It may be a nightmare for you and many others to go to an interview without preparation. When you get the call for an interview, the first thing that you do is select the outfit that you will wear during the interview. You must as it is said that first impression is last impression. Then you may go through the online sites for reading the general questions that are asked during the interview. You may even visit the site of the concern so that you know about them before appearing in front of them.
Even after all this on the day of interview you find that your heart is racing as if it has participated in Need for Speed and your palms are sweating! But should things be like that? No, if you remember the following regarding preparing and facing an interview.
Tips during the preparation stage
Before discussing the tips, lets divide the interview into stages, like before the interview, during the interview and of course after the interview.
During your preparation stage do complete research and make sure that you have taken care of things so that you do not look unprofessional there. Remember that preparation is the key to success.
Tips for the interview itself
While you enter the interview room, be confident. Have faith on what you have learned and make sure that your confidence reflects in your eyes. You should try to tighten all the loose ends. Even when you find that you are not getting something be frank and let them know with a smile on your face. A smile can change a lot of things. Listen to the questions properly before answering them and be sure of what you are asking.
Tips about possible questions during the interview
It is not possible for you or anyone else to guess what the interviewer will ask. However, once started they will proceed with questions as per the answers given by you.so, prepare your answers in such way that you can expect that the next question will be something like this. If you are asked about your weaknesses make point that you share your weakness in such way that it reflects like your strength.
Tips of things to-do after an interview
Oh! The interview is over! Although your mind may be thinking this do not let this appear on your face. Say thanks to the interviewer and let them believe that you are really interested in the position. Be optimistic and you may get a call that “you are hired”
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If you expect that things around will be stable for ever, then you are wrong. Nothing is stable and this is same for your job too! Many times to bring back energy in your life you may need to change careers and that is important. There are many opportunities out there to look for your career all that is needed from you is right decision at the right time.
Look for career that will give you most satisfaction
Once you have taken the decision of career change, enquire yourself that whether it is for more income generation or for getting mental satisfaction? There are many instances where CEOs and big B’s of companies have agreed to huge pay cuts so that they can work on organic farming! This is because you may not get the desired life that you wish to have in your present job. You may be getting a big paycheck at the end of month but that is not satisfying your inner desire.
Examine the reason for career change
As already mentioned, it is important that you enquire yourself about the reason why you are planning for a career change? Is it because you are looking for better income opportunities or you are not satisfied with the type of job you are doing. Your career just not fulfills your professional needs but also ensures that you are satisfied with life. So when you are looking for a change in career it is important that you think of the reason and then choose a suitable career option for yourself. You may not get this opportunity again in life!
Try to move up rather than moving out
There are very few lucky people working out there who are enjoying what they are doing. And if you are among them then think of getting up the ladder. If you are looking for change then you must be doing it for better income, (at least when you are enjoying your job). Try to educate yourself more in the field you are working and you can get better opportunities. The more you know and work it out with your experience, the more will be your prosperity at workplace and more satisfied you will be at the day end.
Get professional advice
While changing career it is always better to get advice from people who have already done it earlier. Their experience will help you take the right decision and you can understand whether what you are thinking is right or wrong.
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In nutshell, it is your new stage in working and earning that you do after retirement or after reaching an age of say about 50 or more. You may be thinking that why should you work after retirement? You will work for yourself, to make yourself realize that you are still young enough to take up challenges.
So, why are waiting stand up and roll your sleeves so that you can make the most of your encore career. However, while choosing this career many people make some mistakes that may lead some problems for them. You should be very careful and avoid the below mentioned mistakes while choosing the encore career.
Mistake #1: Not following your heart desire
Earlier when you had chosen your career was it something that you loved or was it something that will make your bank balance fatter after each month? About 80% people will say that the latter is correct. They never had time to find out what their heart wanted. All that they were doing then was following where their head was taking them to!
Now, the situation is different and it is time when you look inside yourself to make sure that what you really want? Just follow what it says and you will find that you have got the energy of work that you didn’t had even during your twenties.
Mistake #2: Designing Your Career based on your present life
Again the question arises that whether you are taking up something as your encore career based on your present life or looking for what your heart says. You may have been CEO of an organization but you love farms and growing vegetables there. Follow what your heart says and start your own farm where you can grow organic vegetables. You never know you may become the best chain that sells organic vegetables!
So, do not let your present life decide what will you do, but let your desire take the decision and lead you to your desired destination.
Mistake #3: Ignoring Your Values
Never ever do that. You had been ignoring your values all through your work life; now that it’s time to enjoy work the way you like, chase your dreams. If you were good at something then try that out, you may still have the skills to excel in it.
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So, you are relieved that the interview is over! And you are satisfied that you were able to answer most of the questions confidently and are looking forward to the day when you will get the call from the interviewer. However, before that there are certain things that you must do in order to keep the impression created by you during the interview intact.
Write a thank-you note immediately
You must have collected the business cards of the interviewers. For following up about the interview, the best way is of course sending then emails within 24 hours of the interview stating that you are best choice for the position.
You may also email them thanking them for their kind gesture and let them know how keen you are in getting the position. Now a days many people do not send hand written notes, but you can do that and that will make you different from other candidates present at the interview.
When you have business card in your hand, it is obvious that you may try to connect with them online, but do so judiciously. Interfering too much may seem that you are stalking them and this will create negative impact.
Like if you find that any interviewer has more than 500 connections in LinkedIn, then you may send them an invitation. However, when you find that someone has fewer connections, do not send them invitations as they may like to get connected only with chosen few. You may be poking your nose and this may be disturbing for the interviewer.
