Insights

  1. As a recruiter, my job entails finding the right talent. My daily schedule is planned out according to what kind of a person my company is looking to hire.
  2. A chief benefit of working as a recruiter is the fact that you’re adding value to the business directly! However, this can be considered a challenge too since it can affect your company in a good/bad way.
  3. One of the biggest challenges is to hire people for night shifts. It’s difficult to find people who are willing to work in night shifts.
  4. As a recruiter, you have to approach people and convince them to join your company. This requires commendable communication skills.

Personal Details-

Name – Malavika Acharya

Gender – Female

Age – 26 years

City – Mumbai

Profession – Recruiter at Sterling Talent Solutions (leadership hiring)

Industry – Human Resources, BPO

LinkedIn – https://in.linkedin.com/in/malavika-acharya-899b8678

Where were you born and raised?

I was born and raised in Mumbai. I completed my schooling, pursued my higher education and established a career in this city itself. We’re a family of three, my parents and me. My father is currently working in the pharmaceutical industry and mother is a professor.

Who would you say, had a remarkable influence on you growing up and how?

Growing up, I think my mother had a lot of influence on me. Being a mother and a professor, she spent more time with me. She taught me a lot of lessons which definitely shaped me as a person.

Please give a summary of your career and describe your role as a recruiter/HR.

After pursuing my MBA in HR from NMIMS, I started working with “Anchor by Panasonic” where I served as an HR management trainee.

After about five months of working there, I joined a company called “Resource Bridge”. Here, I was in-charge of leadership hiring.

After about one and a half years, I got the opportunity to work with “Sterling Talent Solutions”. Currently, my job entails leadership hiring, which is similar to what I was doing at Resource Bridge. I’ve worked with them for a year now.

Which institutes, according to you, are the best for pursuing a career in HR?

If you’re looking to pursue a career similar to mine, I’d suggest you consider applying to any of the top business schools in India.

However, specifically speaking, I think “XLRI Jamshedpur and “TATA Institute of Social Sciences” in Mumbai are some commendable institutes from where you can pursue your degree.

Also, “Symbiosis” located in Pune has an institute called “SCMHRD” which is specifically for HR.

Then again, if you pursue your MBA from any of the top 10 business schools in India, you’ll be good to go!

How much does it cost to do MBA in HR?

If you’re pursuing your MBA from one of the top business schools in India, the fee structure tends to be incredulously expensive. Hence, you may incur an expenditure that’s as high as 14 lakhs INR for your two-year MBA course. So it all depends upon the college you’re attending.

Also, the top business schools in India are scattered in different cities. Here comes the possibility of relocating. That’s another set of expenditures altogether. It’s important to take these factors into consideration before settling on a particular university.

How does one become a recruiter/HR?

A simple graduation is enough, however, and MBA in HR really adds value to this profession.

You join this field as the junior most member of the hiring team. You can join a big company in their HR department, where hiring team is generally called Talent Dept. Or, you can join a stand-alone firm, like mine, which specifically focuses on hiring only.

If you’re attending a good business school, you’ll definitely get placement opportunities through the campus itself. So, you can start working with a company right after you’ve secured a degree in MBA.

However, if you’re attending a college that doesn’t give you placement opportunities, you’ll have to prepare a resume, upload it on different job portals and wait for a company to contact you.

What is the average salary of a HR/recruiter?

If you’ve completed your master’s from a reputed business school, you can expect a yearly takeaway of about 6–7 lakhs INR. This is right when you’re starting out. However, if you come from an average business school, you can expect to earn around 3–4 lakhs INR, yearly, provided you’ve done your master’s. Again, it depends upon your college.

Further, an increase in income completely depends upon your experience, the company you’re working for, your skills as a recruiter, your position in the hierarchy, etc.

Please describe your work as a recruiter.

As a recruiter, my job entails finding the right talent.

My everyday regime is planned out according to what kind of a person my company is looking to hire.

For instance, if my company is looking to hire a commerce graduate, I commence by logging onto different job portals, screening their resumes and shortlisting the candidates that I find most appropriate for the position. Once this is done, I contact the selected candidates for a personal interview and assess their personalities.

Following this, I forward their resumes to the respective department that’s interested in hiring them. Then the department checks their competencies and role fitment.

The candidates stay in touch with me until they are officially settled into the company.

I put in about 9 hours per day and work from Monday-Friday.

What are some benefits that would encourage an individual to consider becoming a recruiter?

A chief benefit of working as a recruiter is the fact that you’re adding value to the business directly. This is a challenge in itself, however, it’s what keeps me going.

Since I’m working for the ITES/BPO industry, I interact with a lot of young people. The fact that I’m surrounded by people that I can relate to makes my job just great.

However, this is only true of my job. If you’re working for the manufacturing industry, things are pretty laid back. For instance, if you’re working with a pharmaceutical company, you tend to interact with extremely tenured and experienced individuals. For our generation, I don’t really see this as ‘fun’.

So it varies from person to person.

Can you mention a few challenges that you would want someone to be aware of if they’re considering recruiter as a profession?

Challenges really depend upon the hiring part of the job. Very frequently, I have to hire people who should be willing to carry out night shifts for the various departments within our company. Sometimes, it’s really difficult to find people like that.

Additionally, you’ve to hire people possessing rare skills and abilities. For example, currently, I’m looking for a Spanish translator who’s also ready to carry out night shifts! Finding a Spanish translator is difficult enough, and then comes the question of night shifts.

Hence, my job can be challenging, but I’m really passionate about it.

What are some relevant trends/skills/technologies that are currently commanding a premium for HR professionals?

First of all, when you’re a recruiter, you ought to be outgoing. You have to be able to take initiative. If you don’t, you won’t be able to succeed in a recruitment job.

As a recruiter, you have to approach people and convince them to join your company. This definitely requires commendable communication skills.

You also have to remain patient and resilient since you’re going to have to contact various people umpteen number of times.

Apart from this, I think anyone with passion can fulfill the requirements of a recruiter.

What kind of a person, do you think, would be content in an HR job?

Like I mentioned above, a person who’s extrovert will thrive in this field. You have to meet and interact with a lot of people and understand their story. Also, you should be inquisitive about new experiences and challenges.

I think these are the only skills one should have in order to remain content in this field.

Given another choice, what would you do differently as far as your professional selections are concerned?

No, I’m extremely contented with the way everything has turned out for me professionally. I’m passionate about my work and wouldn’t want to change anything with respect to my professional selections. Though serving as a recruiter wasn’t on my agenda initially, I don’t see myself doing anything other than this!

What advice would you offer to students or professionals who are just starting their journey on a path similar to yours?

Remain curious and never shy away from taking on new responsibilities and challenges. This profession will broaden your horizons drastically.

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