A job interview is crucial in more ways than one, for the candidate, as well as the hiring company. With supply outweighing demand exponentially, companies are pressed for time to make the right hire. This is where Sanjoe Tom Jose’s Talview comes into the picture. A talent assessment solution provider, they assist recruiters in evaluating and hiring only the best, in a time saving and efficient manner, with a special focus on video interviews.
The alumni were spread across the world and that added to the unpredictability of schedule. So we came up with the idea to make the interview videos available on the internet to the alumni, who could then access them at their convenience.”
This venture of Sanjoe’s, co-founded with his CTO Subramanian, has its humble beginnings as a garage start-up. It was previously known as InterviewMaster, created as an aid to help sophomore students with mock interviews at IIT Bombay, of which Sanjoe and Subramnian are alumni. Sharing the story of how it all began, Sanjoe says, “The alumni were spread across the world and that added to the unpredictability of schedule. So we came up with the idea to make the interview videos available on the internet to the alumni, who could then access them at their convenience. Many of the alumni came back to us and suggested we make our automated videos available as a service.” At the time, the tool was rudimentary, tied together using different standalone tools. Today, it has evolved into a bigger and better idea, with several of the big IT firms as their clients.
Entrepreneurs at heart, both Sanjoe and Subramanian were active members of their University’s entrepreneurship cell, and Sanjoe even headed a platform called E-Garage, which was as space for teachers, students, and alumni to come together, and build start-ups.
Many obstacles having come in the way of Talview, it stands tall and successful today because its founders didn’t give up. From tossing aside a well paying corporate job, to soldiering on in the face of investor withdrawal and resulting uncertainty, Sanjoe and his partner have seen it all.
My next few years, I have dedicated to Talview. The focus is on scaling up what we have built over the last four years.”
His priority being Talview, Sanjoe shares his plans for the company, “My next few years, I have dedicated to Talview. The focus is on scaling up what we have built over the last four years.”
Having learnt from his tough experience, Sanjoe advises, “It is going to be a hard journey; one has to dedicate at least seven years to the journey and the idea. Do as much research as possible. The foundation – team, sector/market, location, early investors all of these should be chosen keeping the long journey in mind.”
There is no limit to what you can do, if you set your mind to it. Sanjoe Tom Jose shows us the wonders that can achieved, by the incredible yet simple power of perseverance.