How to Show Culture Fit in an Interview!!

Ask a hiring manager which top qualities they’re looking for in candidates, and culture fit is bound to be up there. It’s no surprise — research shows that hiring for culture fit leads to reduced turnover, cost savings and happier, more productive employees, so it’s definitely in a company’s best interest to find somebody who’s a good match.

But job seekers are often at a loss for how to show culture fit during an interview.  And although it can indeed be difficult, it’s far from impossible — you just need to follow a few best practices first.

1. Do Your Homework

The first step in demonstrating culture fit is actually knowing what a company’s culture entails. According to Megan Nunan, Career Specialist at Ama La Vida, “Culture fit sums up all the ‘extras’ about a company that you can’t classify into one bucket. Things like do you align with their values, do you mesh well with those already hired at the firm, could you thrive in the current environment, etc.” Luckily, you can find much of this through your own research before the interview even rolls around.

“Look at what they post about on social media, look at pictures of the office and people working there. These will all give you clues as to what they value and what the company’s culture is like,” she says. “It also never hurts to ask around — if you know someone that either works at the firm or knows someone that works there, taking them out for a quick coffee could be the best investment you’ll ever make in yourself.”

2. Get Introspective & Rehearse

As you learn about a company’s values, work style, office environment, etc., you’ll want to think about how those match your own. Not only will this help you identify whether or not the company is the right fit for you — it’ll also give you an idea of what points you’ll want to touch on during an interview. For example, if you’re interviewing at a startup and you realize that you’re highly independent, self-motivated and excel at working at a fast pace, you’ll want to proactively highlight all of those factors in your answers.

In order to do that, you may want to research some of the most commonly asked interview questions and think about how you plan on answering them.

“There are an endless number of cultural fit questions like, ‘what kind of corporate environment do you thrive in, who was your best boss and why, what do you love about your current job,’” Nunan says. “The key to answering these successfully is to first take the time to reflect on the type of company culture that best suits you and then answer in a way that shows you’re intentional about your desire to work at this firm and that your values align nicely with those of the organization.”

And remember: the more you rehearse the answers to those questions (yes, I mean aloud!), the more comfortable you’ll be when it comes time for the actual interview.

3. Dress the Part

When you show up for an interview, you want your outfit to be appropriate — but remember, “interview-appropriate” will have different meanings at different companies.

4. Ask Questions

The idea of having to ask questions in an interview can be stressful — after all, shouldn’t answering their questions be enough? But really, you should think of it as an opportunity. It’s a great way to get a sense of how things operate day to day and, perhaps even more importantly, prove how you would fit in there.

5. Be Honest

Demonstrating culture fit is important, but even more important is finding a job and company that fit your life. After all, if you’re going to spend 40+ hours a week there, you’ll want to enjoy it.

The perfect job and company are out there somewhere, so don’t feel like you need to force it. Odds are, when you do find the right opportunity, you (and the interviewer) will know.

10 MOST DEMANDED PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES BY COMPANIES

 

If you are looking for a job, you should definitely know which the most demanded professional competencies by companies are.

First of all, we should say that a competency is the capability to apply or use a set of related knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform your tasks at work. Nowadays, as the number of offered candidates is continually growing (not to say that a lot of them has quite a similar academic profile), the keys to a proper recruiting process rely on revealing the inner competencies.

Here you will find the top 10 of most valued competencies when it comes to hiring the right employee:

Optimism: try to show an enthusiastic and always-willing-to-help attitude. Seeing tough situations with positivity is really valued on anyone.

Flexibility: show capacity to adapt to changes. Don’t just react, be prepared as things never stay the same.

Team work: it is really important to get along and bond with your colleagues. If you are a “team person” you should already know that great things can be accomplished when working in a strong and committed group.

Initiative: show that you want to learn, every day. Don’t wait for your superiors to always tell you what to do, show that you know your work and ask for help when needed.

Loyalty: simple, be loyal to your company and culture. If you don’t really trust who you are working for, you should rethink if it’s is the right place for you.

Leadership: can you take decisions? Do you continually motivate your team? Does people see you as a role model? Then you are a natural leader!

Communication skills: knowing how to communicate with superiors and equals is a great asset, but alone is not enough. You should be a good listener too and take every opinion into account.

