You have just received the much anticipated phone call from an interested employer for an interview, so what’s next? The thought of attending a job interview can be so nerve-wracking that you may actually lose sleep over it. While thinking positively is certainly one way to psyche yourself up for the interview, it will important to put in some effort and be well-prepared for it.

You may think of it as a dialogue session, where your interviewer is interested to find out more about your education background and past work experiences to see if you are fit for the job. Though this is basically what it is, do not assume a passive role and attend the interview without any preparation. As an interviewee, you need to take responsibility of the outcome of the interview and do your due diligence in your preparation. This interview is an opportunity for you to show your strengths and how they can value add to your potential employer.

Here are five essential tasks that you are encouraged to check off for your preparation: [more…]

1.Anticipate questions

Anticipate the questions (that the interviewer may be asking you. Make a list of questions and practice your responses. Standard interview questions include “Tell me more about yourself”, “Why do you want to work for us?”, “What is your biggest weakness?” and “Why should we hire you over another person?” Get a friend to do a mock interview with you and to rehearse all the possible scenarios and questions. Take a video of the interview, and replay the video to watch yourself. Observe your body language – were you being too fidgety? Or showing a lack of eye contact? Polish your presentation accordingly and work on a smooth delivery.

 

 

2.Revise your résumé and cover letter

The interviewer is very likely to ask you to elaborate on what you have mentioned in your résumé and cover letter. Revising your résumé and cover letter is necessary, especially so when you have sent out different versions for various jobs applications.

 

3.Research on the company

It is important to have some good knowledge of the company that has invited you for the interview. Do some research on the company, find out the company’s culture and understand the challenges that are currently facing the company and industry. Knowing this can help you tune your replies better and where you can contribute your strengths to.

 

 

4.Prepare questions to ask the interviewer

“Do you have any questions for me?” Most, if not all interviewers will ask this question towards the end of the interview. Your questions will communicate how much interest you have in the job. This is also an opportunity for you to find out more information about the job and company. Ask questions to learn more about the industry, company or job related challenges, as well as to clarify the job’s responsibilities. The answers to these questions will help you to be more informed if this is a good place to work before the offer comes in.

 

5.Get your right clothes ready

You do not want to wake up on the day of your interview and find out that you do not have the right attire for the interview. Prepare the right clothes for the interview before the actual day. The first impression is made in than 30 seconds and is decided upon your dressing. Leave a positive impression by looking neat and smart, wearing attire that fits well and is well pressed.

Make the next interview count.

Have you been interviewed recently? We hope you can share with us about it!

 

Reference

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interviewsnetworking/ss/job-interview.htm
Arlene Bastion, The Book of Jobs: Seeking, Getting, Keeping and… Loving Our Jobs. Published by: Armour Publishing. Year of publication: 2009.

You might also like: “3 Ways an Interview is Like a First Date”

1. You’re Dressed To Impress

Do: Put more effort into planning your outfit

Don’t: Whip out those false eyelashes or the tie with skull-and-crossbones on it

 

Why: It’s great that you are putting in the effort to help your interviewer remember you better. But you want it to be for the right reasons. It’s not a fashion parade. Interviewers like personality but they don’t want your individuality shoved in their faces. Like a first date, it’s important to understand what the other party is like. If your company is a respected bank, going for the interview in a plunging, cleavage-bearing LBD may not be the best option. [more…]

 

2. You Celebrate Your Victory Too Early

Do: Decompress from the stress of the interview

Don’t: Make that call to your best friend while you’re still on the premises

 

Why: You don’t just make an impression when you walk into the interview room. You could be leaving one right until you exit the building. Just as how you’d wait until you’re out of earshot to gush about your date to your friend, the last thing you want is for someone from management overhearing you brag about “how you just nailed it” as you make the call in the office toilet. This will come across as extremely cocky and off-putting — and it’s a sure way of ensuring you won’t get called back.

