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Top tips to seamlessly handover your work before going on a holiday

Planning a holiday in the near future? Have a plenty of leaves in the kit, and you are sure that your boss will also approve them, but you are scared of completing your assignments on time? The pressure of completing your work on-time or the threat of facing the burden just when you are back from a vacation is taking a toll on you? If that is the case, then you should certainly request your manager to give the permission to handover some of your work. As it, there is going to someone handling your tasks when you are not around. So, what’s wrong in seamlessly handing over the work to him or her? Listed below are a few steps to flawlessly handover your work before going on a holiday:

  • Keep a record of everything

First of all, it is a really good practice to note down everything. So first make a list of all the tasks or assignments that you want the other person to take the charge. Only once have the list ready, you would be in the position to offer a clear picture to the person who is taking the handover. Also, noting down everything will make it easy for you to keep a track of work, and to even review everything easily once you are back.

  • Your managers should be informed always

Sometimes we blindly start trusting a colleague or a teammate. Though, it is always good to trust your teammates and to be loyal to them, abut at the end of the day, it’s a corporate word and you have to be smart as well. Hence, make sure that you manager is involved in every conversation. You can even send a list of finalized tasks to your manager so that he or she knows what the other person is supposed to do. Also, this will certainly clear a lot of confusions.

  • Make sure you choose the right person

Though, it is majorly not you but your company or the manager who would select the person who will take care of your work. But, at the end of the day, it is your prime responsibility to make sure that the person is interesting, and is also capable of handling the work. In case you are not sure of the person or anything else, then make sure that you inform your manager immediately.

Holidays, leaves, sabbaticals are a part of a corporate life. However, we know that work stops for nothing. Hence, it is best to handover some or all your responsibilities carefully before leaving for a vacation. This will not only help the company but will also help you to ease off your burden as well.

 

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You didn’t get that job offer certainly not because you’re not perfect!

Whenever we go for any interview, our main aim is always to impress the recruiter and get the job. We prepare ourselves for the interview with the sole motive of getting a job offer. However, not always we are able to impress the recruiter. It is very difficult to expect a job offer from every interview that you attend. One has to be prepared for the setbacks as well, as setbacks lead to new learnings. However, we never anticipate to hear a ‘no’ from the recruiter. But, most of the times, whenever we hear a ‘no’ we immediately judge ourselves and think that probably we are not apt for the role. Though, yes, as humans we should keep improving and learning but at the end of the day we have to never underestimate ourselves as well.

Here’re a few of the reasons behind hearing a ‘no’ from the recruiter:

  • Mismatch of their budget and your salary expectations

Though, most of the times, a recruiter only shortlists you for further screenings after knowing your current salary and your salary expectations. Also, there are some set industry standards for hikes in salary, but at the end of the day it’s all about the fulfillment of a candidate’s expectations. Sometimes, no matter how much a company likes a candidate, they are still not able to match up to the expectations of the candidate. This is one of the most prominent situations that leads to a job rejection. However, this doesn’t mean that you should not expect or demand a good hike, but it simply means that you should only ask for an amount that falls under certain standards.

  • The company might have retained their existing employee

Most of the times a company releases a job vacancy when an employee, which is already handling that job is leaving the company. But, if their existing employee is good, they will always look for ways to retain that employee. Retention takes time as both the company and the employee has to deliberate. Therefore, at times, the recruiter might find you suitable for a job, but at the end, they couldn’t finalize you. Not because you are not perfect, but because their employee decides to stay and their business requirements will be fulfilled.

So, next time when you hear a ‘no’ don’t take it to your heart. Do learn from it and improve yourself, but refrain from any negative thoughts.

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Why do you think teamwork is good for your professional life?

