People who tend to talk too much is a bad listener. When he or she is a bad listener, he or she fails to understand the questions asked. So people, be moderate.
Take extra cautious when talking. Don’t over-react. Do it short, precise and simple but still sweet. Full of facts. Share some examples of experience if necessary. Listen carefully to answer the questions asked, understand them, be clear and concise in your answers. Be specific and respond directly to the questions asked. Be careful with your selection of words and think before you say anything to decide if what you are going to say is necessary or appropriate.
There are some candidates who have a problem in telling something in precise. A detail-version of the story.
There is a friend of ours who is good in doing sales. He is covering the government sector, selling some ICT thing. A few days ago, he went for an interview to upgrade himself from just a normal sales guy to take up a senior sales role. He was asked a question by the interviewer, to share more about how does he manage to get that company to buy his ICT equipments. He told them that he managed to get the deal because he knows the key persons in that company and that alone was the success factor. The interviewer wasn’t convinced. They want to know more. And our friend here was badly stucked. He kept on explaining about those key people in there were all his friends. Make the story around the same thing again and again. End up, after the interview session, he thought that if he could answer the question more detail and precise, his fate would have been good and may get the job.
So, the moral of the story is this. Quick thinking of how to arrange the story, and be very detail. Instead of telling a general story, he should tell the interviewer how the deal started, who (as in the name, designation and the company he or she was working at) was the one who share that opportunity to him, how he managed to penetrate that customer, how did he maneuver the deals internally into that company, how he managed to convince them to buy, how did he convince the finance of the company on the budget, how does he manage to bring down the price to meet the company’s budget and last but not least the exact amount of the deal, the profit margin and the commission he received out of that deal. Share with them how happy he was on the victory.
Was that difficult? We don’t think so. In any of your explanation to the interviewer, all they want to hear are these. Convincing, like-a-story, make sense, honesty and precise.
There are some candidates who think that when they have someone they know inside the company they are applying for a job at, it’ll be easier to bypass some of the red tapes and boost their chances all the way up and get hired almost automatically. Well, here is the a bad news.
First of, the person they know inside has a good reputation in the company and definitely do not wish to jeopardize his or her reputations for many reasons. One of the last thing that guy wants to do is to introduce or recommend someone they know or barely know to the superior or the HR of the company. Secondly, you must know that to get introduced or recommended, that candidate must be a super duper good and excellent in what he or she does. Result matters and attitude is perfect. That is it.
In other words, a recommendation subject will only arise in a very selective environment. Again, the reputation of the person who introduce or recommend a candidate will be at stake if that candidate really sucks after being hired. That is why everyone is trying their best to avoid the situation whereby they was asked to introduce someone for a job at the place they work.
If that candidate is able to get an internal introduction or recommendation, then it is a bonus. Not everybody has this kind of luxury. He or she may have some good words but to bypass some HR normal hiring processes is doubtful. So, at the end of the day, that candidate will still need to go through the normal processes, starting from submitting the updated resume, go through an initial interview, get shortlisted, and then another round of interview before being selected for hiring.
It doesn’t really matter whether you really know someone in that company or not, your chances would still be more or less the same. Keep the faith.
Nervous prior to the interview is very normal. Even those guys with years of experience also have some ‘butterfly’ inside their stomach. Trust us. So, to minimize it and slowly make it go away, here are 4 simple tips for you to try.
- Ensure that you do all the research work about the company background, the position’s roles that you are applying for versus your capabilities to cope with those roles.
- List down one by one all the potential questions so that you can prepare early.
- During the starting of the interview session, you need to be the one who starts the conversation. This is called breaking the ice session. You can start the converstation with very light topics such as the weather, traffic, compliment about their office, compliment about their website or something like that.
- Don’t forget to inhale and take a deep breath while waiting for those interviewers to join you in the meeting room. By taking a deep breath you will inhale a good oxygen and bring it straight to your lung and brain. Our brains will work better due to those additional oxygen inhaled.
- The most important one is to dress well. Make yourself looked stunningly super handsome or beautifully gorgeous. This will definitely boost your confidence straight high to the sky.
With these steps to follow, you’re a going to do just fine.
” I am going to be late for the interview! “. For some reasons, you are going to be late for that job interview. Unavoidable but you got to face it. Now, here are 3 simple yet important things you should do.
- Pause for a moment and take a deep breath. Relax. By inhaling an oxygen, it allows the blood with oxygen to circulate towards the brain and you’ll feel relax. This is very crucial to think better.
- Give a call to the HR of that company as soon as you possibly can, and inform him or her that you have an emergency and you will be late. Use the word ‘will’, and not ‘might’. Please avoid calling them so last minute as it shows that you are not competent, and a-last-minute type of person. Do it as early as 2 hours before if possible.
- Offer your sincere apology for the inconvenience caused to them. Tell them it is an unavoidable personal matter and ensure them it won’t happen again. Therefore, you need to request to them to postpone the interview session to a later time or a new date which option is convenient to them.
Being a human being, the HR person of that company will understand your situation. By doing the damage control effort early, they should be okay with your explanation above and more than happy to accommodate your request.
You need to understand that your resumes are not just a showcase of your experience, knowledge, credentials and skills, but also of your personality.
Please don’t make your resume a stiff one. Your resume must be able to ‘speak’ and stand out with confidence and ease when describing your details such as your list of achievements, accomplishments, experience and so on. Ensure that it comes off as friendly, relax and open, professional but still personable, and super-knowledgeable in your field to add depth and interest to an otherwise rather boring document.
A boring resume will definitely be a turn-off.
Potential employers is interested to see that the candidates have flawless and smooth jobs movement from one company to another, without any gap in between. Without any gap means that you may have either zero-day gap, a month or two of non-working month to rest, or to wait for a new date of employment to begin. To them, these are normal.
But if you have a gap of 4-month, 6-month, 12-month or more of non-employment, then you might be at risk of being asked the reason behind it. This is deemed as abnormal to them and to the head hunters. The first impression given to them is that you were either you were trying to build a company or business, you may have significant weakness that you can’t secure a job, you have big personal problems, or you may even have an attitude issues.
Thus, you need to be careful on this employment gap matter and do take this seriously before creating your resume.