Facing Job Interview

Written by Lieutenant Colonel Anil Kumar Nigam

Continued from page 1

Group Discussion is an important part ofrepparttar selection process where employers evaluaterepparttar 141533 candidate’s potential to be a leader and alsorepparttar 141534 ability to work in teams. Groups of 8-10 candidates are formed into a leaderless group, and are given a specific situation to analyze and discuss within a given time limit, which may vary between twenty minutes and forty-five minutes.

They may be given a case study and asked to come out with a solution for a problem. They may be given a topic and are asked to discussrepparttar 141535 same.

What is being tested?

You’ll have to be able to understandrepparttar 141536 other person’s point of view while making your point and ensure that your team as a whole reaches a win-win situation. The group discussion is a test of your interactive skills and how good you are at communicating with other people. The objective of a group discussion is to mainly check your team playing skills because as a manager, you will be working in organizations with people

Skills Tested during Group Discussion

·Persuasive Skills ·Communication Skills ·General awareness and knowledge ·Power to influence others ·Listening skills ·Ability to withstand pressure ·Interpersonal Skills ·Logical Thinking ·Leadership and team Skills

And other Skills ·Comprehension ofrepparttar 141537 main idea and ability to generate ideas ·The rapport you strike ·Patience ·Assertion ·Accommodation ·Responsiveness ·Body language

Remember having qualities is one thing and demonstrating these duringrepparttar 141538 discussion is another

Handy Points to remember ·Knowledge is strength. ·Addressingrepparttar 141539 Group as a Whole. ·If you are not sure aboutrepparttar 141540 topic of discussion, it is better not to initiate. ·A GD is not a debating stage. ·Language use should be simple, direct and straightforward. ·Maintain rapport with fellow participants. ·Use positive body language. ·Communicate with each and every candidate present. ·While speaking don't keep looking at a single member.

Tips forrepparttar 141541 Group Discussion

·A Good level of general awareness will come in handy. ·The wider your reading interests,repparttar 141542 better prepared you will be. ·Take time to think of what you are going to say. ·Work out various strategies to help you enterrepparttar 141543 discussion. ·Startingrepparttar 141544 discussion is considered to be good however it isn't that important; what is important is that you speak for a period long enough for you to be able to communicate your viewpoint. ·Be patient; don't lose your cool if anyone says anything you object to. ·Don't takerepparttar 141545 discussion personally. ·Be responsive to ideas from other people and very receptive and open-minded but don't allow others to change your own viewpoint. ·Employers are looking for a range of different skills and although you may think that leadership is key, and want to demonstrate this in a discussion, you need to be careful that you don't dominaterepparttar 141546 discussion as this may come across as aggressive. ·Quality and NOT QUANTITY: Often, participants think that success in-group discussions depend on their decibel levels. Ironically, it’srepparttar 141547 opposite. ·Roundingrepparttar 141548 discussion off - when about 2-3 minutes are left, someone inrepparttar 141549 group must takerepparttar 141550 initiative and summarize allrepparttar 141551 issues discussed. Let it be you.

Rememberrepparttar 141552 six C's of effective Communication ·Clarity ·Completeness ·Conciseness ·Confidence ·Correctness ·Courtesy.

Here are some ofrepparttar 141553 GD topics of leading Institutes ·Managerial skills learnt inrepparttar 141554 classroom can never match those learnt from experience. ·Democracy is hampering India’s progress. ·MBA in India is highly overrated. ·Religion is a private affair and should be of no concern forrepparttar 141555 state. ·Decreasing defense expenditure and increasing social expenditure isrepparttar 141556 need ofrepparttar 141557 hour. ·Women's empowerment will lead to social development. (IIM Kozhikode, March'99) ·Computers result in unemployment. (FMS Delhi, March'99) Are we raising a generation of burnt out children? (IIMB, Mar 97) ·Advertising is all glitter and little truth. (MICA, Apr '97) ·Is bureaucracy a hindrance to economic reforms in India? (IIMC, July '97) ·Filmmakers are indulging in cinematic Fortitution inrepparttar 141558 name of folk culture. (IIML, Mar'97X Are we raising a generation of burnt out children? (IIMB, Mar 97) ·Under Indian parliamentary democracy it is impossible to ensure balanced regional development. (IIMC, Mar ‘97) ·Corruption isrepparttar 141559 main outcome of democracy in India. (IIML, Mar '97) In an over-regulated society corruption is inevitable. (MICA, Apr '97) ·Forrepparttar 141560 poorer sections of society, a state-controlled economy is better than a liberalized economy. (IIMC-PGDCM, March'97) ·With IT replacing middle level management, software jobs are more lucrative than MBAs (S.P Jain, March'99) ·Do you think accent holds you back? Would you prefer everyone speaking uniformly? (XIM Bhubaneswar, March'99) ·Men resent women power at work place (NMIMS, March'99) Youth in India are becoming greedy byrepparttar 141561 day (MICA, March'99) ·MBAs should be taxed at higher rates inrepparttar 141562 country (IIMB April'99) ·Efficiency and corruption go hand in hand.

