GOJEK rides on AI-based hiring to expand footprint in India

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GOJEK has acquired AirCTO, a Bangalore-based artificial intelligence recruitment platform, and opened its second engineering and product development centre in Gurgaon, India.

AirCTO will be looking into building products that accelerate the recruitment of talent for GOJEK.

GOJEK plans to hire 100 employees for the new office in Gurgaon, aiming to reach a total headcount of 500 in India by yearend.

“We have looked at multiple ways to expand our operations (in India) and concluded that Gurgaon is a logical destination to set up shop, not least because of the amazing talent we have found in the area,” said Sidu Ponnappa, managing director for India at GOJEK.

“GOJEK recorded an annualized gross transaction value (GTV) of $9 billion as of 2018, and the hyper-growth journey we’ve been on demands talent who are willing to take risks, fail, learn and continue to scale a company that aims to solve everyday problems for Southeast Asia,” Sidu said.

With operations underway in Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, GOJEK will now consider whether further acquisitions are needed.

“I’m super thrilled to have AirCTO’s talented team join us,” Sidu said. “The team will use technology to help us scale up our hiring processes. Finding quality talent is always a challenge, and Atif (Haider) and team are here to find technology-based solutions that will help us to overcome this challenge.”

Located at DLF CyberHub, Gurgaon, the 18,000-plus square foot office is equipped to seat around 150 employees. The centre offers all amenities including a 24/7 office with a cafeteria.

As part of the expansion, GOJEK’s largest India-based product team, GO-FOOD, will setup product divisions in the Gurgaon office.