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13 Mar, 2020
INTERVIEW DO'S AND DONT

Am I the only one who gets a funny feeling in my stomach before interviews. It's like butterflies but not like the good kind when I see my celebrity crush. Honestly please let me know if I'm the only one. Anyhow, We all have this pressure before attending the interview. There's also that ''WHAT IF'' part, where we ask ourselves will I get hired, did I spray enough deodorant? Its an unexplainable situation but most people feel some type of way before, during and after the interview.

It's so important that you're relaxed and COMFORTABLE during the interview session, this not only shows how reserved you are but also helps the building of your confidence during the interview. If the room is too cold, request for the temperature to be raised (LOL).

The following list has DO's and DONT's tips during the session to gain the employer's attention and achieve the goal of EMPLOYMENT.

  1. DRESS CODE

If the FIRST IMPRESSION is everything when you meet your date, imagine how important it is during the interview. You are looking to grab the interviewer first sight attention, then dress accordingly to the profession you are to be interviewed. You don't want to be that unforgettable candidate because of A BAD WIG, bright colors or torn clothes.

Never dress casually to the interview unless instructed. Imagine wearing a t-shirt and jeans then showing up for a banking role. It's better to be more FORMAL than too casual. You don't want the interviewer to think that you're rough, shabby and you'll dress the same way once they hire you.

  1. TIME

Should interviewers wait for you or is it the other way round? I suggest you arrive at least 30minutes before the interview. Don't give an interviewer initial reasons to disqualify you because of poor TIME MANAGEMENT skills. Always wake up early and get prepared on the day of the interview. You can also research knowledge about the company location.

BAD TRAFFIC shouldn't be an excuse for arriving late. If due to unavoidable circumstances you're late, then give the interviewers a call.

  1. BODY LANGUAGE

Either you are shy or not making use of body language that is positive and indicates interest in the job position. The best way to show confidence is by sitting in an open stance. Think of the interview as a CONVERSATION, not an INTERROGATION. Make proper eye contact, proper hand movement shows emphasizes will help the interviewers see your CONFIDENCE.

We all get nervous sometimes but try not to crawl into space or fall into pieces mode. Make sure to take a breath, hold it together when it gets intense because it can sometimes. You should control the flow of the conversation with your great body language.

  1. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE

We all know how the old saying goes, ''Practice makes perfect''. Gather your relatives, friends, boyfriend/girlfriend and have a mock interview session. For the ones living single, a mirror is always your best friend or have a mock phone interview with a colleague. Create a scenario and be prepared to answer all the questions. This habit will help raise your confidence and turn you into the PERFECT CANDIDATE.

  1. RESEARCH

Tell us what you know about our company is a common question and you should always expect it. Employers would like to hear specific information that you have researched about them. Research the company details and make it relatable to your career path. Employers are usually impressed by a STAND OUT CANDIDATE.

Make sure you get valid information about the company from their websites, Linkedin profiles, social media pages, and other news sources. Seek all necessary information and step in the room with the belief that you're already part of the company. This OWN IT mentality will take you a long way.

  1. POSITIVE VIBES

You want to secure the job, but an interviewer would always want to know why do you want to leave your current job Or why did you leave your job? I advise having a positive defense on both sides. Don’t drag your former or past employer with negative comments no matter how real the situation made you leave.

Once you speak badly about your former employer, you are raising RED FLAGS to your potential future employers that you will do the same when you leave. Let's try to embrace the places we used to work as in one way on another they played a big part in our experience and work efficiency.

  1. JOB DESCRIPTION (JD)

If the company hasn't shared a job description with you, then search for more information about the role, day to day activities/task and expected responsibilities. Being fully informed shows you are interested, confidence and initiative person. How do you expect someone to employ you when even you're clueless about your duties

  1. SLEEP

Some people stay up late due to insomnia, watching movies or working late. A night before the interview it is essential to get enough sleep. Enough sleep refreshen your mind and generates new energy for the day ahead. The activities you do the night before an interview can predict how the interview day will be.

  1. AIRPLANE MODE  
Have you ever picked up a phone call during an interview? Me neither. As I said earlier, interviewers notice everything. Receiving phone calls during interviews distracts the interview flow. Make sure to switch off your phone and place it in your pocket or handbag.
 