Afterrepparttar 141563 Interview ·Each job interview should be a learning process. Learn from your mistakes - don't repeat them. ·Carry out a post-interview analysis immediately afterrepparttar 141564 interview while it is still fresh in your mind. ·Review tough questions and make notes for your next interview on areas where you might handle difficult questions better. ·Motivate yourself to approach your next interview in a positive frame of mind. ·Userepparttar 141565 experience gained at each interview to improve your technique and overall presentation

Seven Mantras for Success

·Communication Skills ·Influencing Abilities ·Problem Solving ·Creative Thinking ·Social Skills] ·Managing Finances

Author has 28 years of experience in the field of Teaching and Management. He is M. Tech from IIT Kanpur and has worked in different capacities including Signal corps Indian Army, Regional Manager for a Telecom Company. Currently he is Associate Professor with ITM, Gurgaon that is rated as best Engineering colleges of North India.

Facing the Job Interviews

Written by Lieutenant Colonel Anil Kumar Nigam

Continued from page 1

Tune your body posture

Try to adopt a posture that shows interest but still comes across as being relaxed. You can do this by sitting up straight in your chair atrepparttar beginning ofrepparttar 141532 interview, with your back againstrepparttar 141533 back ofrepparttar 141534 chair. If you slouch or hang sideways in your chair, it might giverepparttar 141535 impression that you are not that interested inrepparttar 141536 job. However, sitting onrepparttar 141537 edge of your chair can come across as being a little tense and might giverepparttar 141538 impression that you feel uncomfortable. You can change your body posture a little duringrepparttar 141539 interview. For example, when someone says something it is good to turn a little with your shoulders towards this person and to lean forward a little. This shows an interest in whatrepparttar 141540 other person is saying. You can emphasize this by tilting your head a little. It is also important to pay attention torepparttar 141541 posture of your interview partners. In some cases you can achieve mutual tuning by adoptingrepparttar 141542 same posture asrepparttar 141543 other person.

What to do with your hands? Justrepparttar 141544 same as when you are giving a presentation, many people often regard their hands as obstacles during a job interview rather than a useful means of communication. That is why people often ask what to do with their hands. In a difficult situation we are often inclined to fold our arms across our body. This helps to give us a more secure feeling. During a job interview it is better not to do this, because folding your arms can be interpreted as a defensive move. It is better to let your hands lie loosely on your lap or place them onrepparttar 141545 armrests of your chair. From these positions it's also easy to support your words with hand gestures.

Movements: a dynamic interview? Facial expressions play a great role; do not have a blank face. Hand movements can also help to liven uprepparttar 141546 interview. The fact that you dare to make movements with your hands during an interview might indicate that you feel at ease quickly. In most cases it is better not to make too many hand movements atrepparttar 141547 start ofrepparttar 141548 interview but add them slowly throughoutrepparttar 141549 interview. As regards this, pay attention to your interview partners as well: if they use their hands a lot to make things clear, you can definitely do this as well. When they don't make many movements, it is better if you don't either. Justrepparttar 141550 same as with body posture, it is important to tune your movements to those ofrepparttar 141551 other person. Also pay attention to inadvertent movements that you may make sometimes due to nervousness. For example, shuffling with your feet or kicking againstrepparttar 141552 leg of a table can be very irritating for other people. Drumming with your fingers or clicking with a pen also won't be good forrepparttar 141553 interview. So pay attention!

