Monthly Archives: September 2016

#TASCON16 – Mega Sourcing Premier League Challenge

The previously held #SourcingContest had its grand finale at #TASCON15 with the conduction of the Mega Sourcing Contest. Similarly the Mega Sourcing Premier League Challenge was the grand finale to the two Sourcing Premier League Challenges (#SPL1 & #SPL2) that were conducted prior to #TASCON16.

Sourcing ADDA (@SourcingAdda) as a  Talent Acquisition and Sourcing Community have been proud hosts of #TASCON15 & #TASCON16, 12 Sourcing Contests (#SourcingContest, Apr’14 to Mar’15), the Mega Sourcing Contest, the Sourcing Premier Leagues (#SPL1 & #SPL2) and now with the Mega Sourcing Premier League Challenge success.

Sourcing Premier League

The Sourcing Premier Leagues (#SPL1 & #SPL2) which were hosted was a continuation to our previously held #SourcingContest with its grand finale being Mega Sourcing Contest live at #TASCON15. Similarly the Mega Sourcing Premier League Challenge was held live at #TASCON16.

Crack the code contest

The #SPL Challenge started on June 5, 2015 with a crack the code contest wherein the contestants had to send their responses to the email ID cracked as the 2nd part to the contest. And below are the details to the same.


The Tagline read, “IPL is over…. To reveal what?s next Crack the Code…”

Cracking the Code



  1. Use the initials of the three words to complete the Email ID:
  2. Submit the code to the same Email ID
  3. The first 10 submissions will get 5 Bonus Points in the #SPL Challenge to be held.

The puzzler if solved correctly completed the Email ID ( to which the responses had to be sent. Upon cracking the code the contestants had to send their responses to that Email Id (

The icing on the cake was the 5 Bonus points that the first 10 submissions received at the start of the #SPL making them ahead of the rest of their competitors. The participants that received these points were marked by an “*” against the names of the contestants and the company they represented. The contestants that received these bonus points were revealed at the end of each of the challenges #SPL 1 & #SPL2 on the Individual as well as the Company LeaderBoards.

SPL1 and SPL2

Prior to the start of #SPL we hosted 2 webinars on the skills required to boost success. #SPL 1 began in June 2015 and ended in September 2015. #SPL 2 began in Nov 2015 and ended in March 2016. Both #SPL1 and #SPL2 each had 3 identical levels with the same format.

Level 1 comprised of 50 questions (1 point each, total 50 points)

Level 2 comprised of 15 questions (5 points, total 75 points)

Level 3 comprises of a combination of 4 search questions (35 points) and 6 descriptive questions (65 points) hence 10 Questions (Total 100 Points)

There were 2 types of LeaderBoards for the participants to refer to and watch their progress.

One was an Individual LeaderBoard and the other was a Company LeaderBoard. We had two LeaderBoards so that the individuals could track their performance at an Individual level and even at a Company level.

The winners of the #SPL1 won an iPad 3 each and would not be taken into consideration if they win #SPL2 as well, in order to give others an opportunity to win. While the #SPL2 winners won an iPad 4 each.  Each one of them gained entry into the Mega Sourcing Premier League Challenge.

Mega Sourcing Premier League Challenge

Sourcing Adda hosted two Sourcing Premier Leagues (#SPL1 & #SPL2). The SPL that began in July 2015 ended in March 2016. The 3 winners from each of the two Leagues participated in the Mega Sourcing Premier League Challenge which brings the total to 6 contestants. We even had two more addition to this challenge. These were the Surprise Entries called the Wild Card entries that were selected live at #TASCON16.

Each of these contestants got the opportunity to compete with each other in the Mega Sourcing Premier League Challenge scheduled for April 2016 to win exciting prizes live at #TASCON16.

