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hi all,
well have a very important question to ask to all of a staffing consultant and want to shift my domain from recruitment to HR generalist.
In an interview i have often faced a problem when the interviewer asks that inspite of doing an MBA why am i working in recrutments but not on a generalists quite perplexed how to answer this question..
would be highly obliged if you all could help me out!!!
amrita :)

From India, Pune

Hi Amrita
I think it's not necessary to perform a "Generalist" role after doing MBA. HR is a wide field and 'recruitments' is a part of it. It's a matter of choice to either go in for a generalist role or some specific role.
Probably you could say that at that particular point of time, you got opportunity in recruitments and you took it up. But now would like to widen your horizons, hence this change.
Does it make sense?

From India, Gurgaon


The question is natural. So should the answer be!

In a majority cases, immediately upon completing a profesional qualification, the most predominent need of candidate is to be employed. Even if it is not the ideal employment one would have liked, it atleast acquaints the candidate with the "world of work" and introcuces him/her to some aspect/s of the profession that he/she is being trained for.

The ideal job will come along as one enriches own professional profile and proves competent enough for better and higher jobs. The concept of an ideal job/employment is quate vague really. The ideal tag can and should be given only afterwards and one need not aim to join an ideal job to start with.

I suggest your approach to such a question as you referred in your post, should be, honest and straight forward! You could reply in all modesty somewhat as under:

" Well, to lauch my self into a career, I needed to enter the world of work ahead of an ideal job/good pay etc. Employment was a greater need than an ideal job, so I took up the first decent offer that offered me learning opportunities and professionalism albeit on a limited spectrum of the function. I am aware that I have to build myself up professionally along the time before I could even think of higher jobs/responsibilities etc. Now that I find myself ready to enter the next phase of learning and contributing, I am willing to venture into new employment and seek wider horizons in my chosen profession-HR."

This is NOT a script. Kindly use it only as a guide and make your own answers as that is most important!




February 1, 2007

From India, Pune
thanks for the replies!! I have got a better insight about how to tackle such question.. hope to have further discussions ahead!!! have a nice day!! :) thanks once again
From India, Pune
Yandamuri Ramesh

Dear Member
Present question is ? opted for staffing ( Recruitment) doing MBA not as generalist.
Here Distinition is that HR Generalist is full pledged HR function and recruitment is part in it
Seeing the Job prospects and growing importance in recruitment, presetnly
industry calling / offering jobs as recruiter (as a separate segment)
since you want to proficinceate, strenthen and learn new skill in this dominant domain your are opted to choose this profession
Hope this answer is logial and meets your requirement

From India, Visakhapatnam
Arti Srivastava
Hi all can u tell me the basic job profile of a HR generalist as i m also an MBA HR & working as staffing consultant but want to change my domain.


The attachment to this post has two profiles really. One is for purely HR generalist function and the other is for Administrative function. You may like to look at both since in many organizations these two are combined for a HR generalist depending upon the size of the organization, complexity of the function and then, of course the "management policy".
Trust these will provide adequate insights.
February 3, 2007

From India, Pune
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