Vishal Madan Managing Partner Antal Pune, Magarpatta City became an Antal Entrepreneur a little more than a year ago. Prior to Antal, he was associated with Amdocs throughout his IT career of 17 years. He grew from a trainee to a Director, was part of multiple disciplines spanning R&D, Delivery, Operations and Program Management across different geographies like Cyprus, India, Canada and Singapore. Vishal speaks to us about why he chose Antal and his journey so far..
- Why did you choose recruitment franchise business? What are the good things about working in the recruitment industry?
Being enjoyed each day of my career so far in a lovely corporate like Amdocs gaining a new experience each day with subordinates and superiors alike, I thought this experience could be used to create a good bridge between companies looking for exceptional talent and candidates looking for exceptional companies. The recruitment Industry did give me this chance. Though on a high level I was exposed to the Recruitment processes, I surely needed a guiding and supporting network like Antal to step into this Business.
- How did you hear about Antal International? And what made you pick Antal of all the choices you had?
I heard about Antal International when I had applied for a leadership position that Antal had posted for one of its clients. Later I got in touch with the then Business Director at Antal’s Mumbai office and over several calls and meetings got a clarity on how Antal can help me be successful in this business. Reason for picking up Antal was surely its Global presence and the clarity on how Antal would make me succeed. Obviously, I hadn’t got through the exceptional training and not experienced the close bonding between the Antal offices then.
- How were your initial days in the business? What are the challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?
The initial days were tough as it would be in any business. Getting the 1st client was the toughest challenge. However due to support and guidance of the Antal Training Department led by Shinu and the other tenured offices, I could survive on shared positions till I got my initial clients.
- How is your business functioning now? When did you make your first placement?
I would not say that I am completely satisfied, however the trend is positive. There are surely few mistakes I did of starting solo and taking time to get a team onboard despite the constant warnings from other offices. However, I have a good team now and things look more positive. I made my 1st placement within 4 months of stepping in the business.
- What are your plans for the next years?
Plans for the next years are surely adding more clients by increasing focus on Business Development. The team size though might not grow significantly on the recruitment side; however, with proper training and guidance, expecting the team to give more positive results.
- What do you like most about Antal?
The bonding between the offices is the best what I like about Antal. I can call any office for support and guidance whenever I require, and I am sure that I will get the best of it always.
- What is the key advice you would give to other prospective franchisees that are considering this kind of self-employment?
Be ready for hands-on; don’t take the initial days of business and a trial and error and then plan to grow the team. You should have a team from day 1 and hence plan your finances well before leaving your corporate job.
- What’s your fitness mantra?
Be active every day. Don’t round up to the next month to start a walk or a run. Walk / Swim / Run / Play – whatever you do; do it every day without fail and do it for yourself and not for the social media. Don’t look for a company to be active. Start solo and you would have a company.
I walk 7 kms every day and within 45 mins I am in office, fresh and ready to accept new challenges for that day.
- Tell us something about your family
Married for 17 years to a beautiful loving and caring woman and blessed with a smart and witty son who is now 13.
- How do you balance your professional & personal life?
There is no primary and there is no secondary. If one of your lives pull you more on a particularly day, I make sure I compensate the other on the very next day. If I work a lot extra in your office on any day, I make sure that I spend time with my family or for me on the next day.
- Which is your favorite holiday destination?
No specific destination. I love nature and it doesn’t matter which destination offers it to me.
- Your Hobbies
No specific hobbies as such. Lately I have tried to love and been successful in adapting to what my son loves, be it Ice Skating, while we were in Canada or 10 m Air Pistol shooting. This helps avoiding me to find additional time for my son.
- Your proud Antal Moment
The day the client fees amount on a candidate joining was more than my corporate monthly salary.
- What keeps you motivated to do the same job every day?
I don’t think the job is the same every day. Every client, every position is a different challenge.
For the past 12 years Antal is mentoring entrepreneurs who are now recruitment leaders within the Indian job market. They quit their booming career to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams and Antal gave them the platform they needed. Antal has helped these aspiring entrepreneurs utilize their professional experience, knowledge, business acumen to kickstart their own recruitment business
Here’s what they have to say on why they choose Antal to kick start their entrepreneurial venture
- Name: Naresh Sharma, Managing Partner Antal Jaipur
- Experience: 25 years in Supply Chain
- Antal Entrepreneur since: June 2013
- Name: Vinu Nair, Managing Partner Antal Chennai, Cathedral Road
- Experience: 20 years in Sales and Marketing within Information Technology
- Antal Entrepreneur since: Feb 2011
- Name: Saseendran Ayikkara, Managing Partner, Antal Bangalore
- Experience: 30 years within Oil & Gas, Logistic, Supply & Trading industries
- Antal Entrepreneur since: July 2016
- Name: Sunil Kapoor, Managing Partner, Antal Gurgaon
- Experience: 15 years within FMCG, Petrochemical and Automotive industry
- Antal Entrepreneur since: June 2017
If you are keen on knowing how you can launch your own recruitment business, just like they did; visit www.india.antalfranchising.com. Alternatively, you can call us at +91 9930099216 or DM us at email@example.com for more details.
