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Things Recruiters Look For During a Job Interview

If you take the time to prepare, you'll present the most relaxed, focused and confident version of yourself.

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What is it that you need to do to make sure you give of your best during an interview?

Selling yourself is one way to impress any recruiter.How can you do this? In short, it’s how you look, how you behave, and how you answer that matters.

Not only is it important to sell yourself during the interview, you also need to make sure you stand out. Here’s how:

Body Language: This plays a very important role during your interview. When you meet with prospective employers, offer a firm handshake, with one or two pumps from the elbow to the hand. It’s a good way to illustrate your confidence and start the interview off on the right note.

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Interviews can be disastrous and hilarious at the same time if candidates fare weird when they come seeking for jobs. Pixabay

Open gestures, smiling and nodding, and also mirroring the expressions and movements of the other person are some things you could do to project confidence.

Eye contact suggests you’re truthful, engaging and approachable. It imparts a sense of intimacy and confidence in your interactions and makes the other person feel more positive and connected to you. However, too much eye contact can mean dominance, lack of respect or threat. On the other hand, too little eye contact can be perceived as lack of attention, insecurity, impoliteness, shyness.

Dress: Clothes do make a difference in how we perceive ourselves and how others perceive us. It’s all about feeling good, looking poised, being self-assured and having a confident posture in all situations. Make sure you dress comfortably and rehearse your walk and sitting in the outfit. Avoid loud colours and flashy accessories; these could be very distracting for the interviewer. Wear clean and ironed clothes.

Answer to impress: If you’ve attended an interview recently, chances are high you were asked some version of “Tell me about yourself”. Despite the near certainty of this question, candidates often struggle to provide a good answer. The three important things are: 1) Who you are, 2) Expertise highlights, 3) Why you are here. Make sure you don’t say too little or too much.

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Open gestures, smiling and nodding, and also mirroring the expressions and movements of the other person are some things you could do to project confidence. Pixabay

“What’s your greatest weakness” is the question that no one ever quite knows how to prepare to answer. This can be addressed. Think about the weaknesses you know you have overcome, earlier in your career. Some examples are: I am too much of a perfectionist, I work too hard sometimes, I care too much about my work.

An interview is a two-way street. Your potential employer is asking you questions to learn about you and your skills. In return, you need to prepare questions to ask your potential employer about the position, your boss and the company in order to be sure that this is the right job for you. Show interest!

Doing your homework: The most important thing about an interview is your knowledge of the company. It is a good idea to read up about the company and its place in the market. It will help to know the company’s mission and vision. Compare your skills and qualifications to the job requirements.

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If you take the time to prepare, you’ll present the most relaxed, focused and confident version of yourself. Think about your top accomplishments and use positive adjectives while talking about them. It also helps to manage your stress and picture yourself in the job.

Once you’ve completed the interview, seal the deal by offering a firm handshake, saying “Thank you”, and presenting a good posture. This will create a lasting impression on the interviewer among the many candidates they meet in a day. (IANS)

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How E-Learning could Help You in A Career Change

Today, if people’s aspirations do not align with their job profiles, they never hesitate to take the tough career change decisions

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Relatively, people have now become more comfortable with experimenting and stepping out of their comfort zones. LifetimeStock

In the past, landing a secure job with a guaranteed pension was regarded as the ultimate career highlight. Relatively, people have now become more comfortable with experimenting and stepping out of their comfort zones. Today, if people’s aspirations do not align with their job profiles, they never hesitate to take the tough career change decisions. E-Learning.

A career change in the modern world has completely transformed the concept of sticking with one job throughout your life. Career change isn’t simple though; imagine securing a degree in commerce, staying employed for more than 3 years in the same field, and then planning to take up something technical! Earlier, unless you had a time machine, it wouldn’t have been possible to change your stream after class 10th. Fortunately, now with the advent of e-learning and a shift in hiring requirements, skills are given more importance than a degree.

A career change can be defined as ‘the movement of an individual from one job sector to another’. As per a survey conducted on 10.5k people by LinkedIn, 45% of people change their careers because of the lack of advancement opportunities. This is much higher than the number of people who shift careers keeping remuneration in their mind (32%). Today, lack of growth and learning is the biggest turndown point that compels people to change their career tracks.

Role of e-learning in a career change

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In the past, landing a secure job with a guaranteed pension was regarded as the ultimate career highlight. LifetimeStock

Career change comes with multiple complications. It might require you to upgrade your skills or learn new ones while you are already juggling with your personal life and current job. In such case,  when enrolling in a full-time course is not possible along with handling multiple responsibilities, online learning comes to your aid. Forbes, in one of their articles, mentioned that as per a report by Brandon Hall Group, learning online consumes 40% to 60% less time than learning the same thing in a traditional classroom. 

Now, let’s talk about the major reasons why people prefer online learning over the traditional one in offline coaching centres. 

  • Saves time Traditional education programs have always been characterised by their time-consuming, strictly scheduled, and non-dynamic nature. On the contrary, e-learning programs are extremely versatile, short-termed, unbound, and flexible with time. The lessons can be taken as per one’s own convenience, without relying on the instructor. Online trainings are perfect for people looking for a career change as they allow you to study at your own pace, at any time of the day, and maintain a balance between your professional and personal life.
  • Affordably teaches job-centric skills – Employers’ attention today has gradually shifted from the educational qualifications section to the skills one in the resumes. Essential skills for a career change can be learned affordably as you can save a lot of resources that are spent in travelling, purchasing course materials, and taking accommodation in a new city. Technical skill-based trainings like Android app development take you through a complete transitional phase of beginner to a skilled developer, who learns to develop a new product from scratch within the study span of 4-6 weeks. While dealing with your current job, e-learning allows you to learn and implement new skills on online projects at affordable prices and from the comfort of your homes. 

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  • Interactive and up-to-date content – As per e-Campus News, 59% of traditional students claim that lectures are becoming increasingly “unengaging”. To solve such issues, online learning packs interactivity and opens up new horizons of skill development with its updated content. It encourages people to learn with fun through various assignments, assessment tests, code challenges, quizzes, and exercises. E-learning adapts to the syllabus or technology updations instantly and combines audio-visuals that make learning effective and engaging, therefore, allows you to get an understanding of the latest industry-relevant job skills. 

Overcoming problems like mobility, limited personalised attention in classrooms, and lack of time and resources, online learning not only delivers fast-paced, skill-based, and interactive learning opportunities but also allows the professionals to balance their lives while preparing for a career change. 

Courtesy: Sarvesh Agrawal is the founder and CEO of Internshala, an internships and trainings platform (internshala.com)