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6 Credentials that ALL recruiters subconsciously look for...

A recruiters spends no more than 30 seconds in reviewing your profile. These are the 6 things they look for subconsciously: 1. Industry2. …

3 Signs of inefficient recruitment

Over expectations and judgments are the root cause of inefficient recruitment. The following 3 points are indicators of bad recruitment …

Recruiters, stop asking for years of experience

More years of experience is NOT a reflection of quality talent. Example: An agile project manager (PM) who has delivered 700 projects in 3 years …

The Truth about employee background verification

Who demands it and does it really happen in large volumes? The need for employee background check (BGC) has been widely publicized in the last …

Do higher pay scales attract quality talent?

The short answer is NO. Disclosing your capacity to pay higher salaries can compromise efficiency of hiring process because: · There will be …

Deep pockets do not guarantee quality recruitment

Budgets allocated for quality talent sourcing across companies is highly polarized. Few companies with deep pockets splurge their cash, while the …

How HR experience level is determined

HR experience levels varies depending on the size of the organization. It is flexible because the VALUES people bring in specific domains is …

Job hopping is NOT a crime!

Many recruiters associate jobs hopping candidates with distrust and unreliability. Many genuine candidates who could have been highly talented …

Evolution of HR in the next decade

HR will be the MOST influential department in an organization over the next decade. However, there is a catch! Either HR will completely empower …

Why bad bosses micro-manage

A micromanager is utterly incompetent - be it their expertise or communication. A good boss does not micromanage. So why do bad bosses …

3 Best practices of Talent Management

Every company dreams of bringing attrition levels close to zero. Reality is otherwise. It’s worse especially when talented people leave. However,…

Top 3 reasons people quite companies

Rising attrition is a major concern across organizations. These are top 3 reasons people quit: 1. Bad bosses – Incompetent managers make …

3 Signs of a bad manager

3 easy giveaways in spotting bad managers: 1. They lack vision for their team in the short or long term. These are usually the people who get …

The #1 trait of super star recruiters

Empathy is a recruiter’s super power. Super star recruiters are champions of putting themselves in other people’s shoes. They understand other …

Re-learning Centers - The Future of Business Training

Hiring the perfect candidate is not practically feasible. Technologies are evolving, customer demands are dynamically changing, while talent …

How to ensure employee commitment & loyalty

The phrase “People don’t leave companies, but leave their bad bosses” is incomplete. The real statement should be “People leave companies due to …

3 Reasons why hiring has become miserably slow

It takes about 3 – 6 months to fill positions. 3 Reasons why this happens: 1. Screening candidates based on credentials only: When considering…

"Fresher / Experienced" divide makes no logical sense

Ruling out fresher candidates, on the basis of inexperience, is a mistake. With faster & cheaper internet access, massive open online courses…

Why Recruiters are Powerful

Recruiters, whether aware or not, wield the power to make or break a company. Recruiters are not subject experts in all the profiles they recruit…

THIS is the #1 trait of Leadership

Whether C-level or middle management hiring, leadership is the most sought after trait. While specific traits add to leadership’s definition, …

Does shuffling employees improve productivity?

There is no official research done to claim whether or not shuffling employees has improved productivity. Productivity can be assessed at team …

Why corporate background checks are overrated

Corporate background-checks are a waste of time and money. This is not a justification for hiring people who lie about their credentials. But it …

3 Lessons to learn from successful Head Hunters

Successful recruiters go entrepreneurial by establishing their own head-hunting business. Most recruiter’s objective within companies, is to fill…

Is your company over or under hired?

It’s a sign of bad management if the company is over or under hired. Exceptions are fine for a short intervals. But is has become norm for most …

The Power of Recruiter - Hiring Manager collaboration

In most organizations, the recruiter – hiring manger (HM) relationship do not go beyond resume sharing and calendar appointments for interviews. …

Younger people managing teams with older people - Is it a good idea?

