Tuesday, 30 June 2015


Chances are, you'll have to interact on a variety of levels throughout your life. Whether you're interviewing for a job, starting a new relationship, or communicating as part of a team, interpersonal skills are important. You've probably already noticed that much of your success depends on communication skills and that some ways of interacting are more effective than others.

Improving Nonverbal Communication
Learn what makes up nonverbal communication:
if you want to show that you are happy, it's more effective to give expressive facial cues, like smiling, than increasing your talking speed or showing happy body language. There may be times when it is advantageous to hide emotions that you may be feeling (like when you are afraid) but don’t want to show it.
Understand the importance of nonverbal communication:
Start thinking about the nonverbal cues both you send when communicating. Also think about the nonverbal communications that you receive from others

Recognize cultural norms :
From a global perspective, if you are native to a particular culture, many of the nonverbal norms will be instinctive. If you find yourself communicating in a culture that is not your own, keenly watch others for typical nonverbal behavior.

Understand how gender differences influence nonverbal communication :
Women also tend to interrupt less than men, listen more than men, and are better at correctly interpreting facial expressions than men

Use efficient communication :
Use a simple, direct request to get what you want, instead of complex, indirect messages.
When you can, plan and practice what you are going to say so that you can deliver your message with relative speed and ease. Efficient communication not only helps others to understand you, but also lets you make more messages in the same amount of time.

Tips for Successful Career Planning, An Activity for Job-Seekers of All Ages

Tips for Successful Career Planning, An Activity for Job-Seekers of All Ages:
Career planning is not an activity that should be done once -- in high school or college -- and then left behind as we move forward in our jobs and careers. Rather, career planning is an activity that is best done on a regular basis -- especially given the data that the average worker will change careers (not jobs) multiple times over his or her lifetime. And it's never too soon or too late to start your career planning.

Career planning is not a hard activity, not something to be dreaded or put off, but rather an activity that should be liberating and fulfilling, providing goals to achieve in your current career or plans for beginning a transition to a new career. Career planning should be a rewarding and positive experience.
Make Career Planning an Annual Event
By making career planning an annual event, you will feel more secure in yourcareer choice and direction -- and you'll be better prepared for the many uncertainties and difficulties that lie ahead in all of our jobs and career
Map Your Path Since Last Career Planning
Once you've mapped your past, take the time to reflect on your course -- and note why it looks the way it does. Are you happy with your path? Could you have done things better? What might you have done differently? What can you do differently in the future?
Reflect on Your Likes and Dislikes, Needs and Wants
Make a two-column list of your major likes and dislikes. Then use this list to examine your current job and career path. If your job and career still fall mostly in the like column, then you know you are still on the right path; however, if your job activities fall mostly in the dislike column, now is the time to begin examining new jobs and new careers.
Review Career and Job Trends
Everyone makes his or her own job and career opportunities, so that even if your career is shrinking, if you have excellent skills and know how to market yourself, you should be able to find a new job. However, having information about career trends is vital to long-term career planning success.

Monday, 29 June 2015

How To Handle The Different Types Of Interview - Treatjobs.com

Behavioral based interviewing is interviewing based on discovering how the interviewee acted in specific employment-related situations.

Case interview are used most often in management consulting and investment banking interviews and require interviewees to demonstrate their analytical ability and problem solving skills.

Competency based interviews require interviewees to give specific examples of times in which they demonstrated particular skills or attitudes. Here's information on how they work, how to prepare, as well as sample questions.

The final interview is the last step in the interview process and the last interview you find out whether or not you will get a job offer.

An information interview is an interview conducted to collect information about a job, career field, industry or company.

One of the reasons employers take job candidates out to lunch or dinner is to evaluate their social skills and to see if they can handle themselves gracefully under pressure.

An unstructured interview is a job interview in which questions may be changed based on the interviewee's responses. While the interviewer may have a few set questions prepared in advance, the direction of the interview is rather casual, and questions flow is based on the direction of the conversation.
A practice for an interview and receive feedback mock interview provides you with an opportunity to. Here's information on mock interviews, how to set up a mock interview, and how practice interview can help you prepare for an actual interview.

A structured interview is a standardized method of comparing job candidates. A structured interview format is typically used when an employer wants to assess and compare candidates impartially. If the position requires specific  skill and experience, the employer will draft interview questions focusing exactly on the abilities the company is seeking.A panel job interview.

A panel job interview takes place when an applicant for employment is interviewed by a panel of interviewers. In some cases, the candidate will meet separately with the In other cases, there will be panel of interviewers and multiple candidates all in the same room.

Interview DO's and DON'Ts - Treatjobs.com

Dress appropriately for the industry; err on the side of being conservative to show you take the interview seriously. Your personal grooming and cleanliness should be impeccable.

 Know the exact time and location of your interview; know how long it takes to get there, park, find a rest room to freshen up, etc. 

Arrive early; 10 minutes prior to the interview start time 
Offer a firm handshake, make eye contact, and have a friendly expression when you are greeted by your interviewer. 

Listen to be sure you understand your interviewer's name and the correct pronunciation. Maintain good eye contact during the interview. Sit still in your seat; avoid fidgeting and slouching. 

Respond to questions and back up your statements about yourself with specific examples whenever possible. Ask for clarification if you don't understand a question. 

Exhibit a positive attitude. The interviewer is evaluating you as a potential co-worker. Behave like someone you would want to work with. When the interviewer concludes the interview, offer a firm handshake and make eye contact. 

Depart gracefully. After the interview, make notes right away so you don't forget critical details. Write a thank-you letter to your interviewer promptly.

Don't make excuses. Take responsibility for your decisions and your actions. Don't make negative comments about previous employers or professors . 

Don't falsify application materials or answers to interview questions.
 Don't make the interviewer guess what type of work you are interested in; it is not the interviewer's job to act as a career advisor to you. 

A job search can be hard work and involve frustrations; don't exhibit frustrations or a negative attitude in an interview.

Don't go to extremes with your posture; don't slouch, and don't sit rigidly on the edge of your chair. 

Don't assume that a female interviewer is "Mrs." or "Miss." Address her as "Ms." unless told otherwise. (If she has a Ph.D. or other doctoral degree or medical degree, use "Dr. [lastname]" just as you would with a male interviewer. 

Marital status of anyone, male or female, is irrelevant to the purpose of the interview. Don't chew gum or smell like smoke. 

Don't allow your cell phone to sound during the interview.  Don't take a cell phone call. Don't look at a text message. 

Don't take your parents, your pet (an assistance animal is not a pet in this circumstance), spouse, fiance, friends or enemies to an interview. 

If you are not grown up and independent enough to attend an interview alone, you're insufficiently grown up and independent for a job. (They can certainly visit your new city, at their own expense, but cannot attend your interview.)