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How you can make interviews less stressful for the candidates?

As an employer, you keep organizing interviews to close various vacancies. But, have you ever thought about how important it is to care for the candidates who appear for the interview? Interviews are quite stressful for the candidates, therefore, it is always better to make the complete process a lot friendlier, and this can be done by avoiding the situation where the candidates have to wait for long hours without purpose. Mostly, the recruiters never deliberately create a situation where the candidate has to wait for long, but at times, automatically, just because there are so many candidates or any other genuine situation, the candidates might be asked to wait. But, there are a few instances, where candidates are meant to wait for some invalid reasons as well, and this is where the recruiters have to work!

Here’s how you can make interviews less stressful for the candidates:

  • Lessen the wait time

More waiting time automatically stresses the candidates more. As, they are waiting for long, and a thousand types of thoughts are running through their mind. They also keep seeing the other candidates who are constantly coming out of the interview room, and then their level of nervousness automatically increases. Hence, it is better to manage the interviews in such a way that doesn’t allow the candidate to wait for too long.  Sometimes, if the candidate is asked to wait for long, without any genuine reason that this will surely create a negative image of the company. The candidate will think that the recruiters or rather the company does not value the candidates or even their future probable employees. It is surely pretty harmful to your company’s reputation. As a candidate might spread his or her disappointment or bad experience will others as well.

  • Indulge them in discussions

One of the best ways to destress the candidates is by asking them to indulge in some kind of conversations. Also, you may want to give them some magazines to read or show them your company videos while they are waiting. Some recruiters who are not that busy on that day might come and spend some time with the candidate as well. This will not only distress them, but this will also create a great impression about the culture of your company.

Interviews are nerve-wracking, but with various techniques, we can definitely make the whole process less stressful for the candidates.

 

 

 

 

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Goals for 2019: A focus on employee wellness and happiness

No matter how cliché this statement becomes; (employees are the assets of the company) the message that it conveys stays strong. So, if you also consider employees as the assets of your company, then you should definitely care about the wellbeing of your employees. At the same time, you should surely focus on how your employees are feeling in the office, how happy or satisfied they are. As, at the end of the day, your employees are the face of your company to the world.

Here’s why you should surely focus on the happiness and wellbeing of your employees:

  • Healthy and happy employees are more productive

With this statement that healthy employees are the more productive ones, we don’t want to sound like we only care about the company. But, to an extent, it is true that the company would like their employees to be more productive. Therefore, it is important to take care of the health and happiness of your employees. As, employees who like to do their work, and are happy working with your firm, will surely perform better. Therefore, it is extremely important to make sure that you are considering the happiness level of your employees as an important stat.

  • Healthy and happy employees become your indirect ambassadors

Every company knows how much money they need to spend in order to perform marketing actives. What better than someone marketing your brand for free? This is what your happy employees will do for you! They will intentionally or unintentionally heap praises on your firm in front of others or even on social media platforms. This will not only help you at the time of recruitment, but it can have considerably good benefits on your marketing strategies as well.

  • Employees’ happiness boosts retention rate

Satisfied employees will think twice before leaving your firm. One of the reasons is that they like working with you, so why they won’t want to continue. And, the second key reason is that if your employees are happy that means you are definitely doing something for them, and employees will find it difficult to expect the same kind of treatment from any other firm. Hence, they would not really like to move without any solid reason. So, eventually, this will lead to a high rate of retention.

Employees are an important part of your business. They are the ones who are working hard so that the company can grow. Therefore, it is the responsibility of every good employer to take good care of their employees. And, one of the key elements to consider while planning your ‘employee benefit’ strategies is focusing on the health and happiness of your employees.

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4 proven ways to crack any interview like a Master!

Whenever we start looking out for a job, the first challenge that we face is ‘interview’. Interviews are already stressful, but what makes them all the more stressful is ‘halt’. While we are sitting on the chair just outside the interviewer’s room, we are not only nervous but quite frightened as well. The moment we see anybody walking in or walking out of the interview room, our heart starts pumping heavily. It is absolutely normal to feel tense, but it is always suggested to maintain a certain level of composure to make sure you step in the interview room with full confidence!

Here’re some proven tips to stay as cool as a cucumber while going for an interview:

  • Walking is relaxing

If you don’t have to wait for too long, and there is somebody who can call you when your turn comes, then there’s nothing better than walking outside the interview hall. You may also choose to listen to your favorite songs or even meditate (if possible), as it will help to keep you calm. Avoid looking too much at the interview room before your turn.