Barring exceptions, it is NOT a good idea to let younger people manage older workforce. Consider these 2 scenarios: 1. The ideal case – Where …

ATTN Recruiters: Career Gaps are not a sin

Resumes do not tell full truth. Inexperienced recruiters avoid profiles with gaps in career progress. They correlate work-experience gaps with …

MUST read book for all, especially HR folks

It’s no coincidence this book remained in Top 100 best-sellers list from 1936 to this day! Dale Carnegie’s “How to win friends and influence …

Why searching and applying for jobs is a waste of time

You won’t get responses to even a fraction of your job applications (except automated emails thanking you for applying). Ever wondered why? It …

Recruiters: Do not get chained to the specific industry bias

Dear Recruiters, the assumption that prospective candidates must come from the same industry as your own, is detrimental to quality hiring. Majority…

How Job Descriptions are ruining talent sourcing

Overly detailed job descriptions (JDs) are written with good intention but it backfires on qualitative candidate screening. Requirements …

Superhero candidates are like Superman - They Do Not exist

Ever wonder why some positions don’t get filled for months? Isn’t it ironic that in the digitized world, hiring is getting difficult, more …

Recruiters: Stop asking stupid interview questions

The following interview questions are totally stupid: • Tell me about yourself • What are you strengths and weaknesses? • Why are you leaving …

6 Credential's that 100% of companies look for in Candidates

Companies / Recruiters prioritize these requirements for shortlisting candidates for interviews. 1. Industry: What major industries do …

Expertise vs. Skills - Why are they important?

Your successful #career isn’t cemented unless you have a deep understanding of these 2 requirements: 1. Acquired knowledge – also known as …

Resume's REAL definition: Document that's ruining job placement for the past 539 years

2 major problems with resumes: 1. Candidates mostly exaggerate their capabilities. Moreover, its composed in the same lines of the job …

Recruiter Insights #3: 3 Reasons why Job Descriptions are Utterly Useless

By: Shriram Shanmugham, Founder – Credait.com – The People Empowerment Platform Reading time: 3 minutes Since our company’s inception, we have…

Recruiter Insights #2: “Predefined Experience” is Ruining Recruitment and 3 Steps to Fix It
When it comes to hiring experienced candidates, an important parameter is specifying years of experience. While this may be important depending on …
Recruiter Insights #1: 5 Reasons why Resumes must be Eliminated
Some of the best recruiters in industry, whom we talked to, revealed that resumes are useless and the stellar candidates they hired had nothing to do…

Career Insights

Personality test are NOT effective for hiring

For culture-centric organizations, it is imperative that a prospective candidate’s personality is in sync with existing team and job role. Human…

Culture - An underrated superpower

Most successful non-profit organizations have volunteers working for them. How do they manage to remain successful? The secret is that …

6 Credentials that ALL recruiters subconsciously look for...

A recruiters spends no more than 30 seconds in reviewing your profile. These are the 6 things they look for subconsciously: 1. Industry2. …

Don't panic - AI is NOT taking your job!

This question – Will AI take our jobs? – stems up for 2 reasons: 1. Too many PR influenced articles by tech companies that control the narrative…

Why 80% of people are unhappy with their jobs

Rightly matching qualifications and experience do not define happiness at workplace. A sync of people’s innate personalities is imperative. This…

3 Signs of inefficient recruitment

Over expectations and judgments are the root cause of inefficient recruitment. The following 3 points are indicators of bad recruitment …

Skills-on-demand is the future of Jobs

Given the pandemic situation this year, the job losses have been steep across the world. In India, the situation is dire. We do not have an official…

Skills-on-demand is the future of career

With rising automation in manufacturing space, career growth lies in services sector only. Jobs instability was a major repercussion of this …

The Truth about employee background verification

Who demands it and does it really happen in large volumes? The need for employee background check (BGC) has been widely publicized in the last …

How office politics harms careers

The dirty truth about office politics is this – It will drag you in even without your consent. Some voluntarily get involved into it while others …

3 Steps to request timeline extensions on critical projects

Remember one golden rule of timeline extensions: Never request for it in the last minute. Even if your request is genuine, your manager or client …

3 Things recruiters assess during first interview

A recruiter looks for these 3 things during first-round interview: 1. Amicable communication skills – Are you able to articulate answers to various…

Continuous Learning - Key to future career prospects

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Expertise & Skills - That's all that matters!

When it comes to cementing financial gains through career progress, the line between blue and white collar is fading. Education was the only major …

Jobs - Manufacturing vs Services: A Future Perspective

Automation has dominated major manufacturing sectors globally. In India, Maruti Suzuki Automotive plant, in which the Indian government has stakes,…

Pandemic perspective: Part-time vs. freelance

Amid layoffs, many are considering freelancing or part-time options. Not many people will find freelance comforting. You have to be competitive …

Bright future for jobs in Business Development

Business development (BD) jobs are in top demand anytime – past, present or future! Two focus areas govern BD, be it CEO or any sales position: …

Why leaders are voracious readers

Brilliant leaderships is defined by long-term vision and effective communication. Be it CEO of a public company addressing share-holders, or a …

