Interview Tips

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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Scared of getting stuck on an interview question? Here’s how to cover up

Interviews are not one of the most stress-free of the activities. Even the term ‘interview’ is enough to make us nervous. Though, we always try our best to prepare for the interviews but there can be certain situation or interview questions which can be spooky. Also, it is quite normal to get stuck on any of the interview questions as long as you are able to handle the situation afterwards. So, whenever you get stuck on any of the interview questions, here is how you can quickly get over it, and turn it back into your favor:

  • Quickly assess and accept the situation

First of all, try to quickly accept and understand that situation, but make sure you do it quickly. Once, you have realized that you cannot answer it, just accept the fact. But, that doesn’t mean that you should keep quite. Rather, avoid from panicking or getting nervous. At least, don’t show it on your face. Later, quickly try to handle the situation.

  • Speak at least something

It is okay if you don’t know the exact answer. However, you should try and answer anything that is relevant and related to the question. This is a lot better than keeping quite. Thus, it is extremely important to sue your presence of mind to handle such a situation.

  • Say that you don’t know

Telling the interviewer that you don’t know may sound a little daunting but it does work at times. If you look at the positive side, then saying no will showcase your honesty levels. Also, after you say no, the recruiter might change his question or twist it in a way that you are able to answer. Therefore, do not hesitate to say no, but always cover it up.

Interviews are tough and nerve-wracking but if you prepare for an interview well, then you might not have to worry too much about hearing a Yes at the end. After all, that is what everyone’s motive is! We all want to get an offer letter from the company. However, at the same time, it is important to make sure that you don’t get way too pressurized. It is also important to maintain your compose, and even if you don’t know any specific answer, use your presence of mind to win over the situation. Just remember, listening carefully, and paying attention will always work!

 

 

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5 Steps to mastering phone interviews.

After jumping through various hoops, you are now on to the last frontier in the quest for a job. The final frontier (sometimes it’s the intermediate frontier, succeeded by personal interview) happens to be a telephonic tete-a-tete over the phone i.e, a telephonic interview. It just might be a make or break deal for your aspirations to land a job. Hence, it’s imperative to get it right. We, at Careermarshal have compiled some steps to approach this frontier feeling confident and brave.
Most important things involve a phone conversation; be it courtship, friendship or something as mundane as a cold sales call. No wonder that it is important for landing a job as well. How to sound confident during a phone call becomes very important in the scheme of things.

Plan ahead and prepare hard
Everything has its pros and cons. One drawback of a telephonic conversation is the absence of face-to-face rapport and being able to judge how things are progressing by judging the interviewer’s expression. But the fact that you don’t have to rely on your memory and can use notes as a cheat sheet more than makes up for the above-mentioned con. Diligently prepare notes to better market yourself and copious amounts of info about the company to show how better-researched you have done.
Have you crafted an elevator pitch yet? Now’s the time, and once you’ve got yours, print it out and have it ready to use next to the phone.
The first step after being apprised of the interview should be to research the company, the role, and the interviewer (if possible). Doing all this will make you feel well prepared and raring to go. Start with their website, read their blog posts, and figure out their mission statement. Looking up the interviewer on a basic Google and LinkedIn search if you know their name helps you forge a common ground with them. Learn about some key facts of the company and answer to common questions like, “why this job?” and “Salary कितनी लोगे?” from 3 Idiots fame.

Choose your comfort place to make the call
As opposed to a face-to-face interview where you need to wear formal suits and be at your sartorial best to make yourself look professional and whatnot, in a telephonic conversation, anything rolls. You could straight up call from your bed if that’s your thing. Although a lot of people feel more confident when they are dressed up a bit. So, it is totally up to your discretion to dress accordingly.
Keep the cell charged and recharged (Thank god for Jio’s unlimited voice calls). Find a quiet spot with good reception so that there’s no risk of call dropping. Use a landline if you own one. Make sure that there is lack or complete absence of background noise so that you are able to focus better.
If you’re video conferencing, make sure to find a spot with a great connection, or even better, use an Ethernet connection to minimize the chance of disconnecting half-way through. Use a spot with optimal lighting. Don’t sit in the front of a window. It creates a silhouette and you’ll end up being in the shadow Find a neutral location with good lighting.

