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Communication, Interviews, Job Hunting

The Science of Forming the Best Interview First Impressions

Did you know that it only takes 0.1 seconds for your interviewers to form an opinion about you? In fact, research indicates that opinion can last for up to two years. The moment you walk into an interview, you are being evaluated based on your appearance, body language, and personality traits. Knowing this, what can you do to establish a first impression that fosters a good, professional relationship with your interviewers as soon as you meet? Here are some scientifically-proven ways to curate a phenomenal first impression with your interviewers and increase your chances of getting a job offer. Prepare…

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Interviews, Job Hunting

Negative Feedback: How to channelize it and use it crack your next interview

Negative feedback is when you receive criticism and negative comments. Every one of us wants to receive only positive reviews and comments. However, the harsh reality is that we are all imperfect. We need criticism in our lives to constantly keep improving and becoming a better version of ourselves. Q1. Is it okay to receive negative feedback? Ans. It is indeed normal to receive negative comments. Actually, if you only get positive feedback it’s either because you are intimidating or the interviewer doesn’t care about you trying to improve yourself. On the other hand you also shouldn’t receive only negative…

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Career, Career Switch, Interviews, Resume Writing

Banking Careers – Writing the Perfect Resume for a Banking Job

Banks are indispensable to the national as well as internationally economy. Being the central part of the financial services industry, banks are among the leading employers within the financial field. Jobs can be found in Commercial and Retail Banking, Community Banking, Rural or Cooperative Banking, Credit Unions and Investment Banking. Indian Banking Market The Indian banking system consists of 27 public sector banks, 21 private sector banks, 49 foreign banks, 56 regional rural banks, 1,562 urban cooperative banks and 94,384 rural cooperative banks, in addition to cooperative credit institutions (FY17 data, IBEF report). With the total credit reaching USD 1.3…

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Career, Career Switch, Interviews, Job Hunting, Management Consulting, Trends, Women Careers

Five Skills you should Acquire to stay relevant in the age of Automation

Smart automation systems wading through deep pools of data, chatbots becoming more and more common, the map apps on phones leading us to our destinations. Clearly, the age of automation is here to change the landscape of the workplace. We are in the fourth industrial revolution and now there is no turning back. The world of work is changing fast and workers will have to change as well. Even though tech skills remain the most in demand, soft skills such as creativity, problem solving and critical thinking are growing in prominence to help expand the application of new technology. According…

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Career, Interviews

6 Tips for Landing a Promotion at your Present Job

When it comes to getting promoted, it takes more than just doing your job well. You have to prove to your leaders that you’re ready and deserving enough to take on more responsibility. This takes consistency, dedication, and giving your best. If you’re ready to take the next step in your career, check out these six helpful tips to help get promoted. Set career goals Schedule a meeting with your boss to sit down and discuss your professional career goals. Be open about where you see yourself in the next 6 months or year. This is a great opportunity for…

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Interviews, Job Hunting

5 Things to do the Day Before an Interview

Throughout your career, you’re likely to sit for several interviews on the phone, video or in person. While the interview itself can be a sweat-inducing balance of stress and exhilaration, the steps you take to prepare yourself for it can make or break your performance. Whether it’s learning more about the position or looking after your health, you should be taking time before your interview to ensure you’ll make a good impression. Here are five things to do the day before an interview so that you are prepared to find success. 1. Research Whether you’re looking up common interview questions,…

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Interviews, Management Consulting

Guide to preparing for interviews at McKinsey

This is a guest post by Sydney Rokos of My Consulting Coach I am going to begin by saying well done! It is extremely likely you have already made it through the screening and have successfully secured a position in the next round of the process. You should now start constructing a strategy to prepare for the upcoming round of the application. With the first qualifying round of structured interviews, you will be pitting yourself against other skilled candidates for the position. With a comprehensive preparation plan, frequent practice and confidence, you will be ready to stand out. There are…

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Communication, Interviews, Job Hunting

Show some Emotional Intelligence during your Interview

Emotional Intelligence (EI) can become a very important characteristic to show to your interviewer that you have the proper ability and mental skills for a job. Not only does EI convey your ability to feel and recognise your emotions, but it also helps you understand, manage, and channelise them. If you are emotionally intelligent, you can manage your own emotions as well as the emotions of others in your team. So how can you show emotional intelligence? Here are some ways. 1. Listen Listening is the most important part of any conversations. If you listen well, you understand what is being said,…

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Career, Interviews

How to Land a Job If Your Previous Boss Gave You a Bad Reference

Throughout your personal and professional life, you’ve likely encountered several people that you got along well with, who can attest to your character. When you list your references, you aren’t going to put down the name of someone that isn’t going to give you a glowing review. Unfortunately, many potential employers look to your last boss to give them insight on what it’s like to have you work for them. If you and your previous supervisor didn’t get along well, you might find yourself on the wrong end of a bad reference – something that can easily prevent you from…

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Interviews, Job Hunting

How to overcome Hiring Biases during Interviews

Research has shown that Hiring Processes are generally biased or unfair. In fact, even if I did not mention the term ‘Research’, you would have agreed with me, isn’t it? It’s well known that people have a bias in favor of preserving the status quo; change is uncomfortable. So because 95% of CEOs are white men, the status quo bias can lead board members to unconsciously prefer to hire more white men for leadership roles. HBR Even though companies want to show and maintain diversity at the workplace, it is not uncommon for biases to creep in while interviewing candidates. Baises in…

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