 

3. You Go On and On … and On

Do: Mention about some of the more notable projects you worked on in your previous company

Don’t: Talk about how you led your rowing team to victory when you were 17

 

Why: You’ve done some wonderful things with your life. Great! But just as you don’t tell your date your entire life story during your first meeting with him or her, the same rule applies for a job interview. When you have just 15 minutes with your interviewer, the keyword here is “edit”. Talk about your role in the successful management of key projects with your previous companies and, more importantly, ask pertinent questions about the one you’re interviewing for throughout the interview (and not just at the end). That way, you’ll come across as plugged-in, engaged and sincere.

With a little bit of preparation and practice, job interviews and first dates don’t have to be nail-biting experiences. Just remember that, in either case, it’ll do you well not to celebrate any victories until you know for certain the other party is willing to make that crucial commitment to you.

 

Share with us your interview experience or you can refer to our Interviews Section for more tips.

5 Best Places In The World To Work

These companies sure belong to the greener, much greener, side; they go the extra mile in making the workplace a fun, interactive environment to inspire staff creativity and productivity. Bosses, take note. [more…]

 

1. ANZ Centre (Melbourne, Australia)

This banking headquarters is anything but boring or staid with its award-winning office design. A modern interpretation of an urban campus, the building is made up of “hubs” — each with its own look and feel, each serving different work purposes.

 

2. Google (Zurich, Switzerland)

Google offices around the world are renowned for their insanely cool work environment, but this one takes design to a whole new level of ridiculousness. Apart from slides and fireman’s poles that take you from one floor to another, this office features a giant hammock, a meeting room filled with hot air balloons, and a dark aquarium room in which employees can relax in chairs or bathtubs.

3. DTAC (Bangkok, Thailand)

When a company has an entire level named Funfloor, you know it’s a good place to work in. Comprising a mix of fun and games — running track, indoor soccer, karaoke, concert theatre — the Funfloor is the perfect place for relaxation and team-bonding. This telecommunications firm also dedicated a massive area to a circular library-amphitheatre.

4. Airbnb (San Francisco, USA)

The prouder you are of your company, the higher your work productivity and morale — this travel-rentals service is a fine example of that. Their meeting rooms are fashioned after some of their own listings, like a mushroom cabin in California, and an art-filled apartment in New York.

5. Bahnhof (Stockholm, Sweden)

James Bond himself would need a license to work here. Located 30m underground, what used to be an anti-atomic shelter was transformed into the White Mountain Office — a stunning workplace, whose design was inspired by Bond flicks, that looks more like a sci-fi movie set rather than a data centre. Too cool.

 

5 Worst Places In The World To Work

Of course, on the other end of the spectrum lies some work conditions so terrible, they make us desperate to cling on to our existing uninspiring work environments.

 

1. Disgruntled Employees = Disgruntled Customers

We’ve all heard horror stories of what goes on behind those permanent grins and heavy makeup, but this particular airline in the US seems to piss off as many passengers as it does employees. The latter have cited issues like “extremely dysfunctional pay scale system” and the lack of job security as reasons of their dissatisfaction.

 

2. Animal Abuse

There’s a whole list of cosmetics companies, including a few notable giants, that adopt unethical animal-testing practices. Some of them have a long track record of using rabbits as test subjects, dropping substances into their eyes and force-feeding them poisonous chemicals.

 

3. Incompetent Upper Management

There are few things more rage-inducing than working for incompetent upper management — a sentiment that the employees of a car-rental service in the US are all too familiar with. According to some employees of the company, the upper management not only pushes the staff to do the impossible, but also seems to promote a toxic environment in which the smartest backstabber wins.

 

4. Outright Corruption

It’s no surprise oil companies would be on this list, but one particular US-owned corporation has been consistently making the headlines for the wrong reasons. From its anti-gay employment practices to outright corruption, this company has destroyed lives while pocketing profits by the billions.

 

5. Extreme Lack Of Employee Rights

You might want to stay away from fast food after hearing this: employees of certain fast-food restaurants have confirmed that it’s not uncommon to cook, prepare and serve food while sick. As if that’s not bad enough, a study showed that 90 percent of the employees are not offered paid sick leave, and that there is less chance for a promotion for women and immigrants.