Before you head into your next job interview, you need to prepare yourself if you want to be seriously considered for the position, you must prepare carefully. One or two missteps can disqualify you as a candidate, even if you have the right experience and skills. Interview mistakes (even if they are miniscule in nature according to you) can sometimes devastate your chances of getting the job.
We spoke to 5 Antal India Recruiters and have listed – Job interview mistakes that will guarantee you don’t get hired
Casual approach towards the interview or overconfidence during an interview: According to Prajakta Dixit, Consultant, Antal International Pune, candidate’s casual approach towards the interview puts him/her on the radar. This mostly comes from a laidback attitude or could also be due to over confidence. She explains “very often candidates have a casual approach towards interviews, they have the “been there done that” attitude and hence they don’t prepare and lose focus on the gravity of interview. This misapprehension seals their fate and they lose out of a great career opportunity. Prajakta advices saying, “candidates must treat every interview as if it’s their first ever interview and this is their one and only chance to sell themselves. Being overconfident and not preparing or for that matter being too laidback can harm their chances of cracking the interview”
Failing to prepare for every round: Titikshu Radhey, Senior Consultant, Antal International Jaipur explains that most candidates sometimes fail to prepare for every round. He says, “candidates prepare on the basis of which round of interview it is and who is interviewing them. They fail to realize that one should be prepared for every interview round – whether the first round or the final one. Every meeting is important irrespective of who is meeting you. It could be the HR, Line Manager or the Managing Director, being prepared for the interview shows your passion for the specific role and the company, and that’s what you will be judged on. He suggests that it’s good to find out who you are meeting, researching a bit about them on LinkedIN. Preparing thoroughly may also help calm your nerves, You get confidence from competence.
Not doing research on Company:“It’s important to know the role you are being interviewed for. However, it is equally important to know about the company you are being interviewed at.”, says Spandana Marchaya, Consultant, Antal International Bengaluru. She further adds, “Prepare yourself by reading about the company’s background, values, mission statement. Google the company to understand what the media is writing and perceives about the company” If you haven’t researched you won’t have any knowledge about the products, services, future plan, competitions, challenges and this will be evident during the course of the conversations. Doing your homework about the company will help you sell yourself better and you will get a clarity on how you can add value to the role and the company’s future goals.”
Not asking questions during an interview: “An interview is a two-way conversation, an opportunity for you to highlight your experience to the interviewer and ask them relevant questions to get more clarity on the role and understand their expectations as an employer” says Rahul Goyal, Principal Consultant Antal International Lucknow. He goes on to explain, saying, “If things are to proceed forward positively, both the parties are to be on same page and should be content with each other. The quality of questions, or lack of them, help managers gauge the candidate’s interest for a position. Not asking questions is perceived to be a lack of interest in the role and the organization.” He further explains, “Just as bad as not asking any questions is asking the wrong questions. During the initial interview, asking questions only about salary, company policies, benefits, etc. are not received well and shows that the candidate is only interested to move for personal benefits and doesn’t have a real motivation to change jobs. It’s also in the candidate’s interest to evaluate the employer based on the answers and determine if they fit into the culture and will be able to grow professionally with the organization.”
Presenting yourself professionally: According to Dipti Puranik Team Leader Antal International Pune,” The first impression has a strong influence in making the hiring decision. Even if your resume looks great, being shabby for an interview can hamper your chances of getting the job. It’s important to look presentable regardless of what the company’s dress code is – formal or casual. Wear clothes that make you feel comfortable and confident. She takes her point further saying, “This also means going beyond your clothing, it means choosing your words carefully, being polite, being mindful of your body language, not fidgeting with your phone or watch, not interrupting while the interviewer speaks etc.”
To conclude we would like to remind you if you’ve got yourself an interview, it’s not enough to have an impressive resume. You’ll also need to know how to conduct yourself correctly to ensure you make a good impression.
