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10 questions for HCL Technologies CFO Anil Chanana

Nancy Weil | March 6, 2012
Name: Anil Chanana

3. What are the biggest challenges facing CFOs today?

The hardest part of operating under today's environment of uncertainty and volatility is the decision-making process. Right decisions at the right time and speed are critical in such a dynamic environment. Therefore, the CFO's role is as much a business strategist as a financial expert.

4. What is a good day at work like for you?

This is a very interesting question. For me a good day at work would be viewing my team passionately, motivating them to achieve their goals while at the same time looking for value inputs. Also, it is such a satisfying feeling to see business growing at a healthy pace.

5. How would you characterize your management style?

My management style is flexible and participative. I don't like to control or micromanage people. I hire good people and then let them take control of things. I like to see my team taking up initiatives and I support them wherever required while keeping a close eye on the results. I am proud that my company, HCL Technologies, has a culture that supports and encourages my style and practices. We call it the "Employees First" management style.

6. What strengths and qualities do you look for in job candidates?

When I interview a candidate, first and foremost, I like to understand how much a team player the prospective candidate is because at HCL we have worked very hard to create an environment that is very much collaborative and transparent. Here everybody is an employee -- the CXOs included -- and we want every employee to lead. When we identify a problem, we try to think of it as an opportunity. So when interviewing, it is very important for me to understand how open the candidate is to working in a close environment, as well as how he or she might react in certain situations that involve problem solving. The positive outlook and openness to working with people is definitely a draw for me.

7. What are some of your favorite interview questions or techniques to elicit information to determine whether a candidate will be successful at your company? What sort of answers send up red flags for you and make you think a job candidate wouldn't be a good fit?

The first important thing to know is whether the candidate knows what he claims to know. If the candidate can't explain what he or she is doing, the interview is over. Also, I like a candidate that communicates his or her determination to learn and that clearly has a hunger to excel. After all, passion is what defines a person. If you are not passionate about your job, you won't fit the bill.


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