Friday Jan 18, 2013

The Recruitment Evolution by Louise Allen

Before we talk about the recruitment industry and 2013 trend predictions it’s important for us to reflect on 2012 and the challenges it presented. Our global economy has seen a continuing shift in the balance of activity move away from advanced economies and toward emerging markets, creating an increasingly complex economic landscape.  The October 2012 edition of the World Economic Outlook suggests ‘bouts of elevated uncertainty have been one of the defining features of the sluggish recovery from the global financial crisis’.  

We witnessed companies implementing even more sophisticated cost saving strategies. As a result many technology organisations saw their customers deferring/cancelling their projects which had no immediate revenue return or cost saving.  This subsequently affects industry revenue growth, which is intrinsically linked with recruitment...  

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Monday Jul 30, 2012

Oracle Campus Recruitment Attend BITS Hyderabad HR Confluence Event

Oracle Campus Recruitment Attend BITS Hyderabad HR Confluence Event by Manognya Reddy

It was a pleasant morning and my thoughts were focused on meeting with the graduating batch of students from BITS Hyderabad Campus. Having reached the campus at 10:00 am, I was given a warm welcome by the Placement Officer and the Student Placement Representatives The students graduating in 2013 were all ready for the interactive session with HR representatives.

The HR representatives were from companies of diverse areas such as IT Development, Services Companies, Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Instrumentation Companies*.

Mr Maria Sundaram from GE Energy, Chief Guest addressed the students and gave insights into his own career and tips about what to look out for while applying for the first job out of college.

This was followed by an interactive panel discussion between the HR representatives from the companies and the students. A number of the panel members gave insights on focus areas before the students came up with the questions.

Some of the interesting questions that students came up with include:

  • What do companies expect from Master’s students as opposed to undergraduate students?
  • Would companies hire a passionate employee or a sincere employee?
  • Do students applying for OFSS need any special skills or qualifications to apply?
  • How important are the HR interviews and what is assessed during the same?
  • Student is interested in a certain company, but other companies are visiting the college before the preferred one, what should he/she do?
  • Students from Non IT background want to apply for IT jobs. What should they do to prepare?

This session went on for 2 hours and it was lunch time!

 It was a great event and it is always good to interact with the students to help them on their journey into their career.

*Cognizant Technology Services, Tata Consultancy Services, Oracle, Kony Labs IT Service, Imagination Technologies, One Convergence (IT Companies); Polmon Instruments (Instrumentation and Process Automation Solution provider); Dr Reddy’s Labs (Pharma) Dupont (Chemical) 

Wednesday May 02, 2012

A Student's Interviewing Experience From Australia

I have been blogging for 4-5 years now and Social Media has allowed me the chance to meet and talk to some really interesting people with some really interesting and varied perspectives. I was excited to come across this blog post below today from a student who had recently been through Oracle's interview process in Australia.

I have pasted the original blog post below and the link to the original blog is: http://innovcloud.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/oracle-graduate-program-2013.html

I love that this candidate has taken the time to share the experience they had with Oracle. It was good to see a students perspective on our interviewing approach as it allows us to look at ways that we can continue to improve our overall service. To the student who wrote this, thank you for sharing your experience and I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavours.

Oracle Graduate Program 2012/2013


G'day innovcloud dwellers. With this blog project I not only want to give you inspiration through your day to day woes but throw 'practical utility' your way. One way I believe I can help is to give you insight into numerous graduate recruitment processes myself or my friends have experienced. Without disclosing too much, it will be simply impressions of company culture, the nature of the recruitment process and the area of focus regarding the position. Below is the Oracle Graduate Program 2012/2013 from a fellow who had gone through the whole process. I will also put a 'Process Rating' and an 'Environment Rating' at the end with a comment!



Recruitment Process
For the 2013 Oracle Graduate Program, the stages were as follows. It was held at their North Ryde, Sydney office with recruitment additionally in Melbourne (to my knowledge).

Crunching the Numbers (according to HR)
1000+ Applications submitted
40 through to Sydney Assessment Centres
13 positions available across all streams (8 in Sydney, 5 in Melbourne)

1. Application Submission
This involved not only submission through their Australian graduates website (no free text questions- one of the quickest online submission applications) but also submission of your resume to a designated email address. Was a bit odd and confusing in whether the application was submitted. Confirmation is later received. 


2. Telephone Interview
There was a 1-2 month wait but a recruiter will contact you eventually! It comprises an informal telephone interview with questions involving, motivation for choosing Oracle, experience regarding IT based roles etc. Leave a good impression and you get a straight invite to the Assessment Centre (no waiting!)

3. Assessment Centre
The Assessment Centre comprises of 2 parts. The first part is a group collaboration session where assessors watch you from a distance, rating your ability to socialise with other human beings in a commercial environment (yes there is a tone to that sentence). This involves a hypothetical situation which demands creative solutions (put your imagination hat on!). You have 40mins before you must present with your group your solutions TO THE WHOLE ASSESSMENT CENTRE! (approx 40 people including assessors). Developing your presentation skills makes you stand out here.

