My Company Doors Are Open For Everyone As Long As They Can Perform The Job Efficiently, Says Syed Shujaat Ali, Head Of It Department, Innovative Technology Plus

Q. 1. What do you consider the basic principles of success in a professional life?

Mr. Syed Shujaat Ali: According to me, the basic principles of success in the professional life are:

  • Attitude
  • Consistency
  • Hard work

Q. 2. Tell us briefly about your education and professional life?

Mr. Syed Shujaat Ali: As far as my qualification is concerned, I have studied Computer and Business and worked in the UK for 8 years. On returning to Pakistan, I started my own business in software applications with a US based company and I am running it quite successfully.

Q. 3. What makes your company attractive and unique for the job seekers?

Mr. Syed Shujaat Ali: Well, first of all it is a highly paid field and as far as my company is concerned we care for our people as long as they produce results, work hard, be honest and have a positive attitude towards work. By taking good care of them we help them be more successful and get highly paid jobs in our company as well as others.

Q. 4. What do you look for in a candidate during a hiring interview session? Name four key things?

Mr. Syed Shujaat Ali: The four key things which we look for in a candidate during a hiring interview session are:

  • Can do attitude
  • Highly motivated
  • Creative
  • Hard worker

Q. 5. What are your thoughts on hiring fresh candidates in a company?

Mr. Syed Shujaat Ali: Well, my company doors are open for everyone as long as they can perform the job efficiently.

Q.6. What is the scope of Human Resource Management in Pakistan? What are the challenges faced by Human Resource Management in Pakistan?

Mr. Syed Shujaat Ali: I think HR has got a big role in hiring anyone but only as long as they don`t get involved in politics so they can do their jobs efficiently. Challenges they have to face could be either way, external and internal, but if they really understand and follow the rules and regulation, they hardly get out of track.

Q.7. How would you rate the success and importance of online recruitment firms such as ROZEE.PK? 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. Syed Shujaat Ali: I think ROZEE.PK has been playing good role so far and I know I can tell you this because I got a good response from the website and I don’t think I need any other website now.

Q. 8. What is your strategy on work-life balance and how do you achieve this balance yourself?

Mr. Syed Shujaat Ali: Well I think if you really start working hard as soon as you enter the practical field you got to learn everything and at this point if you balance your life and make plans on how to deal with good and bad conditions, you fulfill all your personal and work lifestyle and you need to actually learn by doing all things personally and the important part is do not depend on anyone and do not just take anything as granted. Be a good Muslim and you will learn everything in your life automatically.

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?

Mr. Syed Shujaat Ali: I think it is true as I have been in the UK and have seen so many people there and compared to them, ours is definitely better. My strategy to attract people will be giving more incentives and work assurance with new technology so they are inclined to stay longer and produce better result to achieve my company goals.

Q. 10. A large number of trained educated professionals leave Pakistan every year looking for better job opportunities abroad. In your opinion, what role can the multinational companies play in attracting the talented youth to stay in Pakistan and work for them?

Mr. Syed Shujaat Ali: In my opinion multinationals should provide opportunities and cater to the needs of the young graduates. We need to really appreciate them and their talent in order to make them stay longer in Pakistan.

Q. 11. Name the most common mistakes in a job interview which prove fatal for a candidate?

Mr. Syed Shujaat Ali: The most common mistake that a candidate can make is not knowing what position they have applied for and what is the profile of the company they have applied to.

Q. 12. What is the most important thing you need to have in order to succeed in a competitive job climate?

Mr. Syed Shujaat Ali: It depends; I believe that as long as I look after my company’s needs and the needs of the employees, I don’t need to worry.

Q. 13. Any good advice you want to give for the job seekers who want to enter and prosper in the professional field?

Mr. Syed Shujaat Ali: I would like to say please be honest and work hard. You will be rewarded as long as your attitude stays positive and Allah will give you a chance to make your mark, you just have to wait.

6 thoughts on “My Company Doors Are Open For Everyone As Long As They Can Perform The Job Efficiently, Says Syed Shujaat Ali, Head Of It Department, Innovative Technology Plus

  1. I totally agree with all. Ijust wanna say a few words to describe many things….Giving up doesn’t always mean you are weak … sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go… and before I close my words I wanna share a best line in my life which inspired me towards success….
    A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.

  2. I agree with all, but the most important thing you said is honesty, which is vanishing day by day.

    “Being a student I must say there is no platform for upcoming students where they could communicate with experts or some professionals openly. No one is there to guide you about the ups and downs of the industry. There must some local forums where experts teach the upcoming students”.
    Hope someone will consider.
    When people find no opportunity here in Pakistan they intend to go out. It is good to have higher education from renowned institutes of the world but they must come back and apply here and explore their skills here.

    Raheel I am so sorry to hear about people like you who are at stake but I must say keep your morale high, you’ll beat the world one day.

  3. I agree with most of the things that have been said above. I believe in Pakistan these things are not being followed, and in most cases hiring is done on the basis of personal relations and references and some times if the job seeker is of more experience than the one who is conducting the interview and is of the same department he will straight away reject the candidate making any lame excuse, and they do it out of this fear that this new person might take his place.
    I am not just saying this I have experienced all this. I am an IT professional and got 12 years of experience and worked in the administrative positions in the good old days but now the situation is worst than ever and decaying rapidly. From last 3 years I am working in a very tough environment only for Rs.15000/- per month and looking for some better job. Most of the time I don’t even receive a call for interview and if I do I got rejected after the final interview and they say that I am over experienced and over qualified. Unfortunately at last I am thinking about moving abroad for a good job. And I am not the person who would like to go out of country for job.

  4. I like one thing most mentioned in Mr. Syed Shujaat Ali’s interview that is the most common mistake that candidates usually commit during interview, thats candidates don’t collect relevant information on Company’s profile for which they are invited to give interview. Candidates should collect as much information as they can about the Company they have applied for and the position as well.

    I agree with Majid Imtiaz’s criteria for selection of candidates on the basis of right attitude.

    As one of very famous Business Expert “Jack Welch said, “Try to find trained people with good values and retain them at any cost as they the most precious Company asset, try to trace trained people with negative (bad) values and fire them, try to select untrained people with good values and train them”.

  5. Well I fully agree with Shujaat on success points he has mentioned in his answer to first question. I have myself sorted out candidates on the basis of Attitude. As a CEO, Project Manager or Team Lead you have to choose very carefully right people for the right job and thats the main key to success. Normally Top companies select people from the top universities, Fair enough, I have concentrated on the stream of the students who are very intelligent and could not make to the good universities and believe me those guys can do wonders if they are provided with proper work environment and of course they are less expensive than those who think of themselves as Managers right after passing out their universities.

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