The Essence of Any Matching: Made for Each Other!
Recruiting at Management Institutes has always been a not-so-satisfactory experience for me. You are required by the ‘process’ to select a person in a fifteen minute interview. Although a group discussion is held earlier, the selection process just does not allow you time enough to interact adequately with the student-candidates. As an interviewer you are required to decide nevertheless, and offer a job that fetches a salary in excess of Rs. 1.2 Mn a year to some!
The recruiters and candidates both realise that they are part of a funny process, but go along the game. Recruiters often look for the required numbers and student-candidates look for highest salary possible. It is not as if recruiters never look for the right match or students never look for an organisation of their choice, but they accept the limitations set by the placement process.
The right match between an organisation and an MBA is a matter of accident in many cases, not a conscious decision.
When the economy was booming, many of the IIM students picked up jobs abroad, and sometimes 35% of the batch was placed in such jobs. A friend once said that IIM did not stand for Indian Institute of Management but International Institute of Management. The press covers highest salaries offered at each campus to promote the high salary hysteria further.
As a student of botany I have understood the importance of the natural habitat. A plant grows in its natural habitat, it is not as if it will die elsewhere, but it will not give the best yield, it will not blossom in a figurative sense. I have felt that a person must think whether [s]he will grow and ‘blossom’ in the organisation where [s]he works. And of course try to find one such. They do not necessarily exist abroad or are big corporations offering fat pay.
Who knows? Perhaps the IIM student who found a job in a Rs 30 Mn [See Economic Times which says: Even a firm with a Rs 3-crore turnover managed to grab an IIM-A graduate in 2009] organisation may discover that it was not a bad deal at all.
It all depends on whether you value the ‘intangibles’.
Beautiful and well said, Sir. I loved the comparison to Botany and the way you have conveyed the message. Great insight, as always.
“….a person must think whether [s]he will grow and ‘blossom’ in the organisation ….”
Never has something been more true. But throughout the time I was reading this post, it was becoming obvious to me that in our society, when brides and grooms are chosen, after several short interviews , individually and with parental groups, the same set of things apply….
At the end of the day, its the intangibles that make things interesting .
Its not the big colourful fruit that matters to the life of the plant ! As much as the possibilities for sustenance through all times !
And for that, climate is so very important ! Although, it is the big bright low hanging fruit that seems to appeal to the senses.
The apple was tangible. From the days of Adam and eve !!
How right you are…money has a way of making us forget that the employer-employee realtionship is also and organic, symbiotic one which benefits from nurturing rather than just driving a hard bargain.
It’s too tempting for a youngster to value the ‘intangibles’, I’d guess…Hopefully, when more and more such opportunities become available, prospective employees’ll start looking beyond the tangibles.
Thanks for sharing, Sir:) It was a thoughtful post.
Interesting post! Isn’t it similar in arranged marriages? The decision on my life partner was made after I talked to her for 15 mins.
Yes, I agree. Your keen observation will take you a long way in your short story writing…
And the pic is lovely!
I did not mean to comment anonymously. Honestly, these computers!
Yes it is true to the some extent.
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