Talent management practices in the IT/ITES industry are undergoing radical changes at the entry level and it is not a simple matter of conducting campus interviews and picking up a few candidates, according to Ravi Eswarapu, Vice-President and Director (Operations), Pena4 Tech Solutions.

He was addressing management students of Prism College here on Tuesday at a programme organised by the Business Line Club in association with the State Bank of Hyderabad. D. Satyanarayana Reddy, the secretary of the college, welcomed the gathering. Principal B. Umabala also spoke.

Eswarapu, who was the former branch head of Satyam Computers (now Tech-Mahindra) in Visakhapatnam, spoke at length about the practices adopted in recruiting students from different colleges in Visakhapatnam and surrounding areas. He advised the students on how to customise their resume and how to prepare for the interview. He also told them to learn Quick Books, an accounting software package widely used in the US, in addition to Tally, which is being used widely in India. “Quick Books will stand you in good stead,” he told the students.

He emphasised on the need for team work and getting things done in an organisational setup. “You must develop interpersonal skills and other skills necessary for completing tasks at the higher levels. Great organisations are not built by solo performers, however good or great they may be, and in IT sector in particular, it is essential to develop these qualities,” he said.

Ramesh Babu, the Deputy General Manager of the SBH, explained to the students the various types of educational loans being offered by the bank and urged them to make use of them. Up to a limit of Rs 4 lakh, he told the students, no collateral was required.