Speak confidently and clearly
You may have got a smile that poets write poetry about but sadly, you can’t dazzle the interviewer with it. So you have to contend them with a superb display of your conversational glib and oratorical skills. After judging you for median competence and ability, the phone interviewer is going to be gauging your level of interest in the role you’re applying for. Don’t let it become a monotone and dull conversation. Speak in a clear voice with enthusiasm about the role. Make sure to emphasize your major points. It may seem inconsequential but standing while doing such crucial decisions makes a world of difference to your confidence. Don’t believe us? Try it yourself.

Hang on to their important words
Only if everyone in this world was a good listener. It would make life so much easier for each one of use. This makes being a good listener who absorbs information a must have skill during a telephonic interview as well. If you listen well, you can absorb information that might come in handy later in the call or in the job, if the call goes well.
Make notes while the recruiter goes on about the details of the job, the process and the company. It is very important to know what to take note of and what not to. It will help you bring up any enquiry you might have about the role, the company or anything under the sun. Since you can’t be seen taking notes, scribble away and use this very piece of information to score some brownie points with your acute observational skills.

Be super clear on what the next step is
We know what it feels like to be left in the dark about something. It becomes particularly worse if that ‘something’ pertains to the job you’re applying for. Never– we repeat never, end the call without knowing what the next part of the process is. Just ask what the next part of the process is, or when will you get to know of the results. If you’re especially forgetful (like me), add in the notes, “Ask about the next steps”. Your cue to ask this question is when the recruiter ends his/her part of the conversation with, “Do you have any questions for us?” This offers some insight into the timeline of their hiring process and how they will plan to follow up with you.

Phone interviews can be awkward if you’re not sure what to expect, and the more uncomfortable you feel, the more trouble you’ll have convincing the interviewer you’re the one for the job. Being prepared can do wonders for you though. Just be very confident and follow the above-mentioned tips to shine through the process like a pro. In case of any queries, feel free to contact us at Careermarshal for more on this topic.
Talk your way to a job guys!

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3 hacks to handle a nerve-wracking interview situation

While we are in an interview room, the overall setting is already quite panicky. However, a lot of times a candidate can get stuck in an interview question as well, and this situation certainly becomes the most nerve-wrenching one. Though, not all the interview questions necessarily have a right or a wrong answer but at times, we get so nervous that we end up getting blank.

We all keep reading and listening, that we need it to stay calm and composed during an interview. However some situations may trigger the anxiousness, and one of them is getting stuck at a question.

  1. Relax, Breath In, Take your time

It’s absolutely alright to get stuck in any question, as generally when we are nervous it’s quite normal to experience some strange things. However, when you get stuck in a question, no matter how nervous you become, just remind yourself that you are also human, and it is absolutely alright to get blanket out at certain point.  Just take a few seconds, think about the question again with a new perspective.

  1. Ask Again

It is very much possible that you are unable to answer because you did not listen the question properly, or you did not understand it. If this is the case, then you should just ask for a bit of clarification from the recruiter. No recruiter would have mark you down for asking the question or a bit of clarification again.

  1. Move On

If you are totally thrown off by a particular question and find yourself unquestionably incapable of answering it, you can also ask the recruiter to move on with the other question if possible.  You might even get some time to think about the old one, and sometimes it happens that when you not actually thinking about the old question, an answer or an idea to answer that question might just pop up in your head. Even you don’t get the answer of that particular question, at least you can cover up the situation by answering other important questions.

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How to ace a group interview/discussion?

Group interviews and discussions are mandate parts of certain job interviews. However, some people find group interactions a little more challenging than one on ones. The main reason for that is you need to interact with multiple people at the same time, plus you would have to respond to the words, and thoughts of several people together. This also becomes a bit more challenging as you have to prove your statements, and yourself in front a group, and not just a single person, so the perspective of everyone matters, and you need to care of that.

Here are some super hacks to crack group interviews/discussions like a pro:

  1. Listen to everyone

Now, when it comes to group conversations, listening plays a major role. No matter how chaotic the setting becomes (sometimes in the case of group discussions), you still have try to hear everyone properly. This will help you to respond to every individual in an apt manner. And, when it comes to group interviews, you as it is have to answer to the questions put by several people together. Hence, make sure you give equal importance to every interviewer, in order to answer every question in a decent manner.

