By volume requirements I mean when the client has large number of openings for similar skill set.
Here generally the skills are generic, no of positions more , client wants to close it ASAP and in process they pass the requirement to many consultants thus creating more competition. Most of the times clients organize weekend drives to close such positions, where large number of shortlisted candidates come in a specific day and attended all rounds of interviews there.
E.g.: Required- Software engineer for a service-based company
Skills: Java, J2ee
Number of position: 10
As Java, J2ee is a widely used programming language and projects are more or less similar in all service-based companies, finding candidate for this requirement will not be that difficult. Just put a simple search for java, J2ee, 3-5 yrs in any job board and you will get plenty of similar resumes.
Challenges in volume requirements:
Volume- As the number of positions are more, client expects us to send more profiles. More decent profiles mean more short listings, which in turn means more scheduling and more follow ups!
Time – As it is open to other consultants you don’t have more time to understand the JD. You have to act quickly.
Duplicity – More or less, all the consultants are dependent on Job boards for resumes for such reqs. So as the source is same for all, same candidate is likely to get calls from many consultants. If the candidate doesn’t inform you that his profile has already been processed and you also process it - It will come as a duplicate for you. And it is a waste of time and effort. Duplicity is a major issue in such kind of requirements. Two minutes delay to process a resume can cause a duplicate.
Competition – More number of vendors means increased competition.
Note--In the next post we will discuss about how to approach such positions.