Sushobhan Mukherjee

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Campus Interview – April 2014

Manpower is everlasting problem since we started our venture. It’s about four years now we are running our startup and no sign of getting the same resolved. This is different line of thought which I will write in a different blog. But this financial year we are trying to find out the resolution.

The first step, we thought of investing in fresh young minds instead of experienced one. Moreover we have constructed a proper HR process so that basic hygiene can be assessed.

The outcome of all these was a Pool Campus. We had planned it jointly with Nicco Ventures.

Nicco Ventures had been given the responsibility of organizing & coordinating a “Campus Recruitment Drive (Pooled)” by & for Prime Infoserv LLP for the 2014 batch passing out Diploma Engineering candidates from few selected & reputed colleges in the region.

The flow planned like below:

Step 01: Arithmetic + Logical Reasoning Test + English Proficiency [Elimination round]

Step 02: Company Presentation

Step 03: Group Discussion

Step 04: F2F Technical & HR Interview

Finally the pool campus was hosted in Technique Polytechnic Institute situated at Panchrokhi, Sugandhya , Hooghly last week (25th and 26th April, 2014).

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I was not aware about this college. We started in early morning. Our HR head Manas came from Hyderabad and the full team (me, Manas, Krishnendu and Sailen from Prime and Soham from Nicco) started from Airport towards the destination at around 8.30 am on 26th April. It was almost like a weekend trip since it was around 1.30 hours journey and due course we all were apprehensive about the college conditions, locations and students since it was very remote.

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But we were amazed the moment we reached. Excellent ambience, fantastic infrastructure and a well-planned facilities.

Step 01 (Arithmetic + Logical Reasoning Test + English Proficiency) was conducted by Nicco on 25th and they had selected around 38 candidates out of 97 total candidates. It was a pool campus. Hence apart from TPI, other participating colleges were Elite Polytechnic Institute, Saroj Mohan Institute of Technology and JIS School of Polytechnic

Initially we had presented Prime Company snapshots in front of last day shortlisted 38 candidates, followed by Q&A.

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Then we broke all candidates into two different pools (one for technical and other for sales – based on their interest and communication skill grade from yesterday exam). Then they had been sub divided into multiple sub groups to handle a situation. It was like a group activity to solve a problem collectively (technical) or pitch a product/service in front of customer team (Sales). Based on the analysis we shortlisted final pool and approached for face to face interview post lunch.

Lunch was arranged by the college in their Guest House. It was in the campus itself. The hospitality was awesome. We were in dilemma that we came to some ceremony or a campus interview. The menu was Rice, Dal, Aloo Bhujia, Dhokar Dalna, Fish , Chicken, Chatni, Papad, Rasogolla and Sweet Curd.

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Face to face round revealed different areas for the candidates. We found extremely good candidates with knowledge, attitude, and seriousness. On contrary there were lazy, impatient, confused kind of Personnel as well.

We found majority of them did not get exposer for proper industrial training. Mostly they went BSNL, Prasar Bharati & NSIC. But finally did not gain anything even after they spent some money for the project as well. We found this is an area where we can work to groom the students in future through our training vertica l(we have done some programs like this earlier, but not in a systematic continuous way). I will highlight this section in some of my other upcoming blogs.

We found people got tensed, nervous and felt they need more grooming for attending interviews (which is not available for most of the colleges now a days) in terms of dress code, approach, mental conditioning etc.

However we got sparks in few candidates and finally selected 8 of them and 5 candidates put in standby for further evaluation.

Overall a good experience and expect we can groom the selected candidates for the big leap and fulfill our ultimate objective of creating trustworthy, accountable, hardworking, obedient, skilled soldiers in the Prime Army. This should not be only a Job for them. It will be a journey to life where they will be mentally strong, patient and analytical towards any problems.

I met Mr.JS Dhar & Mr.Suman Sikder who were heading campus interview process from TPI side. They had stitched the entire day for us with excellent human touch. We got to know the entrepreneurial story of TPI. 5 friends form Hoogly Institute of Technology aspired to be entrepreneur instead of a traditional job way back in 1981. During their journey in real estate landscape, they felt about education space and started TPI in 2008. We had been given a nicely crafted internal magazine named “Prajuktika”.

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Overall planning by Nicco Ventures was superb, truly professional, systematic and result oriented.

Will look forward working with Nicco and TPI in upcoming sessions as well.

All the best for the selected candidates. Looking forward to see in the Prime Team in the month of June 2014.

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