‘Teamwork’ and ‘Team Player’ are definitely two of the most clichéd terms used by the recruiters and candidates across the world. Though, as the title suggests, teamwork is nothing but maintaining a good equation with the people you are working with. Team players are the ones who know how to manage good relations with every member of the team. At the same time, they are also always keen to help their teammate whenever the need arises. This is basically a quality which is not only useful for the team but for also for a company as a whole. Simply, because if a company works together to achieve a bigger goal, they have more chances in turning the goal into reality. But, have you ever thought of teamwork being one of the important qualities for a successful career? No? Listed below are a few reasons that prove teamwork to be good for your career:

  • Teamwork increases the chances of growth

A team consists of a group of people who have different KRAs but at the end of the day, they are all working together to achieve a single goal. For example, if we talk about a digital marketing team, the main aim of the team is to get more leads for the company through digital mediums. However, different members of the team play different roles. Like someone handles social media, someone takes care of the graphics while someone makes sure that the content is correct. But, if the team works together, in sync then only it can achieve success. And, when it comes to individual success that is also very much dependent on the teamwork. For example, a social media campaign can only be successful if all the members of the team work together, be it the designers, the writers and the social media experts. Also, the biggest advantage of being a team player is that you actually get to learn a lot, so the scope of growth and learning is definitely amplified.

  • Teamwork enriches your repo

One of the other benefits of being a team player is the fact that your repo, both in front of your manager and the teammates is enriched. Your manager will definitely consider you as an asset, if he or she will feel that you play for the team because at the end of the day every manager wants his or her team to be together. Also, your teammates will also trust you more and will have more confidence in you. All this will eventually lead to better performance and professional growth.

Being a team player is always beneficial. Therefore, it is very important to think of your team as a family, and stand by the members just like you would do for yourself.

 

 

 

 

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What to do if an employee is confused between leaving the firm or staying a little longer?

Human Resource team of various companies comes across this situation where employees leave the company for various reasons. No HR really likes to see their employees leaving, but it is definitely a generic process that happens in every firm. However, this situation only becomes difficult if the employee who wants to leave is actually ‘wanted’ in the company. As in, the company or the HR doesn’t want the employee to leave as they consider him or her as an asset! This is the situation where the HR executives really have to put up their best show. This is not the only difficult situation; in fact, the HR team face such kind of situations every now and then. And, one of the other tough situations is where even the employee is confused between leaving and staying in the company. If you come across any such situation then, this is what you would be doing to guide the employee to the right path:

  • How badly do you want to retain this employee?

Firstly, you would have to figure out from the respective team, how badly they want this employee to stay. Sometimes, employees can face the dilemma of whether they should continue with their firm or whether they should hop on the new opportunity. This is where the role of the managers and the human resource experts come into play. They have to first figure out whether it is worthy to find out ways to retain the employee or not. As, if the employee is even thinking about staying in the firm, this means that half the battle is already won.

  • Open and transparent discussions

There is simply nothing better than understanding the mindset of the employee by sitting and discussing. The employee may come up with challenges that are easily solvable. Thus, the conversations may pave way for a better employee and company relationship. Therefore, whenever you sense that your employee is facing a dilemma, straightaway plan a conversational session with him or her.

  • Solve the problems

If the employee is thinking of leaving the firm, then he or she must be facing some issue or he or she mustn’t be happy with at least something. This is where you have to figure out the actual problem. Once, you know what the issue is, it will be easy to offer a possible solution to the problem.

Though leaving a company and joining another is a normal process, but at times, employees are confused as to what they are doing is actually right or not. This situation may even arise when the employee is serving notice. Therefore, it is always advised to handle such situations with the utmost care.

 

 

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Are employers experiencing more or less pressure to find skilled talent in 2018?

The employers across the globe today are incurring talent shortage, especially after the recession. As per Economic Times, 42000 employers were surveyed globally and out of that 40% have reported difficulty in trying to fill roles in the job market. In the Indian economy, due to lack of talent 48% of Indian employers have a problem in filling up roles.

So why is the Indian Economy facing these problems? Where is the lack? Does the gap exist in the employer requirements and the skills that are available in the applicants?

As per CEO, Tech Mahindra- C P Gurnani, “94 percent of graduates are not fit for hiring.”

A research by AICTE further emphasizes this problem. About 60% of graduating engineers from technical institutions are left unemployed. The high unemployment rate in India will continue until this gap is not filled.

Though the education system, along with the Indian society, and the Indian Government need to take more definite measures and need to play a more proactive role to help the job demands be fulfilled by the youth.

Wider vision, along with security and safety of citizens and work ethics in industries, an education system that is more industry driven from the school days while allowing the students to be creative would help them to meet the requirements naturally.