  1. Keep calm

Patience is one the virtues which is a mandate when it comes to getting triumphant at group discussions. Group discussions involves people of different mindsets and personalities discussions the same topics, hence, disagreements are a definite part of the session. And, the disagreements can give rise to heated arguments, therefore, it’s always better to distant yourself from any sort of aggressive arguments. Stay cool, and answer everyone sophisticatedly.

  1. Try to look at every one

While answering the questions during a group interview, it is suggested to look at every person sitting in front of you while talking. This will let them understand that you are addressing to one and all. Plus, this will also keep them engaged, which will definitely turn out to be a plus point for you.

  1. Try and understand everyone

Group interviews/discussions involve a lot of people, and not just one, and naturally, all the people will have different way of thinking. Thus, while answering it is better to understand every individual if possible, as it will help you give better answers. Though, you should never miss out on being yourself, being honest, but at the same time, it is also important to impress the interviews, in order to get the results in your favor.

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5 Powerful Skype Interview Tips

In this era of digitalization, interview processes have gone digital as well. Now a days a plenty of companies go for skype interviews too. The reason for a skype interview can be many. Say, for cross country interviews, or even cross state interviews skype has made it very easy to interview a candidate online. Plus, the benefit of skype is that the interviewer can even gauge the facial expressions, and facial expressions do play an important role at the time of interview.

Here are 5 super cool tips to help you rock your skype interview

  • Choose a decent location

A lot of times the candidate will be managing the skype conversation from his/her home. In this case, it is very important to choose a perfect location. As the interviewer would be able to see the background, hence, make sure the backdrop is neat, and apt for a professional conversation.

  • Avoid background noise

Background can surely spoil the mood of the interview. If the background is noisy, then the recruiter will certainly be distracted, and you might end up getting some minus points even if you perform well. Well, basically the background noise spoils the setting, and hinders the professionalism.

  • Dress appropriately

No matter whether you are sitting at home, or in a cyber café, you need to dress appropriately while attending the interview call. Don’t forget that you are very much visible to the recruiter, and awful dressing can get minus points.

  • Keep smiling

Just to ensure that you are very active, and positive, keep smiling. You facial expressions should be up to the mark. As skype interviews can be a bit awkward at times, so to clear the air, keep smiling, and keep nodding whenever necessary.

  • Internet connection

Before starting off with the skype call make sure that your internet connection is running fine. Any hindrance in the call would not create a good impression. Recruiters generally have a very strict schedule so any kind of hindrance might force them to shorten up on your interview time.

Whether it is a face to face interview or a skype interview, interview periods are undoubtedly a little stressful. However, whether you are on call or present physically, you should certainly adapt ways to handle the nerves with ease. Try n stay positive, and prepare yourself nicely for the interview, and that will automatically give you some bit of confidence.

 

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Prep for generic answers every hiring manager would ask?

Interview preparations are a good flashback college and school examinations. Just that an interview demands more than just answering the right questions. For cracking an interview one not just needs to be prepared to answer all the questions, but should also know how to handle the heat.

Here are the top 5 most commonly asked questions, along with the answering tips:

  1. Introduce Yourself

‘Tell me about yourself’ is the mostly the first question that have to answer as soon the interview process begins. No matter how much we prepare for it, still we all get a little nervous while answering this. Maybe because it’s the first question.

While answering this question, honesty plays a major role. No matter how desperately you want this job, but never go on and lie about yourself or experiences.  Just be yourself, stay calm, and introduce your true self to them. Also, it is suggested to avoid some ‘not so important’ elements while answering something like hobbies etc., unless not specifically asked by the recruiter.

  1. Why would you want to work with us?

Well, as soon as you will hear this question your inner voice will surely say ‘I want this job & that’s why I want to work with your company’ but no no, you cannot answer it with such straightforwardness!

Just tell them things connected to the company which actually inspire you to be a part of the firm. You can even read about the review of the company before entering the interview premises, and just tell them the positive points which you read while reading about the company. However, avoid flattery.

  1. Why this designation?

This question might have different forms, and can be asked I various different ways. So, the recruiter basically wants to know why you consider yourself a fit for this designation. Here, you need to use your education, as well as your experience and based on that you can tell the recruiter what makes you the best suitable for the role.