Continue to follow up
If you find that you are not getting response after quite a while then follow up. If you get answer that it will take some time to take the final decision, do not stop following up. However, while you follow-up; make sure that you are ready with some topic to discuss and just not calling and asking about the position!
While you are looking for job or change you must not be attending interview at one place. So, it’s important that you keep proper track of the job openings that you are pursuing. You should keep notes of the resume sent and the contacts made. You must make note of your impression about the workplace, some important things that you discussed. All these will help you a lot when you look for information.
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If you thought looking for a job when under 30 was hard work, wait till you get to what they like to call the senior age. Anywhere from 50 years and the doors just keep getting shut. Of course the general explanation for shutting you out of a job opportunity is that you are far too old and they are looking for young blood. Young blood here to signify you do not have the energy. Well, here are tips that will make them shove their words back in their throats and all they will be able to say when you sit in their midst is “You are hired”
Avoid Indicating Your Age
I know that it’s good to be honest, however, let’s keep it real here – when you apply for a job, avoid mentioning your age or hinting at how old you are. If you indicate prior experience, experts advice noting the experience for the previous 10 years and only hinting at the years before that. This way, they cannot shut you out before they listen to you. They cannot just discriminate you because of your age and assume you do not qualify. Also keep in mind that if they openly discriminate you because of your age, they are committing a crime and if you can prove it then you can use that as leverage to get the job.
Have A Strong Online Presence
Today, just about everything is online, including platforms for employment. Sites such as LinkedIn provide a great opportunity to get employment. Having a LinkedIn profile therefore gives you a better chance of landing that job. Indicate experience and skill but avoid mentioning your age. Note that “The internet never forgets” so if you have any unprofessional images or anything that screams “Do not hire me” on other online platforms, you should delete them. The first thing a potential employer does when they meet you online is Google you, so imagine what would happen if they stumbled across drunk photos of you on Facebook.
Improve Your Skills
The thing that makes potential employers choose the younger crowd over you is their skill set. Things change as times change. Computers were invented and everyone owns a phone now. Similarly, curriculums changed and new stuff was incorporated into curriculums. If you do not change with the changing times you become obsolete. While you are out looking for a job, it would also be best if you could sharpen your skills. Take that additional course, learn computer programming or something else. The more up to date you are, the higher the chances of being hired. New knowledge but your experience makes you an indispensable asset.
And as always, network, network, network.
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Whenever you start writing your resume, it’s natural that you will try to understand the nature of the prospective employer. It will help you write your resume in an attractive manner. However, it is not always possible to know the nature of the interviewer. So, what can be done by you is prepare such a resume that will reflect your skills that will be needed by the concern.
You need to be very careful while writing the resume as it should not be very lengthy as the employer will not go through every detail. Even it should not be one copied from internet! An experienced human resource manager will understand by just giving a glance at it. So, while writing the resume makes sure that your skills are highlighted so that the employer calls you for an interview.
Start with cover letter – How Important is it?
A cover letter is just not a simple letter. With it you can make your resume from all other resumes! In this letter you can write the synopsis of your experience and skills that will be apt for the position applied by you. By going through the cover letter an employer can know why it is important to go through your resume and consider you as a probable candidate.
Different skills that must be mentioned in the resume
Various skills that should be highlighted by you in the resume are
- Analytical and conceptual skills that will show the employer that you have the ability to understand a problem and come up with a solution for the problem. You can include instances from your work life.
- Planning and Organizational skills are the most essential part of any resume. It includes setting goals and meeting them on time. A planned person will complete tasks in time and make them error free too, that is needed for the company.
- Interpersonal skills are also important to highlight as they will reflect that you are a team person and can work in team to achieve the goal of the company. These skills are important for a strong teambuilding that will liked by almost all the employers.
- Personal Skills are your strength that will be beneficial for the company. So, include personal skills self-motivated, punctual, responsible, adaptability in your resume to let the employer know about your strengths.
- Technical and Computer skills are the most important ones as these will be required for doing the work. Like if you are applying for a dot net associate, you should have requisite skills for that and it must be reflected in your resume.
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When the topic of diversity comes up, white men often feel labeled “the bad guys.” We can be so worried about saying the wrong thing that sometimes we default to saying nothing instead. But that is a mistake. Success today, whether in business or in our communities, requires cultural dexterity – the ability to work effectively with people who are different from ourselves. To build that skill we must understand the lens through which we view the world. For white men, that means acknowledging that we have a race and a gender. While we are not a monolithic group, those dimensions of diversity are important aspects of our identity and they do influence our experiences at work. It also means recognizing that we can contribute to advancing diversity in our organizations.
Robert E. Moritz share his ideas on Four things White Men can do to advance diversity
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Managing diversity should be the same. When it is truly embedded in a company’s culture, it is a natural part of how it operates and is reflected in all its practices: it’s on the priority list of the CEO, the CLO, and the head of human resources. These companies have management systems that guarantee the empowerment of the main business units, including middle managers, allowing them to implement diversity at all levels and in many different ways. At the same time, diversity management should be part of the incentive and recognition mechanisms of the main directors, and not limited simply to human resources.
Santiago Iniguez sharing about Managing Diversity: Just Smart Business
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Talent scarcity is still a problem, but engagement, empowerment, and environment are now the real issues companies face.
Do today’s “talent management” programs, as defined, work? Have all the companies who purchased and implemented talent management software truly transformed themselves? Have we really built the “talent-centric” organizations we talked about over the last decade?
Read Josh Bersin’s perspective on Why People Management is Replacing Talent Management.
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