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A recent Gallup poll found Singaporeans to be some of the most ‘emotionally challenged’ people in the world with only 36% of Singaporean respondents acknowledging to have felt some form of emotion throughout the day. The majority of Singaporean respondents were neutral in reporting negative or positive emotions such as pain, anger or happiness.

 

Despite being one of the most prosperous nations in the world, Singapore was placed as the most emotionless country out of 152 countries surveyed. While many Singaporeans have questioned the methodology and findings of this poll, there is something to be said about the lack of expressed emotions by locals while going about day-to-day tasks. [more…]

 

For the working population, this is a worrying trend as we spend the majority of our lives at work. Displays of emotions are another form of communication and can be translated into information and fed back to colleagues and bosses who will be able to make the appropriate changes.

In a culture where long work hours are the norm and there is a pervasive tendency not to articulate feelings of happiness or dissatisfaction, it is little wonder that only 2% of Singaporeans reported feeling engaged at work, compared to the global average of 11%.

This begets the question of how employers can increase employee engagement among Singaporeans? The answer may well lie in technology, which is readily accessible to the average worker and brought closer to them through personal smart devices.

Singapore is one of the most densely digitally connected cities in Asia, and as found by a study by JobsCentral, 77% of employees admitted to spending at least some time at work on the Internet doing non-work related activities, including social networking. However there is a general aversion to mixing the personal with the professional, as most respondents rejected the idea of blogging or talking about work as well as adding their immediate supervisor on social networking platforms.

Therein lies the challenge for HR practitioners in increasing communication between a reserved local workforce and employers, complicated by a reluctance by employees to talk about work. It is not for a lack of trying though, as more firms today are recognising the benefits of social media as an employee engagement tool. A report by Towers Watson found that more than 69% of companies polled were studying the effectiveness, implementation and mix of social and traditional media tools to reach out and connect with their employees.

While a step in the right direction, workers need to have the confidence to speak out, and employers have to be able to know what to do with the feedback received.

Are you a HR practitioner trying out new ways of reaching out to employees? 
What have you found that works or doesn’t work? We’d like to hear from you! 
Write to us at feedback@jobiness.com

 

Have you been searching for the right kind of jobs in India all this time? Have you been disappointed multiple times because none of the websites offering job searches offered reliable information? If the answer is ‘Yes’ to both these questions, then you are probably in need of Jobiness.in. This website is the one stop shop for all your job search needs. [more…]

But the reason that makes this website stand apart from all the others of its kind is not only the fact that it lists the biggest number of employment vacancies, it is also the fact that it makes your search as thorough as it can. Visit the website and you are going to see that you can look for jobs by different employers or by through different categories of jobs itself. For instance, would you prefer working in a particular company or would you rather search for suitable job vacancies in the department that you have been trained.

And yet that is still not all; you can also receive a load of guidance about how interviews are conducted. It would especially be helpful for someone who is about to give an interview for the very first time. The website therefore provides a whole list of sample interview questions that are most likely to be asked in every niche of job. For example, you would be given some interview questions to practice which are usually asked from someone giving an interview for a managerial position or for the sales department.

Employees who have been successful in finding jobs have also taken the time out to post reviews about a certain working environment. So, besides coming across only job vacancies, you also get the insight about how these jobs could turn out for an individual.

To conclude, searching for employment vacancies in India was never this convenient and profitable.

Are you looking for jobs in Australia? It is quite possible that you are, because Australia has become one of the top destinations for permanent immigration. Not only can it boast wondrous scenic landscapes and one of kind geological developments, it also has one of the top ranking educational system and a highly stable economy. So, in short, it has all the ingredients to make it a prospective option for immigration.

[more…]

The best possible way of ensuring success upon arrival to a completely new destination is to know that there is a job opportunity that you can look forward to. A job acceptance letter will also greatly contribute in the attainment of immigrant visa. Jobiness.com.au is the best site to visit to gain a comprehensive knowledge about the various jobs in Australia.

