Hi everyone, Can I ask what your biggest achievement is in your HR career? I.e best things you have implemented into your business or biggest things that have made an impact?
What was the first thing(s) you reviewed if you joined a new company?

From India, Pune
Dear Ms Tanya Trivedi Bhatt,

Would you mind confirming the nature of your industry and your designation? Is your post related to recruitment? Your post does not mention in which country the recruitment will happen. Will it happen in India or in some other country? This reply has been given assuming that the recruitment will happen in India.

Secondly, you have not mentioned the designations for which the candidates will be recruited.

Thirdly, have you done a study of the HR profession in India? When I say "study of the HR profession", I mean to say overall the activities that the HR professionals handle, their level of empowerment and so on.

Your questions are good, nevertheless, these are good only for the matured companies. Please note that matured companies are few and far between in India. Otherwise, even in the public limited companies, HR is just a glorified entity. Almost all the HRs, though they are called HR professionals, handle service functions of HR which in the erstwhile era was called personnel management.

In these companies, the HR professionals do not have parity with the other functionaries. Their exposure to business activities is limited. Against this backdrop, if you ask these questions to a candidate, you may elicit the responses but then these may not that give you an understanding of whether the activities of the HR professionals contributed to developing the business or not.

I have attended hundreds of seminars where speakers were prominent HR professionals. Nevertheless, hardly they spoke of ROI on the HR interventions they had launched in their company.

Not that I wish to lay the entire blame at the doorstep of the top management who make sure that the HR professionals are belittled and kept cloistered in some corner. Partial blame goes to them also as they do not care to understand the operations or the entire gamut of business. Over a period of time, they start enjoying the clerical work that they do!

Again coming back to your post. Your post is incomplete and does not give clarity to the readers about your needs. In case if you are an HR professional, then your post symbolises the ills the Indian HR profession is plagued with. Since both the sides match the ills, whatever questions that you ask is fine!

Thanks,

Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore

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