  1. Why should we hire you?

A plenty of candidates find this question to be the most difficult one. Here, the recruiter wants to see how confident you are about yourself and your capabilities. However, at the same time you have to refrain yourself from being full of yourself.

Plus, you have to establish a solid connection between your capabilities, and the job requirements, to ensure that you are actually the best match.

  1. Your strengths and weaknesses?

Recruiters generally wants to know about your plus points, and your weaknesses from you too. Just to understand your psyche better. Here, you have to consider the fact that you need to be truthful. However, do not need to go over the board.

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13 Common IT Interview Questions and Answers for Freshers

With Indian It industry on a massive hiring spree, graduates can look forward to working in renowned organizations. But there’s one interview standing between your job and you. Once you clear this, you are set onto a good life with challenging positions.

Now coming to interview, wouldn’t it be great if you could peep into your interviewer’s brain. That’s exactly what every new graduate dreams. You can only prepare to be bombarded with a slew of questions from the IT field. And the best preparation is to be ready. So, here are some of the most common IT interview questions you can expect.

1. What Languages have you learnt?

Answer: Don’t be quick and say English, Hind and your regional language. The interviewer meant the computer languages like C++, Java, Php etc. And think over before you answer because most likely the interviewer is going to follow this with another question from your responded language. Always choose a language that you are most confident in. Brush up the basics of the language before the interview

2. What is the most important feature of the programming language Java?

Answer: There are many but the one that matters most is that it is platform-independent. You can have the code written on one platform and execute its class to run it in another platform.

3. What is the difference between a JVM and a JDK?

Answer: Java Virtual Machine is just a run time environment. On th other hand, Java Development Kit is a full-fledged development kit with execution environment.

4. What is OOPS? Is Java a pure OOP language?

Answer: Object oriented programming is a method to create logical modules for example classes. These classes can further contain fields, methods, properties and more. An object can be made that in turn can slo represent a class. OOP approach helps in creating modular programs. Obejct oriented programming means that there are separate classes for every function and objects can be better controlled using them. However, in Java, there are primitive data types which means that it is not purely OOP based.

5. In Java, What do you mean by Synchronization?

Answer: Using synchronization, you can have control over multiple threads for shared resources. It helps for simultanous control of the shared objects instead of single object at one time.

6. What is data structure?

Answer: A data structure is a manner of data organization where the items are stored and their relationship to each other is stored as well. This relationship storage allows better data management since effective algorithms can be for their manipulation.

7. Give me some examples where data structures are used extensively?

Answer:
• Operating System
• Compiler Design,
• Numerical Analysis
• Database Management System,
• Statistical analysis package,
• Graphics,
• Simulation
• Artificial Intelligence,

8. List some common data uses?

Answer:

  • Network – Graph
  • RDBMS = Array
  • Hierarchical data model = Trees

9. What is a class in OOP?

Answer: A class helps describe all the attributes associated with the object including methods that help implement the member object’s behavior. Basically, it is a data type that signifies an object’s blueprint. Classes are often termed as the primary building block of an object oriented programming approach. Classes can be extended from other classes by inheriting the data members.

10. What is an object?

Answer: Object is an instance of a class. It is this basic unit that has identity, attributes and behavior. These features are defined by the definition of the class.

11. Explain the basic Characteristics of Object Oriented Programming

Answer:
• Abstraction – It helps in displaying only the relevant information to the users while concealing the unnecessary information.
• Encapsulation – Unwanted access can be prevented using encapsulation. It binds the code in an object.
• Polymorphism – An entity can be used in multiple forms.
• Inheritance – Writing redundant code can be eliminated and the code can be reused. For example, a child class automatically inherits the features of the parent class.

12. How are collection and arrays different from each other?

Answer: Array size has to be defined during the declaration. Dynamic resizing of the array size is not possible. Also, all the members of the array have to be the same data type.
A collection, on the other hand, can include different data types. It does not have a fixed size.

13. What is .NET Framework?

Made famous by Microsoft, .Net framework is a full-fledged environment that can be sued to make, run and deploy:
• Windows Forms applications
• Console Applications
• Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) applications
• Web services
• Web applications (ASP.NET applications)
• and more…
It supports OOP languages including Visual Basic, C++, Visual C# etc. Introperability allows code written in multiple languages to be used.

