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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 Switch, Job Hunting, Women Careers, Work Life Balance

Steps to a Successful Mid Career Change

According to a LinkedIn study, out of 7 million LinkedIn members, 1 in 3 people changed their careers in 2018. For India more than 57% professionals would strongly consider career pivoting as per the study. [Source] Some more stats from the report. 33% of Indians are career sleepwalking — they feel like, they are on a treadmill going nowhere. Professionals value their career choice (73%), followed by a healthy work-life balance (70%), a job that makes them a lot of money (57%), and a job that provides learning and growth opportunities (56%). 38% professionals choose jobs only because it makes…

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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, Job Hunting

How to Choose the Best Career Option without Guidance

Selecting a suitable career path is hard. With countless career options available, choosing the best one may not be so straightforward. More difficult is deciding your way forward without any guidance. Not every Indian student has career counsellors at school. Most often, parents are in dark about current and emerging career trends. And taking advice from peers can prove disastrous. If you are encounter such a situation that renders difficult choosing an excellent career option without guidance, follow these steps. Choosing a Career without A Poking Nose around! Firstly, I would say consider yourself lucky if you are not being guided…

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Autism, Job Hunting, Resume Writing

Job Search and CV Writing for Autistic Applicants

Writing a brilliant CV to secure your dream job can be a challenge to anyone, but applicants with autism can face a few extra difficulties. A CV is how a potential employer will get their first impression of you and it’s important for you to present yourself in the best way possible. If you have autism, then you will be aware of how a potential employer might form preconceptions towards you before you have even met him. It’s your job to show possible employers that you are the best person for the position. Not despite your autism, but because of…

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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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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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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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Job Hunting

Maintain your privacy when hunting for a job

In the digital age, job hunting has become both much simpler and much more complex. Gone are the days of buying expensive stationary to print your resume on and mailing it off to a potential employer. Now you can upload your resume in an instant and in some cases, receive a response within hours. But with this added convenience comes the challenge of protecting your personal information and keeping your job search quiet if you’re already employed. Here are some suggestions for maintaining your privacy while job hunting: Avoid Public or Office Computers First rule of any job search: don’t…

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