However individual applicants can become more aware, proactive and take a few measures to bring themselves to the demands of the job requirements of the date.

  1. Learn advanced skills for job requirement
  2. Doing relevant projects that enhance your position as a competitive applicant

Internships

The practical experience goes a long way as it not only gives the job seeker a hands-on-experience but also exposure and a wider vision to what set of skills need to be added next. Doing internships, or working part-time with relevant industry will help the job seeker gain an insight into job requirements, work ethics, developing professional and positive relations. Also, last but not the least learning to teamwork are qualities that go a long way. An experienced applicant is always preferred to other applicants in the job market. Also, these days companies many times offer Pre Placement Offers (PPOs) along with internships which give a head-start to the resume or CV of the job seeker.

Getting Experienced by the Experienced

Attending Job fairs, participating in relevant competitions, learning new techniques, attending workshops and seminars hosted by professionals or government organizations, taking on short relevant certified programs are all means to add value to yourself as a job seeker. You not only gain the relevant experience, but also knowledge in your professional field of interest.

Learning about New Trends and adding those skills

With ever-evolving job market which is also getting computerized in most professional fields, it is essential to update yourself. There are techniques and technology that needs to be learned. If the courses are available to you then take them, else join professional groups online and seek knowledge. So say abreast with the trending technologies and help yourself to stay at the top of the demand list of companies.

The humungous gap between the skill of the job-seeker and the demand of the job requirement can be bridged by taking these proactive steps by the job seeker.

While we wait for the education system to update to the evolving market trends, we can ourselves take some steps to bridge these gaps.

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2018 Recruiting Trends: Top 7 Hiring Trends to Watch

2018, like most years in current remembrance, is shaping up to be a game changer of sorts in the recruiting area. New trends are being introduced and established trends are experiencing seismic shifts. In a bid to hire the best, companies are vying to get the attention of all the candidates who are highly skilled.

Emerging technologies like AI and Virtual Reality are proving instrumental in solving the challenges faced by the hiring industry. Revolutionising technology in such a way that the human interaction is preserved and amplified for everyone involved in the process. Technology is just the medium and most innovators are looking to find ways so that it doesn’t make most human jobs obsolete.

Top 7 hiring trends to watch this year:

  1. Talent Relationship Management will be a key factor in hiring.

Most companies are now convinced that having a software tool like Candidate Relationship Management (CRM) to sustain relationships with candidates is a sure shot way to effective employee management and retention. But an experienced recruiter is well aware that talent trumps all on any given day. What they have instead brought into the picture is Talent Relationship Management (TRM).

TRM is an umbrella term that includes contingent workers (external talent networks) and current employees (internal talent pools) in a holistic approach to identifying, engaging and building talent networks.

Companies are increasingly looking inwards and giving testimonies to the fact that the best hires they have are candidates who have risen through their own ranks and trained by internal elements. There has been a large shift in most company’s outlook as they invest in people from their internal crop and give them resources to become the best they can be. Also, many studies indicate that recruiters who employ TRM and associated technology enjoy a higher candidate conversion rate than those who didn’t.

  1. Strategizing a social media path should take precedence

The companies who are able to engage talent through social media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook) are more likely to be able to hire them. Even companies who have traditionally steered clear of social media recruitment practices will find themselves absorbed into this vortex and to engage. Companies are increasingly investing in strategies centred around social media hiring, marketing and other forms of social listening and surveillance tools. The scope for pretension in terms of utopian working conditions, salaries etc are instantly and systematically dismantled over social media. Companies agree that rejuvenating their brand value is their topmost concern. Companies are increasingly aware and hence beware of the fact that almost every good potential employee and client is reading reviews about them through glassdoor and other sites. Entire discourses on companies are being formed on the basis of it.

In a bid to attract the eyeballs of the younger demographic, companies are abandoning the bastion of Facebook, LinkedIn in favour of Instagram, Pinterest and Quora.

  1. Adaptability trumping experience

As the average lifespan has improved drastically in most of the world, emphasis on long term careers with one person doing that job for the better part of their life has reduced too. Recruitment strategies are centred around hiring people who are flexible enough to adapt to new technologies and economic shifts. As a result more people are experimenting with their role and position rather than having similar to least the same company for a longer period. More and more top executives are investing in a workforce which is highly malleable and expert in the current technology with a high rate of adoption into the current platform.