Contestant Lists

Chinmay Chavan was the host. Prior to the Challenge the contestants were nervous, anxious, scared & excited all at once. You’d know the feeling if you’ve had an opportunity to participate in one especially, for the two Wild Card entries i.e. Tatyasaheb Kolage (@Tatya_Kolage) & Rakesh Suvare. It all sounds overwhelming, doesn’t it?  The same was the story of the Sourcing Premier League Challenge qualifiers we had from several companies such as…

Name SPL Winners Company
Ritesh Madraswala SPL1 Capgemini
Anju Rai SPL1 Capgemini
Ashish Peshave SPL1 ZS Associates
Roland Pavamani SPL2 Capgemini
Aparna Agrawal SPL2 RolJobs
Kiran Paratane SPL2 Helix Recruiting
Wild Card Entries
Tatyasaheb Kolage Mega SPL Challenge Helix Recruiting
Rakesh Suvare Mega SPL Challenge Helix Recruiting


In this challenge the previous 3 winners of the two Sourcing Premier Leagues (#SPL1 & #SPL2) competed with each other and the wild card entry contestants to win the Mega Sourcing Premier League Challenge.  The wild card entry contestants were picked from a pool of the previously held Sourcing Mega contest participants hosted by Chinmay Chavan (@SourcingNinja).

Final Decision

At the end of the event the winners of the Sourcing Premier League were presented with trophies for two levels categorised into the Individual LeaderBoard and the Company LeaderBoard.

On the Individual LeaderBoard the #SPL1 winners were Ritesh Madraswala the Winner, Anju Rai was the Second runner up and Ashish Peshave was the Third runner up. Similarly for #SPL2 Roland Pavamani was the Winner, Aparna Agrawal came in Second and Kiran Paratane came in Third.

On the Company LeaderBoard we had Helix Recruiting as the Second runner up, ZS Associates as the Third runner up and the winners were Capgemini for #SPL1.  Along the same lines we had Helix Recruiting as  the Second runner up, the Third runner up wasn’t present hence we proceeded to the winners for #SPL2 and once again it was Capgemini.

Unfortunately the Sourcing Premier League Challenge wasn’t solved as planned by the organisers due to the difficulty level in spite of the contestants putting in their very best efforts. The challenge wasn’t completed as expected hence the team decided to reward the first individual to solve the 2nd milestone correctly. Therefore Ritesh Madraswala was declared the winner and presented with a Trophy and a Digital Camera as a gift.

To those who were present, it’s safe to say that overall it was an amazing challenge where the participants put in their best efforts and was enjoyed by all participants including the host. The competitors displayed great sportsmanship and were not defeated just yet. The attendees enjoyed #TASCON16 and were eagerly waiting for their next challenge and #TASCON17 to add to their knowledge. Overall it was a grand success, if you’d like to get updates to our upcoming events and activities it is absolutely essential that you follow us @SourcingAdda right now!


WhatsApp Group Chat – What’s lacking in a Recruitment Consultants work and how to fix it?

The Talent Acquisition Industry is constantly evolving so what does that mean for us as fellow Talent Acquisitionist’s? It means we too need to adapt to the changes. Put simply it’s time to stop and find out what aspects need a change for Talent Acquisitionists like your-selves to achieve success.

After having said that the popular discussion topic was suggested by Srikrishnan from the Bangalore Group that focussed on, “what’s lacking in a Recruitment Consultants work and how to fix it?” and here’s what we uncovered…1


In the discussion above we’ve covered three important aspects that matter namely, Recruiters, Team Leads and Candidates perspectives. Within the aspects spoken about we also find the pros and cons listed out of Recruiters, Team Leads and Candidates. We’ve even got solutions and suggested improvements for the parties in question. The Cons can be considered as improvements for those of us who are determined to excel at the profession of choice.

