Dinesh Divekar
Business Mentor, Consultant And Trainer
Tajsateesh
Recruitment/talent Acquisition, Career Counselling
Sakthi Sukumar
Sr. Officer Hr & Ir

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Dear Seniors,

I have a very big doubt ? in long days that is ........

Why the Senior HRs are looking their junior HRs from the same sector / Industry during recruitment? What special they are look into them & Y? For Ex. Mfg sector HRs are looking Mfg industry HRs only and then further sub divisions also there with the same criteria........

Y seniors are hesitate to recruit other sector HRs, any specific reason is there? Eventhough every HR is doing the same kind of activities (both Legal & Admin) with respect to their company structure and Environment........

Finally wants to know that, all HRs are having their own qualification to perform HR activities and having their own Skills and Experience to apply appropriate openings as and when they are getting suitable opening but Industry. IF they are from other industry means their profile is not getting shortlisted reason Y?

We all are HRs then y should v do this kind of negligence activities.............

Please share your views.......

Thanks & Regards,

Sukumar

Dear Sakthi Sukumar,

Please check my replies in italics:

Why the Senior HRs are looking their junior HRs from the same sector / Industry during recruitment? What special they are look into them & Y? For Ex. Mfg sector HRs are looking Mfg industry HRs only and then further sub divisions also there with the same criteria........

Senior HR recruits junior HRs from the same industry because cultural alignment is important. For example, manufacturing, retail, logistics, IT etc each have wide cultural differences. Senior HR looks at cultural suitability.

Y seniors are hesitate to recruit other sector HRs, any specific reason is there? Eventhough every HR is doing the same kind of activities (both Legal & Admin) with respect to their company structure and Environment........

Seemingly all HRs more or less do the same thing. However, industry knowledge is important. Take the case of hospitality industry. How HR from other industry will be able to handle recruitment of Chefs or Bar Tenders? Secondly, while dealing with employees, understanding their problems is important. If HR does not understand what employee is talking then that employee could get demotivated.

Finally wants to know that, all HRs are having their own qualification to perform HR activities and having their own Skills and Experience to apply appropriate openings as and when they are getting suitable opening but Industry. IF they are from other industry means their profile is not getting shortlisted reason Y?

There is no such rule that HR from other industries are not useful. They are no doubt but then the outsider could take time for cultural adjustment. The senior HR feels that if I wait till this person becomes ready for work then department's work may get impacted. Secondly, learning attitude also matter. Anybody can work anywhere. All that matters is learning attitude. Senior HR are not ready take risk because they may not assess learning attitude during the job interview. Thirdly, what if job candidate with good learning hops to the competitor? No senior HR would like to make his/her company as training center

Final Comments: - There is no hard and fast rule on whether to hire juniors from same industry. Examples of industry switch are abundant. On the contrary, outsiders could have different thinking styles and they may bring dynamism. But then this very difference in thinking style could pose challenge. Generally , IIMs have high level of industry switch than non-IIMs. However, it depends on the psychology of the senior HR as well. Many wish to flock with birds of feather even though these birds could be of smaller size. Few go against the flow and repose faith on outsiders. If you have written this post out of frustration, then wait for some HR who is ready to take some risk and absorb you.

Lastly, you could have written your post in normal English rather than interspersing it with SMS lingo. Yours is a query to seniors and not some light-hearted update on Facebook!

Ok...

Dinesh V Divekar





dineshdivekar(at)yahoo.com




Hello Sukumar,

Further to what Dinesh V Divekar mentioned, let's FORGET for a moment everything about HR.

Let me take a pointer Dinesh V Divekar mentioned further on.

There are Chefs all around us--then WHY HAVE separate Italian Chefs, South Indian Chefs, North Indian Chefs, Bengali Chefs, Chinese Chefs, etc, etc, etc, etc?

A Chef is a Chef.......right? I am sure you know the answer--the flavors associated with one region/geography differ from another--similar to what Dinesh V Divekar mentioned about 'cultural alignments' across industries/sectors in HR.

But this DOESN'T MEAN that an Italian Chef can't pick-up the skills needed to cook, let's say, South Indian dishes--EXCEPT that he/she will need the time to do so [IF & WHEN it's given/available]. Same goes with HR guys all over. OR for that matter in any field/profession.

Hope you get the point.

Rgds,

TS

PS: And I am with Dinesh about your SMS lingo--NOT just because you are addressing this thread to seniors, but because there's a method for every situation/purpose.

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