Agile, Adaptable, And Quick-Learning Employees Are In Substantial Demand: Maveric System HR
In an interview with BW People, Dhanabalan RK, Vice President & Head – HR of Maveric Systems talks about their diversity in the organization, hiring plans of the company, skills in demand and changes in hiring patterns
Maveric Systems has hired more than 200 people in last 3 months and consider looking out for candidates who have knowledge in advanced skills, which will be a fit for the company’s business if his/her skills are exemplary.
In an interview with BW People, Dhanabalan RK, Vice President & Head – HR of Maveric Systems talks about their diversity in the organization, hiring plans of the company, skills in demand and changes in hiring patterns.
Can you share the diversity ratio of the candidates you have hired?
Maveric Systems have always embraced diversity hiring as that gains more interest from a wider range of candidates. It also helps improve employee productivity and retention. Specifically, in the last 90 days, Maveric Systems has hired more than 200 people across different skillsets, talent, and experience. As a technology company, we are constantly trying to remove bias from the organization through training, but training alone is not enough. Having a nice balance of women/men, junior/more seasoned and skilled professionals, combined with different cultures, helps bring better perspective and therefore more balanced interview feedback which leads to diverse hiring. In the past quarter, the male to female ratio was 67:33.
What skills do you hire for? How difficult is it to find candidates meeting the skillset requirements?
The digital age is constantly evolving, and this is having a huge impact on corporate hiring practices. As a technology company, we purely focus on hiring advanced skilled candidates which will be a good fit for the company’s business if his/her skills are exemplary. Over the years, hiring practices have changed drastically as well, and a new type of talent is in high-demand. Agile, adaptable, and quick-learning employees are crucial for businesses that want to adapt at the pace of the rest of the business world.
Maveric Systems have always looked out for the best talent in the industry to help accelerate our company’s growth. We look for talent with the following skill sets ranging from Hadoop to Java from data lakes to Python, and traditional technologies such as Java and SQL.
Recruitment was the first area where tech companies introduced AI through experimentation in fields profile shortlisting, evaluation, etc. Today, there are a plethora of software products catering to each and every need in the HR function as well as complete packages along the lines of an ERP system.
How has the hiring pattern changed?
Due to technological advancement, the hiring process has transformed dramatically over the years, in large part. The internet has revolutionized the entire recruiting process. There are many more touch points available looking to fill an open role. From LinkedIn to Twitter, Facebook networking groups, and beyond, it’s never been easier to access a deep pool of qualified candidates.
Do you plan to hire more in the recent future? Is flexi staffing your preferred choice of employment?
In 2019, we will see Maveric strengthening commitment to the set path of becoming a “tech-led partner with inherent domain strengths” by investing in talent, both at the leadership level for guidance and strategy, as well as at the senior and middle level to enhance competencies in key areas such as Data services, digital services, and quality assurance.
Flexi staffing is definitely an option for us. However, it will be discretionarily used for niche skills and at a small scale.
How are new technologies impacting your business? How do you foresee your business and HR strategies going forward?
Today, all businesses have transformed into digital, and HR functions too have internalized technology. From time to time, certain competencies or skill sets become unavailable/scarce leading to the war for talent. With the millennial and post-millennial or Gen Z forming the bulk of the workforce, tech has become the new norm.
We, at Maveric, use technology in all the major processes including basic tasks such as hiring and deployment and basic employee needs through the self-service option up to exit formalities.
Technology has been an enabler in the current way of work and it has helped us along the following lines:
a. Connecting with talent interested in working with Maveric and in line with our needs. Technology has also complemented and improved our candidate assessment ability through various assessment tools.
b. Helps improve the productivity of the HR team by completing routine and fundamental things in a much quicker and efficient manner and allowing people to focus on more important work.
c. Self-learning is promoted through canned content or through recording of training sessions which can be accessed later, as well as through initiatives such as online weekly quizzes which help people learn and engage with the organization.
d. Finally, all HR software applications are mobile-enabled to facilitate work-on-the-go – accessible and usable from anywhere.