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

Mr. Kashif Ali Bhutto: Success to me is a personal entity, what may thrill and content me may not be true for the next person. Yet I believe that finding your niche with a strong conviction; can be the driving force for all your goals in life. When you find something you love to do and have faith in it, you will be successful to the end.

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

Mr. Kashif Ali Bhutto: I acquired Bachelors and Masters in Computer Science from SZABIST in 2001 and 2002 respectively. I started my professional life in January 2002 by joining Computer Concepts (Pvt) Ltd as an IT Project Coordinator. In May 2004, I joined Direct Solutions as an IT Project Manager. In 2008 I went to Australia for further education. After completing my studies in Australia, I re-joined Direct Solutions as a Director IT.

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

Mr. Kashif Ali Bhutto: When you develop a good relationship with your employees giving them a comfortable, approachable environment to work in, jobseekers will come to your organization without any hesitation. I believe that happy employees make a successful company, thus I make sure that a cordial communication is maintained with them at all times. An excellent offer to the deserving candidates with the best possible company culture is what makes my establishment stand out from the rest.

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

Mr. Kashif Ali Bhutto: During the job interview session, I scrutinize each candidate for the following four elements:

  • Academic background
  • Confidence
  • Communication skills
  • Goals & aspirations

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

Mr. Kashif Ali Bhutto: I am completely in favor of hiring fresh candidates. The enthusiasm and determination that young minds possess nowadays is crucial to the development and success of any organization.

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

Mr. Kashif Ali Bhutto: I believe Human Resource Management has not yet seen its fullest potential in Pakistan. The main reason behind this is that people hardly know about this discipline. Only a handful of institutions offer this major and as a result it lacks technical awareness.

In the last decade, we have seen a change of attitude towards HRM as many organizations have established this department to recruit educated professionals but that is how far the role of the HR department goes. People need to understand that HRM is more than that; the Human Resource Department can contribute toward organization’s productivity. Human Resource Department performs both core and supporting functions. We still have a long way to go towards establishing the HRM tradition in Pakistan.

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. Kashif Ali Bhutto: I think the online recruitment medium is very much constructive towards employment prospects all around the globe. Job seekers have now a platform to approach a bunch of companies at the same time. ROZEE.PK is always a first choice for me to hunt for the extra-ordinary talent that we required. I am proud to say that recently most of vacant positions at Direct Solutions were filled by ROZEE.PK applicants.

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

Mr. Kashif Ali Bhutto: Work-Life balance is extremely important to ensure health, wealth and success. I am a workaholic and I know how much it costs to be married to your work. I always follow a few simple basic steps to make sure that my family and work both get my equal attention. My mantra is, “track your time, learn to say no and leave work on time”. With this I have seen myself successfully juggle career demands and my 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?

Mr. Kashif Ali Bhutto: Pakistan has always generated talented young minds ready to embark on new fascinating quests and the only thing lacking is awareness. The universities in Pakistan do not provide proper guidance to the students, they have the right degrees but do not have a clue as to where apply and approach establishments.

I strongly recommend Career Counselors in all the institutions, making sure the right individuals, land at the right places. My company has always targeted the fresh candidates; we approach them through various mediums.

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. Kashif Ali Bhutto: Multinationals can play a vital role in making the talent of Pakistan within the border; they should cater to their needs and give them opportunities that would make then stay in the country.

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

Mr. Kashif Ali Bhutto: Keeping in view of my personal experiences I believe the most common fatal mistakes include arriving late, failure towards asking questions, talking too much and absences of positive attitude.

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

Mr. Kashif Ali Bhutto: Getting somewhere is easy, staying ahead now that takes hard work and determination. In order to stay in the market, one needs to have a sharp eye and the ability to come up with quick responsive solutions.

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

Mr. Kashif Ali Bhutto: Just this – have faith in yourself and never do something your conscience does not approve of.

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