Top 3 secrets of smart software developers

Golden rule of software development: Discipline, is more important than talent, for qualitative results. Top 3 secrets of smart software …

Top 3 traits of Digital Marketers

The objective of marketing is to create awareness, curiosity and interest. The challenge for marketers have become monumental in recent times. …

Top 3 traits of successful sales people

Ever wonder why few sales people are super successful? They are highly confident and seem to have a knack for closing sales effortlessly. These are …

Contract Career = Future of jobs

HR will be the MOST influential department in an organization over the next decade. However, there is a catch! Either HR will completely empower …

Why bad bosses micro-manage

A micromanager is utterly incompetent - be it their expertise or communication. A good boss does not micromanage. So why do bad bosses …

Top 3 skills of a Content Manager

Your brand perception – individual or company – depends on contributing original & qualitative content. This is the age of digital reputation. …

Why applying for jobs makes no logical sense

Did you get a response from every job profile you applied to? Companies with deep pockets advertise the same job across all medium, including …

How to handle harassment from your boss

If someone harasses you, then they have a psychological problem. You have to raise a complaint to HR administration. Follow these steps: 1. …

Top 3 traits of a Project Manager

Project management is more about execution and less about expertise. Ensuring quality and timely delivery is top priority of project managers …

How to convince a company to hire you?

There is no 100% guaranteed method that will get you the job you want. You can only increases your chances of getting hired. Ensure the …

2 Genuine steps to get promoted

Of course you give your best performance at work. However, when it comes to promotion, it is important that your efforts are recognized, especially …

How to manage conflict with colleagues

There are no innovations without conflicts. Disagreements are an important metric for progress. It is unfortunate when constructive conflicts are…

3 Tips to win trust from colleagues

To gain a reputation that you are resourceful, colleagues need to trust you first. 3 simple steps to establish trust: 1. Genuinely establish a…

THIS is the #1 trait of Leadership

Whether C-level or middle management hiring, leadership is the most sought after trait. While specific traits add to leadership’s definition, …

Why job security is an overrated thought

Feeling secured in a full-time position in as an illusion. About 80% of the human workforce are engaged in self-employment, part-time, trade or …

Company Reputation vs Boss's Leadership - What to choose?

Choosing the Boss (your reporting manager) should be your #1 priority. More than company pedigree or salary benefits, working under good …

What does it mean when recruiters do not get back?

Following interviews, the wait-time to hear from recruiters is marked by anxiety for most people. Job search can be an agonizing experience, …

The Secret of Fast Learners

There is correlation between fast learners and career success. Their secret is this – they are voracious readers. Voracious reading does not …

3 Career mistakes college students make

Many college students makes these mistakes: 1. The mindset to join high-pedigree companies – They remain jobless until they get these offers, …

The Ugly Truth of Appraisals

In an organization where there is lack of transparency, the entire appraisal process is an eye-wash. This is the ugly truth. Middle-management …

Know when to walk away while pursing career opportunities

All that glitters is NOT gold. Glory seems in the guise of company reputation, designation, salary, location and learning opportunities, but …

College pedigree or reputed company experience - Is this an advantage for career progress?

The short answer is, no. We live in a digital age where people without educational backgrounds are building drones by watching YouTube videos and…

2 Steps to negotiate counter offers following resignation

Not all counter-offers following your resignation are genuine. If a company is trying to retain you following your resignation, then exercise …

3 Steps to negotiate your ideal salary package

When it comes to salary negotiations, remember this golden rule: Never compromise Consider the following points to justify your desired salary …

Team is Priority - The real definition of Communication Skills

Ever wondered why recruiters want great communication skills, but never clearly defined it? Communication skills are not just restricted to …

Why searching and applying for jobs is a waste of time

You won’t get responses to even a fraction of your job applications (except automated emails thanking you for applying). Ever wondered why? It …

No more visas - We are evolving into a global workforce

Except for travel & vacation purposes, all forms of employment visas in will become obsolete. True Story: An American company – aggregating …

3 Certainties of your future jobs

These job trends have already started, and the next decade will witness a complete transition: 1. No more full-time jobs: With automation …

Your personality can make or break your career

A research by Carnegie-Melon University concluded that 85% of your financial & career success is attributed to your personality. More than …

The Secretive power of passion in your career

What does it mean when few recruiters say “We are looking for passionate” candidates? This does not imply turning your hobbies into career. …

Knowledge = Power = Re-Learning

Re-learning is not the same as learning. Learning is to comprehend and analyze new knowledge from scratch. Re-learning is when you have to …

Honesty is saying, "I don't know"

Never lie during interviews. It’s easy to get caught in the digital age, be it technical subject, or details of your past work-experience. If …

6 Credential's that 100% of companies look for in Candidates

Companies / Recruiters prioritize these requirements for shortlisting candidates for interviews. 1. Industry: What major industries do …

3 Qualities companies look for in candidates

Highly productive and operationally efficient companies are culture-centric and they prioritize a candidate’s personality and passion along with …

Expertise vs. Skills - Why are they important?