  • Don’t indulge in interview-discussions

Believe it or not, the more you talk about the interview at the time of the interview, the more you get nervous. Therefore, it is always suggested to not talk about anything related to the interview just when you are sitting in the hall. If you have some serious doubts than only clear those doubts with someone. Else, just keep yourself engaged in something else.

  • Think about the ‘good’ things

The best possible way to stay calm outside the interview hall is by distracting yourself. You may indulge in a fun game in your phone or you may also choose to talk to a friend or family member. You can even talk to the people sitting with you, but make sure you don’t talk too much about the interview. The best it to start about things that you like, for example, a vacation that you are planning or shopping etc.

  • Talk to yourself

Keep reminding yourself to stay calm. Yes! This is a great way to stay composed as well. Just keep telling your mind to stay at peace and to not over think. Also, boost your confidence by repeating statements like ‘I can do it’ or ‘I am well prepared for this interview’. This will not only boost your self-confidence but will also kick away all your nervousness.

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Setting Goals for an Efficient Team in 2019

New Year is here, and this is the perfect time to plan well for this year. Mostly, we have an idea of what the company wants to achieve in this year. Also, we kind of have an understanding of what is expected from us as well.  All we have to do is, make a proper plan to achieve our goals, and if we are leading a team, then we should be planning for the team as a whole.

By setting goals, you are able to convey your expectations to the team. Goals encourage the employees to perform better as they feel more engaged. Goals are basically the team’s roadmap for a New Year. As a leader, it is your responsibility to help each member of your team understand his or her role better, and setting goals allow you to do that.

Here’re a few things to keep in mind while setting goals for your team:

  • Make sure the goals are personalized

One of the most important qualities that define a good leader is that a good leader knows each member of a team well. As a leader, it is important to spend time with every member of the team. You can also choose to indulge in a one-on-one conversation with all the teammates separately before setting their goals. This will really help you to understand your team better, and thus, will help you to assign goals which are more realistic and achievable.

  • Goals should also lead to personal development

If a company is paying you the salary, then your motive should definitely be to work for the betterment of the company. However, while we are working, we also gain a certain amount of personal and professional experience that helps us with our corporate journey (sometimes, even in our personal journey as well). Your team sees you as a mentor. So, while setting goals, make sure you also include some points which will help your team members to learn and grow. Even if any of your team members handle the most mechanical type of work, still, it is important to add something in his or her KRAs that leads to both professional and personal development of the individual. With this, you are not only helping an employee grow, but also motivating him or her to perform better.

  • Try and attach a reward to goals

The process of achieving goals becomes all the more exciting if there is some reward attached to it. For example, let’s assume you manage a team of writers and the goal that you’ve set for them is to complete 10 blogs a month. Now, how about declaring that whosoever is the first one to complete 10 blogs will get a book as a reward? Won’t that make the whole process a lot more fun? This is just one example, even a personalized email of recognition, a shout out of any kind etc. can be very uplifting.

Goal setting is a superb practice to follow. It not only gives a direction but also encourages the team to perform well. Also, while setting the goals, you can even recommend a plan of actions. Although it would be highly encouraging to let the employee make his or her own plan of action, some recommendation will surely help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What to do when your boss is not happy with your work at all?

Everyone who is a part of a corporate environment wants to perform well so that he or she is able to get promotions and appraisals at the right time. Also, for an individual’s professional growth, it is utmost important to keep learning, growing and performing better. However, there are times when we give our 100%, but we are still unable to fulfill the expectations of the company or our boss. This is a stressful situation for any employee, but many us have faced it, and people who have overcome, have grown even beyond their own expectations. Here are a few things to consider if your boss is not happy with your performance:

  • Get some clarity

First of all, it is utmost important to get clarity about what is he or she disappointed with. If you are putting all your efforts, but still your boss is not happy with your performance, then first, get to the main problem area. This will only happen when you will interact with your boss. So, take the first step, and ask your manager what is that that you are doing incorrect and how can you improve your performance. If you are sincere and really want to improve then no boss will ever shy away from pointing out the problem areas. As at the end of the day, your manager will also like it if you will improve and grow.

  • Start learning and improving

If you get some inputs from your boss, then it is wonderful as you can straightaway start working on your skills. However, if you are awaiting your boss’s inputs, then, instead of wasting time, start preparing improvement plans for yourself. Your improvement plans can be related to your field of work or something else as well. Say, for example, if you want to switch your field, then it would be better to improve your skills with respect to the new field. Always remember that any type of learning will only help you to eventually grow and become better.

