One Should Not Short-List Candidates On The Basis Of Their Institutes As It Has Been Proved From Time To Time That Low Profile Universities Can Also Produce Great Individuals, Says Sarah Zulfiqar, HR Executive, FSD Solutions
Ms. Sarah Zulfiqar: Be it professional life or personal, people say dedication and hard work are the success factors in life. I agree to this but I think these factors are activated when you choose the right career path for yourself. If you do not like what you do, you will never be able to commit to it.
Q. 2. Tell us about your educational life?
Ms. Sarah Zulfiqar: My schooling is from St. Josephs Convent School which created a strong foundation for me. I graduated from Institute of Business Management (CBM) in Human Resources. I have participated in various seminars, conferences and workshops to further develop my skills.
Q. 3. What makes your company an attractive employer for the job seekers?
Ms. Sarah Zulfiqar: FSD Solutions provides a cordial and professional environment to its team members thus eliminating office politics. We believe in creating long term relationships with our team members. FSD is an equal opportunity provider. We recognize talents and skills of an individual and work to further develop them.
Q. 4. What do you look for in a candidate during a hiring interview session? Name 4 key things?
Ms. Sarah Zulfiqar:
We look for the following 4 A’s in a candidate:
- Attitude (behavior and posture)
- Appearance (attire and expression)
- Aptitude (skills and talent)
- Agility (communication skills)
Generally an individual excludes the first 2 A’s and concentrate on the last two. Observing the attitude of the interviewee helps the interviewer to determine if the candidate will fit in the prevailing organizational culture and environment. Appearance indicates interviewee’s interest towards the job and respect for the employer. According to a wise saying “You dress for the person you are going to meet and not for yourself.”
Q. 5. What is the scope of Human Resource Management in Pakistan?
Ms. Sarah Zulfiqar: Human Resource Management in Pakistan is in the development stage at the moment. I believe that serious professional attitude and individuals are required for its development in our country. HRM is being introduced in many companies in Pakistan thus expanding its scope.
Q. 6. How would you rate the success and importance of online recruitment firms such as ROZEE.PK?
Ms. Sarah Zulfiqar: Online recruiting firms such as ROZEE.PK play a vital role in speeding the recruitment process. It is time saving and is cost effective. I believe such firms have proved to be environment friendly as less paper work in involved in using their services.
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?
Ms. Sarah Zulfiqar: Yes. We place an ad on ROZEE.PK whenever there is a vacant position in our company. We never felt the need to use CV Search, as the response for ad posting almost always helps us in filling the vacancy.
Q. 8. What is your strategy on work-life balance and how do you achieve this balance yourself?
Ms. Sarah Zulfiqar: My strategy for work-life balance is very simple. I classify my time into two categories:
1. Work time and
2. Personal time
When I’m working I just concentrate on what I’m doing. I keep the two from overlapping thus maintaining a balance between my work and personal life.
Q. 9. 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?
Ms. Sarah Zulfiqar: Yes. I believe talent mainly depends on the student. Educational institutes help the individual in developing their skills and talents. One should not short-list candidates on the basis of their institutes as it has been proved from time to time that low profile universities can also produce great individuals.
Q. 10. What is your formula of success in life?
Ms. Sarah Zulfiqar: I learn from my experiences and the experiences of others. Learning from experiences of others gives a different insight. You get to learn about the things that were not even in your list. I consider this to be a great factor of success in my life.
Q. 11. What are the biggest turnoffs in an interview of a job applicant?
Ms. Sarah Zulfiqar:
1. Coming in late without informing
2. Attitude and appearance
3. Lying and over-exaggerating
Q. 12. Any good advice you want to give for the job seekers who want to enter and prosper in the professional field?
Ms. Sarah Zulfiqar: The task of a resume is to get you an interview and not a job. Concentrate on writing an effective resume that gets you through to the interview phase. Read the answer to question 4 to help you clear an interview. Highlight all your strengths using strong factual examples. To prosper in your career make sure you choose the right job and work hard to achieve success.