Your successful #career isn’t cemented unless you have a deep understanding of these 2 requirements: 1. Acquired knowledge – also known as …

Ever wonder why many people do not follow their passion?

People who did follow their #passion had an unfair advantage. Some person in their life – a friend, family member, or a mentor – had compelled them …

Why your personality is key element to sync with company culture?

Smart companies realize the significance of right  cultural sync among teams. What this implies is that a candidate’s innate attitude and …

Resume's REAL definition: Document that's ruining job placement for the past 539 years

2 major problems with resumes: 1. Candidates mostly exaggerate their capabilities. Moreover, its composed in the same lines of the job …

Career Insights #2: 5 Steps to Impress your Interviewers
Whether someone is an experienced professional or a fresher, the first interview is a combination of stranger-anxiety and pressure to do well. First …
Career Insights #1: 3 Career Mistakes College Students Make
Ask anyone with more than 10 years of work experience, and most of them will acknowledge their ignorance of “work-in-the-real-world” when they began …

Human Resource

Personality test are NOT effective for hiring

For culture-centric organizations, it is imperative that a prospective candidate’s personality is in sync with existing team and job role. Human…

Don't panic - AI is NOT taking your job!

This question – Will AI take our jobs? – stems up for 2 reasons: 1. Too many PR influenced articles by tech companies that control the narrative…

Why 80% of people are unhappy with their jobs

Rightly matching qualifications and experience do not define happiness at workplace. A sync of people’s innate personalities is imperative. This…

3 Signs of inefficient recruitment

Over expectations and judgments are the root cause of inefficient recruitment. The following 3 points are indicators of bad recruitment …

3 Signs of a bad manager

3 easy giveaways in spotting bad managers: 1. They lack vision for their team in the short or long term. These are usually the people who get …

The #1 trait of super star recruiters

Empathy is a recruiter’s super power. Super star recruiters are champions of putting themselves in other people’s shoes. They understand other …

How to ensure employee commitment & loyalty

The phrase “People don’t leave companies, but leave their bad bosses” is incomplete. The real statement should be “People leave companies due to …

3 Reasons why hiring has become miserably slow

It takes about 3 – 6 months to fill positions. 3 Reasons why this happens: 1. Screening candidates based on credentials only: When considering…

THIS is the #1 trait of Leadership

Whether C-level or middle management hiring, leadership is the most sought after trait. While specific traits add to leadership’s definition, …

Younger people managing teams with older people - Is it a good idea?

Barring exceptions, it is NOT a good idea to let younger people manage older workforce. Consider these 2 scenarios: 1. The ideal case – Where …

The Ugly Truth of Appraisals

In an organization where there is lack of transparency, the entire appraisal process is an eye-wash. This is the ugly truth. Middle-management …

ATTN Recruiters: Career Gaps are not a sin

Resumes do not tell full truth. Inexperienced recruiters avoid profiles with gaps in career progress. They correlate work-experience gaps with …

MUST read book for all, especially HR folks

It’s no coincidence this book remained in Top 100 best-sellers list from 1936 to this day! Dale Carnegie’s “How to win friends and influence …

Attrition: Consequence of powerless HR Department

Bad management is the #1 reason for high attrition rates in organizations. Contrary to popular corporate phrase “People don’t leave companies, …

Why searching and applying for jobs is a waste of time

You won’t get responses to even a fraction of your job applications (except automated emails thanking you for applying). Ever wondered why? It …

Recruiters: Do not get chained to the specific industry bias

Dear Recruiters, the assumption that prospective candidates must come from the same industry as your own, is detrimental to quality hiring. Majority…

How Job Descriptions are ruining talent sourcing

Overly detailed job descriptions (JDs) are written with good intention but it backfires on qualitative candidate screening. Requirements …

Superhero candidates are like Superman - They Do Not exist

Ever wonder why some positions don’t get filled for months? Isn’t it ironic that in the digitized world, hiring is getting difficult, more …

The Secret of successful firms with happy employees

Empowering a culture-centric workplace is the secret that many companies overlook. Consider these points about your close friends: • Are you …

6 Credential's that 100% of companies look for in Candidates

Companies / Recruiters prioritize these requirements for shortlisting candidates for interviews. 1. Industry: What major industries do …

3 Qualities companies look for in candidates

Highly productive and operationally efficient companies are culture-centric and they prioritize a candidate’s personality and passion along with …

Expertise vs. Skills - Why are they important?

