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Anuj Khanna Sohum, Chairman and CEO, Affle about the skills that matter to his company and how he evaluates the Indian engineering talent with respect to the global talent.
TimesJobs: Which technologies are you hiring for presently?
Anuj Khanna Sohum: We are hiring for tech specialists, specifically Data Scientists and Data Engineers. We are also looking for people to work on
What are the top three skills for which you will hire a Data Scientist?
Anuj Khanna Sohum: They are:
- Intellect & aptitude
- What have they done historically
- Communication skills and fitment with the organisation
TimesJobs: Which skills will be in demand in the long term?
Anuj Khanna Sohum: Back-end engineers will be needed always. However they will need to enhance their skills especially in areas as connected devices, Cloud computing etc.
How would you assess the Indian developers vis-a-vis the programmers from the other countries?
Anuj Khanna Sohum: Our Indian developers are as talented as the programmers from any other country. On the intellectual front, our engineers have a strong foothold. The only difference is in the mind-set, and that is a cultural thing (with the Indian developers). We don’t think long term. We are more enticed towards ‘jugaad’ or the short term thinking.
Any developer must harness strong work ethics. In that sense, I see that the Japanese, Koreans and Singapore-natives fare much better than may be the Indian counterparts. The chief reason is that these countries have a very different environment and attitude towards work, which reflects in the way they work. That’s a thing worth learning.
TimesJobs: Hiring managers often rant that the Indian engineers lack communication skills. Have the years of comm skill training helped the Indian engineers?
Anuj Khanna Sohum: The Indian engineers have come of age in terms of their communication skills. However the competition is stiff, for example from Vietnam. The engineers there aren’t that good in English but they work very well with the international clients. The Indian engineers need to up that competitive quotient to survive the competition.