Telcos Ask Recruiters to Tell Job Aspirants More About Cons Than Pros

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Recruiters are using several methods to test a candidate’s patience and ensure that he will stick to the company during the tough times.

India’s leading mobile phone service providers have asked recruiters to give job aspirants a reality check about the current status of the telecom sector before hiring them.

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They telcos want the recruiters to play down the positive aspects of telecom jobs and tell candidates that promotions, salary increases and fast-track opportunities now depend on market conditions.

A senior official of a recruitment firm reveals that they now tell candidates about the cons of the job more than the pros.

Besides increasing the interview time, which may stretch for days, recruiters are using several methods to test a candidate’s patience and ensure that he will stick to the company during the tough times.

Another recruiter say it has designed new question sets to check a candidate’s adaptability, as per its client’s requirements.

One of its clients has asked this recruiter to tell the candidates that they may have to work 18 hours a day or overnight.

Changing hiring trend in telecom sector

Over the past two-three years, the telecom sector has been hit by a wave of mergers and exits that led to the displacement of more than 100,000 employees.  In addition, the business model has transformed from simple telephony to data-driven mobile usage

Today, recruitment is taking place in product services as well as new technologies such as artificial intelligence and Internet of Things.

Recruiters say that as the business models of telcos have changed, they want candidates with the ability to come up with ways of monetisation or generating revenue using data-based analytics.

(With inputs from ET)

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