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2019 started with inducting three highly energetic and visionary entrepreneurs into the Antal India fold. We are very pleased to introduce the newest of our brood:
Antal Chennai – Cathedral Road
Ramkumar Narayanan comes with a work experience of over 2 decades across a broad spectrum of roles in business and technology, with a special focus on the BFSI and Healthcare domains. He has worked for premier services and product companies, including HP, Wipro, HCL and Athena Health. He believes in dovetailing the micro insights into the big picture of strategy and business objectives. He believes in a dynamic balance between directional steer and enablement and keenness to listen to diverse viewpoints. Ram likes to dabble with crossword puzzles.
He is based at the Antal office at Cathedral Road, Chennai, with specialization in Business Analysis, Product Management, Presales, Solutions, Architecture and Design, Delivery and Product Engineering, for the BFSI and Healthcare domains.
Antal Gurgaon – Sohna Road
Ashish Mahajan joins us with over 22 years of rich & versatile experience in Retail Sales Operations, Business Development and Top Line & Bottom Line Profitability functions. He has been at the forefront of initiatives in streamlining operations, invigorating businesses, heightening productivity & enhancing internal controls. He was pivotal in adopting a pragmatic approach in improvising on solutions and resolving complex issues in dynamic business environments.
A consummate professional with well-rounded business acumen, he is committed to continuing professional development along with managerial excellence. He has been adjudged as a key contributor in various organizations entailing Mahindra Retail Pvt. Ltd., Devyani International Limited, VF Arvind Brands Ltd. & so on.
Ashish specializes in Sales & Marketing and Operations functions in Retail and FMCG Industry.
Antal Thane – Hiranandani Gardens
Poorvi Joshi has 16+ years of experience in IT & ITES into Operations, Software Development and hiring for large organizations with their strategic requirements, decided to join Antal International network. She believes “the hallmarks of an entrepreneurial enterprise is in knowing your passion, working hard to keep it alive, enjoying it, every minute of every day even when the going gets difficult.”
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Whatever the reasons were for wanting to change jobs, you would have analyzed them and 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
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Antal India continues to accelerate growth in the Indian recruitment market with launch of Antal RPO solution
Mumbai, August 03, 2018: Antal International, global leader in executive recruitment business is glad to announce the launch of Antal RPO Solutions to provide our clients in India with a valuable recruiting option. Antal India has set up an RPO division in Chennai headed up by Mr. Nikhil Indrasenan who joined Antal as Business Head, Antal RPO Solutions on August 01, 2018. Within the first year, Antal RPO business intends to scale to a team of 50 recruiters focused on volume hiring solutions, who would be ably supported by the 40+ offices & 200 recruiters around the Antal India Network. With the launch of this recruitment solution, Antal now has another option to present to clients who may be seeking low cost per hire, quick scale-up hiring support.
“With customers constantly seeking lower cost per hire models, RPO (Recruitment Process Outsourcing) seems to have quite literally taken over new solution ideas within recruitment. Launching Antal RPO Solutions is a direct response to the increasing market demand for rapid innovation and transformation within recruitment process. Companies are seeking to build teams with a leading edge in the talent acquisition function and therefore they need recruitment solutions that deliver measurable results to meet their business demands quickly. So here we are, extremely excited about the launch of a new solution for our clients seeking a more efficient recruitment engine that lowers their overall cost of hiring, continuously improves recruitment KPIs and is versatile enough for quick scale-up hiring support.” says Mr. Joseph Devasia, Managing Director Antal International India.
Nikhil Indrasenan, Business Head, Antal RPO Solutions: Over 18 years in HRO with Ma Foi, Randstad & Pontoon Solutions in P&L and Sales roles and 6 years as an Entrepreneur. Helped design and execute several large scale hiring programs across sectors and locations hiring over 5,000 professionals. Involved in setting up and running Ma Foi’s first franchisee operations in India and subsidiary in Sri Lanka from 2004-2006 hiring over 3,000 professionals across Banking, Telecom & BPO. Headed Randstad’s Assessment, Consulting and Training arm before moving to set up the RPO business and lead the Bid Desk. Played a central role in winning several RPO deals across sectors and locations and helped maintain a leadership position in the market. Instrumental in winning Randstad India’s largest RPO. Moved to Pontoon Solutions in 2016, a global MSP and RPO leader as Director-Sales and won their largest RPO with an energy giant.. A keen reader of management & science who follows Formula One furiously
6 aspiring entrepreneurs embark on their entrepreneurial journey by joining Antal’s growing global network
Antal International, global leader in executive recruitment business is glad to announce 4 new offices joining its growing global network. Currently Antal has 146+ offices across the globe. In India, Antal has 45 offices across 13 cities.
Antal International, an Executive Recruitment firm offers franchise opportunities to aspiring entrepreneurs who are looking for a business opportunity that will help them utilize their professional work experience and knowledge to build a successful recruitment business.
