Skill-Specific Search Eases Recruiters' Job
By Shilpa Kappur Vasudevan | Chennai | Published: 01st June 2015 06:00 AM |
The cost of recruiting is a significant factor for employers. Offering respite is Wisdom Jobs that has customised pre-assessment tests to filter candidates and this acts as their USP, says founder Ajay Kolla. Kolla pegs Wisdom as a fourth generation recruitment portal and explains, “Recruitment had primarily been a man-to man process in the first generation after which we moved on to newspaper advertisements and then came online portals. Now even though things are done the virtual way, the emphasis put on individual skills like java.net, or whatever the field is, has made it a fourth-generation recruitment style.”
Started in 2010, Wisdom Jobs’ Pragnya Meter has online tests across 6,000 skills spanning IT, electrical, pharmaceutical, medical and many more fields. The cost of taking a test is around `638 and the recruiter has to pay for this. The content for the test is prepared by experts and Wisdom Jobs has a staff strength of 280. “The tests can be taken on a computer or even on a mobile. Videos are recorded,thereby leaving little room for fraudulent activities,” says Kolla, who is a BTech graduate from Velagapudi Ramakrishna Siddhartha Engineering College, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh and has worked for Infotech and TCS in the past. Pragnya Meter also ensures that genuine talent is not overlooked, adds Kolla.
Kolla asserts that Wisdom Jobs makes the job of a recruiter easy by rating specific skills of candidates. “For example, other job sites merely have candidate profiles. But on Wisdom Jobs, if a candidate is made to take a test on say, Microsoft.net, his rating would be made available for future reference. If a recruiter is looking for someone with an advanced efficiency in Microsoft.net, his search is made simple,” he says. When you have thousands of profiles to go through, Pragnya Meter acts as a time saver, adds Kolla.
Some of Wisdom Jobs’ clients include Polaris, MindTree, Adobe and Magna Infotech of a total of 3,500 clients. Managing money and resources has been a major headache in the business, says Kolla, adding a word of advice for novices trying to start a venture. “When starting out, try to manage your manpower. When you get the right people in, half your work is done,” he says.
A self-confessed workaholic, putting in around 18 hours a day for the past five years, Kolla has been going easy on his work off late to spend time with his newborn. He plans to expand his business to Bangalore and Chennai besides Hyderabad where Wisdom Jobs is based.
A socially inclined person, Kolla ensures that his company adopts environmentally safe practices. He has at a personal level, voiced his concern on several social issues such as protection of biodiversity and crusading against corruption on a variety of platforms.
Details at www.wisdomjobs.com.