  1. Mobile, finally

The sheer number of mobiles on Earth has made it mandatory for most people to use it as an effective medium to enable people to be hired on a more microcosmic basis. Most people spend a large amount of their day staring at this semi-metallic box, do it makes sense to use it to hire people as well. It is also mentionable that still a majority of companies are lagging behind in terms of marketing effectively. Most people rely on mobile phones for every stage of hiring – searching for one, making an application, applying and seeking out the result. In spite of all this, many large companies don’t have fully optimised mobile websites. The figure stands at around 30% in most countries. So this year, more companies are going to get on the bandwagon of mobile-based job application process, streamlining it for more and more people who are applying for jobs through their Smartphone. Almost half of the current crop of job-seekers firmly believe that in the span of a few years most people are going to use phones for applying for a job.

  1. Artificial Intelligence will impact the capacity and skills required

HR teams need to get ahead of the curve here and understand not only the impacts of AI on their workforces but also the benefit of incorporating new and exciting tools into their workflows, especially for recruitment. With a plethora of start-ups out there in this space, it’s easy for talent acquisition teams to experiment and find what works for them. Across the board, AI and bots will have an impact on how people work, and the skills required. Gartner predicts that by 2030, 50% of high-performing employees will regularly and seamlessly redistribute workloads across personalised portfolios of talent bots. This future seems especially likely given Adobe’s prediction that 66% of UK office workers say they already want an AI assistant to help get work done. Further surveys by Deloitte indicate that 50% of companies plan to retrain staff for this eventuality. But then why is it that at 65% of those companies, HR is not involved in this process?

  1. More people to be part of the gig economy and contractual work

Most job-seekers aspire to be classified as ‘Self-employed’. Almost 65% of people would work on the contractual basis if they had the choice. Flexibility is the key aspect that is admired about being employed on your own. The freedom to work on their own whims and fancy is the icing on the cake that most people are really after. It is not a new trend at all but it is worth explaining about as the current expansion is on an unprecedented scale. Even the managers are swearing by the competitive advantage that their company enjoys when they employ workers in a freelance sort of gig. Cost-cutting, better work are some of the immediate and obvious pros of using the above method.

  1. Augmented and virtual reality

Augmented and Virtual Reality is the real emerging technologies that are positively disrupting the whole hiring ecosystem in 2018 and beyond. Already Amazon is using it to design better and sleeker models of Alexa and Google, Facebook and Apple are only going to fasten up the war for the bigger piece of the pie of this lucrative technology. Candidate attraction and experience will see early innovation with examples including VR workplace experiences, VR assessments, and interactive job advertisements – using AR apps like Blippar, and Wallame.

 

 

 

 

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Top 7 Ways to Find Your Career Path

For those who are yet to decide what career path to tread on, for those who are at the crossroads and want to change paths and those who aspire to achieve a sense of feeling fulfilled these tips on how to make the right choice by Careermarshal may come in handy.

In an ideal world, everyone is aware of their passion and hence career path and go on to become reasonably successful and highly content with what they have chosen to pursue in life. Unfortunately an ideal world doesn’t exist. There has been a seismic change in mentality towards embarking on ‘the road less taken’ and as a result many people are okay with the fact that they might change careers multiple times in their life.

Rather than just blindly following what your parents say ; “Engineer बन जाओ, बहुत scope है।“ ,you need to analyse any path that you’re going to choose carefully before proceeding.

Here are some ideas to knock around

  1. What makes you stay awake at night

Since you’re going to be doing it for the major part of your day, a career should be in something you find yourself enjoying. On the other end of the spectrum are people who dread talking about their jobs. If you don’t want to end up like that, think carefully about what excites you and try to convert it into a viable career option. Food for thought: is there something you would do for free that is economically productive and fetch you compensation?

  1. What is your skill set?

After going through the first step, two situations can arise; You may find yourself not passionate about any specific thing ― or you have multiple passions and are confused between the two. Then your skill set forms the basic differentiator between what you should choose.

