Organizations Are Now Separating The Concept Of Admin From HR And Are Understanding The Sole Importance Of HRM, Says M. Umar Farooq HR Officer – Recruitment And Selection, Lahore Medical Instrument (Pvt.) Ltd
Mr. Umer Farooq: Lahore Medical Instrument (Pvt) Limited is a dream project converted to reality by leading businessmen of health care industry in 1992. LMI is the first company of its class to receive ISO 9001:2000 certificate, which is a testimony to the world class standards followed and maintained at its manufacturing facilities.
Lahore Medical Instruments is a group of highly professionals and since we are Health Care Manufacturers, we require recruits from management level to technical positions. In short we welcome professionals from almost all disciplines to apply in our group.
Q. 2. What is your strategy on work-life balance and how do you achieve this balance yourself?
Mr. Umer Farooq: Lahore Medical Instrument is an organization of well trained people with latest advanced technology that works as a team to achieve maximum output, having a strong check and balance on every decision. Working hours are quite flexible, no concept of late sitting or over time and we encourage our employees to fulfill the work well within time.
Q. 3. 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. Umer Farooq: Well, according to my point of view, only a few Pakistani universities are producing quality individuals, but then again, it depends upon the individual that how quick learner he/she is. Our basic strategy is to provide the candidates a fast pace career growth and every possible fringe benefit.
Q. 4. Due to rough economic situation and soaring price rise, how does your company deal with keeping itself cost effective and attractive for job seekers?
Mr. Umer Farooq: We are lucky that the quality of our products has been approved by renowned multinational/national companies as well as all major government institutions. We are the leading Medical Disposables Manufacturer in Pakistan. Our company didn’t hit the economic situation and according to the current market survey, we give our employees a bit higher salary package and other benefits which makes our turnover rate almost nil. Because if the company is investing in its people, then there are 100 percent chances of employee retention and ultimately company will get a boost itself.
Q. 5. What are, in your views, the basic principles of success in a professional life?
Mr. Umer Farooq: In my views, the basic principles of professional success are; motivation, patience, commitment and a clear goal towards life.
Q. 6. How would you rate the success and importance of online recruitment firms such as ROZEE.PK?
Mr. Umer Farooq: Recruitment firms are the major drug for any HR/Recruitment company, as it provides a broader field for both employers/employees and when it comes to ROZEE.PK, I would say it’s the best place to get the quality resource.
Q. 7. How has ROZEE.PK helped your firm regarding recruitment i.e. Have you tried any recruitment tools provided by ROZEE.PK e.g. Job Fairs/Job Postings/CV Search?
Mr. Umer Farooq: Our company is having a long term corporate relations with ROZEE.PK as we need CVs in bulk quantity. We use ROZEE.PK’s Data Base (CV Search Engine) very frequently.
Q. 8. What is the scope of Human Resource Management in Pakistan?
Mr. Umer Farooq: Human Resource department is an intermediary/ bridge between higher management and lower management, implementing rules, regulations, policies and procedures. In Pakistan, it is having a massive scope in the coming time as most organizations are now separating the concept of Admin from HR department and understanding the sole importance of HRM.
Q. 9. What are the biggest turn-offs in an interview of a job applicant?
Mr. Umer Farooq: The things about a candidate that annoy me the most during a job interview are:
- ‘Know-it-all’ attitude
- Poor eye contact
Q. 10. Tell us about your educational life?
Mr. Umer Farooq: I did my MBA in Human Resource Management; in December 2008, from The Institute of Management Sciences (Pak – Aims) is a project of Al-Karim Educational Foundation established in Lahore in 1986 and enjoyed a wonderful educational experience over there.
Q. 11. What is your formula of success in life?
Mr. Umer Farooq: I cannot explain the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure–which is: trying to please everybody makes you fall into trouble.
Q. 12. What do you look for in a candidate during a hiring interview session? Name 4 key things?
Mr. Umer Farooq: For me, the ideal candidate should possess:
- Good Attire
- Communication Skills
- Confidence Level
- Realistic Goals
Q. 13. Any good advice you want to give for the job seekers who want to enter and/ or prosper in the professional field?
Mr. Umer Farooq: “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude” – Zig Ziglar