There can be more questions on operating systems, linux and such. But expect only the basics for the young graduates. So, just brush up the basics and rock the interview. Best of luck!

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How to hold on to your nerves at the time of interview?

No one can beat the anxiety that we get while we are sitting on the chair outside the interview cabin. A feeling that is a mix a lot emotions. We are all nervous and scared, but at the same time there is this feeling of performing and doing something that keeps us motivated to walk in the cabin as well. A tons of things are going on in a candidate’s mind while waiting for the round of interview. Some questions like ‘How will I manage to answer them as I am already so nervous’, to ‘Will I be able to crack this?’ There are a series of questions that tend to make the candidate more and more uneasy. However, interviews are one of the most interesting and valuable things to happen in a job seekers life, as the person’s career pretty much depends on the interviews, so it is always advised to handle the nerves, while going inside the interview room.

Here are a few steps to ‘take it easy’, during an interview:

  1. Prepare yourself well

Well, if a candidate is confident he/she will always be able to combat the nerves and prove himself/herself right. However, confidence basically comes from preparation. If you are prepared well, and if your mind and your heart know that you would be able to make it, or at least you are prepared to face the rounds well, then a lot of anxiety moves outside the window itself.

  1. Try and be as positive as possible

No matter what others are saying, and no matter how bad your last interview was, when you are inside the interview premises you need to believe in yourself.  Your self-belief will open many doors for you, which even you would have not imagined. And, if you are positive, and if you know what you want then a lot of uneasiness disappears on its own.

  1. Don’t listen to anyone

This is a very valid point. While we are sitting in a room full of candidates, we tend to judge the company, the recruiters and even the process, however this practice should certainly be avoided.  Everybody is so keen to know what happened to the other candidate, who just walked out of the interview room, that we simply forget that every individual has got different capabilities, and the interview experience for all might not be the same!

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Personality development- Grooming today for a better tomorrow

We, humans, love to influence others. We want people to listen to us and pay us a respectable attention. Getting on the list of influential people is a matter of privilege. But how does it all happen? What makes some people so magnetic? Being humans we all do almost same things. We work, earn money, eat food, socialize, enjoy festivals, celebrate success, face failure, work-hard etc. Then what makes some people stand out from the crowd? How they become our idols. What makes them so appealing that people love to talk to them, listen to them, and be with them?

The answer to all questions is an impressive PERSONALITY.  Yes, people who have groomed their personalities gradually gain a place of importance in society. In today’s world, it’s really very important to have a presentable personality but remember being presentable doesn’t mean wearing good clothes only. A complete transformation of your inner and outer personality is necessary for this. A personality makeover which we generally call personality development will do the magic for you.

What is personality development?

To be very simple personality development is about developing an organized pattern of behavior, inducing positive thought process and improving various personality aspects like dressing sense, accent, pronunciation etc.

Importance of personality development

Living a prosperous life and having a great career is everybody’s dream but one cannot earn it by staying as just ‘anybody’. You have to be different, you have to become noteworthy and grooming your personality is the only thing that can earn you a life you desire.

Personality development is the most efficacious tool to recognize your strengths and overcome your weaknesses. It wakes up your dormant passion and helps you realize your deep hidden unique qualities. You learn how to socialize, how to stay energetic, manage stress, perform best while facing challenges. It equips you with an unshakable confidence, enthusiasm and positive attitude towards everything.

What does personality development include?

Personality development is the overall improvement of your public persona. It works on various aspects of your personality superficial as well as core personality aspects. Such as –

Superficial aspects –

–    Personal grooming.

–    Presentation skills.

–    Social skills.

Core aspects –

–    Social adjustment.

–    Reasoning and analyzing ability.

–    Will power.

–    Leadership ability.

–    Accent improvement.

–    Organizing ability.

–    Energy and enthusiasm.

–    Moral grooming.

Most of the people are filled with dream, desires, and ideas too but due to varied personality weaknesses like low self-esteem, improper dressing sense, and lack of articulation ability, weak presentation skills, poor leadership skills, low reasoning and analyzing ability etc. they become prone to failures. This results in frustration which in turn brings more problems in your career. So, before you face the worst in your career start altering yourself today. Trim your personality to perfection so that nothing can hold you back. Get in touch with the career and personality development experts of Career Marshal and be the person you want.

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