Creativity: a creative person will bring new fresh ideas even when not asked to. Innovative and problem-solving are two of the abilities that comes with this competency.

Transparency: be honest and clear with your words.

Energy: give the most you can, every time.

Though you shouldn’t have all of these, and of course, each job will demand its own, remember to always highlight and show your professional competencies. This will help you get through your job interview and, if you are already working, to grow in the company.

 

 

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Tips To Clear The Internship Interview With Flying Colors

Getting placed in good company for internship goes a long way in building your career, it gives you a head start. Here are few questions that will help you in clearing the HR interview round for securing a dream internship role.

Why do you want to intern with us?

As a golden rule, you must, research the company and the internship description before stepping in the interview, so that you can speak intelligently about why it appeals to you. The best answer to this question will go beyond talking about what you are looking for and gives them insight into your specific ability/ skills that prepares you to do great work in the internship role

Sample interview Answer:

“I have always been awed by your company and my marketing professors tell me that your internship program is one of the best in the service industry. Our college alumni’s tell me that your interns get an opportunity to do a lot of hands-on field marketing work. Marketing is one of my greatest strengths and I stand in the top ten students in the service marketing elective, hence I firmly believe I can make a valuable contribution during my internship stint.”

How will this internship help you meet your career goals?

By asking this question during the internship interview, the interviewer is probing to learn more about your careergoals.  He is looking for more information on these areas

  1. Do you have a clear idea of the next steps in your career path?
  2. Do your career goals fit with what the internship offers?
  3. Your knowledge and understanding of the internship position.
  4. Whether you have you done your research to understand the organisation and the internship program?

Though this question is about you and your goals, make sure that you are not coming across as self-centered. Weave your answer to show how it will be a win-win situation for both you and the company if you are selected for the internship role.

Sample interview Answer:

“Thanks a lot for asking me this question, this internship stint would give me an opportunity to gain some very valuable hands-on experience in the manufacturing industry. My goal is to find a full-time position as a production assistant on the shop floor, after my graduation next April. By working with your company, I will get an opportunity to work in a smart factory with some of the best minds. As a fresher, I am ready to work hard and work on any assignment in the Production division that adds value to the company and my career experience.”

I am sure you would have made some tough academic choices; tell me about it?

Through this question, the internship interviewer is trying to understand how you think, how you make decisions, and how you operate under pressure. Through this question, the interviewer is trying to see how you might respond in a similar situation while working for them. For this question, choose a real life academic situation in which you utilised your smart decision-making skills and it led to the positive outcome.

Sample interview Answer:

“In the early days of my career year, I accidently bumped into seniors who were doing doctoral research in Machine Learning. The first year curriculum for engineering was very heavy, leaving me with little or no time, and the doctoral student would have completed his thesis by the time I would have gone into the second year. I am a state level badminton player, I decided to skip my sports sessions for a year and spend the evening time, assisting The Doctoral student as a research assistant. I knew that my long-term career path would be in Machine learning and I wanted to learn as much as possible early on. I had to work hard and give up a lot of social activities over the last year, but I know I made the right decision and I am currently on track to publish a research paper on ML.”

Tell me more about our industry?

The interviewer is asking you this question to test your industry knowledge; they are not expecting a monologue on the history of the industry.  They are keen to see if you know about the latest industry trends, what are three-four big challenges facing the industry and what are the new innovations that could shape the industry in times to come.

I am curious to know, how did you choose your college and this stream?

Through this question, the internship interviewer is going to gauge how you have approach decision-making and your educational goals and priorities. In case you are applying for an internship that is not closely related to your field of study, be ready to explain as to why you are making a changeover and how your curriculum gives you the leeway to do this role. As a spin to throw you off guard, it is common for the internship interviewer to follow up by asking you whether you feel you made the right choice. Keep off from negativity about your college or your stream.

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Legal HR: Recruitment strategies for MNCs entering India

India has become an attractive business destination for multi-national companies over the past few decades. The Indian market throws several opportunities for talented individuals, and it is essential that the MNCs are well prepared to grab the best talent at the beginning of their operations. In this article, we delve into the important recruitment considerations that an MNC entering India must keep in mind while devising its recruitment strategy.