  1. There are tests available

If you are not able to figure out what you’re good at or passionate about, you might find yourself feeling dejected and morose at the aspect of thinking about the future. You can avail tests at college or maybe even school level. You can also take tests like Myers-briggs personality test to figure out what career path suits you. There are also skill specific tests that can narrow down a profile from a career (think: coding), extrapolate salary according to your skills and the time you invest in a job and basically help you a lot in the pursuit of a happy career.

  1. Pick out an internship

An internship is like the trial version of a multiplayer game. Just so that you don’t have to pay for a full-version game, you can try your hand at a shorter and free simulation of it. Similarly, if you want to try out whether a field works for you, try doing an internship in it. For a duration of about 2-3 months you’ll be able to learn about what it’s like to be in a particular career and how well you can adapt to it. Internships can be paid or unpaid. Even in the worst-case scenario (if you feel that the career is a bad choice) you can always build your network which can help you later on.

  1. Look for a mentor

A mentor can form the bridge between you and your dream job by providing you insights on all steps along the way. Make sure it’s someone from the field that you wish to proceed into. If there is a particular company or job you’re eyeing, you can find out who does it and politely ask if you can shadow them for a few days to see what it is like.

  1. Ask around

A way to discover something new and interesting in terms of career is to simply ask people what they do. A big assumption whose liberty we take is that you do meet up with people from a heterogeneous sets of careers. LinkedIn is the best place to start looking for such people.

  1. Follow a plan

A search will only bear fruit if you have got a clear set of objectives and timeline for it. Have a detailed blueprint of where you want to be in next 5 years and how you are going to get there.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ways to Attract the Best Talent to Your Startup.

One of the key ingredients for a start-up to become successful is a passionate, dedicated and skilled workforce in which everyone is willing to contribute their 100%. But most start-ups are not really very famous or established enough that they can attract the best in business on just there name. Hence the dilemma that most start-ups face is attracting the right kind of crowd for hiring. Well, that’s where Careermarshal swoops in. We, at Careermarshal have curated a list of suggestions on how to attract the best when you are a start-up only.

With the new wave of AI coming through, attracting and retaining a talented workforce becomes imperative. To hire the best, some companies offer huge packages while others have a fun and relaxed work environment up their arsenal. Candidates with skill and potential for growth are the basic requirements of every company. Given below are some tips to get the best in business.

 

  1. Modern Work Environment is a must

Companies which offer a relaxed and fun work environment combined with challenging work for entry-level jobs are the cynosure of all eyes. You have heard of them as being described as ‘the place to be’. Employers have to be highly flexible when hiring freshers. A new hire brings along with them fresh perspective, high energy and a zeal to prove themselves.

A workplace that is more accepting of new ideas necessitates a quick flow of information. By collaboration with others, newcomers are able to effectively percolate ideas throughout the organization and into the right ears. All of this creates a sense of acceptance in the newcomers’ mind owing to which they area able to work more freely.

 

  1. Take the time to cultivate relationships

For an employee to feel a sense of belonging and loyalty to the cause of a company, he/she should be treated with respect and instead of simply being delegated work they should be made to feel like they are being given an opportunity that they should do. Care should be taken to give them a patient set of ear during difficult time, to celebrate with them in happier times and do thoughtful things for them. This also works as the best employee retention strategy. When salary and perks offered are largely the same, cultivating a personal relationships with employees is the greatest differentiator. Trust and creativity are upheld. The whole company benefits from such cathartic relationships and innovation is promoted.

 

  1. Don’t let Feedback be just one way

Giving constructive feedback is the best way to improve the performance of a new employee. They immediately benefit from such interactions. But the real key to getting and retaining the top talent is to give them space to offer a feedback to the company as well. This makes them feel that their opinion is heard and is very valuable. This also is a good way to improve your start-up as the best advice can be given by someone from the inside. To consistently up your game as a start-up, encourage your employees to give feedback every month or quarter. In this way a benchmark is set for both employees and the company which they both are motivated to top.

 

  1. Offer Benefits & Rewards

A strict management system coupled with poor and lethargic working environment can wreak havoc on the employees’ lives. An incentive based system where the high-achievers are rewarded is the best way forward for any start-up worth its salt.

