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The Smart Techie was renamed Siliconindia India Edition starting Feb 2012 to continue the nearly two decade track record of excellence of our US edition.

Poornima Naik voices her choice for a best candiate while hiring

ST Team
Tuesday, August 1, 2006
ST Team
What I like:
A candidate should approach an interview with an objective mindset. The seriousness with which you approach an interview is matched up to your seriousness towards the work. I think here factors like grooming body language and personality play an important part. Though they may be small keys to a bigger puzzle, they have to be in place for a complete image. The confidence that a candidate brings along with him to the interview gets my attention. I don’t insist on experience. I believe in giving freshers a chance as they express the desire to work but are not given an opportunity to do so. A thirst to learn new things accompanied with a good attitude make a good impression.
A candidate who was very bright but poor in his communication skills approached us. After an interview with him, I was convinced he was right for this job. His minor flaw of poor communication could be improved with training and he could do very well in the company if given a chance. I hired him.

What I don’t like:
I don’t like candidates who don’t dress appropriately for the interview. This shows their lack of earnestness towards work. They have to be formal and act within a code of conduct. I once interviewed a lady who was dressed very casually and chewed gum during the entire interview process. This reflected very negatively on her seriousness and I did not hire her.

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