Building the Set-up

For a multinational, while it is not only essential to understand the various statutory benefits for employees in India and their applicability to the concerned organization, it is also equally important to understand and strategize for the various industry practices. Employees in India are eligible for several benefits like provident fund, gratuity, compensation in case of injury, statutory bonus, etc. Further, employers are obligated to comply with laws that mandate the development of a safe, and employee-friendly workplace, viz., prevention of sexual harassment, factories act, shops & commercial establishments act, etc. Registrations and ongoing compliance with applicable laws are not just legal requirements, these are also essential for retaining the talent pool.

Tailoring Employment Documentation

Most MNCs coming to India would already have in place their global employment agreements and employment policies, and we often hear from them if they can replicate these in India to maintain uniformity of standards applicable to their workforce globally. While the short answer to their requests would be a ‘yes’, the MNCs will also be required to undertake necessary revisions to ensure that the policies are not only aligned with the applicable laws in India but also reflect the industry practice.

One such aspect which requires closer review and consideration to suit Indian needs is ‘non-compete’ covenants. Considering the edict under Section 27 of the Indian Contract Act, 1872, post-employment restrictions like ‘non-compete’ are not enforceable under the laws of India. However, mostemployers may still retain such covenants in the employment agreements to act as a moral deterrent for the employees. Typically, a ‘non-compete’ restriction is applied on an employee during the tenure of his employee and between 6 (six) months – 24 (twenty-four) months after cessation of employment. Coupled with attrition in some of the sectors (IT/ ITeS being one such), without careful consideration, this may not fare well for organizations. ‘Garden leave’ is also an offshoot of ‘non-compete’, and is a common addition to employment agreements of mid to senior-level employees of MNCs.

Jurisprudence in these matters reflects a nuanced approach taken by courts in instances of ‘non-compete’ – while ‘non-compete’ continues to remain unenforceable on individual employees, courts have successfully carved out instances wherein such negative covenants may still hold ground.

The other area of concern which requires a sensitive approach is a manner of handling confidential information. Necessary attention must be given to fine-tuning confidentiality clauses.

Bringing foreign talent to India

MNCs planning to parachute foreign employees to India for undertaking specialized projects must understand the legal implications of such import of talent in India. The applicable law requires foreign citizens employed in India (referred to as ‘international workers’) to get themselves registered with the provident fund regulator, and a percentage of their entire salary shall be deducted towards provident fund contribution. It is advisable that this contribution be factored in upfront while computing the remuneration package of the ‘international worker’.

Marrying global best practices with Indian employment trends

MNCs may consider few facets of employment practices as routine in their home jurisdiction. However, implementation of such practices locally may give them an edge over their Indian competitors. For instance, the Indian law on prevention of sexual harassment at workplace gives protection to only female employees in case of a claim of sexual harassment. MNCs with gender-neutral anti-sexual harassment policies may come forth as progressive and welcoming to potential recruits. Similarly, the addition of ‘paternity leave’ and ‘bereavement leave’ in the employment policy of the MNC may be a good addition to their package, since such leaves are otherwise not statutorily mandated under Indian laws.

Conclusion

MNCs must make the most of their global expertise in attracting the brightest talent for their Indian desk. They must leverage their international reputation to the fullest potential to maintain the competitive edge in talent market. We firmly believe that compliance of employment laws in letter and in spirit, coupled with the universal best practices, will keep MNCs in good stead.

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10 Tech Tools to Help You Get Excellent Hiring Results

The hiring process is getting simpler… and more complicated by the day. How is that possible? One word: technology. As a recruiter, you have the option to make your job easier by using all the right tools. They help you pick the right candidates and eliminate the expense of a bad hire.

However, technology also complicates things for you. With so many tools to choose from, how do you pick the right ones? If you use the wrong tools, they won’t help you make good hiring decisions.

Does this mean it is okay to skip technology because of the risks it comes with? No. With the right tech tools, the entire talent acquisition and retention process become more effective. You just need to find those right tech tools, and you’ll be on the right track with excellent hiring results.

  1. Recruiting Chrome Extensions

If you could only have a tool to find the emails, phone numbers, and social profiles of the people you’re interested in… oh wait; there is such a tool.

