differences, quality of living standards, benefits in new location etc. Show that you are willing to negotiate the salary, while emphasizing the company’s benefits and other perks such as flexible working hours, transportation facilities, training and development opportunities and paid time off.

Relocation Assistance: Moving homes especially to a new city is not an easy task especially when you have a family, children or your elderly parents living with you. One of the first things that a candidate who’s looking to move to another city will seek is relocation assistance. They will expect the company to cover expenses such as packing and moving, storage of belongings for a period of time, short-term lodging in the destination city, cost of moving vehicle, finding a home in the destination city etc. Keep these factors in mind while designing the relocation assistance. If your company does not provide relocation assistance, you could consider offering candidates a one-time joining bonus to take care of such expenses. You may also help them find a home quickly in the new city by introducing them to property dealers/agents etc. Moving to a new city isn’t easy and the relocation package will provide the candidate everything they need to know about the company’s culture.    

Spousal Income: Organizations hoping to encourage employees to accept outstation assignments should consider an individual’s personal and professional situations from a holistic perspective. There will be a disruption in the household income level and also a discontinuity in the spouse’s career due to the relocation over a period of time. Spousal dissatisfaction, adjustment, and issues associated with his/her career development are the most common reasons for relocation failure. While no company has contractual obligation to provide spousal income, he/she plays an important role in the success of that job. Hence, it is in the company’s best interests that the HR addresses the spousal income issue. You can help by providing job search assistance, or introduce them to other employees who made the move as well; the new connections could help them find a job quicker. Put them in touch with networking resources or organize events and activities to make them feel more involved.

Provide Cost of Living Context: Cost of living is the amount of money it takes to sustain a certain level of living, including basic expenses for goods and services such as housing, transportation, food, clothing and household goods. We would recommend that the HR factors in the cost of living into the salary for the said location, before offering any kind of compensation. HR needs to gather data on housing, transportation, healthcare, groceries, utilities etc. and use that data to adjust the salary’s purchasing power as the cost of living differs from city to city. Remember, the candidate will look to at least match their current standard of living with the new salary and will want their compensation to adequately cover all the expenses in the new city.   

Family Structure: Most relocation packages are focused on the financial aspects of the move. However, other factors such as care for the elderly & children’s education also heavily influence a candidate. Family interests pose crucial challenges and HR would do well to deal with them early on by asking a few key questions: Will the new city have social support structures that the candidate can rely on? Who will take care of their parents? Ask the candidate if they’ve been to the city before. As a hiring manager, you can help alleviate relocation concerns by being more flexible about the joining date or help them with finding the right school/college to tide things over.

Job relocation is a source of stress for the candidate. How the company handles the details will play a large part in determining what employees think about the experience down the road.

Read this before you decide to bite into the Forbidden Fruit – Counter Offer

Whatever the reasons were for wanting to change jobs, you would have analyzed them and made finally made the decision to make a move to your next career opportunity. However when you plan to resign from your current job, you must be prepared to resist powerful, persuasive tactics which your employer can use to change your mind.

Your employer might lure you with more money, a promotion, or better benefits, and you might consider saying “Okay!” But is it a good idea???

Here are a few stats from 2 surveys Antal conducted on Counter Offers. In the first survey, Antal consultants spoke to those professionals who, after accepting the offer, went to resign with their current employers, were counter offered they accepted and the consequences they faced.

In the second survey, Antal Consultants spoke to HR Managers who have counter offered their employees to retain them. However, this is done to buy out some time to hire a replacement or very rarely it count be to retain the employee since certain skill sets are hard to find.

Here’s a detailed infographic you must have a look at before you think of biting into the ‘Forbidden Apple’ – Counter Offer

Please Note: Click on the image below for a better view 

Relocating for a Job? Here are a few things you need to consider

There are many factors that one needs to consider before looking for a job change or accepting a new job offer particularly when you have to relocate to a different city or country. Many a times candidates make these decision in haste or simply by being blinded by the five or six-figure salary that is being offered, but those numbers can be deceiving. There are many factors like cost of living, lifestyle, social support, education etc that one needs to consider. In a situation when you’re relocating for a job it’s not just your decision but also a decision that you must make with your spouse, family. Inspite of the salary hikes that come with relocation the reality is a little more complicated.

Here are 8 factors you and your spouse/parents need to consider before you relocate for a new job.

Salary: Negotiate your salary in such a way that you will not only be happy with the raise you get, but also comfortably cover the living expenses in the new city. Find out if any of your moving expenditure is tax deductible.

Spousal Income: Finding employment for the relocating employee’s spouse or partner can be difficult. It will be a while before they can find a job in the new city and you need to ensure that you have enough buffer to tide over financial difficulties until you do so.

Relocation Assistance: Moving homes is often a painful, messy and costly ordeal. Most companies offer relocation assistance to employees. Make sure your new job has this or at least ensure that your new salary will be able to cover for the expenses. If your employer doesn’t offer relocation assistance, ask for it.

Social Support: Moving to a newer city often means the lack of social support initially. For one, it could mean that your parents or spouse will be left back in the old city until you figure out if they should move with you too. Look up old friends and acquaintances through your contacts or Facebook and ask them out for coffee or lunch.

