HireMee to help students in tier 2, 3 cities get jobs

‘Operations to go national in a phased manner’

Updated - March 10, 2018 08:29 pm IST

Published - March 10, 2018 07:24 pm IST - KOLKATA

CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU, 06/01/2016: Young engineers and graduates at a campus placement programme held at the IITM in Chennai on January 06, 2016. 
Photo. M. Moorthy

CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU, 06/01/2016: Young engineers and graduates at a campus placement programme held at the IITM in Chennai on January 06, 2016. Photo. M. Moorthy

HireMee, a placement outfit that helps students in tier 2 and 3 cities find jobs, is planning to expand its footprint beyond the southern States and go national in a phased manner, beginning next month, a top official said.

Most recruiters hire candidates from top city colleges, leaving out a large number of students from smaller towns. HireMee seeks to bridge that gap, said Chockalingam Valliappa, CEO, Vee Technologies, who set up HireMee in 2017 as a CSR (corporate social responsibility) initiative of Vee Technologies, a BPO. “We will go national by April,” Mr. Valliappa, told The Hindu . From its commencement in September 2017 in Tamil Nadu, HireMee now covers all the five southern States as well as Puducherry. “We will cover the rest of the country in a phased manner,” he said.

Assessing students

Under its present mode of operations, it goes to colleges, private and government, in interior areas. It then ‘assesses’ the students to smoothen the recruitment process.

“Through experience, we have learnt that highlighting certain skills enable the recruiter to take decisions easily.. like a company wanting an engineer with communications skills for a new project where implementation is as important as communicating with new people in the team and in the neighbourhood,” he said.

This is done through a 100-minute proctored, computer-based tests at the college premises using a proprietary assessment application. The assessment tests verbal and quantitative attitude, logical reasoning, technical computer fundamentals, behavioural attitude and communication and technical core domain knowledge. The result becomes part of the student profile. Students may also upload on the HireMee app, videos of their statement of purpose, articulate their aspirations and share their technical strengths for recruiters to assess their employability.

“Till February, a quarter million students have registered for assessments and we have already completed assessments in over 549 colleges for one lakh students in the five States,” said Mr. Valliappa. More than 200 companies and recruiters had already signed up with HireMee. They are from technology, IT services, manufacturing and banking and financial services. They had presented 10,130 job opportunities and 540 persons had already been placed, out of the 1200 job offers generated, he said.

HireMee said it had a MoU with the AICTE and with leading engineering colleges (and through them, their affiliates). This will enable it to expand its reach to over 11,000 institutions accredited to the AICTE .

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