It is a very thorough website which familiarizes you about job opportunities in a way that no one else ever has. For example, the website has been extensively categorized so that your search for the different work opportunities becomes extremely convenient.

You can either search for job opportunities through different names of leading businesses or you can filter out the best work opportunities by selecting your preferred job niche. For instance you can search through company names, like Coles, Westpac, Caltex etc. or you can look for a number of jobs under the description of Sales Representative, Marketing Officer, Data Analyst etc.

What is really wonderful is that, you can even get guidance about giving interviews, reviews on interviews and even reviews about the different work places given by different employees who have had the opportunity of working there. If you have a particular Australian city in mind, where you would want to work or a salary range which is desirable then enter that too and you will be surprised to see just how many jobs in Australia will pop up.

Malaysia is a beautiful country where people enjoy modern living at fast pace. It is another rapidly developing nation which has already reached international standards in many aspects. People who live in Malaysia enjoy high quality living with ample of places where they can spend their leisure time fruitfully. In fact Malaysia is also one of the top tourist destinations and this is the reason that it has started to emerge as one of the biggest attractions to immigrants from many parts of the world.

[more…]

But first thing’s first; in order to enjoy a quality life, one literally has to work for it and this means searching for the right job opportunities. It can be a tedious and tiring work to search all the job boards or to scroll through the local newspapers to search the appropriate careers in Malaysia. What you can do instead is go to Jobiness.my and have a look at all kinds of job opportunities in Malaysia.

Through this single portal, an individual can look for jobs all over Malaysia and not in the local scene alone. This fetches a wonderful opportunity of seeking something that you would have missed otherwise. If you are able to build a successful career for yourself, it doesn’t matter what part of Malaysia you reside in.

The website allows you to search in multiple manners; that is whether your priorities are salaries in Malaysia, careers in Malaysia or a specific city in Malaysia. If you are skilled in many fields, then it is probably best to search through the different salary packages. This way, you can look at all the best paid jobs. And if you are a cautious person and would first like to know other employees’ opinions, then you are most welcome to do that as well from this particular website.

From Jobiness.my, you not only get information about the various careers in Malaysia, you get guidelines on interviews and information on salaries and workplaces as well.

One of the best destinations in the world for relocation would be Singapore. Although it is only a small island, it has all of the life’s amenities that you can expect from any of the largest and developed countries. In fact it would be hard to find contenders who can compete with that quality of living in proportion to its size. And again when it comes to abiding the law, there are only a few, who can contest to take that spot. So life is not only pleasurable, it is also safe too. And then of course there are a million tourist destinations that can be taken advantage of when it is time for vacations.

[more…]

But in order to make such a destination a permanent one, you need to look for a job. It is comforting to know that a fast developing country like Singapore is always in need for skilled and trained workers. So, search for jobs in Singapore by visiting the best site – Jobiness.com.sg to obtain a salary guide and work review.

Jobiness.com is a wonderful portal where you are going to get information on all sorts of jobs in Singapore. The website is thoroughly catalogued so that your search gets all the more convenient. One of the prime concerns of potential employees is to find a job at one of the reputable firms to build up experience and of course a good salary package. Here at this site, you get the opportunity to filter your search through both these preferences.

What’s more is that you can also obtain a complete salary guide according to the different job categories and experience. If you want to read work review from another employee in the same firm, you can do that too. So, for guidance in interviews, information about different jobs in Singapore and valuable insight by other employees visit only Jobiness.com.

 

 

 

Skype interviews are increasingly becoming part of the digital recruitment revolution, and have proven to be a cost-effective tool which simulates many elements of a face-to-face interview. However, such online interviews pose new challenges for candidates looking to leave a positive impression and progress to the next stage. Here are some tips and tricks that we hope will enable candidates to tackle a Skype interview head-on.

Doing the prep work:

1. Setup: Download Skype and configure the volume and camera settings, making sure that your entire head as well as the top half of your shirt are visible in the camera. If possible, get a trusted friend or family member to conduct a trial run with you.