  • Stay as positive as you can

No matter how much you are disappointed with the constant feedback, it is extremely important to stay positive. As, only if you will stay positive, you will be able to learn and grow. Therefore, try to take every feedback in a positive way.

We all like to get praises from our bosses, but if we are getting feedbacks, then probably it is the right time to prepare strategies to improve our performance.

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Not getting enough interview calls? Here’s what to consider

Whether you are a fresher or an experienced professional looking for a job switch, interview calls matter a lot. If you have posted your resume on various platforms, and you are keen to get a new job, but you are disappointed as you’re not getting enough calls, then here are a few things to consider:

  • Relook your resume

One of the major reasons why you are not getting any interview call is basically because probably your resume is not up to the mark. First of all, make sure your resume is updated. While relooking at the resume from top to bottom, make sure that your resume is shaped in the latest way. It should contain the latest elements to catch the fancy of the employers. Most importantly, make sure your resume doesn’t contain any grammatical or punctuation errors, as it will be a total disappointment for a recruiter. If you need professional help in reshaping your resume, then please get in touch with our expert team of resume writers.

  • Are you adding a personalized cover letter?

Many of us ignore adding a cover letter while applying for jobs. We often don’t consider cover letters that important, but to be honest, adding a cover letter does increase your chances of getting an interview call. However, your cover letter should be personalized and not copied from the net. It should have that appealing power, and it should be able to convey your message in an appealing manner. Thus, if you haven’t prepared your cover letter as yet, built one right now!

  • Are you applying at the right place?

Getting a new jobs is not a cakewalk. You have to realize that fact that the competition is rising massively. Therefore, make sure you have listed your profile and posted your resume at the right platform. A platform like Career Marshal, which has an abundance of recruiters listed is perfect to apply for jobs, as a high volume of recruiters will be able to see your resume. Also, you would be able to apply to a large number of jobs, as there are immense number of job vacancies posted on Career Marshal by the recruiters.

It’s okay if you are not getting enough interview call, just don’t be disappointed. In fact, try to work on your resume and job searching skills, and you will definitely get calls, and a pretty good job very soon!

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How to plan ahead for the New Year?

New Year is around the corner. Most of us might have already started planning for the coming year. Some of us might have also set a few resolutions for the New Year. However, more than the resolutions, it is better to prepare plans for 2019. When it comes to the professional plans here’re a few things to consider:

  • Review the year gone by

The first step to start planning for the New Year is to assess the year gone by. Make sure you list down all your major achievements or even setbacks that happened in 2018. This will give a clear idea of ‘how’ actually 2018 was for you. Plus, this information will really help you to identify the pain areas of improvements. By proper analysis of 2018, you will be able to make ideal strategies to do better in 2019.

  • Make short-term plans first

After you are done analyzing the year gone by, start your prep for a fresh year. Start with writing down even the minutest of goals that you would like to achieve in the New Year. Something like, completing a new project on time or improving your communication skills, the goal can be anything. But, in order to achieve bigger things, start with smaller steps.

  • Allocate timelines to the goals if possible

The goals become a lot more achievable if we are able to allow certain timelines to the goals. Here, whether you have written down a short-term plan or goal or whether a long-term goal, it is always better to allocate some time limit to it. Allocation of a time limit will surely motivate you to achieve the goal faster. Also, the chances of completing the tasks or implementing plans become more if time limits are attached to them.

  • Draw the bigger picture

Writing down even the smallest of plans or goals is one thing, but at the end of the day, you should know what you want to achieve on a larger scale. Be it a job promotion, a switch to a different domain or anything else. You should always be focused on moving one step ahead in the New Year. So, make sure you realize what you want to achieve.

Setting goals and making plans is easier than implementing them or achieving them. Hence, make sure you strategize well to achieve all your aims in 2019!

 

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What to do when you don’t hear back after an interview?

Interviews are kind of a regular part of all of our lives, and the complete process is quite tiring. But, at the end of the day, the results are worth all the hard work and time invested. However, the outcome of an interview is not always on the positive side, which is also fine because we are kind of prepared for it. But, the worst situation is when the recruiter asks you to wait for the response. This is when you become anxious and confused. If you are also awaiting a reply from a recruiter, here are some tips to follow:

  • Don’t keep asking desperately

One of the things that you would definitely want to do while waiting for a reply after the interview is following up with the recruiter. To an extent it is fine, and it is kind of your right to know the answer, but if you keep asking again and again then you might look like a little desperate. So, it is better to give some time to the recruiter, however, if you have asked after a considerable amount of time, and if still you did not get any response, then forget it and move on.

