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3 tips to leave a remarkable impression while introducing yourself!

We all know who we are, but when it comes to introducing ourselves, especially, at the time of an interview, it becomes really difficult to say what we want to. ‘Please introduce yourself’; this is indeed one of the most common questions which are mostly asked in every interview. Also, this is one of those questions which can actually get you some brownie points? How? By answering it exceptionally well. Here’re some tips:

  • Start in a formal yet personalized manner

We all know the basic way of introducing ourselves. But, if you want to really stand out, then try introducing in a personalized manner. After all, you are unique, and so should be your introduction. Now, when it comes to personalization, make sure you stay a bit formal too. Don’t go over the board, but still relax a bit, and personalize your communication.

  • Add more weight to your professional learning

Though, at the time of introduction, we only mention our company’s name and designation. But, it would be great if you could add some more information to it as well. Like, add what you have learned or skills you master. Also, if you learned something extra, or if there are a few things which aren’t mentioned in your resume, then don’t ever miss out on conveying it. Make it crisp, but still, try your best to calmly deliver the message you wish to deliver.

  • Avoid talking about unnecessary things

One of the most important things to consider while introducing yourself is to avoid everything that’s not important. Like, talking about your hobbies is something that not all recruiters would like to know. Therefore, make sure you emphasize the important things only, like additional capabilities, extracurricular activities, your skills etc.

The introduction is important. So, make sure you introduce yourself in the best way possible. It is also recommended to practice introduction before if possible. But, don’t do it too much as it may start sounding mechanical. Try to stay calm, and just remind yourself, nobody knows you better than yourself! So, what’s difficult in introducing yourself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tips for Getting Hired After a Career Break

We all want our resumes to be ‘perfect’ in order to get the job of our dream. However, not always we are able to maintain our resumes in a way that all recruiters want them to be. One of the key areas that bother the recruiters is a ‘career break’. Though, a career break is not always intentional, as most career breaks are circumstantial. But, it is little difficult to convince the recruiter that your break in the career is circumstantial, and a lot depends on this when it comes to getting a good job.

Listed below are some tips to get a great job even after a career break:

  • Always be truthful

One of the best ways to convince the recruiter that your career break is justified is by conveying the message truthfully. Recruiters are very smart people. Also, as they talk to several people daily, therefore, it becomes easy for them to detect a lie. Thus, the best way to justify your career break is honestly explaining it, and the recruiter will definitely understand if your reason is actually genuine.

  • Don’t go over the board

Though conveying your message is important, but refrain yourself from going over the board. Don’t give too much explanation. Rather, try and explain your reason in the briefest manner possible. Also, when we try to desperately explain something too much it looks fake, even if it is true. It is better to answer very calm and with full confidence. And, don’t get scared if the recruiters cross questions, as that’s definitely a part of their job.

  • Cover it up with some learning or project

If possible try to cover up your career break with a project that you undertook. You may also try and explain the recruiter how that break became a learning period for you. You can share the things that you have learned during that period. This will definitely create a good impression on the recruiter as he or she should think that you were doing something fruitful even during the break.

Career breaks don’t look very appealing on a resume, but most of the times, they can be justified. Thus, if you have any career break in your resume that’s bothering you too much, then instead of stressing, plan to justify it decently. This will definitely help you get a job quickly.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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How to spot a difficult boss at the time of interview?

When it comes to a long and healthy professional life, it is extremely important to have a positive relationship with your immediate manager. No matter how good you are with your work, at the end of the day, it all drills down to your positive relation with your team including your boss. Though, when we start working with a manager, slowly and steadily things do fall in place and we all understand the psyche of our manager. And, most of the times, we are also able to flex ourselves as per the expectations and the behavior of the boss. However, no one likes to work with a difficult boss. And, it is always better to spot a difficult boss at the time of the interview only. Here’s how you can do that:

  • The vibes

This may sound a little fictional but vibes do play a major role when it comes to interviewing. Sometimes you do get good and pos]itive vibes from your recruiter or your manager. However, there are times when you don’t really get a lot of positivity when you talk to your recruiting manager. So, if you don’t ‘feel’ good while talking to a recruiting manager, or you don’t get positive vibes, it is extremely important to rethink about your decision about joining the firm (if you get selected).

  • You are not feeling comfortable

When it comes to working with a manager, you need to share some level of comfort. So, if you don’t feel comfortable at all while talking to your recruiting manager probably it is a sign that you should not ignore. First of all, you need to find out that what the reasons that you are feeling uncomfortable.  And, slowly, when you will drill down to the reasons of feeling uncomfortable, you might end up getting some reasons of not choosing that manager.

  • Is he sounding too dominating

A few of the managers have a habit of making their subordinates feel that they are reporting to him or her. And, it is always difficult to work with such managers. Therefore, you would be very lucky if you immediately spot the recruiting manager if he or she is too dominating. And, if you do so, then think a lot of times before deciding to work with him or her. However, there are some people who might look a little dominating in the beginning but are actually very nice leaders. So, make sure you do your assessments right.

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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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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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