BENGALURU: Indian information technology (IT) services companies have stepped up focus on walk-in interviews to attract experienced technology talent.
These companies have so far taken the walk-in route to hire employees for business process outsourcing (BPO) work and recruited software engineers from campuses as well as competitors.
An increasing demand for skills in niche technologies coupled with higher attrition have prompted these software services firms to organise walk-ins for technology talent too.
While the second-largest technology services firm InfosysNSE 2.47 % in the recent past organised an exclusive walk-in drive for UI (user interface) developer with angular experience, HCL TechnologiesNSE 1.64 % — India’s fourth-largest software services exporter — has offered nearly 2,000 jobs through walk-in interviews in Noida and Lucknow during the past couple of weeks.
TCS also conducted a few walk-in drives across multiple cities in recent months for service executives and last year it held a walk-in for experienced employees. WiproNSE 0.00 % invited candidates for software testing engineers and analysts and organised walk-in for freshers to be deployed on technical service desk in the past two-three months.
HCL Tech has invited graduate, undergraduate and 10+2 students for its walkins in Noida, Lucknow and Nagpur.
“HCL Technologies has recently conducted this mega recruitment drive in Noida and Lucknow and is all set to replicate the exercise in Nagpur next week.
The initiative received an overwhelming response with more than 5,800 and 5,600 candidates turning up for the interviews in Noida and Lucknow, respectively.
So far from these two cities, HCL has selected close to 2,000 candidates,” Sanjay Gupta, executive vice-president, HCL Technologies and program director, HCL New Vistas, told ET. These firms are simultaneously hiring candidates for BPO through walkins.
Analysts say even though walk-in model is not popular in IT services industry, it might help them select and groom the right type of talent.
HCL Tech has also made job offers to lateral talent during the walk-in drives in the two cities.
Kris Lakshmikanth, founder and managing director, The Head Hunters, sees higher attrition as one of the key reasons behind increasing walk-ins. “A near 20% attrition has prompted this across the industry.
What has happened is, these companies have stopped hiring from campuses in large number. They all want justin-time talent and that is why you see more of this happening,” he said.