TCS NATIONAL QUALIFIER TEST
With the demand for tech expertise growing at an exponential pace, there is a critical need to rethink talent acquisition at scale and deploy new methods to recognize and retrain candidates who truly fit the bill.
As part of our larger recruitment strategy, we designed the TCS National Qualifier Test (TCS NQT or TNQT), an entry-level exam that leverages the nationwide talent ecosystem in India by going beyond college campuses. TNQT is an online screening exam open to every engineering student across the country, regardless of the college or sub-discipline they belong to. This test is administered on our digital testing platform, TCS iON™. Through this process, selection of candidates from over 300,000 prospects can now be completed in just two days.
Apart from a career in next-generation technologies, top TNQT performers also qualify for a differentiated entry-level hiring process called TCS Digital, which offers an even more attractive compensation package.
Students who perform above a certain grade in TNQT and display higher-order thinking in the talent stream are thus identified via a separate selection process. Traditional talent acquisition techniques rarely account for such differentiation in compensation designed around a candidate’s digital acumen.
Creating a deployment-ready workforce
Leveraging its strong IT infrastructure, TCS incorporated video interviews into the entry-level hiring process following TNQT.
This significantly reduced turnaround time and cost. The seamless integration of systems and processes has produced a robust technology ecosystem to conduct TNQT and hold online trainings. Web-based internal learning portals help new hires navigate the induction process while still in college and ensure deployment-ready talent as soon as formal induction is complete.
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