Current Home: If you have been living in a rented place, then give the owner a heads-up of when you are planning to move. If the move is going to be sudden, the owners might ask you to cough up like two month’s rent. If you own the house, paying EMIs for your home and rent in the city can be daunting. Then, do you give it out on rent or get a caretaker to maintain the house until you get back?

New Home: Explore the city and learn about its neighbourhoods. Before you find a place to live in, find out which areas are residential or commercial, are these areas dangerous and do they have the kind of facilities that you are looking for? Does the neighbourhood you are eyeing have a good smattering of grocery shops, schools, clinics, hospitals and malls?

Cost of Living Index Comparison: It is important to know how much you are going to spend in the new city so research housing, transport, healthcare and food prices in order to create a realistic budget. Is there public transport? Can you walk to your workplace or do you need a car? Calculate how much your new salary will affect your daily budget and your ability to save.

Education of children: One of the first things you need to check out before moving to a new city is about what kind of schools are present in the city and their distance from your new home.

 

Age is Just a Number – On and Off the Field

A match-fixing scandal, a 2-year ban and a highly publicized debate and trolling on social media for picking nine players over the age of 30 in this IPL season (who were called ‘Uncles’); Chennai Super Kings silenced all their critics by lifting their third IPL title at the 2018 Indian Premier League and proved that experience was key for them and age is just a number.

Modern day cricket, tournaments like the T2O and IPL has found the perfect spot in the lives of cricket lovers who are starved of time and cannot spend the entire day watching a 50 over match. The thrill, the breathtaking pace and twist & turns of a 20 over match format appeals to the masses. It is assumed that this game is for the young blooded, fast paced dynamic youngsters who go for big hits across the boundaries. If we take a look at all the teams Delhi Dare Devils had young blood on their side Kolkata Knight Riders had a couple of under-19 stars but Chennai Super Kings’ choice of players drew a lot of flak among the masses for bringing on board 11 players who were above the age of 30.

However, the age factor did not bother Coach Stephen Fleming, who went on to say “They’re 35-36, not 55-56. A massive amount has been made of it. I’m not here to develop young players, I’m here to try and win the competition for the franchise. And that’s why we value experience, because we think that gives us the best chance. Yes, it is exciting to see young players come and perform. But over a long season, I look for consistency and professionalism. I’ve found that older players who are still motivated, still fit and still committed, they can provide you consistency that gets you up around mid to top table, which allows you to progress in the competition.” 

As a recruiter, I too echo Coach Stephen Fleming’s thoughts when hiring managers make a massive deal while making hiring decisions. There are times when hiring managers insist on hiring young blood – candidates below the age of 30. There is no thought put into such a choice, it’s a choice made on certain stereotypes. There’s no doubt that it’s exciting to have young blood as part of your team and your organization because they bring in the energy, new ideas and enthusiasm but what about the experience, the business maturity that comes with age and knowledge, the confidence and consistency in performance. Mid aged professionals have years of experience developing relationships and strategies for dealing with higher management and various business situations. Most mid and senior roles are best suited for such tenured professionals who possess a mix of confidence and expertise that comes more easily to those with more years of experience behind them. There’s no doubt that youngsters bring in enthusiasm, energy, new perspectives to a business however these are the qualities that anyone who has passion for what they do; would bring to the table.  Rather than making a hiring decision by focusing on the age of the candidate; the goal of a hiring manager should be to hire the best talent with the right potential, expertise, experience and passion. I wonder how higher age, defies any of the above.

This year’s IPL season has proved that age is ‘just a number’; it’s the experience, confidence and passion that makes the difference and this applies to the workforce as well.

For all those age critics out there, who say athletes achieve their prime from 27 to 30 yrs of age, here are a few facts:

At 31: Suresh Raina has scored 413 runs including four half-centuries, despite it being a sub-par season by his standards.

At 32: An injured, Kedar Jadhav who kept his composure, hit a six and a four in the last over. This victory set the tone for a series of breathtaking last-over wins for the men in yellow.

At 32:  Ambati Rayudu who is enjoying the season of his life amassed 602 runs in the tournament, making the most of opportunities that eluded him throughout his stint with Mumbai Indians, and has also earned a recall to the Indian ODI squad.

At 33: Faf du Plessis showed all his experience in a high-pressure run chase in the first qualifier against Sunrisers Hyderabad, to guide his team home in another tense finish. The move of him being retained at the auction through the RTM card was also questioned, but he justified the trust shown in him by the franchise.

Currently at 34: In the first game of this season for CSK, Dwayne Bravo played the best T20 innings of his life to script a scarcely believable comeback

At 36:  Shane Watson seemingly turned back the clock as he scored his third IPL century to set up a commanding win over Rajasthan Royals. And everyone knows what he scripted in the finals for his team, knowing he could barely run he scored another century in the finals.

At 36: Dhoni has been at his vintage best in IPL 2018 while Roger Federer at 36 is still ruling the tennis court.

At 37 & 38 respectively: Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir have also made important contributions by providing control in the middle overs. 