It’s a Google Chrome extension called Prophet. Whenever you see an attractive LinkedIn profile, you can use Prophet to search for more information about that person. It will show you their Facebook and Google+ profiles, emails, phones, blogs, sites, and all kinds of details they’ve shared under their name.

  1. Productivity Tech Tools

Strict Workflow, a Google Chrome extension, helps you organize the workflow in productivity-boosting sections. You’ll be working in 25-minute sessions; after which you’ll take a 5-minute break. That’s enough to get the refreshment your brain needs and get back to work.

Google Calendar is another productivity tool that a recruiter definitely needs. Plus, you can explore to-do apps, such as Remember the Milk and Wunderlist. When you have your daily goals outlined, you’ll be more inspired to achieve them.

  1. Distraction-Blocking Browser Extensions

You’re browsing Facebook for new candidates, and you suddenly find yourself looking at cat videos on YouTube for half an hour. With distraction-blocking extensions, you can prevent that from happening. StayFocusd is such a tool. It will limit the period of time you’re allowed to spend on distracting online destinations.

  1. Graphic Creation Tools

How do you create a great job ad? How do you develop a successful employer brand that would attract talent? Content is the answer. But it has to be visually intriguing.

You don’t have to hire a graphic designer. Canva and Piktochart are great tools that help you create infographics, banners, and posters in a matter of minutes.

  1. Content Sharing Tools

Where will you share all that content you create for the sake of employer branding and attracting new candidates? Social media, of course. But, managing several social profiles will take way too much time. You’ll make things simpler if you use Buffer, or Hootsuite – tools that automate the content sharing process.

  1. Applicant Tracking System

It will process all submitted resumes, leaving you with the most relevant ones to review. You just look for the right keywords and you’ll get a narrower selection of candidates.

The top choices for applicant tracking systems are Jobvite, Newton, and JazzHR.

  1. Interview Scheduling Tools

It’s not easy for a recruiter to schedule a meeting at a time that works both for them and the candidate. With Assistant.to and YouCanBook.me, online scheduling tools, you’ll eliminate the inconveniences. You’ll just share your schedule and allow people to schedule at an available time that works for them.

  1. RecruitmentProcess Management Tools

Every recruiter needs a system that helps them keep track of all candidates. There, you’ll make notes of the first impressions. Entelo is such a tool. It allows you to create entire profiles of the candidates. These profiles will indicate their presence on the web, your notes, and all information you collect.

  1. Email Management Tools

You know you had a great candidate a couple of months ago, but you forgot their name and now it’s impossible to find that message in the mess that your inbox is?

You absolutely need an email management tool. MixMax and Streak are good options. They allow you to schedule emails and see when people open your messages.

  1. Twitter Management Tools

To get the fullrecruiting potential out of Twitter, you need a management tool that lets you connect with the right target audience. TweetDeck is such a tool. You can use it to schedule posts and content to share and search for popular tweets and influencers by conversations, topics, and interests.

Yes, there’s a lot of technology to use. All these options may be overwhelming. But, think of it this way: thanks to technology, your job as a recruiter will never get boring. You always have new tools to explore!

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Improve skills of Recruiting Cold Calls

Choosing the Perfect employees is the key to a successfulcompany. One of those manners of locating deserving staff members is by way of cold contacting. Most virtual recruiter avoid cold calling since it will acquire awkward, disagreeable, and it is frustrating as well as the candidates may possibly not likewise be curious.

Despite all that, cold calling is a Remarkable method to hire since it could yield immediate results. Whatever you need to do is find the best resumes from job portals and previous contacts and provide them a telephone as opposed to going right on through hundreds of candidates.

Here are just five hacks which will enhance your Cold call recruiting match:

  1. Socialize with the candidate:

You may be exhausted of calling 20 distinct Potential candidates, but you have to seem stimulating every single time you telephone. If you sound boring and dull, the offender will most likely not bother in exactly what you need to state. They may feel that you’re not interested from the telephone and also certainly will reciprocate in the same method. Start by asking whether it’s a superb time to chat and get to know the candidate by actually revealing fascination.

  1. Sell Your Business:

Before educating the possible candidate around the job profile, describe exactly what your company is doing. Keep it crisp and prolonged enough to have the offender eager. So to allow the prospect realize that your business is a joyful and effective place to just work at, is actually a fantastic place to begin the dialog. Make clear them the work profile in depth and tell the reason why they ought to join the firm. Many recruiters seek the services of high management employees with this particular hack and it works each and every moment; point.