A flexible work schedule is a must have for sure. In an ideal world, a flexible workplace, an employee need not waste their paid leaves for petty reasons. Offer monetary and in-kind incentives like free meals etc.  Entertainment options, free gifts, health and wellness programs including mental health care are some ways employee feel welcomed. Time offs, vacations, childcare leave, parental leave and also services and tuition reimbursements are instrumental to access and retain the best workforces which will eventually earn it all back for you in the long run.

 

  1. Offer ample scope for advancement in career

To get the benefit of a highly engaged and high-performance workforce, you have to do many manoeuvres and whatnots. Introduce and sustain training and educational programs for your employees to develop their human resources capital. Keep a survey to choose the courses according to what the employees want. If the employee sees a future with your company, they’ll automatically be retained. Make sure they do.

 

 

 

 

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5 Ways To Use Pinterest In Your Career Management.

Pinterest is a social media site that lets users to save images, links, videos and files with their network. The use and growth of Pinterest has evolved since it’s inception from people casually flipping through it for new wedding ideas to using it as a way for motivation for career management and more. Those of you who fall in the former category might want to foray into the latter and that’s what Careermarshal is here to help you do.

Here are some ways in which Pinterest can be used for career management

After making an account on Pinterest, you will see an option to create boards– Boards on which (depending on the theme) you can ‘pin’ images that are relevant. You can have as many boards as you want and can keep it secret or visible to everyone. Follow other people and the board’s, like their pins and share(re-pin) them. You can grow your popularity and influence through these boards. You can link images from other sites and your own images that you have uploaded on Pinterest directly. In case you’re stuck, they have created a guide too.

Now the first question on your mind might be, “ Okay, all of this sounds great but how is it relevant to career management? “Well you can pin boards on the theme of how to curate a good CV, some commonly asked interview questions, planning for your dream job; Pinterest can do it all. Create your own pins linking with thoroughly researched information on internet or your own computer. People engaged in creative roles might especially find Pinterest useful and make their boards visible to all to attract employers who can browse their works, interests and information.

 

Pinterest as a researching tool

A Pinterest profile can form an effective way to search about different career paths and profiles. In the navigation bar at the top, type something like career paths and you’ll get a plethora of information about various possible career path. You just might get the inspiration and the right direction into the career of your dreams. You can always narrow down your search to specific kinds of jobs.

Get guidance from experts of their domain

Now that you have been able to select your domain and career profile (hopefully), you can also avail quality guidance from experts in that very domain and career profile. Learn from the best!. Get the latest advice for various stages of your career. Inspirational quotes, posts, videos, tools and ideas are a click away. Make the most of them.

Customise your CV using Pinterest to get the best visual impact

One crucial aspect after choosing the right career is putting together a good and impactful application together. Research CVs, whether traditional or creative, new trends or the trusted methods. Make sure that you’re sure about the kinds of job you’re applying for; CVs really have to be specific to your domain.

Flaunt your creative chops through a Pinterest board

Create a board to showcase your creative side, skills and experiences using pins to visualize your tale for others to interpret. If you run a blog or are a professional photographer, create a board with all your best works summarized there. Recreate your educational and professional journey by having photos of school/college you’ve attended, companies you have worked for and any other organization you have been a part of in your life.

Flaunt your achievements in a way so that it seems you’re being a ‘humblebrag’. Make absolutely sure that the content, tone and style is not crazy and is highly professional and suited to your role aspirations. Use the captions judiciously to relate how each photo is a culmination of your efforts to make a dent in a particular field. Share with friends, link it your LinkedIn, Facebook etc and a hyperlink on your CV.

Know the companies better

Many employers are flooding to Pinterest to put on display the kind of work they have been indulging in. They also let a glimpse into their work ethics, culture and environment. Make sure you analyse it all before applying to that particular company.

Follow relevant boards from companies you are interested in especially if they offer insight into your current or aspired role. Interact with companies to get noticed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Group Interview Tips: Do’s and Don’ts

One of the most efficient and least time-consuming way to fill multiple vacancies for an organization most often seems to be the process of group interview. They are able to weed out the unworthy candidates by comparing them to their immediate competitors. Candidates are able to demonstrate how well they will fit into the team and the scheme of things but also able to show their ability to handle pressure.

