Facing Job Interview

Written by Lieutenant Colonel Anil Kumar Nigam

Facingrepparttar job Interview

It is a very tough job market now days. You have to have additional skills to be successful. A little careful study and practice will give an edge overrepparttar 141533 others and you will come out with flying colors. Here are some useful tips and suggestions.

First step for getting a job is to be able to get a call for personal interview from perspective employer. Your record till date matters a lot and how do you present that inrepparttar 141534 CV will get you noticed amongrepparttar 141535 crowd. Be sure that your CV is written properly and is impressive. You may like to take expert help for writingrepparttar 141536 CV.

Second step, which comes across, will be in form of written test for ·IQ and reasoning. ·English. ·General awareness or general knowledge. ·Abilities with basic math.

The third and final step before you are called for a final interview could be inrepparttar 141537 form of a Group Discussion where your various abilities, which are discussed later, will be tested.

Congratulations now that you are through with first three stepsrepparttar 141538 finale has come and you have to show “Do you have it in you”. For this you have to know what do they really want? What your interviewer is looking for is how suitable you will be forrepparttar 141539 job can you hit bull’s eye by having showing them suitable mix of Qualities in you? Just remember that having these qualities is one thing and demonstrating these is another, which is more important. Do not think that you haverepparttar 141540 qualities and it is for them to judge these qualities. You will 100% go wrong. The qualities are

Must Qualities Following qualities can be considered to be must which you must posses, however depending on job profile there could be some differences: - ·Your Attitude ·Sincerity ·Faith in yourself ·Determination and self confidence ·Depth of knowledge ·Analytical abilities ·Integrity ·Interpersonal Skills ·Team spirit ·Loyalty ·Discipline ·Leadership ·Clarity of Thoughts

Should Qualities. These are additional qualities which, though not essential qualities but can be labeled as desirable qualities: - ·Maturity ·Adaptability ·Flexibility ·Wisdom ·Punctuality ·Written and verbal communication ·Initiative ·Your over all Personality ·Ability to influence others ·Physical Appearance ·Tolerable stress levels ·Sense of Humor ·Value System ·Motivation Level ·Honesty ·Good IQ and EQ ·Noticeable past demonstrated performance ·Good listening skills

This all put together reflects your overall potential forrepparttar 141541 suitability ofrepparttar 141542 post on offer. There are few more qualities which can be put as could have qualities, which will give you, edge over others should there be a tie among you and your competitor: -

·Learn to solve problems and not create them. ·Plan and organize work in systematic manner. ·Get things done through other people. ·Show evidence of your motivations and interests.

Let us come closer and see what prospective employers have to say about their disliking about a candidate. These are results of a survey, which was undertaken by a popular magazine to findrepparttar 141543 reasons for not hiring an otherwise suitable candidate: -

You can eat away your chances of success if you: -

·Act disinterested ·Do not do your homework ·Talk too little / TOO MUCH ·Display bad manners ·Run down your current or past employer ·Take credit for things you did not do ·Hide holes in your resumes ·Show lack of confidence inrepparttar 141544 prospective employer ·Negotiate too early aboutrepparttar 141545 salary even before they tell you that you are hired.

Their Criticisms ofrepparttar 141546 candidates

·Did not prepare well forrepparttar 141547 interview ·Failed to listen to questions asked / answeredrepparttar 141548 wrong question. ·Provided superfluous information and unnecessary detail. ·Made negative comments about yourself / Showed low self-steem. ·Made negative remarks aboutrepparttar 141549 company orrepparttar 141550 interviewers. ·Were poorly motivated - didn't ask job related questions - didn’t take opportunities to sell yourself. ·Showed poor face-to-face communication skills

Certain don’t duringrepparttar 141551 interview

·Use interviewers' names, unless asked. ·Sit down, until you are invited. ·Worry about being nervous. Be sure that makes you more nervous. ·Show samples of your work, unless specifically requested ·Show disappointment if things aren't going your way. ·Correctrepparttar 141552 interviewers unless in a tactful manner. ·Say anything negative about yourself/put yourself down. ·Criticize your current or previous employers. ·Give up hope ifrepparttar 141553 interviewer is negative/abrupt. ·Ask how well you've done inrepparttar 141554 interview. ·Talk about salary/benefits/holidays unless they bring it up Before D Day