When should you look at whom?

Duringrepparttar 141554 job interview it is important to look at allrepparttar 141555 interview partners to an equal extent. By looking directly atrepparttar 141556 other person we are giving them a sign of trust. By looking directly at people we are also in control ofrepparttar 141557 conversation. Looking directly at somebody or looking away actually serves asrepparttar 141558 dots and commas in our spoken sentences. When one ofrepparttar 141559 committee members explains something or poses a question, keep looking at this person for as long as he or she is speaking. This shows that you're listening. While he is speaking he may also look atrepparttar 141560 other people, but every time he wants to emphasize something he will look at you again. You can then nod to encourage him to continue talking. Atrepparttar 141561 end of his question, he will keep looking at you and then tilt his head up a little to invite you to give an answer. When you answer a question, you will look first atrepparttar 141562 person who posedrepparttar 141563 question, but while you answer you should take turns looking atrepparttar 141564 other interview partners as well. You should direct yourself again torepparttar 141565 person who posedrepparttar 141566 question when you want to emphasize something and atrepparttar 141567 end of your answer.

Mirrorrepparttar 141568 Interviewer’s Body Language. The concept of mirroring is based onrepparttar 141569 well-known human trait of like attracting like. People generally like people that appear to be similar to them. Therefore, by observingrepparttar 141570 interviewers body language and reflecting this back at them they are likely to feel more at ease and friendly towards you.

Some practical hints

·Develop your Listening skills and do not ask could you please repeatrepparttar 141571 question. ·Maintain comfortable eye contact. ·Do not interruptrepparttar 141572 interviewer. ·From time to time, ask for clarification of what has been said if you are not clear about it. ·Don't show emotions or prejudices on any contentious topic. ·Occasionally, re-phrase what has been said to show you have clearly understoodrepparttar 141573 question before attempting to answer. ·Keep an open mind on what is being said untilrepparttar 141574 interviewer has finished.

Most Likely Questions likely to be asked by interviewers

.Where did you come in your class in College? ·Why didn't you do better in your exams? ·Tell me about yourself? ·How would you describe yourself? ·Why do you want to leave your present job? ·What would your boss/colleagues say about you if asked? ·What motivates you most? ·What is your long term plans? ·Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? ·What is your greatest strength? ·Do you prefer working alone or with others? ·What is your greatest weakness? ·How do you cope with pressure? ·Give me an instance where you were under pressure? ·Why do you believe you are a suitable candidate for this job? ·What can you do for us that somebody else can't do?

The Secrets of Interview Success

·Express yourself with clarity and precision. ·Speak confidently, making sure to support your answers with relevant examples from your work ·Always relate your answers torepparttar 141575 job for which you are applying. ·Always present a positive face ·You should state and supply evidence that you enjoy your job; that you are enthusiastic and ambitious; and that you welcome challenge. ·It is important to tellrepparttar 141576 truth in interviews. ·Convince them that your experience qualifies you forrepparttar 141577 job on offer.

Do you have any questions? What to do when they put such a question to you?

Do ask only after they confirm your suitability and give you a chance. Here are some examples of questions to ask at your job interview. ·How would you describe a typical workday? ·What isrepparttar 141578 best part of working at this company for you? ·What arerepparttar 141579 typical responsibilities and duties of this job? ·What skills are considered most useful for success in this job? ·How many people work in this particular department? ·What areas ofrepparttar 141580 department do you think need improving? ·What is your company’s corporate culture? ·What arerepparttar 141581 company’s values? ·What isrepparttar 141582 company’s policy on transfers to other divisions or other offices? Don't ask about Don't ask about company benefits, such as health-care plans. Be sure to save your questions about salary, benefits, and

Author has 28 years of experience in the field of Teaching and Management. He is M. Tech from IIT Kanpur and has worked in different capacities including Signal corps Indian Army, Regional Manager for a Telecom Company. Currently he is Associate Professor with ITM, Gurgaon that is rated as best Engineering colleges of North India.

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