Your successful #career isn’t cemented unless you have a deep understanding of these 2 requirements: 1. Acquired knowledge – also known as …

Why your personality is key element to sync with company culture?

Smart companies realize the significance of right  cultural sync among teams. What this implies is that a candidate’s innate attitude and …

How do we empower the skilled but underprivileged Indian workforce?

About 80% of Indian blue-collar workforce, represented by 700+ million people, do part-time jobs owing to seasonal and contract work. It is critical…

Why Artificial Intelligence can't solve the hiring challenges?

While AI has many valuable applications, its influence and capabilities in the hiring space is highly exaggerated. Here are the 2 fundamental flaws …

Resume's REAL definition: Document that's ruining job placement for the past 539 years

2 major problems with resumes: 1. Candidates mostly exaggerate their capabilities. Moreover, its composed in the same lines of the job …

Human Resource Insights #3: Star Performers are Nurtured, NOT Acquired
When it comes to high-skilled recruitment, the phrase “War for talent” is an understatement. The demand outweighs supply and recruiters work under …
Human Resource Insights #2: 4 Signs of Inefficient HR Departments
There are many subcategories within the human resource (HR) department but they can be categorized into 3 focus groups
Human Resource Insights #1: Attrition – 2 Reasons why it gets out of control

By: Shriram Shanmugham, Founder – Credait.com – The People Empowerment Platform Reading time: 5 minutes We have heard the phrase “Employees …

Credait – Research Justification
Credait is a social empowerment platform to enable people’s dream career.

Interview Tips

Steps to handle conflict related questions in interviews

Conflict management is an integral requirement for managerial positions. Interviews for this designation are bound to have at least one question on…

3 Things recruiters assess during first interview

A recruiter looks for these 3 things during first-round interview: 1. Amicable communication skills – Are you able to articulate answers to various…

A Standard Interview question post lockdown

“How did you spend your work-time during lockdown?” will be a standard question during job interviews. If you didn’t lose your job, then …

How to convince a company to hire you?

There is no 100% guaranteed method that will get you the job you want. You can only increases your chances of getting hired. Ensure the …

3 Steps to ace online interviews

Ensuring proper connectivity is winning half the battle. Setup your computer infrastructure 15 minutes before your interview. Check for internet …

Answering strengths & weakness in interviews

This question makes no logical sense. It is usually put forth in fresher interviews. In this regard, the interviewer is trying to get a sense of …

How to impress in startup interviews

Expect a very busy work-life in startups. You will either love it, or hate it from Day 1. If you crave high frequency challenges, then startups …

Are personality or cognitive tests effective during interviews?

Barring outlier cases, personality or cognitive tests do serve any purpose. A cognitive test is given to assess a candidate’s analytic thought …

How to be Creative during interviews

Creative communication is essential while discussing complex topics during interviews. 3 methods can be adopted: 1. Visualize wherever …

How to avoid speaking fast during interviews

Speaking fast comes off as insecurity or being desperate for the job. Another downside is that it is hard for your interviewer to comprehend you.…

3 Steps to ace group interviews

Group interviews are conducted to test 2 things only – Team chemistry & Communication skills Not that these are unimportant in a one-to-one …

3 Tips to ace telephonic interviews

Do not lose good opportunities by ignoring these 3 simple tips for telephonic interviews: 1. Take the call in a noiseless place – No loud …

3 Ways to identify a Bad Boss during interview stage

Bosses are either great or useless. You can grow and learn under a great boss. A bad boss is high toll on your mental health. Note these points …

Do this, to make a lasting impression with interviewers

Making your interviewer introspect towards the end of discussion can influence a strong lasting impression. So what can you do to make them …

The 2 minutes interview rule

Your response to interviewers should last less than 2 minutes. Most people get into long elaborations, without knowing that recruiters are …

7 Interview winning secrets before uttering a single word

These 7 etiquette subconsciously influence your interviewer to form the best first impression on you: 1. Personal hygiene – Clean nails, clean …

Golden "hack" to get comfortable with interviewers

Feeling uncomfortable during the first interview is everyone’s problem, largely stemming from stranger anxiety. This is contagious. If you heart is …