·Do company research. Know aboutrepparttar 141555 company in general andrepparttar 141556 department you are being tested for. This will give yourepparttar 141557 idea aboutrepparttar 141558 type of questions you will be asked and also prepare forrepparttar 141559 answers you should be giving. ·Identify your skills & personal strengths and list these in a logical order. ·Match your skills to job requirements. By doing so you will position yourself at an advantage over others having similar qualifications and experience. ·List likely Interview questions

Duringrepparttar 141560 interview. Be careful your

·Turnout ·Body Language ·Listening and verbal skills ·Knowledge ·Sharpness ·Grasping power ARE BEING PUT TO TEST

A word about Turn out

In a major survey of employer attitudes to candidate’s appearance at job interviews,repparttar 141561 majority agreed that grooming strongly influences their decisions on who will be hired. 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 141562 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 141563 truth in interviews. ·Convince them that your experience qualifies you forrepparttar 141564 job on offer. Group Discussions: What is Group Discussion

Facing the Job Interviews

Written by Lieutenant Colonel Anil Kumar Nigam

Dressing up and body language while facingrepparttar interview

To make a good impression dress conservative and clean cut, wear clothes appropriate torepparttar 141532 culture, hair clean, neat and tidy, keep jewellery to a minimum, no after-shave or perfume, clean shoes, suits dry-cleaned if worn, overall cleanliness, hands, nails etc. Practice good hygiene, comb or brush your hair, and dress appropriately. Even if you know thatrepparttar 141533 company dress is business-casual, dress up anyway. It shows professionalism and respect.

Dress conservatively and avoid bright, flashy colors. Navy blue or gray is usually best but wear colors in which you feel confident. Interviewers might be offended by strong body smell. Don't wear strong perfume. Fragrance is a matter of personal preference and your interviewer might not like your choice. It's best to have soft perfume a few minutes beforerepparttar 141534 interview; a little mouthwash may be good.

Body Language Remember body speaks louder than words. Body language comprises 55% ofrepparttar 141535 force of any response. Verbal content only provides 7% paralanguage, orrepparttar 141536 intonation, pauses and sighs given when answering, represents 38% ofrepparttar 141537 emphasis. How to Act During Interviews

Greet them as per time of day. Smile and have a firm handshake if offered. Readrepparttar 141538 mood. Ifrepparttar 141539 interviewer is formal, then you probably should be, too. Ifrepparttar 141540 interviewer is casual, then follow along while remaining courteous and professional. Wait to be told to take a seat and say thank you. If it's possible, scoot your chair a little closer torepparttar 141541 interviewer's desk or takerepparttar 141542 chair closet torepparttar 141543 desk. This shows interest and confidence. But don't invaderepparttar 141544 interviewer's personal space, a perimeter of about two to three feet. Sit with good posture. Even formally trained interviewers are regular people like you, so they'll expect you to be a little nervous while sitting inrepparttar 141545 hot seat. Still, try to avoid obvious signs. Maintain comfortable eye contact withrepparttar 141546 interviewer as failure to maintain eye contact indicates that you are lying, reaching for answers or lacking confidence. Take your time to answer questions - this will prevent you from providing a poor answer. Speak clearly and thoughtfully - be sure to speak at an appropriate volume and do not speak too quickly Ifrepparttar 141547 interviewer offers coffee or other beverages, it's okay to accept if he insists otherwise say no thanks. It's probably better to say no thanks to snacks. How to Sit at Interview

Withrepparttar 141548 upper limbsrepparttar 141549 guideline is thatrepparttar 141550 less a person moves their hands and arms,repparttar 141551 more powerful they are. This supportsrepparttar 141552 view that they are used to people listening to them and they therefore do not have to resort to gesticulation to get their point across. Try to keep your hands lower than your elbows, rest them onrepparttar 141553 arms ofrepparttar 141554 chair. Try to gauge interviewers' preferred distance by their seating arrangements. Move closer only if they seem skeptical about what you're saying.

Where you sit, too, is as important as how you sit.

