With great Growth Comes Great Responsibility!

The last year-and-a-half have been the most amazing roller-coaster ride for IDfy.  We have grown from 20 people to about 150 at the moment. We continue to grow, and expect to hit the 200 people benchmark within the next 2 months.  While we have grown significantly, we have tried to retain the start-up ethos.  What that means is that we learn, implement, and change quickly, but most importantly, we listen. We listen to our customers and our employees, as well as our partners.  As C.E.O., my biggest challenge is ensuring that we do all of this at breakneck speed without compromising on quality, training, and other critical areas.

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Digging Deeper

The month of May can be cruel – it’s the peak of summer in most parts of India, and being out for even a few minutes in the sun can be gruelling. But the weather isn’t the only thing you should watch out for in May. If you’re a recruiter, you should be paying extra-close attention to the ‘Experience’ section of resumes that candidates hand over to you.

It so happens that the maximum instances of people lying about their work experience to obtain a job, occur in May. This is why one needs to be extra vigilant at that time.

And what about October? Summer’s well over by then, and even the monsoon has faded – but even then, the heat is on. As the country goes into festival mode, and there is a flurry of shopping before the winter sets in, recruiters would be well advised to train their focus on the ‘Qualifications’ section of candidates’ resumes.

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Better than Vague: Why Data is a Better Hiring Tool than Psychometric Testing

Suppose you’re responsible for hiring at your company, a fast-growing organisation that is causing ripples across the industry, but is not known for making waves yet: if you’re a Tier II company, or a fast-growth start-up, you need to hire the very best talent out there, right?

Wrong.

Hunting for the ‘best talent out there’ doesn’t really help your firm. What you should be looking for is the best talent for your organisation, your situation, and your business aspirations.

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The End of H.R. Theory

Back in 2008, Chris Anderson, the Managing Editor of the technology-focused magazine Wired, wrote an article titled The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete. In it, he argued that we need to relook at the way science is done, because the ‘old’ way of doing science, in essence, a system where we built models and tested them to find out ‘why’ things happen in a certain manner, is irrelevant in the contemporary context where data is abundant. Using the power of Big Data and smart analysis, he argued, we no longer need to hold fast to the adage that ‘Correlation is not causation’ – correlation, he argues, tells us when certain things will happen, and that’s all we really need.

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