(Photo: HT)
(Photo: HT)

Turbohire partners with space scientist to develop Indian job market solution

  • Using TurboHire’s solutions, employers can even find out which candidates are closest to their office
  • The company aims to manage the entire hiring process on a single platform

Hyderabad: Applying for a job in India can mean a long wait, with big companies sometimes taking weeks to respond to the application. The result is an uncertain wait.

Turbohire, a two-year old Hyderabad-based start-up, now aims to change that and the job-market by managing the entire hiring process on a single platform, allowing employers to say a yes or no in a matter of days.

The company got a shot in the arm earlier this week with Edward Rogers, chief knowledge officer, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, coming on board as a Mentor Advisor to help the start-up improve its job search and job application framework.

As a research scholar, Rogers teaches extensively on managing complexity in today’s intelligent and global enterprises and his research applies game theory models to human behavior and decision-making at public as well as hi-tech organizations.

The idea to come up with these solutions was born after TurboHire’s founder Deepak Agarwal and Rogers met at ISB (where the latter has been teaching for a limited duration every year since 2011), where they would often discuss ways to align issues pertaining to decision making in various stages of hiring process.

A graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-D), who previously worked at the Indian School of Business (ISB) in Hyderabad as associate director, learning and development till last year, Agarwal points outs that there is an “information black hole" currently in the job market.

“There is no guarantee about when one will hear back after applying. One has to fill in a lot of forms online and each place asks for the same thing again and again as well," he adds. “The biggest bottleneck is a junior-level recruiter who comes from a different background altogether, with no subject knowledge to understand a candidate’s resume."

TurboHire.co is the recruiter platform, while justdropyourresume.com is the candidate interface and both come under the umbrella of Turbohire Technologies Pvt. Ltd. According to Agarwal, his talent acquisition platform will have an impact on the 60 million strong workforce in the organized sector in India.

“Current solutions in the market have, till date, ignored recruiter issues and put the focus of technology only on candidates, superficial hiring trends and unidirectional communication in the hiring process," he added.

Responding to a query via email on his role at TurboHire, Rogers said, “Jobs are a large complex system in an economy. Besides stiff competition and candidates, it involves myriad people at different levels of experiences and seniority in an employer. Turbohire has done well to lay down a framework which encompasses all system participants."

One of the most crucial thing, according to Agarwal, is employers saying yes or no quickly instead of taking weeks or even months to do the same. Using TurboHire’s solutions, he said that employers can even find out which candidates are closest to their office.

“If you can tell a person yes or no in 10 days, it will change the market as no is also a very good answer. Generally people don’t apply to other places while waiting for a response from once place. The job market doesn’t move because people are stuck in a few large companies," Agarwal noted.

Agarwal, however, said, “I don’t fault humans here as one can’t expect a person from a humanities stream to know about cloud tech," he noted.

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