An Insight on Fresher’s Hiring in Technology startups

Today, “Technology sector” is continuously buzzing with new developments in skills as well as jobs. With “Start-ups” representing a dynamic eco-system, people are expected to be highly active, performing multiple tasks and be ready to face new challenges every time.

So Why do we hire freshers?

Freshers i.e. the young millennial - are tech savvy, highly enthusiastic, with better grasping power and fresh perspective and they also contribute to the organizational diversity. Their freshness and energy affects others too and keep the start-up eco system alive.
Hiring Freshers is cost effective too, they come at a lesser cost than the experienced ones since they lack relevant exposure and work experience.
Fresshers tend to be more focussed and serious about their job as this first job would be the starting point of their career. Therefore, it’s only apt to keep hiring freshers.

What are the skills we look out for in freshers ?

Some of the primary skills we look include
·Logical Thinking Ability, good problem solving skills
·Clarity in Basic Technical concepts
·Aptitude and Attitude to learn and grow
·Honesty and integrity, Team player ability
·Ability and Competence to go that extra mile

Attracting such great talent to work for start-ups can be quite challenging. Majority of the candidates give first preference to MNCs. Therefore, before deciding on which sources to use for recruitment, organizations must first develop marketing and branding strategies to make themselves familiar and popular amongst freshers.

What are the common sources for hiring Freshers?

Conducting Campus Interviews
Campus interviews are an effective source to hire many freshers simultaneously. Though its time consuming activity, the available talent pool is vast to choose the candidates from.
Campus Drives, however, can be challenging for start-ups as they have to compete with bigshots which easily attract young talent and the unselected average students remain for start-ups. Therefore, Timing and marketing are the key factors to be considered for successful campus drives.

Tie Ups with the Training Institutes
Training Institutes are another great source to hire freshers. The theoretical and practical training given to candidates make them market ready and help organisations to select skilled resource. Some training institutes even conduct campus drives at their own premises to aide companies in their recruitment process. Training institutes are also providing specialised training courses to selected students as per company’s requirements. This in turn can save company’s time and cost needed for basic training.
However, the quality of training programmes is deteriorating making it difficult to select the right candidate. It’s also observed that instead of enhancing the technical skills, candidates join these institutes as primary means for placements.

Job portals
For freshers hiring, Job portals can be used as a parallel resource in addition to above sources. The major challenge while using job portals is the irrelevant job applications. Candidates do not read the job requirements correctly and apply for job. Moreover, the resumes are incomplete often lacking the required information.

Internal Reference
Internal References by existing employees can also be used to source profiles. To motivate employees for providing reference, an employee referral scheme should be in place which encourages employees to refer suitable candidates from their social networks. It not only reduces the recruitment cost but also ensures candidates’ quality. However, it’s advisable not to rely entirely on references as it could restrict diversity in workforce.

What are the challenges in hiring freshers?
The hired fresher is a liability for the initial few months. To make them productive, the organizations have to invest time, money and other resources to provide essential training.

Common challenges faced while recruiting freshers include -

1. Skill gap
It is observed that engineering freshers lack the necessary technical skills including coding skills which prolong the recruitment process.
Though the available talent pool is large but the quality of talent is poor, the selection rate is far below average.

2. Attitude and cultural fit for the organization
Fresh graduates usually have very less knowledge of corporate life, work culture and working standards.
They are unaware about business standards and business models, workplace etiquettes, expectations regarding their roles, work place diplomacy. They have to often struggle to meet work deadlines and match Team Dynamics.

3. High salary demands

4. Because of lack of professionalism candidates often drop out

5. Inaccurate resumes
Freshers often miss to mention important details like year of passing the course, any gap between the course, course details, specialization etc.

In addition to above, if the fresh recruit is unable to grasp the knowledge effectively then the entire effort right from recruitment to cost to hire is wasted resulting in the company loss and repetition of the entire recruitment process.
Sometimes Freshers are not sure about their career path, after working for some time they want to leave for higher studies or change the job profile.

