IT and technology consulting firm Infosys had a problem.
Like many companies, they typically searched for talent using traditional methods like direct listings on their website or LinkedIn. These methods are effective, of course. But they can be time-consuming as well. So what did they do to speed up the process and still get results?
A New Way to Source Talent
Infosys joined Kenzie Academy’s Employer Partner Program. The program connected Infosys with one of their newest hires Darlyze Calixte. Robin Custodio, the Senior Associate Lead in the Talent Acquisition department at Infosys, says the hiring team was particularly impressed with her.
“Darlyze was very professional and organized,” Robin said. “You can tell that she took everything seriously, but also enjoyed what she was doing. I think her background specifically was very interesting because she was a chemistry major and made the transition into tech. She was proactive about going to Kenzie and getting additional education in something she wanted to pursue. I think that’s crucial because you have to be up to date with technology. You have to continuously learn on the job. That’s the type of student we look for.”
Thanks to the customized recommendations, Infosys didn’t have to deal with the hassle of sorting through tons of applicants who might not be a good fit.
Instead, Infosys was given Kenzie graduates who matched the exact skill set the company needed. As an Employer Partner, Infosys is also able to share their insight on Kenzie’s curriculum. Kenzie tailors its curriculum to match what companies are looking for, producing graduates who are workforce ready from day 1.
“In our initial conversation we talked about everything we were looking for,” Robin said. “Kenzie staff went through their pipeline and sent us students who really matched up with what we were looking for. That definitely made it easier for us not to sift through different students who might not work. You guys gave us the right pipeline, which was awesome.”
Hiring for the Future of Work
Infosys, like many consulting firms and tech companies, looks for candidates who have a strong mix of soft and technical skills. Most importantly, companies need someone who can come in and find solutions.
“Problem-solving is one of the skills that our panelists look for,” Robin said. “Because we’re an IT consulting company, we’re doing a lot of collaboration with clients. These clients are coming to us about certain goals or specific technology problems. We have to think outside the box. To be able to use your tech skills to come up with these cutting edge solutions is definitely important, especially in this type of role.”
For Robin, a good candidate isn’t just someone who can understand technology, it’s someone who can communicate well with clients. At Infosys, communication skills are equally as important as technical skills.
“There are so many people with the tech skills the students we’re hiring for have,” Robin said. “A lot of people go through the education, will get the degrees, are very smart, and understand how to program. What the hard part is about what we do is the consulting side of things and collaborating with clients and being able to articulate what you know.”
Prioritizing Diversity of Experience and Background
As an Employer Partner, Infosys also appreciated the diversity of background and perspective Kenzie students possess.
“Kenzie students bring a different perspective to tech,” Robin said. “These are people who may be transitioning from another field into tech, and they bring that different perspective. I think that aspect is why Infosys wanted to partner with Kenzie, because of those types of students.”
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