Interview Preparation

OVERCOMING INTERVIEW ANXIETY

Even if you know you are well-qualified for a job, some individuals face interview anxiety. It is rather common. Meeting strangers in a position of authority; talking about yourself; being evaluated and judged on your appearance, demeanour, and ability to sell yourself all triggers’ nerves and stress getting to you. Some strategies you can use …

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ALWAYS BE PREPARED & GEARED UP FOR LAYOFFS OR JOB CHANGES

An increasing number of companies, particularly start-ups, are announcing layoffs and downsizings. These decisions are driven by business needs or merger decisions, in part due to economic and geopolitical factors as well. The economy reopened to a huge demand for jobs and a surge in spending as people ate out, went shopping, attended events, and …

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WHAT SHOULD YOU DO PRIOR TO AN INTERVIEW?

?Make sure you read your JD, your application, resume, and cover letter thoroughly. ?Make sure you do your research on the company and the interview panel members. If you don’t know their names, ask your interview scheduler. ?If it’s a physical meeting, plan your trip and if it’s a virtual meeting, make sure you’re connected …

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‘WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME’ (WIIFM) ON YOUR RESUME AND IN YOUR INTERVIEW.

The acronym ‘WIIFM’ stands for ‘what’s in it for me?’ Smart individuals have used its principles for years to make sure that their audience receives the message they want to hear. USING ‘WIIFM’ ON YOUR RESUME When writing a resume or cover letter, remember that the point is to convince the potential employer that you …

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HOW TO ANSWER – ‘WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST WEAKNESS? IN AN INTERVIEW

An interviewer might ask, “What do you consider your greatest weakness to be?” remember it’s a trick question and it might backfire if not answered carefully. Truth be told, my greatest weakness is pizza, but that isn’t what the interviewer wants to hear. It’s a job or something nature-related that they look for.  Also, remember …

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ADDRESSING EMPLOYMENT GAP QUESTIONS IN THE INTERVIEW

ADDRESSING EMPLOYMENT GAP QUESTIONS IN THE INTERVIEW My last post dwelled into how to bridge the employment gap on your resume, and the poll on ‘What is the biggest issue employment gap candidates face?’ resulted in 217 votes as of today ( the poll is ongoing) 37% of the people said ‘Experience is overlooked’, 33% …

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Master your elevator pitch while networking with potential employers!

“Shilpa, I need an elevator pitch to network for a job.” said a client recently, and that inspired me to write this post. It takes considerable effort and time to craft & deliver a good networking pitch, but it is necessary for making a strong, impactful impression on the prospective employer. When you have a …

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Mental Blocks that affect you during a Job Search!

More often than not I have heard stories from clients on how taxing their job search has been. What is important to realize here, is that mental block is a real thing & many times you unwittingly invite such blocks that ruin your success & frustrate you especially when you are searching for a job. …

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How to highlight your communication skills on your resume? Part 3/3

PART 3/3 ?Reflection- Showcase it through situations where you set goals & revisited to review periodically. Through incidents where you speak about learning from mistakes. Reflection doesn’t end with a conversation it lingers on later. ?Summarising – Showcase it through your ability to download information and act as a bridge between the seniors, clients, peers, …

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How to highlight your communication skills on your resume? Part 2/3

PART 2/3 ?Providing/accepting feedback – Showcase it through your ability to work well with others and process their responses effectively. Team Management and higher-up discussions. ?Motivation – Showcase it through situations where you were able to defog the team’s vision and giving them clarity and leading them through an example. Timely interventions to dissuade employee …

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