Q.1. What is your policy on work-life balance and how do you achieve this balance yourself?
Mr. Hassan Javed Qureshi: My policy on work-life balance is that if working hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, you should be done with all the tasks/appointments for the day by 5:00 PM; a knowledgeable worker can perform his best within the given time period, if he or she wants to. Besides, no matter how much you are earning but if you do not have any time to spend it and enjoy, you will never be satisfied and it is definitely going to affect your performance and personal life too.
Q.2. Do you believe that Pakistani Universities are creating an effective talent pool and what is your company’s strategy to attract the best talent in Pakistan?
Mr. Hassan Javed Qureshi: Yes, I do believe that Pakistani universities are creating an effective talent. However, the market demand is not only a degree obtained from these universities. Employers want certified people with hands on experience. My company’s strategy to attract the best talent is that we, being a training institute, provide the professionals a practical training and produce practical knowledgeable workers in a short time.
Q.3. Due to rough economic situation and soaring price rises how does your company deal with keeping itself cost effective and attractive for job seekers?
Mr. Hassan Javed Qureshi: I believe that if the organization has a proper Human Resource Department then the organization is bound to grow even in rough economic situations. If the Human Resource, in fact Human Capital, is satisfied with the organization, it will give its best resulting in the growth of both the company and the Human Capital itself. We are dealing with this recession by reducing our administrative cost and are focusing more on employee satisfaction.
Q.4. What are the principles of your success?
Mr. Hassan Javed Qureshi: I work to learn and not to earn, while working with the Human Capital Department.
• In the year 2006, the acquisition of National Engineers with Wateen Telecom and after the alliance I have been assisting for redefining the complete restructuring of both business units. This included revision of job description, designation, pay grade, roles and responsibilities of each resource, mapping each individual’s skill set to the new structure, defining new career path and acting as a catalyst in intermingling of both cultures. This gave the organization a new lease of life.
• In the year 2008, NETS wanted to establish its Human Resource Department for international launch. Since then I have been developing the HR Department by introducing policies, procedures, pay roll system, training and development plans for employees and performance appraisals.
Q.5. Human Resources are among the first causalities of an economic slowdown. What is your company’s strategy to deal with this challenge?
Mr. Hassan Javed Qureshi: First of all Human is not a Resource; he is a Capital because the knowledge he possesses makes him a Capital for an organization. We are producing hands on practice and less cost knowledge workers to deal with this challenge.
Q.6. How would you rate success and importance of online recruitment firms such as ROZEE.PK?
Mr. Hassan Javed Qureshi: The recruitment firms like ROZEE.PK are playing a vital role in reducing the unemployment ratio and giving a user-friendly platform to all the job seekers.
Q.7. What do you look for in a candidate during a hiring interview session? Name 4 key things?
Mr. Hassan Javed Qureshi:
4 A ‘fit’ to my organization culture.
Q.8. Any good advice you want to give for our job seekers who want to join the HR field and otherwise?
Mr. Hassan Javed Qureshi: I would like to address the fresh graduates here; for at least first five years of your job, work hard to learn and not for the pay or incentives you are getting out of it. After five years of your experience in a particular field, you can cash your expertise.