The second part is a panel interview (3 to 1). The panel can comprise of the HR manager, a recent graduate to the head of sales. Behavioural questions a plenty, really be sure of the traits which make you stand out as a grad. Really know yourself before going in, know your selling points, know what you do, know how you can throw down and smash any task! YOU CAN DO IT! That said, the panelists make you feel at ease and comfortable so relax into it. 

4. Final Interview
This is an almost duplicate of the panel interview in the Assessment Centre but involves the manager in your preferred stream. See above! You get a glass of water in this one. 

Position Focus
With a mid 2012 start, the Graduate Program is fundamentally a sales based role with streams comprising Sales, Presales, Customer Care and Business Development. That said, Oracle at its core is a sales based organisation and all these roles incorporate sales. Telesales does comprise a portion of the streams, so if you aren't a confident tele-man, look elsewhere or practice!

Company Culture
The feedback regarding the culture at Oracle is that it is supportive, friendly and welcoming. Being a sales-centric organisation within ANZ, Oracle needs its staff to feel empowered and motivated to achieve results. It does this through breeding a culture conducive to letting personality shine. With upper management (and a few big wigs) being present at the Assessment Centre it really does show their commitment to bringing in talent to the organisation. 

Process Rating
3.5/5 - The Assessment Centre and Final Interview were fun and engaging, however the 1-2 month wait on the telephone interview does make you look at other options.

Environment Rating
3/5 - A slightly dated building but has enough glass to make you feel you are in a corporate environment and doing business-y things. Has a cafe on the bottom level but other amenities are not within walking distance (Macquarie Centre etc). Close to Macquarie Park train station. 

I believe at the moment they are waiting for offers after the Final Interview. Would add more detail, but I have an assignment to do (this is procrastination!). I might add more later for your viewing pleasure. Anyways cloud dwellers, hope that may be assistance to yourself or your friends for next year. 

Always Remember,

PipesCanDream

Tuesday Apr 10, 2012

Now It’s Personal (Although It Should Always Be): Campus Recruitment

One of the things that I think is important and I want our Campus Recruitment Team here at Oracle to be known for is outstanding customer service. When I say customer service, I mean both students and hiring managers should feel they have had a great experience in our campus hiring process. I think one of the keys to providing outstanding customer service is being able to provide as best as we can a personalised experience where the students who are interviewing with us feel like individuals in our process and not just part a ‘campus drive’.

In the campus world this can be challenging at times especially in countries where there is high volume hiring. It can be tricky to create a personal experience when you are hiring for a large number of open graduate roles at one time.

I think Campus Recruitment is one of the areas in the recruitment industry that is just waiting for a change.

We have all seen the proliferation of Social Media in Recruitment over the past 4-6 years. Every Recruiter has a LinkedIn account or uses Twitter or G+ or FB, etc… and some individuals and organisations do it really well. Even in Campus Hiring there is great Social Media initiatives where companies reach out to students and talk to them.

However one thing that has not really changed (and this is a generalisation) is the campus hiring interview process. Do these words inspire enthusiasm to you: “Group Interview, Assessment Centre, On-Campus Drive, Off-Campus Drive, etc...” I don’t know about you but to me these words don’t really sound very personal or individual to students. It almost conjures up images of a factory production line or those long queues you see where the person behind the counter says ‘take a number’.

Campus Recruitment has come a long way don’t get me wrong – companies can share data with and talk to students in so many different ways now it really has become a much more transparent and open process. There are some times such as at IIT’s in India where it really is a bit old school in terms of interviewing with students running from company to company interviewing on campus over the course of a few days but I want students talking to Oracle to have as great an experience as possible (the outcome of getting a job or not is separate to the customer experience).

As students, what are your thoughts? Do you feel like ‘just a number’ when you are interviewing or is there ways that companies can make the process more personalised. Let us know your thoughts.

If you are interviewing with Oracle and have questions, want to talk to us or want to know what it is like working here – email us and we will help where we can. If you can’t reach your local Recruiter in your region email me at david.talamelli@oracle.com and I will put you in touch with the appropriate person.

Friday Sep 16, 2011

Oracle's Trivandrum Development Center Inauguration

It was a day of pride for the IT fraternity in Kerala, India when Oracle’s new Development Centre was inaugurated in Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala.

Steve Miranda, Senior Vice President Applications Development and Joe Gumina, Vice President, APAC/LAD Real Estate & Facilities cut the ribbon to the doors of the facility. The facility has come up in Technopark, which is the first and largest of the IT parks in India. The formal inauguration was done by the State Minister for IT and Industries Mr.Kunnjali Kutty and attended by Mr Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament and senior dignitaries from Oracle.

The facility has come up in the Leela Infopark building within Technopark and has a capacity to house 300 people in a floor with expansion capacity for two more floors. The centre has started up with a set of handpicked engineering graduates from the best campuses in Kerala to support the Fusion and PeopleSoft development.


Friday Jun 03, 2011

A World of Opportunities for Graduates at Oracle: Yes Absolutely!

Over the past few months there has been an increase in blog posts that have been written about our Graduate Program here at Oracle. We have had blog contributions from Graduates, Recruiters and Managers from places such as India and Australia and we are looking forward to more contributions coming from other countries as well.

So why all the excitement about Graduate Recruitment? A better question I think is why wouldn’t people get excited about our Graduate opportunities.

We have a number of Graduates joining Oracle over the next few months and those Graduates are going to be working in a whole range of different types of roles and activities. We offer a range of Career Paths for our Graduates, everything from Product Development to Consulting to Sales. Some Graduates will move into hands on technical roles in QA or as Developers or Programmers while others may exceed in our Sales or Business Management streams.

I have seen previous Oracle Graduates get the opportunity to work internationally, or work with new technology or break sales records. After 5+ years working in Oracle I can safely say this is the type of company where your career is only limited only by your imagination and desire to succeed.

What about the Technology? Working at Oracle gives people a great opportunity to work across so many different technology products. Where else can you get exposure to Databases, Middleware, Applications and Server/Storage systems. With the number of projects and the range of technical solutions that we offer, Oracle really does allow a person to get exposure to the full Technology Stack. As we say Hardware and Software: Engineered to Work Together.

Yes I am a little bit biased in my thoughts (I am one of the Recruiters for Oracle), but one of the great things about working here is the chance to work with so many great individuals. Not only is everyone friendly and enjoyable to work with but I find a common trait in many employees is that we are all driven to succeed. I have had the chance to work with some great business leaders here and learn from them and the enthusiasm and excitement from everyone is contagious.

To all the Graduates who are set to join us: Congratulations again on your success, we are looking forward to having you join our team!

Friday May 20, 2011

Are All Recruiters The Same??? What Does a Good Recruiter Do by Prinz Mandap

 Prinz Mandap who has recently joined Oracle has written a blog post about the intangibles that good Recruiters bring to the table. 

I’ve often wondered what people actually think specialist Recruiters do. There’s the usual stigma that we’re “just another used car salesman or real-estate agent” and all we do is “whack an ad up on Seek and wait for the flock to arrive in droves”. More often than not, people assume Corporate Recruiters rely solely on candidate applications through the various job boards or basically spam everyone on the market, then sit tight, hang around and hope for the best.

 Yes, fine it’s very easy to advertise, become complacent and pass the time before candidates decide to apply. However the ratio of serial applicants to those who’d be considered genuine quality is about a 10 to 1. And even then that’s quite generous! Another pretense is that Recruiters simply scour the social media sites such as LinkedIn, type in a single key word, search in the area they’re after and mail blast every listed candidate with the specific buzz words.

I’m here to clear it up now. It ain’t that easy.

Why do we call ourselves specialists in our field? Well, it’s the same reason why anyone doing what they do is a specialist in their own field. You know what the intangibles are, the factors most layman’s wouldn't have even fathomed. To quote ESPN.com’s The Sports Guy, Bill Simmons, you've figured out “the secret”.

You’re a GP because you studied medicine for 10 years and you can tell when someone actually has the flu or just the common cold. You’re a specialist forward for Barcelona because you know where to be at the right time and how to score crucial goals from the left. You’re a Senior Software Developer because you’re a great programmer who’s specialised in .NET since 1.0 and can see algorithms before anyone else wakes up in the morning.

Whether in a recruitment firm or large multinational, good Corporate Recruiters are specialists in their own field because they too have figured out “the secret”. They too can decipher the intangibles. They know who the better fit will be when two candidates have the exact same skill set while everyone else can’t split them down the middle. They can envision how a hiring manager will react when you present them with a specific CV. They know perfectly, the working environment that will best fit a candidate and can foresee their future success in that role.

If I posted a tweet saying I needed an IT Sales Rep who’s worked in the applications space, what would I see? I’d probably get a ton of replies and RT’s from different salesmen working in applications, currently ready and willing, explaining why they’d be perfect for my role. But what if I needed someone who was unique to that organisation personality wise? What if what I was looking for was someone aggressive, switched on, proactive and innovative? Basically someone who was entrepreneurial? As opposed to someone from a more laid back, consultative, relationship management environment?

Am I being too fluffy for you? Maybe. But that’s the fluff that separates candidate A from candidate B (who on paper possess the exact same X’s and O’s); the difference between someone having a 2 month career at one company and a five to 10 year career.

The reason we do what we do and we’re good at it, is because just like every profession, just like whatever it is that you do, we’ve come to learn through years of hard toil, what “the secret” is.

It might sound cheesy to you, but trust me… A good Recruiter can likely already tell whether you’re going to be a good egg or not.

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