What can be the possible solution?

Getting ready for iOS

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Apple’s iOS 7 is going to be out very soon. And we have seen from past experience how fast the iOS users move to newer versions as soon as they are released. When iOS 6 was released, more than 60% of iOS users updated to the newer version within a week of its launch. This can be a cause of huge concern for a lot of App owners. Is your app ready for iOS 7? iOS 7 is a radical redesign featuring a completely re-imagined UI, new APIs and a bunch of fresh features. Unless you want your App to appear as outdated as a flip phone, you should be updating your app right *now*.

The key questions to consider are:

After spending significant time with iOS 7, several top developers have provided advice on how to make the transition from iOS 6 to iOS 7.

At minimum:

If you have an App on the App Store and have not considered the implications of iOS 7 on your Apps, we suggest you do that now. And who better than Inspeero to take care of that for you. We are always happy to hear from you, whatever your queries may be. We can be reached at support@inspeero.com

Points to consider before developing a Mobile App

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As the market for iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile applications heats up, more and more companies are diverting most of their focus and investments towards that “next big mobile app idea”. At Inspeero, we help companies take advantage for growing mobile applications market and maximize return on their mobile investments. In our experience, there are several considerations a company should be making before taking their idea to the development lab. In this article we will introduce the five most important points of Mobile Application Development.

1. Business Case: If you have an idea that could make in to a good mobile application, you should first research if another application on same / similar idea already exist. Determine how you can differentiate and improvise your idea. Understand if there is a need for the application that you plan to develop. Besides validating your concept, assess if developing that application is a good fit for your business strategies, direction, and if you will be able to recoup investment in to developing this application.

2. Target Audience: Whether you are developing application for your internal business use, use by other businesses, or use by individual consumers, you should have a good understanding of who your target audience is. That will help making design and technology decisions for your application. If you are targeting global audience, you may also have to consider making your mobile application multi-lingual.

3. Technology Selection: With mobile client applications, you cannot develop a single application that can run on all of the mobile platforms. Each of the mobile platforms is different and run only applications that are developed on the specific technologies. So if you develop an iPhone application, you cannot run the same application on Android, Blackberry, or Windows Mobile platforms. That is why it is important that before beginning application development, you select an appropriate mobile platform for your application. If your plan includes developing application for multiple mobile platforms, make sure that you architect your application properly to reduce initial and ongoing development efforts and costs. Most importantly, determine if you really need to develop a mobile client applications which are platform specific or a mobile website / web application which are more universal and could run on all smart phones.

4. Timing: When there are thousands of businesses trying to tap in to the booming mobile applications market, it is critical that you move forward with your mobile development project in a timely manner. Otherwise, there are chances that someone else may beat you in launching an application with similar concept and could quickly tap in to your potential client base. When it comes to launching a mobile application, right timing is essential for maximizing return on investment.

5. Pricing: Just like any other product, you need to make sure that price for your mobile application is right. Research on the price of other similar apps, determine how valuable is your application going to be for consumers, and figure out your total cost of ownership for building, launching, and maintaining your application. Consider offering your mobile application for free or at a discounted price for a short period of time to attract more buyers.

Bonus Point: Marketing – After launching your application, it is important to market it and improve its visibility to your target audience. Without the marketing efforts, your application may get buried under the stack of thousands of other applications hurting its revenue potential. Marketing your application on social media sites, search engines optimization, and offering it for free for a short period of time should help increase its consumer base. Make sure to listen to the feedback application users will be giving and incorporate that in to your future development plan.

With our experience in each mobile platform, the Mobile App Development Company, Inspeero’s mobile application development team can help you select a right mobile platform for your mobile development project. Even if you are not sure what your next steps should be or you are unsure of the feasibility of your ideas, we will gladly discuss the details during initial consultation. Contact us to discuss your mobile application development requirements with us.

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