When you open a new business, you gain access to a huge talent pool. In 2017, India made up 18% of the global labour force, and by 2027, the country is expected to have the biggest labour force in the world. That’s good news for your company. But first, you have to find the perfect candidate.
Understand Business Culture Basics
If you’re new to the business world, you need to understand how things usually work. To start, keep in mind that professional relationships commonly operate on formality. When someone applies for your job, you can expect them to show deference and call you sir or madam. Even if you have a very casual business, sticking with a boss-candidate hierarchy during the hiring process typically makes applicants more comfortable.
In many cases, applicants communicate in English because many companies operate entirely in English, especially those that work with international clients. If you prefer another language, simply state your preference in your job description.
Find and Screen Talent
Although India boasts a large labour force, many workers don’t have advanced training. This means companies tend to snap up experienced, educated workers quickly. One of the best ways to find qualified workers is to build relationships with universities. You might offer an internship with a path to full-time employment or simply participate in university job fairs. If you need senior-level employees, consider working with a hiring firm that can connect you to top talent. For a DIY option, narrow your talent pool by posting on commonly used Indian job sites such as Naukri, Monster India, and LinkedIn India.
Once you have a short list of candidates, it makes sense to run background checks on them. Resume fraud isn’t uncommon in India, particularly when it comes to education. This step can help you screen workers and avoid extra hiring costs down the road.
Pay Attention to Job Descriptions and Titles
When you run a small business, your employees often wear many hats at work. As a result, you might not see job titles as important, but in India, they have real consequences. A great job title can help a worker get better home financing and even improve social status. If you’re advertising for a junior account specialist and not having any luck, you might try changing the title to account specialist.
When it comes to writing a job description, keep the importance of hierarchy in mind. Workers tend to stick closely to their assigned roles, especially when it comes to making decisions. For that reason, you need to create a clear, well-defined job description. If you need a manager who’s comfortable calling the shots when you’re not in the office, say so. This ensures your candidates understand exactly what you expect of them from the beginning. You can also make your job more attractive by highlighting your company’s international business dealings or possible overseas experience.
Responsibilities of Employers
When you hire workers, you take on certain employer responsibilities, and employment is highly regulated. If it’s your first experience, it can be overwhelming. Depending on your company’s size and structure, your responsibilities may include creating an employment contract, providing insurance and paid leave time, and maintaining an employee provident fund for salaried employees’ retirements. Other obligations might be ensuring workers only put in 9 hours a day and no more than 48 hours per week, paying workers without discrimination, and providing gratuities to employees who’ve worked for you for 5 years.
As your business grows, hiring employees is a must. When you learn to navigate the hiring culture and stay compliant with labour laws, you can build a strong, lasting team.