As Talent Acquisitionists let’s not compartmentalise roles due to its nature but in fact let’s evaluate the way we as well do things. Once we focus on being a success you open doors to other opportunities with a simple mundane task of developing a learning attitude. So while we’re going through the discussion on Consultant Recruiters let’s evaluate ourselves in the process and be better than we already are. Therefore here are the key pointers that we need to focus on…

Recruiters Perspective


  • An interview scheduled
  • Requirement / Role understanding and detailed screening is the key to the role of a Recruiter
  • They are career makers and search specialists
  • Recruiters approach to Candidates has to change to a long term relationships driven one


  • Conveying inaccurate information about the job profile to get Candidates to interview
  • Lack of Employee satisfaction
  • Limited exposure to a variety of perspectives
  • Only matching the skills for any profile
  • Consultant should be treated like an employee at an MNC
  • Lack good facilities and not limit their work to making calls
  • JDs and CTC not well defined
  • Sitting on CV’s without feedback even after follow ups
  • Sudden freezing of positions and urgency without any proper communication
  • Unclear communication and lack of confidence
  • Over – commitment and delay in closing Candidates
  • Improper Position Management
  • Lack the understanding of the Corporate Recruiter’s pain area in closing critical requirements

Team Leads

Pros & Cons

  • Every team lead should set the expectation in terms of perfect profiles
  • What matters are not how many profiles you search but how many suitable profiles you Sourced

Solutions or Improvements

  • Partnering with client and customers to gain clarity in creating relevant JDs
  • Prioritise requirements with the client
  • Be proactive and proactively find out more information about the role vacancy
  • Avoid over commitments to clients
  • Don’t remain only focussed on Targets and Numbers
  • Inculcate skills of empathy and consulting before dealing with Candidates
  • Recruiters need to understand both sides of the coin
  • Establish a direct relationship with the Corporate Recruiter and Recruitment Consultant
  • Corporate Recruiter to understand the requirement themselves before communicating to vendors
  • Understand the revenue impact/billing rates and your organisations charter
  • Corporate HRs should avoid setting expectations in terms of sourced profile but in terms of right profiles.
  • Both types of Recruiters i.e. Corporate or Consultant should have the common understanding that both will benefit only if the Candidate joins.
  • Recruiter’s should have strong convincing skills, be able to articulate well about the job and the organisation they represent.
  • Understand a Candidates right career path by understanding their current roles, responsibilities and future growth.

Candidate Perspective


  • Interviewing for the desired role


  • Candidates not being truthful and immature
  • Bad experience for the Interviewee
  • Only to realise it’s the opposite role they are interviewing
  • Lacking integrity when we speak of companies, Recruiters and Candidates

Now that we’re clear on the aspects that need to be improved let’s implement them as Consultants to make us better Recruiters. And if you’re a Recruiter then you’ve also been a candidate at some point so let’s make the improvements we need to be better at what we do and grow in the process. After all this is the reason for us to have such informative discussions with Thought Leaders in the Talent Acquisition Sphere so that we can enlighten ourselves.

If you’re not part of these discussions then it’s time you did so follow us @SourcingAdda and Tweet us if you’d like to be a part of these discussions.


Top Tweets of the #SourcingChat – Challenges for Recruiters in the Technology Age


There are several Industries with challenges and the Talent acquisition Industry is no exception. When it comes to the growth of a business it is absolutely essential to have Talents that have the desired calibre. And that begins from the Talent Acquisition department.

We’re all familiar with the challenges that we face as Talent Acquisitionist’s but let’s find out if there are some that we’ve not come across as yet. Therefore our popular #SourcingChat topic was on, “Challenges for Recruiters in the Technology Age.” To catch up with the discussion you can view the #Storify as we’ll be covering only the Top Tweets of the #SourcingChat.