  1. Telephone the candidate back:

Telephone the offender a couple of days following the First telephone. Even in the event it’s the case that the candidate mentioned that they aren’t interested from the first call, provide an opportunity to think about doing it. They may accept come back for a meeting following the second telephone. Whether they ace the meeting or not, then you may still receive a candidate on your own shortlist that you are able to contact to get another job profile

  1. Request a referral:

Proceed on social media and await Men and Women that Might be ideal for your task opening. Your friend list may have individuals who are qualified for this occupation. You may also ask your employees whether there is something they know who can meet in the position. Once you cold call someone using a mutual contact, it gets easier to strike up dialog.

You Might Have to create your own Techniques to Excel in cold calling recruiting. It is going to be difficult initially and very stressful way too, but if you proceed with all your campaigns, it is going to provide excellent results.

You Are Able to also list the forecasts for coaching Purposes and utilize it for the study also. It can allow you to locate the areas by that you simply want to increase.

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12 Things to Never Do During A Phone Interview

These days, phone interviews are an unavoidable part of the job interview process, and for good reason: They save everyone involved time and effort. But that doesn’t mean that phones require zero energy on the part of the candidate. Yes, you should spend more time preparing for an in-person interview, but many companies treat phone screens as the official first round of the hiring process. That means candidates are expected to go into them prepared with as much information about the company, position, and their own skills and strengths as possible.

We asked HR pros about their top phone interview pet peeves, they had no shortage of advice to offer. Apparently, it’s quite easy to mess up your phone interview. But here’s the thing; it’s also not hard to come across well if you keep some key things in mind.

1. Never Take The Interview Somewhere Noisy

It might seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised what interviewers say they can hear in the background of their phone interviews—everything from barking dogs to screaming children. “Prepare for the interview by securing a quiet space in advance, even if it means escaping to your car parked in the garage,” advises Chere Taylor, founder of Fulcrum HR Consulting. “If you can lock your home office door, by all means do it. We’ve all been there and sometimes things just happen, but the more time spent anticipating what could go wrong, the better prepared and organized you will appear to the interviewer and the greater likelihood of success.” That doesn’t mean that if your washing machine beeps once in the background all hope is lost, but the more effort you put into being in a quiet place, the more focused you’ll be.

2. Don’t Talk About Your Personal Life

…Unless you’re directly asked a question about what you like to do in your off hours. “The point of a phone interview is to focus on getting to know a candidate’s  work experience and goals,” says Mckenzie Roark, campus talent specialist at Lithko Contracting. “A recruiter is trying to qualify them to see if they are the best fit for a role, and learning about their personal life doesn’t help. For example, when asked where you see yourself in five years, we don’t want to know that you hope to be married or that you want to buy a new house. That is nice but that isn’t relative to anything professional.”

3. Resist The Urge to Multitask

It might be tempting to cross something off your to-do list while on a phone interview, but recruiters and hiring managers can easily tell if your attention is elsewhere. “My number one pet peeve is people who decide to multitask while on the phone interview,” says Dan Krupansky, Talent Acquisition Manager at PrimePay. “I have heard candidates washing dishes, making lunch in the microwave, going for walks, letting their dog out, and grocery shopping during the interview. I even had one person use the bathroom and flush the toilet while speaking with me.” Needless to say, this doesn’t reflect well on your level of interest in the position you’re interviewing for.

4. Skip The Money Conversation

To put it bluntly, it’s simply too early in the process for you to be the one who brings up salary expectations. “Chances are if a candidate is participating in a phone interview, this is the first time they have talked with the company, and the first call isn’t the appropriate time to talk about ‘what’s in it for you,’” says Justina Strnad, the Talent Acquisition Manager for Shiftgig. “Trust me, if you are a great candidate and make it to next steps, the hiring team is going to be very transparent about what’s in it for you later on!”