2. Background Clutter: When positioning the camera, be mindful of any clutter in the background which may distract the interviewer. While the interviewers realize that you will be at home, distracting pictures or a messy background may divert their attention away from you. [more…]

3. Lighting: Another variable that you should control is lighting, as a poorly positioned light source can either cast shadows on your face or result in unnecessary glare. Try to place lamps such that they illuminate and flatter your face.

4. Attire: Choose clothes in dark colors as they present a sleek, professional image, unlike white clothes or those with distracting patterns which may detract from your appearance. Despite the interview taking place while you are at home, make sure to be professionally attired from the waist up.

5. Watch where you are looking: Practice talking to the camera instead of looking at the interviewer’s image on the screen, as this will make you appear as though you are looking downwards. If possible, tape a photo next to the web-cam, as it this may help you to focus on and talk directly to the camera.

6. Ambient Noise: Finally, try to eliminate all sources of noise so that your interview will not be disrupted by the ringing of the telephone or barking dogs.

Finding the right job and candidate can be a painful and time-consuming process for all involved, however employers and job-seekers alike are given access to many more opportunities through free video-conferencing services like Skype. We hope that through these simple steps, interviewees can be thoroughly prepared to impress during the interview and leave a positive impression.

Just went for an interview recently? Share with us your interview experience!

Check out what others are saying about their interview experiences and questions to expect here. 

 

LinkedIn is the career networking tool of choice for over 175 million individuals spanning 200 countries and territories. It counts all members of Fortune 500 companies as its members, and 85 of the Fortune 100 companies use LinkedIn’s[more…] corporate talent solutions. Research across 20 countries showed that 82% of participants made successful hires as a result of recruiting through LinkedIn as compared to other social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

 

However, do you really know how to leverage on the myriad of functions of ‘social networking for work’? Whether you are already in a comfortable job or actively looking for a new one, it’s never too early or too late to build up your profile. Here are our top 4 tips on how you can cut through the clutter and hit the main features on LinkedIn quickly and effectively.

1. RESUME
Have a complete profile. Your LinkedIn profile is also your digital resume, which is like a passport that tells people where you’ve been and more importantly, where you can go. Having a photograph is something that most people neglect, but be mindful that in doing so, you’ll be in danger of being put aside as ‘just another faceless member’. Professional photographs should be used; a profile with a photo is also seven times more engaging than a profile without one. Additionally, utilize a resume builder to turn your LinkedIn profile into a word or pdf resume which can then be hosted on the cloud.

2. EXTERNAL VALIDATION
Having an impressive profile is only part of the equation, as this information is put up by you, not others. Industry connections are good way of supporting the roles displayed on your profile. LinkedIn discourages adding people that you don’t know and spamming them with invitations, but you are able to build your network through existing connections by being introduced to second or third-degree connections. People whom you’ve worked with on previous projects are also able to give detailed recommendations for each other. Also available is an ‘endorsements’ function, which is a simpler way of recommending someone for expertise e.g. in project management, market research, etc without having to type out a lengthy description.

3. INTERESTS AND KNOWLEDGE
Follow companies and groups. These provide an opportunity for people with similar interests to share news and trends as well as post questions and opportunities on a topic. By actively contributing to discussions, you increase your prominence and standing in the community as your responses are directly linked to your profile. This also gives others an idea of your interests and knowledge based on your past experiences.

4. PERSONAL BRANDING
A host of applications are available to LinkedIn users, most of which are free or can be purchased at minimal cost. While they often can be used to enhance your profile, experts warn of keeping such apps to about 5 to reduce clutter.

Our top 5 apps are (in no particular order) as follows:

 Amazon’s reading list – Tell us what you are reading

 

 Tripit – Organise and plan your business trip

 

 Wordpress – Sync your blog

 

 Twitter – Sync your twitter account

 

Slideshare – Share your presentations

 

 

Article adapted from:
http://www.business2community.com/linkedin/10-must-know-features-on-linkedin-0296644#807FGXWcRiehHpvF.99

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