Dr Yogesh Bhatt Explains Why Hiring Precedes Selection
By Aditi Bhat
After college and immediate placement through campus interview, racking his brains over an exam paper was the last thing Shubham Dutta wanted to do. However, for a month, he had to take an exam every Monday.
“Every Monday morning, there was an exam waiting for us. The trainer would remind us that our aggregate scores would decide what project we got to work on,” says Dutta who had been recruited for a multinational engineering and electronics company.
The month-long training programme for the new recruits combined classroom and online lessons in SAP ABAP (Advanced Business Application Programming).
Dutta’s experience is not new. Now, companies take their selected candidates through a series of assessments before ushering them into their cubicles. Many organisations partner with certification and training providers to have customised programmes that will enable the new recruits to hit the ground running.
The online route
Simplilearn recently launched ‘New Hire Training Initiative’, an online pre-boarding programme for corporates. Krishna Kumar, founder and CEO of Simplilearn, says online on-boarding programmes have helped shorten the average training duration from two months to a couple of weeks or lesser still.
Last year, Manipal ProLearn trained 3,500 fresh graduates through a ‘Pre-joining programme’ done online. In this system, employers pay for their candidates. The service provider starts working with those students in their eighth semester that have been chosen through campus recruitment.
However, one of the challenges in an online programme is keeping the learner engaged and motivated. Last year, Manipal ProLearn launched ‘School for Jobs’.
“In this model, we work on behalf of the employer, shortlisting candidates from colleges, offering them customised training, conducting assessments and making them job-ready,” says Yogesh Kumar Bhatt, Vice President, IT-Education and Training, Manipal ProLearn.
“The duration of the training ranges from two to four months,” says Bhatt. He says companies are keen on adopting such a model as the number of skills needed at the workplace has increased exponentially.
This article was originally published in The Hindu.