Insights From an HR Leader Who Has Helped Companies Like Google and Facebook Scale Their People Resources

This is the summary of a conversation with Dr. Manoj Varghese, an HR & Business leader with experience of interviewing over 10,000 people in his career helping companies like Google and Facebook scale its people resources, interviewing students for admission to post graduate courses in elite institutions and has researched and taught how to hire and manage the best talent.

This discussion happened live on Mentza and the blog summarizes only a few key points. If you want to listen to whole discussion, you can access it here

How can quality of recruitments improve?

Recruitment, though inherently subjective, can be improved by implementing structured processes and interviewer training to bring more objectivity to the process. The key elements organizations look for when hiring include functional/domain expertise and the candidate’s culture fit or attitude.

The Evolving Job Market and the Role of Artificial Intelligence

While AI has undoubtedly impacted job creation, it has also led to the development of new and exciting opportunities. By staying open to learning and adapting, individuals can find optimism in the evolving job market. Companies are always looking for great people with the right skills and attitude. It’s crucial to stay ahead by continuously learning and upskilling.

Knowledge, Skills, and Attitude: The Key to Successful Recruitment

During interviews, recruiters assess whether candidates possess the knowledge, skills, and attitude needed for the job. Candidates must showcase their ability to translate knowledge into performance and demonstrate problem-solving abilities.

Attitude is a crucial factor in the recruitment process. A candidate’s attitude, including self-management skills and fit with the organization’s culture, is often assessed through their communication and presentation during the interview.

Preparing for Interviews and Showcasing a Positive Attitude

Preparation is key to a successful interview. Candidates should research the company, know the industry, and communicate their long-term plans. A strong narrative about oneself and the confidence to share one’s story can make a significant difference during the interview.

The Importance of Structured Interviews and HR Training

To ensure a fair and accurate evaluation, many organizations are turning to structured interviews. Interviewer workshops and training programs help refine the skills of interviewers and improve the overall hiring process. Structured interviews focus on assessing behavior, emotions, and thinking patterns to screen for the right attitude, ultimately improving the quality of hires.

Who are likely to succeed in the job markets of the present & future

Individuals who remain open to learning, adapt to changing job market trends, and showcase a positive attitude during interviews are more likely to succeed in their careers. By adopting structured interview processes and HR training, organizations can improve their recruitment outcomes and build a strong team to achieve their objectives.

About the contributors

Dr Manoj Varghese is the Managing Director of Tonik India Private Limited and the Chief People Officer of Tonik Digital Bank, a Series B funded Fin-Tech company focussed on Southeast Asia Markets. He is a former Director and Head of Human Resources for Google Asia Pacific and Director of Facebook India. Besides his corporate career, Dr Varghese served as an academic and was the Director/Dean of Xavier Institute of Management Kochi and a visiting professor to many institutions, including XLRI Jamshedpur, Nalanda University and IIM Kozhikode.

Rajiv Khanna is a PCC (ICF) and Marshall Goldsmith SCC certified Coach. He is a behavioural skills facilitator with over 30 years of professional experience and has facilitated People Development Workshops in more than 25 countries. In his conversations, he talks about #salesexcellence, #leadershipskills, #skilldevelopment, and #learrningfromdailylife. His services include Executive Coaching, Leadership Development, Team Building, Corporate Training, Change Management, Management Consulting

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