Ironically, the candidates who seek employment at these enterprises have their own grouse, an oft-repeated one being that the IT industry in the NCR isn’t half as welcoming to fresh talent compared to other cities like Bangalore and Pune.
Of course, the employers pooh-pooh this idea and claim that IT graduates assume that there’s more work in the south and west compared to Delhi, which continues to be perceived as an IT enabled services (ITeS) destination where maintenance and not development is the name of the game.
Says a candidate, “there seems to be a bias towards experienced people in the NCR, where employers feel that training a fresh graduate for six months to a year is a precious waste of time and money.” This results in a belief where fresh graduates are ready to be ‘enslaved’ on a job for a few years to create a body of work.
This correspondent spent an entire day observing candidates and employers interacting at a Gurgaon start-up ‘Rankwatch.’ During the interaction with the hirers and aspirants, it came out that a prominent issue related to the quality of applicants that SMEs got.
“Most of the fresh graduates want to work with the large IT giants, who sweep away the best during campus selections. What we get are folks from tier-2 and tier-3 cities, many of whom see us as a stop-gap till they sneak their way into the big companies,” says an official of Rankwatch. The candidates also choose to go through the examination route by taking M-CAT and E Litmus tests to get noticed in the job market.
Opinion was divided on the hiring process itself with some candidates claiming that with the number of projects drastically reducing for SMEs, there was little on offer. Others suggested that jobs were plenty but only the top talents got hired, given the surfeit of engineering graduates being dished out each year.
However, there was consensus that IT industry still gave away good salaries. “Once we are stable and do good work, salaries are just round the corner,” said one of the candidates who got shortlisted.
The Rankwatch official agrees. “We selected about 40 candidates from over 2,500 applicants based on their knowledge. And its true we cannot offer salaries like the big IT giants. However, five-six years down the line, what matters is not your college or your salary, it is the body of work you've created and how well it sits on your resume,” he concludes.