5. Never Put Your Interviewer On Hold

Phone interviews don’t take that long, and there probably isn’t anything else going on that is really truly so urgent that you need to pause your interview. “Do not put me on hold to take an important call that just beeped in,” advises Jeremy Payne, head of people operations at Remote Year. “I am your important call. If you are expecting extremely urgent news (like information about a family illness), be sure to preface that in the early minutes of the interview, so the recruiter is aware of the situation and so you can work with them to reschedule if that interruption does occur,” he says.

6. Never Skip The Q&A

“After wrapping up a phone interview, it is typical that the interviewer will ask the candidate if they have any questions. I can’t stress this enough: ALWAYS ask questions,” says Roark. “If we have had a great phone interview and then we wrap up and they don’t have any questions for me, it pretty much ruins the whole interview. It tells me that the candidate is uninterested in the role, which in reality, might not be the case at all,” she notes. But surely, if you’re interested in a job, you can think of something to ask your interviewer.

7. Don’t Be Late

It seems basic, but surprisingly, a lot of people are late to phone interviews. “About a quarter of the people with whom I schedule phone interviews aren’t on time,” says Sophie Cikovsky, who handles U.S. recruiting for Infinite Global. “While this bothers me personally, it’s also indicative of someone who isn’t very detail-oriented,” she explains. “In order to identify this early in the hiring process, I started asking all candidates a few years ago to call me as opposed to calling them at an agreed upon time. That way if I hear from them at 1:13pm or 12:49pm instead of our planned 1:00 pm interview time, I have an early indicator that they might not be a great fit.”

8. Don’t Assume Reception Is Good

“Make sure you test your headset and connection before dialing in,” recommends Payne. “There is nothing more frustrating for a recruiter who has a structured interview guide in place having to repeatedly ask the same question over and over because they could not understand your answer due to static or dropped signals.” Test call a friend beforehand or even call yourself from a landline if necessary; it will take less than a minute.

9. Never Talk Over The Interviewer

You might be eager to get your point across or talk about your experience, but interrupting the interviewer is awkward and rude when you’re speaking on the phone, even more so than in face-to-face interviews. “Interviewing can be stressful and sometimes that stress manifests itself in speaking too fast, speaking too loud, talking over the interviewer, or attempting to answer the interviewer’s question before they have actually finished asking the question,” says Taylor. “Don’t do this.” There’s a big difference between being assertive and being aggressive, and interviewers can always recognize it.

10. Skip Filler Words

It’s tough not to say things like “um,” “uh,” and “like” in everyday speech, but these verbal habits become much more pronounced when speaking on the phone, says Chris Dardis, a recruiting expert and HR professional with Versique Executive Search. “In face-to-face interviews, they’re not as noticeable because there are other things like your hair, suit, or body language to distract people,” he explains. But in a phone interview, the only thing you have to go on is what you say and how you say it. “That’s why it’s so important to eliminate these words from your speech when doing a phone interview.”

11. Don’t Go In Blind

Not knowing anything about the company or job you’re interviewing for is way more obvious than you’d think. “Many people think that a phone interview means they’re getting away with something, that they don’t have to put as much effort into researching the role or company,” says Steve Pritchard, HR Consultant for giffgaff. And if you have your laptop in front of you during the interview to do a few quick searches, they won’t know the difference, right? Not exactly. “Seasoned interviewers will know whether an interviewee is researching while on the phone; they will take too long to answer the question and punctuate their answers with a lot of ‘ums’ and ‘errs’ as they type. The interviewer can often even hear the typing as they ask the question,” he adds.

12. Nix Long-Winded Answers

“The key to success during a phone interview is clear and concise answers,” says Dardis. “People’s attention spans tend to be shorter over the phone. You don’t want your future employer to lose interest in the conversation.” He recommends practicing answers to questions you know will be asked ahead of time in order to be clear on what you’re going to say. That way, you can prevent rambling before it starts.

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4 Qualities That Recruiter Should Have

4 Qualities That Recruiter Should Have

Communication

The recruiter should be an expert here. Apart from being able to extract every hidden motive of the probable candidate, he should be able to convey clearly the visions of the company.  The candidate understands the company through you. The way you say, the way he perceives. Mind It.!

Understanding of roles that company is hiring For

Hiring a candidate for a particular role is no child’s play. The recruiter should first have no doubts about the role he is hiring for. For a candidate who is good at marketing may not be good at promotional sales.

Strong Understanding Of The Domain

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