We can understand that you might be jittery about your prospects of facing a group interview for the first time but they can be a catalyst for you to stamp your authority if done right. We, at Careermarshal have assembled a list of do’s and don’ts to make the right kind of impression.

Group interview do’s:

Arrive early (or on time at the very least)

When the competition is directly against a lot of people, don’t miss any opportunity to rise above the rest and also make sure to not be remembered for the wrong reasons. Aside from showing earnestness and punctuality, if you arrive before time you have the unique advantage of getting more time to impress the interviewer. You can also interact with other candidates and measure your competition in a less formal way. All of this doesn’t means that you reach before even the office opens.

Remember the icebreaker

All of the candidates will first be asked to give a short introduction. To avoid any glitch or embarrassing situation, be prepared beforehand. It would earn you some bonus points if you’re especially witty in your introduction. Make it to the point and engaging for all to hear. Before any of the actual tasks begin, you’ll almost always be asked to provide some sort of introduction of yourself (or worse, some sort of introduction for someone else in the group). To avoid embarrassing situations, always prepare your answer beforehand. Your intro needn’t be long, provided it’s pertinent and engaging. Avoid being unsure about yourself and mention your professional and personal achievement in passing.

Be alert and don’t slouch

Body language subconsciously tells the interviewers how interested and engaged you are in what is going on in the room. Slouching is a big no-no hence. You want to appear attentive and alert, not a listless bag of bones. You should and are allowed to relax as the interview proceeds. Don’t let this relaxation get in the way of an alert posture. Sit up straight and listen to all others make it obvious in your posture too.

Prepare questions

The first step to preparing for an interview is to research about the market position, works and ethics of the company in question. If you do it right, it is natural for you to have queries about the functioning of the company. When they get to the ‘any question’ part, that should be your cue. It can be entirely possible that you may genuinely have no query at all. In that scenario, don’t force out a question just for the sake of it. You might end up asking a very stupid question and that can hurt your chances too.

Interact with and include everyone

One thing that you don’t want to be associated with is hogging all the limelight and not letting anyone else speak at all. Patiently hear what everyone has to say and then respond to it in a calm and asserting tone. If anyone else is hogging the limelight, make sure you point it out. Don’t let the conversation become an echo chamber of your thoughts If you spot someone who is particularly silent, encourage them to speak their mind. It will impress everyone at the table. Praise others’ ideas, take notes, dress appropriately, smile are also things you should partake to.

 

Group interview don’ts:

Be fake

“Just be yourself.” An advice you have seen plastered over people’s Facebook pages. It might sound cheesy and cliché. Your interviewers probably can smell faking in an interview and hence it’s advisable to not indulge in it. Trying too hard may reek of desperation and will not go down too well with your interviewers. Try ingenuity as much as you can. Don’t laugh on jokes unless they are really funny. Be a bit restrained in your reactions.

 Interrupt or talk over people

This is the worst possible way to give an erratic account of yourself. When you’re in the flow of the argument and think that you are right, you tend to raise your voice to get your point across. Never allow yourself to undermine teamwork. Make so compelling arguments that you don’t need to raise your voice. Raise your bar not voice decibel.

Get drowned out

What you really need to do in the environment of a group discussion is to balance between the above pointer and getting overshadowed by everyone else in the room. There will always exist people who will try to hog all the speaking space and you might feel overwhelmed by it all. If you don’t feel that the discussion is going in the right direction, make it your responsibility to steer the conversation in the right direction. Offer your insight and opinions and let your voice be heard.

Get a bit too comfortable

There is a certain decorum that needs to be maintained inside the room. It is completely okay to appear relaxed and comfortable in there. Just don’t overdo it. Whistling incessantly, swearing, talking loudly and appearing disinterested in what’s going on is looked down upon and should be avoided.

No matter how boring the proceedings get, never lose sight of the ultimate goal of cracking the interview. Take notes, keep eye contact at an acceptable (and socially acceptable) level, smile, nod, and generally try and look enthusiastic and engaged throughout.

Don’t stare off into the space and don’t check your phone during the whole duration of the group discussion. These two statements are quite obvious but still themselves in the need of being restated.

 

 

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