Q.1 What key changes are driving online sourcing & recruiting in the technology age? #SourcingChat

A1. #Business.Dynamics are Changing- So do #HR Function. #Technology will make it #Competitive #sourcingchat

@SourcingAdda A1: ATS, Social media channels,#Bots in Sourcing #Analytics in Hiring are driving online sourcing #futureofwork #sourcingchat

Q.2 How can technology enhance or improve your existing system? #SourcingChat

A2. Data organization, analysis, management can be done in much effective way with d help of tech #sourcingchat

A2: An online ATS can empower recruiters in better track of hiring process #SourcingChat

Q.3 How companies are preparing for smart technologies? #SourcingChat

A3 companies need to train employees and adopt new process to prepare #SourcingChat

@SourcingAdda A3 Companies have to organize Tech learning and development programs, need 2 participate in webinars,conference #SourcingChat

Q.4 Has technology improved the candidate experience? #SourcingChat

@SourcingAdda A4:Get an #app, let candidates to rate the experience&that will raise a red/green flag on #candidateexperience #SourcingChat

@SourcingAdda #SourcingChat A.4 Candidate experience so far has not improved since we do not even send an apology email to rejected once.

A4) Candidate can get feedback through mails and can also track the status of the application for job through portals #SourcingChat

Q.5 Which generation are you a part of (Traditionalist, Generation X, Generation Y..? #SourcingChat

@SourcingAdda technology will always a time saver which is really crucial part of any recruitment. it is faster, easy to use #SourcingChat

@SourcingAdda A5. Best is to become blend of all 3. Pick best practices from every generation and practice!! #SourcingChat

Well there you have it the Top Tweets of the #SourcingChat that was held. To know more view the #Storify.

In the meantime be sure to follow us at @SourcingAdda to receive real time updates to our upcoming events and activities. Don’t go just yet; do leave us your views in our comments section as we’re looking forward to them.

WhatsApp Group Chat – Operational report maintained for mid – managerial Hiring or Talent Acquisition function?

A Talent Acquisition professional usually maintains an operational report as a Talent Acquisition function for different types of hires one such being mid-managerial hires. Ever wondered what your fellow Talent Acquisitionist follow for their Operational report?

Well if you haven’t then it’s probably time you did, so if you’re lost in thinking about this topic then let’s give you a head start. For our popular Wednesday discussions we had the topic, “What kind of operational report do you maintain for mid-managerial Hiring or Talent Acquisition function?” as suggested by our Kolkata Group member Raj Krishnan. And here’s what we uncovered…1

If you’ve been curious about how other organisations manage their mid – managerial hires and the type of records they keep then look no further. As you’ll find out in a jiffy with our key take a ways, and I’m sure some of your queries will be answered soon enough. So here they are…

Procedure, Evaluation and the Type of records maintained

  • Candidate Funnel Data
  • An excel sheet was developed with the assistance of a developer which can act as an aggregator in our Sourcing and Management efforts.
  • Records of CVs Sourced with their latest status
  • Use and present this same data in a pivot format to understand the exact number at the end
  • An Excel sheet with all the details that are required by the organisation and user are stored for future analysis
  • Correct data is the bible of the Talent Acquisition function and analysis of data is the key to its success

Advantages of Excel

  • The advantage of Excel is its quickly editable, easy access and user friendly interface
  • Generate reports via third party / ATS system; one can get the desired report with any factors regarding recruitment, in different forms of slice and pivot.
  • Customisation being the key factor
  • A Date segregation tool
  • Manage very huge number of data in one excel
  • Create a recruitment planning report also till exit with the whole lifecycle of employees recorded
  • Prepare detailed analysis on any challenges faced while filling a Position.
  • Detailed reports, vlookup, pivot tables are to be analysed and process at operation / audit level.

Disadvantages of Excel

  • Subjected to crash

From the discussion above we can conclude that the advantages out – weigh the disadvantages. But excel is quite a handy software to have easy access to especially for tracking the lifecycle of either a Talent Acquisitionist or even for Talent progress tracking before the candidate comes on board. Who knew how much easier simple software like Excel can make us so efficient where maintaining data is concerned.

So if you’d like to be part of such discussions then be sure to follow us @SourcingADDA to gain real time updates to our upcoming events and activities. In the meantime we’d like to hear your inputs as well so leave your views in the comments section.

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