Don’t Be Afraid Of Failure, In Fact Learn From It, Says Mr. Amir Ali Ahmad, Executive Officer HR, Netsol Technologies
Mr. Amir Ali Ahmad:
Continuous hard work and sticking to the following:
- Practicing the good ethics learned from my religion (Islam)
- Seeking advanced knowledge and enhancing my competencies
- Implementing & sharing my knowledge & experience
- Looking forward to continuous improvements in life
Q. 2. Tell us about your educational life?
Mr. Amir Ali Ahmad: I was always among the good students and have got few distinctions in my studies; the good thing was my passion, hard work and dedicated attitude towards my studies. I’m grateful to my teachers and parents in this regard, who continuously helped and guided me.
I have two major degrees, MBA from IBA, PU & MSc Computer Science from IBOSS (a private Institute).
Q. 3. What makes your company an attractive employer for the job seekers?
Mr. Amir Ali Ahmad: NetSol Technologies Limited today stands as one of the largest IT services organizations in Pakistan with resource base exceeding 800 professionals worldwide. NetSol has offices in the US, UK, Pakistan, China, Australia and Thailand. It is the first and only indigenous SEI-CMMi Level 5 rated Company to trade on NASDAQ, KSE & DIFX. Moreover, following few strong points make NetSol an attractive employer:
- Matchless recognitions & awards that have been presented to NetSol
- Best IT practices and process-oriented environment
- Supreme exposure opportunities at NetSol
- International travelling & learning exposure due to a client-base of global blue-chip organizations
- Conducive culture and working environment
- Training and Career development opportunities
- Attractive Benefits & Rewards
Q. 4. What do you look for in a candidate during a hiring interview session? Name 4 key things?
Mr. Amir Ali Ahmad: There are 4 things that every candidate must have if he wants to succeed in an interview session. These are:
- Good subject knowledge
- Positive attitude & good soft skills
- Passion for career growth with clear vision
- Hardworking team player
Q. 5. What is the scope of Human Resource Management in Pakistan?
Mr. Amir Ali Ahmad: Currently, it’s not going well as per expectations, but I hope it would be good within the next 10 years. HRM need strong leadership who can play their vital role in developing a conducive culture in organization and selling the role of HRM from top to bottom across the board.
Q. 6. How would you rate the success and importance of online recruitment firms such as ROZEE.PK?
Mr. Amir Ali Ahmad: Pretty good going, especially ROZEE.PK has turned the vision of employers. I think this is a very good change that most companies are now focusing on the online channels and converting their manual recruitment processes to the automated one.
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. Amir Ali Ahmad: NetSol Technologies Ltd has recently purchased the Platinum/Premium Top Employer package (Complete & optimum employer solution) from ROZEE.PK and so far we found it very useful having good recruitment features. It does not only assist for Recruitment & Selection but also branding the organization.
Q. 8. What is your strategy on work-life balance and how do you achieve this balance yourself?
Mr. Amir Ali Ahmad: It is very difficult to manage in a pressure working environment especially in IT industry where it has become a serious challenge. But I think by implementing good management practices and taking advantage of technology we can get success. I achieve this through better planning, organizing, commitment and efficiency.
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. Amir Ali Ahmad: Unfortunately they are not providing according to the needs of the employers. Most of the universities are acting as a business unit. One of the reasons for unemployment is the multiple standards of education being offered. The programs available are either outdated or have limited knowledge & scope as compared to the demand of industry.
Few good programs have been developed only for the well-off class due to their fee structure. Not a single stakeholder is taking it seriously, not understanding the career planning, industry demands etc. That is why most of the students are taking different multiple degree programs to get a job. Parents are worried for their children’s careers even after investing a huge amount of money on their studies.
Talent is just coming out with their self effort. Most of the companies have no option except to hire average resources. There is a big demand of human resources in the local and global market but the right kind of human resources are limited.
Q. 10. What is your formula for success in life?
Mr. Amir Ali Ahmad: Hard work, positive attitude & ethics learned from my religion (Islam) have led me towards a successful life.
Q. 11. What are the biggest turnoffs in an interview of a job applicant?
Mr. Amir Ali Ahmad:
The biggest turn offs in a job applicant would be:
- No planning for a right career
- No proper preparation for interview e.g. lacking in attitude & knowledge
Q. 12. 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. Amir Ali Ahmad: To be cost effective, the company has been taking many initiatives. For instance:
- NetSol purchased the optimum online solution from ROZEE.PK that is saving the company money, time and efforts.
- Efficient recruitment methods e.g. telephonic/online assessments, targeting the right people etc.
- Automation of manual systems
Q. 13. Any good advice you want to give for the job seekers who want to enter and prosper in the professional field?
Mr. Amir Ali Ahmad: Don’t be afraid of failure, in fact learn from it; continue working hard and try to make some improvements in the following areas:
- Practicing the good ethics of Islam
- Develop the clear vision & right attitude for career
- Seeking and enhancing your best subject knowledge
- Develop good soft skills
- Implementing & sharing your knowledge