  • Don’t let negative thoughts creep into your mind

When we don’t hear a yes from the recruiter, we mostly become upset, and this reaction is quite normal. However, in this situation, you are still not sure whether you have got the job or not. So, there are chances of hearing both yes and no. Thus, it is suggested to stay as positive as you can and avoid thinking negative about the interview result or anything in general.

  • Be prepared for anything

Now, this is very important. In this situation, you should be prepared for both yes or now. This means, that you should surely not stop considering other options that will come your way. It would be great if you hear a yes, but you might hear a no as well, so it is good to be ready for anything.

Interviews are a part and parcel of life. There is no doubt that interviews are important, but at the same time, you should not take the outcomes to seriously also. You should seek feedback, learn, improve and grow, but don’t be too disheartened if something doesn’t work out. Also, a recruitment process of a company tells a lot about the firm too. So, make sure you also assess them well while they assess you!

 

 

 

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How to choose between two offer letters?

Many times we face different types of dilemmas in our day to day life. But, some of the crossroads are very tough. And, we have to be very careful about making the right decision, as a lot depends on our decision. Especially, when we are facing any dilemma related to our professional life, we have to be extra cautious. So, if there is a situation where you are lucky enough to get two offer letters from two different companies, and you can’t decide which one to choose, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Compare the profiles and KRAs

We all want to do what we like. Some of us are actually very lucky, as we are able to find the jobs that we like to go to. Therefore, if you have two offer letters, the first step to take is to compare the job roles. While reading the job requirements and expectations, you will get a good idea of what you are expected to do. Though you might have read them earlier also, but this time, just compare the two options that you have. And, then based on what you like to do more, select the best option.

  • Compare the companies

The company where we work also matters. If the company is good and values employees, then we would definitely like to spend more time in that organization. Hence, make sure that you properly compare the two organizations well. You can read information on their website, and the reviews given by employees on various sites. This type of information will surely help you to know which company looks better to you.

  • Follow your heart

This may look a little preachy but it is important. At the end of the day, you have to spend a lot of time in the firm, and with the people. So, make sure you listen to your heart before deciding with your mind. Sometimes, our gut feelings strongly say something but we ignore it, so avoid doing that. If your heart is taking a side then make sure you give preference to that offer letter.

Apart from these factors like salary, manager etc. is also some of the key deciding factors. Also, if you really find it difficult to make a decision, then what better than seeking advice from the experts? They will surely help you to make the best choice!

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3 Innovative ways to boost your productivity at work

All of us want to perform outstandingly at work so that we keep growing, both in terms of hierarchy as well as the paychecks. One of the most important things that lead to our professional growth is our productivity. Any career oriented individual would definitely want to be as productive as he or she can. As, high level of productivity is required to complete our tasks well on time, and to also prepare ourselves for the upcoming assignments. If you also want to boost your productivity, here are the top ways to do it:

  • Make a daily plan of work

Most of the times, we all know what all we have to work on the next day. Therefore, it is suggested to note down all the things that we have to work on, and then follow the list carefully. This will not only help you remember all that you want to do, but will also allow you to dedicate specific time to every task, and thus, divide your time efficiently. And, this streamlining of work is definitely going to amplify your productivity.

  • Avoid multitasking

Though many of us think that by multitasking we would be able to work on plenty of things together, and this will boost our productivity. However, that is not completely true. Most of the times, if we multitask, we often end up spending more time even on the smallest of activities. Therefore, it is better to focus on one thing at the time and complete it efficiently before moving to the next one.

  • Write down your goals, and read them daily

You should always know why you are working and what you want to achieve. This will always keep you focused and determined to work. When you are aware of your aims and objectives, then you automatically get driven to work better. Whether it is the short-term goal of completing a current project or a long-term goal of moving up the corporate ladder, you should always remind yourself of what you are working for. This is something that will keep you boosted to perform your tasks.

If you want to grow professionally then it is extremely important to be highly productive. As employees who are high productivity are valued dearly by the companies. Also, high productivity is always going to personally benefit in many ways as well.

 

 

 

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