If you are sitting onrepparttar 141555 edge ofrepparttar 141556 seat it can make you look eager but also scared, like you are ready to bolt out ofrepparttar 141557 room. Go ahead and slide torepparttar 141558 back ofrepparttar 141559 chair and sit tall and straight. That will make you look confident and comfortable. Girls should not cross their legs and instead sit with their knees together. Men should avoid sitting with their legs too wide apart. Anything that creates an intimacy before there's a rapport established will signal torepparttar 141560 interviewer that you don't use good judgment and that you resort to inappropriate behavior. Here are some typical interpretations of body language.

Openness and Warmth:·Open-lipped smiling, ·Open hands with palms visible.

Confidence: Leaning forward in chair chin up, Hands joined behind back when standing.

Nervousness: Jiggling pocket contents, running tongue along front of teeth, clearing throat, hands touchingrepparttar 141561 face or covering part ofrepparttar 141562 face, pulling at skin or ear, running fingers through hair, wringing hands, biting on pens or other objects, twiddling thumbs, biting fingernails. Looking at your watch very frequently. Nervous hand habits, like nail biting, hair twirling and hand twitching, can distractrepparttar 141563 interviewer and, convey nervousness and insecurity. Untrustworthy/Defensive: Frowning, squinting eyes, tight-lipped grin, arms crossed in front of chest, chin down, touching nose or face, darting eyes, looking down when speaking, clenched hands, gestures with fist, pointing with fingers, chopping one hand intorepparttar 141564 open palm ofrepparttar 141565 other, rubbing back of neck, clasping hands behind head while leaning back inrepparttar 141566 chair.

Interpretation of Various Postures Crossed arms - means thatrepparttar 141567 person is in a defensive and reserved mood. ·Crossed arms and legs - means thatrepparttar 141568 person feels very reserved and suspicious. ·Open arms and hands - means thatrepparttar 141569 person is open and receptive. ·Standing before you with his hands insiderepparttar 141570 pockets - means he is not sure or feels suspicious. ·Standing before you with his hands on his hips - means he is receptive and ready to help you out. ·Sitting in a chair shaking one ofrepparttar 141571 legs - means he feels nervous and uncomfortable ·If his eyes are downcast and face turned away - means he is not interested in what you are saying. ·Withrepparttar 141572 palm ofrepparttar 141573 hand holding or stroking his chin - means he is in an evaluating position and being critical. ·Leaning back in his chair with both hands clasped behind his head - means he is in an analytical mood, but it is also a gesture of superiority. ·Rubbing or touching his nose when answering a question - means he is not tellingrepparttar 141574 complete truth. ·Rubbingrepparttar 141575 back of his head or rubbing or touchingrepparttar 141576 back of his neck - meansrepparttar 141577 conversation is not really interesting. ·If he moves his body and sits with his feet and body pointing towards a door - means he wants to endrepparttar 141578 conservation and leaverepparttar 141579 room. ·Steepling your fingers, particularly in an upright position, when answering a question. This can be perceived as arrogant, saying I know more about this subject than you do.

Tips about using your Voice

Add Volume to Increase Authority. Remember that your voice always sounds louder to you than to anyone else. Also remember that your voice is an instrument; it needs to be warmed up, or it will creak and crack atrepparttar 141580 beginning of your presentation. If you warm up with a high volume, as though projecting to those inrepparttar 141581 back row, your volume also will improve your vocal quality. Volume adds energy to your voice; it hasrepparttar 141582 power to command or lose listeners' attention. Lowerrepparttar 141583 Pitch to Increase Credibility. Pitch,repparttar 141584 measurement ofrepparttar 141585 "highness" or "lowness" of your voice, is determined largely byrepparttar 141586 amount of tension inrepparttar 141587 vocal cords. When you are under stress, you may sound high-pitched; when you are relaxed and confident, you will have a naturally lower pitch. Authoritative vocal tones are low and calm, not high and tense. Inflection is a pitch change-from "Stop!" screeched at an assailant torepparttar 141588 haughty "Please stop" directed at a stranger using your department's copy machine. You can lower your pitch to some degree by practicing scales (as singers do, droppingrepparttar 141589 voice with each word) and by breathing more deeply to relax your vocal cords. Remember that a lower pitch conveys power, authority, and confidence, whereas a high pitch conveys insecurity and nervousness.

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