Source | LinkedIn : By Joby Joseph
This Monday morning I was dimly greeted with the news in Bangalore Mirror about the predicament at the HCL walk-in drive which happened on Sunday 24th Jan 2016. The coverage in the newspaper stated that ‘8000 candidates showed up for the walk-in when the company was expecting only 500’. As per the news article, the interview had to be cancelled and the company officials had to call in cops to control and disperse the crowd. One of the candidates, who had travelled all the way from Gwalior to attend this drive, said to Bangalore Mirror “I got to know about the recruitment drive through social media. Most of us were sent back without giving an interview. They could have just asked us to update our resumes online. We had to wait for hours in the queue and later they asked us to hand over the resumes and leave. There are people from several states who left after the cops started using lathis to clear the crowd.”
We come across such situations pretty often; I thought of sharing my learnings here.
There are many companies where recruitment drives have resulted in utter chaos. Is it right to make an issue of unemployment as the main reason for such a debacle A situation like this can be taken as a chain reaction of things gone wrong. Firstly, a miscalculation from decision makers in a company to predict numbers can be a decisive reason for things to go wrong. Secondly, the advertisement about the walk-in being put up randomly on various social media portals. Here an important thing to note is that candidates shouldn’t depend on groups on Facebook and other such websites to find information about walk-ins. Also, it is important for the HR to contact portals which can handle walk-in drives in a structured way.