Archive for March, 2010

Things to avoid during interviews

Things to Avoid during an interview

Don’t …

  • Be late

  • Memorize speeches—sound natural and conversational

  • Chew gum

  • Wear lots of cologne or perfume

  • Swear or use too much slang

  • Be arrogant—there’s a fine line between being confident and boasting

  • Lie—it will come back to haunt you

  • Respond with only yes or no answers

  • Be rude to the receptionist or any other staff you meet

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On Interview day

On the Interview day

1.  Non-verbal Messages: Non-verbal language speaks larger than words. As you walk in the interview room, here are a few things that you must keep in mind:
Start it off like a winner.

  • The handshake: Offer your hand, and give a firm handshake, a pleasant smile and a positive and confident attitude. Introduce yourself.

  • Posture: Stand and sit erect

  • Don’t Fidget: There is nothing worse than people playing with their hair, clicking pen tops, tapping feet or unconsciously touching parts of the body.

  • Eye Contact: Look the interviewer in the eye

  • Move your hands: Gesturing or talking with your hands is very natural, but keep it in moderation.

2.  Be comfortable. Take a seat facing the interviewer, however, slightly off center. Be sure that you are in a comfortable position

3.  Listen attentively. Look at the interviewer directly, but don’t get into a stare down! Sit up straight. Try to relax. It’s okay to take a few notes if the questions are lengthy, or you need to remind yourself of something you want to stress

4.  Avoid nervous mannerisms. Pay attention to nervous mannerisms. Everyone is nervous to some extent, the key is to appear calm and composed

5.  Speak clearly. Use good grammar and a friendly tone. Never answer just “yes” or “no” to a question. Always clarify, expand on your answers. Be sure not to go on rambling

6.  Be positive and enthusiastic.Pump up your enthusiasm prior to the interview. Never whine, gripe or complain about past employers, jobs, classes etc

7.  Ask pertinent questions. Be prepared to ask a few questions. Do not monopolize the interviewer’s time, particularly if you know they have appointments scheduled following your interview. Do ask thoughtful questions. Don’t ask about salary and benefits, this can be discussed when the company is definitely interested in you

8.  While giving answers to questions:

  • Be Concise: Listen to the questions carefully and answer to the point. An interviewee rambling on is likely to turn off the interviewer.

  • Provide Examples: Support your contentions with examples. Think of recent strong strategic examples of work you’ve done, then when the question is asked, answer with specifics, not in generalities.

  • Be Honest: It is always better to state the truth than beating about the bush. If you don’t know something then state the fact.

  • Keep Your Guard Up: Always maintain your professionalism. Don’t get swayed by the friendly behaviour of the interviewer and disclose everything. For all you know it might be a trap laid out by him.

 

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TEST YOUR VOCABULARY

Ok, Guys and Gals,

No Cheating….

how many did u get right?

TEST YOUR VOCABULARY:

FILL IN THE BLANKS

1. BOO_S ???

2. _ _ NDOM ???

3. F_ _K ???

4. P_N_S ???

5. PU_S_ ???

ANSWERS:

1. BOOKS

2. RANDOM

3. FORK

4. PANTS

5. PULSE

 

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EASIEST QUIZ

WORLD’S EASIEST QUIZ!

(Passing requires only 3 correct answers out of 10!)

1) How long did the Hundred Years’ War last?

2) Which country makes Panama hats?

3) From which animal do we get cat gut?

4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?

5) What is a camel’s hair brush made of?

6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?

7) What was King George VI’s first name?

8) What color is a purple finch?

9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from?

10) What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane?

Remember, you need 3 correct answers to pass.

Check your answers below.

ANSWERS

1) How long did the Hundred Years War last? 116 years

2) Which country makes Panama hats? Ecuador

3) From which animal do we get cat gut? Sheep and Horses

4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?
November

5) What is a camel’s hair brush made of? Squirrel fur

6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal? Dogs

7) What was King George VI’s first name? Albert

8) What color is a purple finch? Crimson

9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from? New Zealand

10) What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane? Orange
(of course!)

What do you mean, you failed?!!

Me, too…!!!

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