Between March and June we had 5 new office launches across India. Our new Managing Partners come with years of professional experience and industry knowledge and this will help them lay foundation to their new venture.
Meet Our New Owners from March 2018 Class:
Vishal Madan started his career with Amdocs’s Cyprus Development Centre 17 years back as a Trainee Programmerand has left Amdocs as a Director in 2018 to join the Antal International Network.
He has played various roles and responsibilities across Product Research and Development, Delivery, Production Support and Operations, Program Management, Data Management and Migration Services etc. These roles were performed at Customer sites and Development Centers across Cyprus, India, Canada and Singapore.
In addition to the core roles and responsibilities, he has even managed the Hiring and Onboarding portfolio. He has been mentoring and coaching professionals through all roles on career changes and has been associated with Mentor Together, a non-profit organization that facilitates one-to-one mentoring relationships for disadvantaged young people. He is PMP certified since 2009. Vishal also has a passion for 10m air pistol shooting and aspires to be a professional sports shooter.
As an Antal Owner, Vishal will be based out of Magarpatta in Pune. He will recruit within
Information Technology, Telecommunications. To know more about him visit his microsite https://www.antal.com/office/pune-magarpatta-city/258
Chandrakant Patel is senior management professional with over 20 Years of experience in FMCG & Telecom acrossIndia. He is a competitive blend of FMCG & Telecom sectors and has handled Product, Brand & Marketing, Sales & Business Development and Customer & Revenue Management portfolios. His diverse experience cuts across 5 regional & 5 national assignments i.e. firstly with India’s largest food product marketing organisation called Amul (GCMMF Ltd) for nearly 7 years and then with India’s leading telecom operators like Reliance, Idea, Aircel and Airtel.
As an Antal Owner, Chandrakanth will be based out of South Bhopal in Ahmedabad. He will recruit within Banking & Finance, Digital, Financial Services, FMCG, Insurance and Marketing. To know more about him visit his microsite https://www.antal.com/office/ahmedabad-south-bopal/263
Meet Our New Owners from June 2018 Class:
Antal Gurgaon – Sohna Road
Deepak Jain, a Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant and Company Secretary by Profession. Deepak has over 22 years of experience in various facets of Finance & Accounting across Indian Companies and Multinational Corporations. He has been recruiting and training his team from a very young age and has been leading his Division from the last 10 years plus.
As an Antal Owner, Deepak will be based out of Sohna Road in Gurgaon. He will recruit within Manufacturing, Retail sectors and will specialize within Accounting, Finance, Legal. To know more about him visit his microsite https://www.antal.com/office/gurgaon-sohna-road/266
Antal Chennai – Neelankarai
Velmurugan has close to 2 decades of experience that straddles across industries in the sales, marketing & media domains. Velmurugan was with CavinKare leading the media duties for CavinKare brands. He was later with Lenovo in Asia Pacific & India roles as the marketing communication and digital marketing lead. As an Antal Owner, Velu will be based in Chennai. He will recruit within
Building Materials, FMCD, FMCG, Retail sectors and will specialize within Sales & Marketing. To know more about him visit his microsite https://www.antal.com/office/neelankarai-chennai/267
Shailin comes in with 25 years of rich corporate experience. He spent the first 9 years with leading brands such as United Colors of Benetton, Walt Disney Consumer Products, etc. He spent the next 16 years with one of India’s leading and premier life insurance companies, HDFC Life. During his enriching stint at HDFC Life, Shailin has spearheaded various verticals encompassing Bancassurance, Strategic Alliances and Institutional Business. He was also instrumental in conceptualizing and developing a unique customer engagement program on the digital platform. At the time he moved out of HDFC Life to join the Antal family, he was Senior Vice President – Bancassurance, leading insurance distribution in the growth verticals of a leading Bank in India.
Ruchi started her career in apparel design and garment making. Over the years she developed an interest in executive search and launched her own search business in the year 2001. For the next few years, she spearheaded executive search for two of India’s leading BPOs. She was instrumental in placing various mid to senior level executives over this time, some of whom are still working at top management positions in those enterprises today. She took a break thereafter to focus on the family, but executive search continued to interest her. Along with Shailin, Ruchi will focus on research and building high quality deliveries.
As an Antal Owners, Shailin and Ruchi will be based out of Goregaon West in Mumbai . They will recruit within Banking, Financial Services, Insurance sectors and will specialize within Sales, Business Development, Strategic Alliances, Acquisition, Distributor Management, Channel Management, Marketing, Digital Marketing, Digital Technologies, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics.
If you are keen on knowing how you can launch your own recruitment business just like they did visit https://india.antalfranchising.com