May 29, 2014

3 Things You dont know about Interviews


Job searching is a difficult period in every person’s life. Job seekers usually have lot of false impressions about job interviews. Understanding these misconceptions and fears can help you to perform better in any interview and provides to confidence.

#1) Higher the qualification Higher the chances to get the job
This is wrong for a number of reasons. You only need to meet the minimum qualification for the job. Bear this in mind during your interview, all you need to do is to be professional and personable at all times. Being the best candidate on the paper and even in reality can’t help, if you can’t bring confidence to the table. Impressing the interviewer with your skills is important. Know what the interviewer need and present it instead of telling them what you know.

#2) The interviewer is prepared for the interview
There are several reason why an interviewer may not be prepared for an interview, it could be their first interview and they might be nervous. Or they could be bogged down with work or personal issues and so they have not devoted proper time to prepare for the interview. Thus if you prepare really well it’s easier for everyone and moreover you are creating a better impression. Decide what and how to present yourself in advance, find ways to mention your past achievements and what you can bring in.

#3) The Interviewer will ask all necessary questions
It could happen that the person interviewing might be distracted and might miss some important points. Or you might be speaking with a hiring manager who doesn’t know as much about the job as the person you are working for, so the interviewer may not ask all the appropriate questions. It is your responsibility to bring up skills and qualification that are specifically required for the job so that the person interviewing you can report it back to the person who makes the final decision. And if they are making the final call, make the choice easier for them by addressing every aspect of the job description in a way that paints you as the perfect candidate. Find ways to work these point into the conversation.
Interview can be stressful for both interviewer and interviewee. After all the interviewer is just another human being once he is out of the chair. You can impress them by entering the conversation confident, prepared and personable.

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May 22, 2014

7 Effective ways to learn something new

Many of us procrastinate learning because learning is such a hard task. Hence we came up with a blog just to help people in showing how learning can be done in an easy and effective way. If learning takes more time than usual, you will just drop down the very idea of going forward with learning.
Speed of learning is not the only matter, retention, recall and transfer are also important. A learner needs to be accurately remember the information they have learned, recall it in a later stage and transfer in to a real life situation when necessary.
So what can a person do to become a better learner? Becoming an effective and efficient student is not something that happens overnight, but putting a few of these tips into daily practice can help you get more out of your study time.
1. Memory Improvement
memory can be improved through various methods



Memory plays a very important role in learning. If you remember what you learn, then it is a cake walk in learning. The main problem is how to keep the learning in tact in memory. Focus, avoid cram sessions, and structure your study time are some of the techniques that improve your memory in learning. Sometimes, visualizing what you learn will help in remembering.

2. Keep Learning and Practicing New Things
learn something new everyday

One sure-fire way to become a more effective learner is to simply keep learning. So if you're 
 learning a new language, it is important to keep practicing the language in order to memorize it. In a simple language it is called  "use-it-or-lose-it". If you want the new information you just
learned to stay put, keep practicing and rehearsing it. 
 
3. Learn in Multiple Ways 
The next time when you learn from Youtube Videos, do not forget to take notes of the video you are watching to learn. In spite of just listening to a podcast, which involves auditory learning, find a way to rehearse the information both verbally and visually. This involves describing it to a friend, taking notes or drawing mind maps. 

It is also important to record a class so that you can have a better learning both visually and auditory. This will boost your learning by 100%. When a data is stored in multiple parts of the brain there is more interconnections. This will help to pull out all the bit of information from the multiple storage in response to a single cue.

4. Teach to another Person

Teaching is the best way to learn

One of the best ways to learn something is to teach it to someone else. Remember your school day presentations. By teaching the whole class we used to learn more. You can apply the same principle by sharing your newly learned skills and knowledge with others.

Start by translating the information into your own words itself will help you to keep that piece of information in brain for a long time. Next step is to find a way to share what you’ve learned.  For example writing a blog post, creating a podcast, or participating in a group discussion. Teaching or explaining the concepts to a person is an effective way, you can start teaching your classmates and friends.

  5. Utilize Previous Learning

Always try to use your previous knowledge

Another great way to become a more effective learner is to use relational learning, which involves relating new information with your prior knowledge. For example, if you are learning about seasons try to connect your personal experience about different seasons, he time period of the seasons, the changes that occur in nature. Though not scientific every individual has little knowledge about seasons in their region. This way we can relate our prior-knowledge when we study something new.

6. More tests Boost Learning
Testing is a best way to improve memory

Though spending more time studying is one of the best ways to maximize learning, research has demonstrated that taking tests actually helps you better remember what you've learned. Studies revealed that students who studied and were then tested had better long-term recall of the materials, even on information that was not covered by the tests. Students who had extra time to study but were not tested had significantly lower recall of the materials.

   7. Stop Multitasking
Multitasking slow down the process of learning

Multitasking can make learning less effective. By switching from one activity to another, you will learn more slowly, become less efficient and make more errors. There are lots of people listen songs when study or eat or chat, remember these activities are resulting an inefficient learning no matter even if you invest a major portion of your time. How can you avoid the dangers of multitasking? Start by focusing your attention on the task at hand and continue working for a predetermined amount of time.

Start by focusing on just a few of these tips to see how you improve. A more effective learning can take time and constant practice moreover your determination.

May 19, 2014

How I answered 'Tell me about yourselves' in an Interview?


Did you attend an interview recently?
Did you attend an interview recently?
Have you ever attended an interview? Then you must have faced the question ‘Tell me about yourself?The dreaded but inevitable question at any interview. People usually start with 'Emm.. ehh' then start telling them about the 'date they were born' or 'admitted in school/college' ,their father, mother, brother, sister and even about girlfriend/boyfriend. 

Do you think the employer is really interested to know what you are interested in? No, all they want to know is whether you can be any good for their company. Why is it a guaranteed question and have a different answer in every interview?

Since each job spec is different and when you tell someone about yourself, indirectly it also applies how you can be effective for the job. It is not a generalization of your life but a very specific resume of what you have done in the past that will help this company in the future. 

So when you prepare for an interview it is also necessary to prepare an attractive TMAY(Tell Me About Yourself), a unique selling point and an elevator speech– imagine yourself with the CEO of the company in an elevator and you have until the ground floor to sell yourself – what would you say?

Maximum of 3 minutes is as long as you should really speak for. It should be a brief summary of your life to date and how the skills you have mastered makes you an effective and unique employee who fit in with the company. Outside interests are equally as important as work experience. Sports display team work, captaining a team shows leadership skills, being a member of a drama group displays confidence and an ability to communicate, voluntary work shows empathy and the ability to do something for nothing, helping children shows patience and flexibility – all examples show why the interviewer is not just interested in your last work placement but also your life skills. The most recent education can be touched on. Keep in mind – do not sound too polished and rehearsed, try and sound spontaneous as though you never imagined they would ask such a question!
 
Practice it out loud, practice it in front of your friends and family who will tell you how fantastic you are and why wouldn’t they want you and then practice it in front of someone a little more critical!
Focus on your extra curricular activities, which can help you bag this job right away.

Here are the Do’s and Don’ts before you attend an interview

Tell Me About Yourself?
Tell Me About Yourself?

DO:

  • Prepare and practice many times
  • Speak slowly and confidently
  • Sound enthusiastic and energetic
  • Refer to both work and social experiences
  • Try to match your skills with what the interviewer will be looking for
  • Prepare a TMAY to suit the company and specific position

DON’T:
  • Start with your earliest childhood memory
  • Criticize past employers
  • Make jokes
  • Tell them your name
  • Say ‘as you can see from my CV’

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