At 38: Sachin Tendulkar became the first player to score 100 international hundreds

Likewise, in the world of work too, I am a strong believer that experience cannot replace youth / vigour / agility. These are traits that are inherent and not defined by a number.

Why I Like Working with High Performers

Great businesses are made up of great people and by great people I mean ‘high achievers’, the crème de la crème of an organization. You can’t hire mediocre talent and expect them to meet the expectations of high performers. Achieving greatness and making it to the top requires hard work, passion, persistence, determination and discipline; not all possess these qualities. The ICSE results this week, clearly exhibit why some of them are cut-out to be high performers – there are kids who lost homes, lost their mom, no vision in one eye – and yet, they score above 90% marks in their board exams.

All of these athletes are at the top of their sports simply because they possess a few core characteristics which set them apart from the rest. I believe that certain behavioral traits set high achievers apart from the rest of the mediocre talent; even in a business scenario. These traits are the very reason why I like working with high performers

  •  They are focused and have an urge to win/succeed: The success story of any successful business owner starts with a desire to succeed. The enthusiasm to perform at a high-level comes from a desire to advance their career trajectory as well as the company’s trajectory. This desire teaches high achievers to align their mind and body towards their goals. It enpowers high achievers to stay focused as well as face challenges.
  • They are self-disciplined: High achievers know their priorities; they understand the importance of self-discipline and don’t look at it as an inconvenient burden that has to be endured. They realize and understand their obligation towards the business and therefore they are disciplined in their pursuit of their goals as well as the goals of the business.
  • They are willing to put the extra effort – go the extra mile: High performers don’t restrict themselves or their work to their job profiles; they are always willing to put in the extra effort. It doesn’t matter if the job is related to their desk, if it benefits the business – whatever they’re tasked with, high performers make sure they deliver. They are aware of the fact that success never comes like a flash of luck, it comes after countless hours of hardwork.
  • Adversity / setbacks do not faze them: Irrespective of what transpires in their personal lives – be it major adversity, personal setbacks, high performers have the drive to carry on with a dogged determination to cross the finishing line.
  • They are always willing to learn & always look forward to feedback and then work on improving their skills: High performance isn’t an end state, but a lifelong pursuit. High performers are looking to work on and improve their skills every day. They are willing to take feedback. They accept their failures and shortcoming and are willing to work on them.
  • They are always on the lookout for challenges and create opportunities: High performers are born doers, and problem-solvers. If something important needs to be done, they’ll figure out how to do it, no questions asked. While most will be researching, planning and finding out the right opportunities to work on, high achievers will go all out and create opportunities. They believe that to achieve success you can’t wait to bump into the right opportunity at the right time and place, you just have to create it for yourself.
  • Maintain a work life balance: High performers know that they have to maintain a balance between their worklife and personal life. As much as we’d like to believe that our capacity to squeeze everything we want out of work and life is limitless, high achievers are aware that this is not the case. They plan themselves well and know how to plan their priorities. They draw a fine line between work life and their personal life and would never let one affect the other. Their far sightedness helps them plan better and this helps them keep distractions away and work with more focus and dedication.

As American author and lecturer of company sustainability and growth; Jim Collins says; “Great vision without great people is irrelevant”; as a business owner I too have a vision and a goal for my business and it’s obvious that apart from me it’s also my colleagues who help me achieve this goal. I invest in top talent – high performing employees because I believe that the success of my organization depends on how well my team performs.

 

Planning to accept a Counter offer? Here’s what you need to consider…

You are unhappy with your job and start looking for other opportunities in the market. Eventually, you get the job and happily put in your papers. However, your boss begs you to stay and gives you a counteroffer. Then what will you do?

When it comes to resigning, counteroffers are common and accepting them is definitely not a good idea. They can do more harm than good even if you get a higher salary and more responsibilities that can further your career. Most people have strong reasons for leaving jobs. Getting a counteroffer is not necessarily solving the underlying job dissatisfaction issues because they are in all likelihood not going to get addressed that quickly.

When you are being given a counteroffer, is the company really acknowledging your contributions and if so why didn’t they do it before? If it takes your resignation for the company to notice your value, then you are better off being with an organisation that is more proactive in fulfilling your career ambitions.

Employers often use the loyalty card to make you stay. But, do they have a good track record in being loyal to their employees? According a survey by Antal International, 73% were still performing the same role despite a promise to change their job profile and 58% who were promised a compensation hike as part of the counteroffer never got any increase.

In our experience, most people who do accept counteroffers often leave the company in the next few months. The person would have already being marked as disloyal and is no longer seen as a team player. Winning back trust will be an uphill task. Plus, you may find it difficult to get along with your co-workers also as they might feel cheated in the entire process.

While you might feel like you are in a strong position now because your boss has given you a counteroffer, think again. Are they giving you a salary hike or promotion in advance? In that case, you will be most likely overlooked during the next appraisal cycle. In most cases, the employer will talk about salary parity and offer you a very low pay-rise to keep you happy. Remember, your market value is worth much more; that’s why you got a job offer in the first place.

Being asked to stay can be flattering, but it can also deceive even the best of talent.

 

%d bloggers like this: