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Definition of a Human Resources Professional

Comments 52 Comments   Views 886 Views     About 07-04-2010

Nowadays, as part of providing an ideal recruiting experience to candidates who aspire to apply to an X company, quite a lot of companies are evolving new strategies. I have been part of an organization which had a Recruitment Help Desk. When a candidate walks in without a prior appointment, he/she is directed by the security to drop his resume in a Box which is provided there for this specific task. I know it would seem a little in-human when as a candidate I insist that I want to meet a HR person. It is impossible for recruitment professionals to meet each and every walk-in. I am saying this with due respect to the emotional side of the question, at the same time also respecting the ground reality that exists in majority of the companies.

ALMOST always, recruitment teams are under-staffed. In case of a scheduled interview, the Help Desk would come into play where the candidate is made to wait, as the recruiter is being informed. During this period, the candidate can actually relax, read newspapers/magazines, use the washroom or simply grab a coffee. This facility doubles up as a parking place for a candidate if there are multiple interviews on a single day. The people who man the helpdesk are provided with food coupons which are supposed to give to the candidates to use in the cafeteria, in case its lunch/dinner time and if the candidate is in between interviews and has adequate time to grab a bite. This saves the candidate the trouble of stepping out for a meal and at the same time ensures that it conveys a positive image of the organization.

After all this, before the candidate leaves after his interviews are over, he is requested to go back to the helpdesk, where he is given a feedback sheet on his recruiting experience. Trust me, there are companies who go to such limits to ensure they are giving a positive and excellent recruitment experience to its candidates.

I do agree there are rude people out there to malign the image of their organizations and also HR as a fraternity, but at that same time there are people and organizations like the one I mentioned, which go that extra mile, not just a mile, but miles, to ensure that the candidate takes back a very good image of the organization irrespective of the outcome of his candidature.

The organization I am talking about, belongs to ITES industry and known for its best practices. I agree and understand that organizations across industries have varying processes and hence the disparity. That is precisely when someone would want to join an X company in the first place.

I would still maintain that a HR professional should have the qualities I mentioned. When we talk about HR professionals who are unapproachable, unprofessional, I know the ilk you are talking about. But PEOPLE are our tools. For a software engineer, his tools are his coding skills and the platform you works on. Similarly for all professionals. But for us, its people. Unless we are engaged with them, understand them, empathize with them and be there when they need us, I don’t think we become HR professionals in the true sense.

I agree, there are more aberrations to this theory than conformists, but also know a lot of HR professionals who are like my definition. In fact, I have based my definition on such people only. It’s not a theoretical definition. It’s the ground-reality-induced-definition.

According to me a true HR professional is somebody who has a huge affinity for people, one who has the burning desire to study people and acknowledge differences not just in the mindset, but also from a behavioural point of view. To be a successful HR professional, it is important to have an imbibed humaneness, ingenuity and the ability to handle multiple perspectives, all the time not losing sight of the short term & long term goals. Often, we find ourselves in conflicting situations where multiple perspectives offer a ripe ground for taking unpopular decisions. But the ability to take such decisions with conviction and stand by our own & the organization’s principles and ethics, takes a special character, which is imperative in somebody who wants to make it big in HR.

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Neil 01-03-2011  
I agree with your definition but would add an intense need to help anyone to develop and realise their full potential both within and outside the world of work.

At least that`s me.
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Sunil 27-02-2011  
Excellant Thought
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Anwar 08-01-2011  
Well said
I appreciate all who are in this profession
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Brahm 18-12-2010  
Excellant Thought
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Nilesh 13-12-2010  
Well said ,i agree with you
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Penumallu 06-11-2010  
very nice and informative article and daily this type of msg given anyone
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Bichi 01-11-2010  
Excellent post by Harish.Although we all know the traits n behavioral pattern of HR..its the execution time we differ..

1.short of time
2.Lack of knowledge
3.cultural back ground
4.Inability 2 b adoptive
N most importantly

5.Lack of interest

Hope this post will open our eyes n make our community/service proud..

Thanks again Harish..
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K T 25-10-2010  
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Bob 18-10-2010  
Hey all, Am not an active member in this group. However, I keep reading the most hit messages/news in this.
This is a wonderfully thought and well written passage. Thanks Harish for the original thought.
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Amrita 28-09-2010  
Superb.really hats off to u. You have acknowledged xactly wat happens............... thnx

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