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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Tips Create Professional Story Interview

 It’s time to get real. A Story Interview with a professional, who sounds like he or she belongs on national radio, does a great deal to elevate your persona as an expert in your field. You know that in order to get a job done right, you need the right “instrument.” Otherwise, you end up wasting time and money, or even doing damage to that particular thing on which you are working. It can endanger your investment, your reputation, your product or service.

 Hire an expert. What other skills should you search for in an interviewer other than voice quality? The ability to ask the right questions, to smoothly deviate from the script and follow an interesting thread of conversation, to know when you need to repeat an answer, or expand it, or condense it, or to insert a personal story, or maybe to help you visualize the person to whom you’re talking. Those skills come from someone who has done a lot of successful interviews.

 What about the actual recording of your Story Interview? The good news: You don’t even have to be interviewed in person. But, the professionals you hire should have their own studio so that your Story Interview can be recorded with a high-quality phone patch to maximize the clarity of your recorded words. Just because it may be convenient for you, doesn’t mean you should use a cellular phone to conduct your Story Interview. You really should use a landline and a decent telephone, or possibly use Skype on your computer.

When you are recorded, even if you’re on the phone, be sure you’re in a quiet setting. Where and when would be the best chance to be uninterrupted and not distracted by business calls or employees coming in with questions? OK, maybe you can be relaxed and undisturbed at home. What about your small children or pets? You’ll want to avoid distractions and extraneous noises. A room with a minimum of hard surfaces is best. Think the opposite of your tiled bathroom. Cushy furniture, drapes and carpet will all help to deaden the sound of a room and make you sound more professional. Strange as it may sound, if you could be comfortable speaking on the phone in a closet full of hanging clothes, it would give you the sound you want.

 You should only have your Story Interview recorded when you are rested and prepared, not frazzled and fumbling. You want your best foot forward, right? You don’t want to sound like you are reading from a script, but you know how the mind can pull tricks on you when you forget to say important points. Devote some quality time IN ADVANCE in order to focus on writing down the points you need to get across to customers or clients. Put yourself in their shoes. Then arrange those papers out in front of you – with enough space and good light – so your eyes can easily scan the points while you are being asked questions over the phone. Remember, sounding natural and conversational is much more compelling to the listener than reading a script. Mistakes can always be edited out for the final production.

Perform Well in Interviews

Presentability and Body Language:

“First impression is the best impression”. Your body language reflects your state of mind. So be as calm as you can. When you enter the interview room, greet the HR with a good morning. Thank the person for offering you to sit down. Majority of the interviewers will study your personality than technical skills for jobs related to MCA, MBA and B.Com for instance. It is only in the case of software field that technical skills will be given utmost value. We got complaints from HRs that students appear very sluggish and uninterested while talking. Whether you are really interested in the job or not doesn’t matter until you present yourself well. Keep this in mind and concentrate on your body language. Facial expressions should be serene and smile occasionally no matter what the outcome of the interview is. Finally thank the interviewer again before leaving.

Communication skills:

Having good communication skills is as much important as standing top in your field. Mumbling and stammering is the worst thing you can do in an interview. This happens if you are too much tensed or not sure of what to say. Do not think too much about the result and drive away your tension. Take deep breaths and think before you answer. You can take your time but be clear about your answer. Have a basic knowledge about what your job is and what your responsibilities will be. If the company has a website, do a small study about it before you attend the interview. It will surely help you.

For experienced students:

Experienced students may not need much of technical preparation. You are half way through the interview only because you have prior work experience. But we saw quite a few students getting rejected despite their work skills. The reason being lack of communication skills. The expectations of the recruiter changes completely in case of experienced students. It is anyway known that you can work well on technical grounds. But they will enquire whether you are ready to work on a long-term basis and whether you are able to get them good clients or not. There will definitely be series of rounds in the interview process if it an MNC. You need to be patient.

We came across many students who say they will leave the present company and join another company if they are offered more salary. These were the kind of answers given by experienced students when the interviewer asked,”how long will you work in our company?”. Firstly you left a job; you are considering a salary hike. Accepted! But it is utter immaturity to be concerned only about the salary. Even before you enter the company, if you are talking about leaving it, what good are you than a fresher? As much as freshers require preparation before the interview, you also do. Keep this in mind and prepare well.

Be Secure in Job interview

After you have chosen your area of interest, next step would be to apply for a job in that field. Once you are called up for the interview, see to it that you don’t mess things up while you are being interviewed.When you think of a job interview, somewhere down the line it takes you aback and you go through a lot of questions in your mind regarding how the interview will go. It is sure to happen with anyone even if a person has been to interview for hundred times. Not every interviewer is of the same nature at times it can go too rough and at times very smooth. In order to avoid getting into demoralising situation during the interview, it is better to go through some interview tips.

Reach in time:

Nothing is worse than getting late for the job interview which can be for reasons like traffic or parking problem. Therefore you must know the exact location of the office where the interview is going to be conducted and have some time in hand so that you can get there in time because punctuality is the best quality.

Right clothing:

For a job interview, a pair of formals would work best for you. Make sure you match the clothes properly and the combination should not go wrong. Also the fitting too matters so get something that suits your personality and enhances you appearance because looks are the first thing you are judged by.

Proper research:

It is better to know beforehand about the kind of work you will be doing and the position you will be hired for so that answering the questions gets easy. Ask the interviewer about the qualities and qualifications they’ll be looking out for and prepare yourself accordingly.

Rehearse well:

Lastly, ask yourself certain questions about the interview so that you can practice answering them. A good rehearsal can fetch good results after the interview is over.

Fail a Phone Interview

 Don’t Pay Attention to the Interviewer – Being able to conduct an interview on the phone gives both parties a certain level of freedom. Abusing this by not paying attention to the interviewer will hurt your chances of moving to the next step. Remove all distractions. Turn off the TV, put the food away, ask family members and others to remain out of the room, don’t chew gum or smoke, and make sure your landline or cell phone doesn’t start to ring in the middle of the conversation. Be Dishonest – Some interviewers will test your knowledge of the field you have applied for. If you plan to adlib and make things up as you go along, you’re not doing yourself any favors. It’s best to brush up on your knowledge before the interview starts. In case you are stumped, admit that you cannot provide a sufficient answer and don’t try to ramble on while researching the topic on Google.

 Employ Poor Body Language – You may choose to lounge in your bed while giving the interview thinking it hardly matters. But your body language creeps into the tone of your voice and that is all the interviewer has to rely on. Sit up straight and bring enthusiasm into your voice. Remember to smile, even if the interviewer cannot see it. Don’t sound laidback and casual, like you’re doing the company a favor by speaking with them.

 Offer Up No Feedback – Interviewers are not looking for office drones to do their bidding. Applicants with a fresh and open mind that enquire about job responsibilities, company policies, expected office environment, and additional details are far more likely to be remembered.

 Miss Calls Or Use A Cell Phone With Bad Reception – If you have a phone interview scheduled, you should make every attempt to be available with a landline phone at the appointed time. If you take a call while driving down the road, it will not give the interviewer a very good impression of your organizational or time management skills. And having a cell phone with bad reception can sabotage an interview and is an issue that can be easily avoided by planning head. If an unavoidable emergency does arise, calmly explain it to the interviewer and request a change in the timing of the interview.