Hike, India’s homegrown internet startup has shared its plans to continue hiring remotely as the ecosystem continues to navigate through a lockdown period. It plans to close about 20 positions in next few weeks. The startup would be using social media channels and virtual hiring tools to close these positions.
The start-up ecosystem in India is going through a challenging period resulting in some difficult organizational decisions, from salary cuts to furloughs to layoffs. To play its part to support startup talent, the talent acquisition team at Hike is mapping and prioritizing the candidates facing job and salary cuts for its current hiring needs. Hike is working on launching a Social Recruitment Campaign as well to reach out to those facing job crunches in the coming weeks.
Working aggressively towards the launch & scale of its upcoming offering HikeLand, Hike plans to hire for over 20 open positions across roles in product, design, marketing, AI & ML, engineering, partner functions, and user research. Hike has also initiated virtual hiring events as part of its ZeroTo2 program focused on onboarding young talent from colleges.
Anshuman Mishra, VP, Operations, Hike said, “While we face an unprecedented time as an ecosystem, we’re committed to our users in offering new-age social experiences. We aim to hire across teams through innovative remote initiatives as well as making efforts to reach out to talent in need of opportunities.
Hike has also kick-started the second edition of its successful programme, ZeroTo2 designed to hire freshers and young talent including engineers with 0-2 years experience as Hike believes that young people are core to their team and understand & relate to the customer’s needs better. As most of the users Hike has include people under the age of 24 which makes having youngsters on their team central to their values and culture.
For hiring virtually Hike is utilizing tech tools and infrastructure like Slack, Hackerank, Google Meet, and code pairing platforms. Its first-ever ZeroTo2 virtual hiring event receiving participation from over 78 candidates. Hike’s ongoing SDET remote hiring event is scheduled to be completed by the end of this week and has already received 400+ applications. Hike is tapping into graduating and alumni talent from leading institutions like IIT Kharagpur & Dhanbad, NSIT, DTU, IIIT Delhi, NIT Kurukshetra, and Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology for their recruitment drives.
Amidst lockdown, Hike registered a surge of over 45 percent on inbound queries in Q2, 2020. Mishra said, "We have an incredible team at Hike who has adapted amazingly who continue to innovate & we’re looking forward to welcoming more Hikers to join this team." In these few years, Hike has grown tremendously and been able to tap the younger generation with their Sticker Chat. In August 2016, Hike became the 10th Indian startup to be valued at over $1 billion. Hike has raised over $261 million in capital from top-tier investors such as SoftBank, Tiger Global, Tencent, Foxconn & Bharti, among others.
Now as the pandemic leads to physical social distancing, the social platforms like Hike have more potential to grow. How Hike's endeavour to discover great talent from universities and other startups help them build a stronger team and a stronger product and brand is to look forward to. And for identifying the right potential and hiring the right talent how far do virtual hiring solutions help Hike would also be something to watch out for. Not only hike, as the need for physical social distancing persists, many other employers are increasingly turning towards cutting-edge virtual hiring solutions to minimize the loss of potential candidates. Such solutions tap into the power of the online ecosystem to eliminate locational restraints, enabling organizations to seamlessly conduct talent recruitment and management no matter wherever they are. Here's a story on: Rise of virtual hiring tools amidst COVID-19
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