The IT industry seems to have got into the hiring mode once again. According to Shambhu Agrawal, founder of Indihire Consultants, “the total recruitment for the IT industry this year should be higher than last year. Of the 1.5 lakh professionals expected to be hired, my estimate is that at least 30 per cent would be from campus.”
Given the large number of freshers to be hired, many companies have now turned to third party testing agencies, to help filter the best talent from across the country instead of visiting engineering colleges directly.
eLitmus (www.elitmus.com) is a pioneer in the independent testing space.They have been conducting the pH (Hiring Potential) across the country since April 2005. Aseem Marwaha, director of eLitmus says, “We offer customers the choice of paying, based on the on-job performance of the candidates. We have identified seven key skills and two sub-skills for the aptitude test. Different weightage is given to different skills to arrive at customised scores for various job descriptions.” The pH test is available across 37 centers in the country, and more than 62,000 freshers participated last year.
The E-Genesis assessment by www.fresheravenues.com is one of the most comprehensive tests available, and includes a video profile of the candidate. Amit Saboo, co-founder, Fresher Avenues, says, “Our test helps students to reach out to companies beyond the ones that visit their campus. This helps them try and find jobs in their areas of interest rather than making a choice from whatever comes their way. We have been working with various companies on assessment test design for over a decade and realised that many of them could benefit from such a pre-assessed student database.”
The E-Genesis test measures general competencies like logic, aptitude and technical knowledge as well as workplace competencies like eye for detail, instruction comprehension and analytical reasoning. Since this is an online exam, students can take it anywhere in the country. More than 10,000 freshers have undergone the E-Genesis test over the years. “Work with smaller companies to begin with, since they offer a good learning opportunity, if not the same pay. You can always get into your dream company later in life,” is what Saboo advises freshers. Marwaha echoes Saboo’s advise and adds, “Stop chasing jobs. Once you are capable, the job will chase you.”