Facing the Job Interviews

Written by Lieutenant Colonel Anil Kumar Nigam

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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.

Paradigm Shift from Teaching to Learning

Written by Lieutenant Colonel Anil Nigam

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3. Strike a good rapport with students. Your attitude towards them is very important and they read it correctly always and every time. Be sympathetic but firm in your approach. Your approach could be almost fatherly. They should be able to sense that you mean their good and that should b by your actions rather than you talking about it.

4. Read their mind and Eyes. You should be able to read question marks in their eyes. It is not difficult. Do look in their eyes and you will be amazed to see them speaking. Do not ignore that as if you do that they would soon loose interest and alsorepparttar track of what you are teaching 5. Why wait take feedback for yourself inrepparttar 141261 very second week. Talk to them frankly and openly and try changing your style if required. After all what you teach is not important, what they learn is more important isn’t it?

6. Keep them on toes, if they do not put question bombard them with questions basically your approach should be to ensure that they listen to you and are mentally alert.

7. Use students as resource to clarify doubts. It is not at all necessary that you have to talk allrepparttar 141262 time. They will be more attentive if they are to speak. Make your classes interactive with involvement of students in clarifying basic doubts raised by other students. This will give them confidence as well as improve their communication skills.

8. Show your genuine concern for their welfare. Do not only talk just do itrepparttar 141263 best you can. Even accompanying some student to hospital in emergencies.

9. Earn respect by your behavior and knowledge. Even how you stand how you talk and how you dress up does matter. Do you remember your school/College days? Try to look back into those days and you will realize as to what needs to be done.

10. Do your homework thoroughly. There can never be any short cut for depth of knowledge. Each lecture has to be prepared thoroughly as if you are going to teach it forrepparttar 141264 first time.

Why Limit ourselves? Learning cannot be limited to classroom

Classroom teaching could well be just less than 50% ofrepparttar 141265 total learning involved or PUT it otherwise it could be gateway leading to learning experiences. Use every opportunity presented to you to make them learn. Other Opportunities to Enhance Teaching Learning process could be following:-

(a)Lab Sessions (b)Tutorial (c)Seminars (d)Projects (e)Industry Visits

Make use of this time to fullest advantage. Demonstraterepparttar 141266 equipment in lab sessions and during industry visits and couple this with classroom teaching. Same way projects, seminars and tutorial time can be used to a great advantage. Invokerepparttar 141267 interest inrepparttar 141268 students by taking practical systems and examples fromrepparttar 141269 visits, which you had undertaken to enhancerepparttar 141270 learning.

Food for thoughts

Does Servingrepparttar 141271 food means that it has been eaten and digested? Even if it has been digested completed, has justice been done? Be careful in choosing what you serve. Do you get me ? Yesrepparttar 141272 setting ofrepparttar 141273 syllabus is what I am talking about. It is one ofrepparttar 141274 most important things for a teacher. I will go to an extent of saying that it is much more important thanrepparttar 141275 teaching itself. What you teach does matter a lot so be careful to choose should you get a chance to draft a syllabus. It should meetrepparttar 141276 tomorrow’s requirement and not that of yesterday.

I think that is about all we can do forrepparttar 141277 students.


Haven’t you heard about Self Learning? Just mark my words end of studies inrepparttar 141278 college is going to be beginning ofrepparttar 141279 actual learning aboutrepparttar 141280 real world where continuous updating will be required.

Where we fit in as teachers? Can’t we motivate them to developrepparttar 141281 art of self-learning and self-grooming to get ready for future?

Author has 28 years of experience in the field of Telecommunications. He is M.Sc(Physics) and has M. Tech from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. He has worked in different capacities including Signal corps Indian Army, Regional Manager of one of leading Telecom company. Currently he is Associate Professor with Institute of Technology and Management at Gurgaon, Haryana, India which is rated as the best Engineering colleges of North India

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