 10.AFTER THE INTERVIEW
 
Ask QUESTIONS to the interviewers after they're done questioning you. Also, Don't forget to send a ''THANK YOU EMAIL ''. Few people do this, try to adapt as it increases your chances and possibilities of being hired. It also shows how professional and serious you are in terms of the position.
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Thanks,

Laila Kangale

 

16 Mar, 2020
Tips on how to answer 6 difficult interview questions.

When you go on a job interview expect to be asked behavioral, case, situational, or competency-based questions. You'll also be asked about your employment history, your ability to work on a team, your leadership skills, your motivation, as well as other interview questions related to your skills and abilities.

Your responses need to be targeted for the job you are interviewing for and should show the employer why you're a qualified candidate,  fit for the job and the company. Take the time to prepare in advance by reviewing the different  interview questions you'll be asked

Question 1.Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

The interviewer wants to understand more about your

  • long term career objective
  • How you are striving toward your goals
  • How this particular role will contribute toward your success

So make sure you give specific examples to help your answer stand out. Also do not try to be humorous when answering this question because some interviewer may not like it, for example saying ‘I will be sitting in that chair’. The interviewer will get the impression that you are not serious about the job or will be offended by that answer.

Question 2.What is your weakness?

This question is asked for the purpose of knowing you better to see if you have a sense of self-awareness and that you are actively working on self-improvement. So choose a real weakness and it is better if its the one that you are working on improving by sharing what you are doing to overcome that weakness.

Also, your weakness may be an advantage to the organization example ‘My weakness is getting too immersed or absorbed in work that I lose track of time’, so this means you will be spending more time working which is good for the organization.

Question 3. Why should we hire you?

Employer ask this question to find what differentiates you from other candidates, so it's a good opportunity to sell yourself and your skills your answer should cover three things;

  • You can not only do the work but also deliver a great result

  • You really fit in the team and culture

  • You will be a better hire than the other candidates.

If you structure your answer focusing on those three areas this will prove to the interviewer that you are better than other candidates.
 

Question 4.Why are you leaving your current job?

You should keep things positive when answering this question because being negative about your current or previous employer or job will not yield anything rather than stain your attitude and qualifications to get the job.

Be honest when answering this question but positively state your reasons. For example, if your reason for leaving is because you seek to make more money, say it in such a way that it doesn’t make you look like love money than doing your work. Don't reply by bad-mouthing your previous or current employer even if he is.

Question 5. What motivates you?

This question is asked to know you better in terms of your strength, so your answer should give the recruiter insight into;

  • What you enjoy doing and what you value

  • Whether you will do well in the role

  • How you would fit into their team

  • What makes you do your work effectively

For example, it can be recognition, development, being able to compete with others and have a chance to outperform them.

Question 6. Explain your employment gap.

You should answer this question in such a way that project confidence and positivity, be honest without going through unnecessary details example if you left work to be a caretaker, you were layoff or you took time off for personal reasons.

Also mention anything that you have done to keep up on the industry, how you stayed in touch with colleagues or what you have done to prepare for your re-entry. The goal is to convey that you’ve been engaged even if you haven’t been formally employed.

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19 Mar, 2020
TRANSITION FROM STUDENT LIFE TO WORK LIFE

Once you graduate, how do you transition from being a student to taking up professional responsibilities? Below are tips for a smooth transition:

1. Accept and embrace change; your life is going to change in various way example from late morning waking up too early mornings, punctuality, also the way you used to dress like a student will be different because in working life you need to dress according to the company culture which is usually official attire. Apart from all the changes you should always be confident and energized at working place.

2. Keep an open mind; one should be willing and prepared to learn because not everything that you need to know is taught in school. You should be positive and enthusiastic to show that you can do things and not that you can't do them because they are not in your job description. So for the transition to run smoothly one should be willing to learn new things

3.  Adopt to your responsibility quickly; as a newcomer, you are expected to pick things up quickly compared to student life who wait to be told what to do, gasp the role of your responsibilities quickly. Be accountable as in meet or exceed the expectations of your boss or supervisor. You should always do things on time to the required quality. Also for you to adapt quickly to your responsibilities Communication is essential for the transition process. Being able to cope with the working life one needs to have the confidence to ask questions and air out your ideas to your supervisor. In case you don’t understand its best to ask for more clarification.

4. Be patient and persevere; as you start a working life you need to be patient, accept mistakes, failure and learn from it. People do not succeed in their career unless they are patient. So for you to succeed you need to be patient when dealing with clients, customers, co-workers, and others.

5. Establish health habits and a daily routine; this involves having meals on time because you will have a lot of responsibilities so sometimes you foregone meals to do the work which is not healthy. For you to be able to balance your work and other issues you should create a daily routine that you will be following. This will enable you to not only have time for meals but also do your work effectively.

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