• "Our relationship with iknowvate has deepened significantly in the last 12 months. The team brings to bear a unique combination of industry knowledge, insightful thinking, ability to go deep on an industry, and capability to deliver actionable recommendations"
    Leading Manufacturing major

  • "We have learnt a lot working with iknowvate; they have proven to be the best compared to many consulting majors .iknowvate is thorough, modest and excellent"
    Leading Systems Integration & Technology Distribution Company

  • "We have extensively used iknowvate in many strategic assignments and always found their input and their recommendations to be of very high order both in terms of quality as well as value"
    A leading FMCG Company

  • "We needed advice on an Entry strategy and action plan into a new business segment in India. The work done by iknowvate was comprehensive, detailed and most importantly provided insight into where and how to invest as also the required scale to be cost competitive. Iknowvate leveraged their Center for Frameworks & delivered on their commitments on time. We have since worked with iknowvate on 6 additional projects. They continue to deliver high quality with commitment and are cost effective."
    A leading Services Major Headquartered in the US

  • "The dedication, commitment and diligence demonstrated by the iknowvate Business Strategy vertical has continuously challenged us and kept us ahead in our business."
    A manufacturing major based in the Middle East

  • "We engaged iknowvate´s Business Specialisation vertical to help us build differentiation in our portfolio & Proposal management plan. While we set high goals and standards for the assignment, iknowvate by leveraging their Knowledge Frameworks delivered the outcome on a variable fee model with eases and panache.
    Their strength resides in their ability to interpret our ideas; develop a thorough project scope; and synthesize market relevant data. As future projects arise, we will consider working with iknowvate as our Strategic consulting partner."

    A leading Hospitality & Leisure Major

  • "iknowvate demonstrated very strong understanding of our M&A requirement by presenting quality data and used methodologies developed by them at their Center. They understood our challenges well and managed the M&A lifecycle with tremendous dedication and focus. Their M&A reports can be rated as one of the best in Industry."
    A leading FMCG major

  • "iknowvate´s approach to strategic consulting is grounded and real.Their ability to advice, hand hold, execute & stay engaged until the steady state has been a learning & understanding of how important execution is beyond strategy. Their ability to continuously engage with the client gives the client the confidence of results & outcomes in a predictable manner"
    A leading Insurance major


Moments of Truth

From the CEO of iknowvate

It takes 30 seconds to scan a resume, 45 minutes for an interview, and - perhaps - one follow-up meeting.

Despite the specialised knowledge and billions of rupees that go into corporate hiring, the entire recruitment process comes down to just a few moments of truth to assess individual talent.

It's no surprise then, that according to a report by HR consultancy Reabur.com, 3 out of 4 employers say they regret some of their recruitment decisions. When they were asked if they felt regretful about hiring decisions, 74% of employers answered "Yes" and just 4% answered "No", while 22% said they were unsure. Their top concerns: bringing on board people who are unable to do the job, hiring an employee with poor, negative attitude, and - missing out on exceptional talent.

With a far from perfect system, it's easy for a genuinely qualified candidate to be overlooked.

How can you manage the few moments of truth (or interaction) - especially when they can happen silently, without your even knowing about them? My suggestion: understand how the hiring team operates and get the system working for you.

Think of the "market of many": The HR team has a single point mandate: hire the best talent. Benchmark yourself to other professionals in your domain - in terms of knowledge, personal branding, visibility & networking. Give significant time and attention to your resume, and invest in skill & knowledge development.

Double your visibility: Every recruiter spends at least as much time "sourcing" profiles for an interview as checking applications. Ideally, when you apply for a job, your profile should also show up in the recruiter's search related to that job. This straight away doubles your visibility, increasing the chances of an interview call. Also make sure that your profile is complete when you apply online.

Take that "Decline" in stride: If an employer is not open to taking forward an opportunity, it's best to accept gracefully. This can be tough when you know you can do the job, but follow-up rarely works when the recruiting team has made up its mind. Instead, show that you are open to feedback & suggestions. This will keep lines of communication open with the recruiter in the future.

Make it easy for the recruiter: Select the job search platforms that are most relevant for you to increase the probability of the recruiter coming across your profile. Stay with regular logins, and keep contact details updated so a recruiter can reach you for an "interest check" call. Get back to the recruiter even if you are not interested at the moment, to keep the relationship going.

It may not be a perfect system, but it works. The moments of truth in your job search can be handled with a strong focus on understanding the system and getting it to work for you!

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