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Phone Interview Tips

Phone interviews are an important part of the job searching process, so it’s important to prepare yourself for them. 

Keep Notes About Your Work Experience

To begin, make sure you’re able to talk about your character, skills, work history, and experiences clearly and thoughtfully. One helpful way to prepare for this is to list on a sheet of paper your strengths and weaknesses. Then, write down a few notes about your work background and any specific skills you’ll bring with you to your new job. 

Think about your on-the-job experiences as well. Write down any work-related accomplishments that you find pertinent for the job in which you’re interested; also, if you’ve received any awards at work, write them down. 

Reflect on things you’ve learned about yourself through your work experience, being sure to note a couple of specific examples of how this knowledge came about.  

Research Company Prior to Phone Interview

Also, make sure you’re very familiar with the company to which you’ve applied. Do some basic research and take notes. Connect the company’s goals with your skills and be prepared to discuss.  

It’s important to be ready to talk about these specifics at a moment’s notice. If you’re actively on the job search, have a copy of your resume within reach of your phone. You may want to tape it to the top of your work desk or a nearby wall. 

Also, keep a few sheets of paper and a pen nearby to take notes during the interview. When a recruiter calls, it’s best to be ready.

Practice Responses for Your Phone Interview

Next, practice the interview. Carefully work your way through a list of possible phone interview questions and write down your answers in bullet-point form. Rehearse your answers until you feel you’re able to confidently and clearly respond to these questions. 

With a simple computer program or tape recorder, record your voice as you practice. Listen to the recording to judge your clarity and speed; also, listen for any verbal pauses such as “uh” or “um.”

During the Phone Interview

If a recruiter calls and it’s a good time to talk, fill a glass of water and head over to your prepared space. Be respectful and friendly while at the same time retaining a professional demeanor; speak clearly and slowly when answering questions. 

Also, don’t be afraid to smile during the interview—the positivity and confidence will be heard.

Additionally, you shouldn’t chew gum or eat during the interview.

Thank Your Interviewer

Upon completion of the interview, be sure to thank the interviewer. Send a brief, personal thank-you note in the mail to the company with which you interviewed.

The Role of Social Media in Recruitment

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It’s been said for some time now that a key component of any job hunt is getting the social media side of things done well. This includes making

sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date, writing a blog and generally getting your name out there online.

I still have my doubts about how potent this approach is, especially for positions that job hunters actively apply for. I suspect that when agents and recruiting managers have a CV to consume they lack the time or inclination to do much research on their interviewees via social media.

New research from North Carolina State University reveals that social networking is incredibly valuable at finding new jobs for people who aren’t necessarily looking for one, which is referred to in the study as ‘informal recruitment’.

This study found that over 1 in 4 of all jobs filled in the US were done so via this form of informal recruitment. Perhaps the most interesting finding is that this ratio increases significantly as the salary of the position rises. In other words, the higher the salary is at stake, the

more likely the position is to be filled informally.

The researchers have broken this down into a ratio. They found that the odds of a job being filled by social networks increased by 2% for every dollar paid per hour for the position being filled.

To put that into perspective, a job paying $100,000 a year is 86% more likely to be filled informally than a minimum wage job paying $14,500 a year.

Of course you will be rightly saying that personal networks have always been valuable. After all, the saying “it’s not what you know, but who you know” wasn’t coined at the dawn of the social media age.

It does serve to reinforce the importance of making sure that plenty of people are well aware of your skills and experience, and networking online is a fantastic way of doing that. So if you’re not currently building up your personal brand, be it offline or online, there’s never been a better time to start than now.

Adi Gaskell is a social media professional and management blogger for Professional Manager.

Mahindra Satyam to hire 4,000 associates this quarter

Hyderabad: Mahindra Satyam Tuesday launched a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) here on the first anniversary of acquisition of scam-hit Satyam Computers by Tech Mahindra, and said it would complete restatement of accounts by the end of June as per schedule.

India’s fourth largest software services firm said it planned to hire 4,000 associates this quarter. At present it has a headcount of 25,000.

Satyam had a headcount of 53,000 in January last year when its founder and chairman B. Ramalinga Raju confessed to a Rs.78 billion accounting fraud.

The SEZ at Infocity Campus in Hitec City was launched in the presence of Corporate Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, Secretary R. Bandyopadhyay and Mahindra and Mahindra vice-chairman and managing director Anand Mahindra.

Spread over 26 acres, the first phase of the campus will be ready for occupation within the next six months and will seat around 5,000 associates.

Analysts said since the firm cannot move its workforce to SEZ, it would have to recruit associates for the same. A bulk of 4,000 associates planned to be recruited this quarter would be for SEZ.

Tech Mahindra was reported to be facing problems in restatement of accounts as all the records were in the custody of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). But company chief executive Vineet Nayyar told reporters: “I am sure we will be able meet the deadline”.

Earlier, addressing the associates, Khurshid said that his ministry would continue to help the firm meet the challenges. “This transition to success shows what a company can do and what India can do,” he said.

“There is a three-year transformation plan. This is a journey in which government will continue to participate. It is only one year. We need another two years to level out some operational matters,” said Mahindra Satyam chief executive C.P. Gurnani.

He claimed that the company had retained almost all the clients but declined to give any details about its performance in the last one year.

Gurnani said much of the reorganisation in the company happened on June 20 last year when 14 layers of management were reduced to seven.

Anand Mahindra said the company should not remain at number four position but should aim to be on top.

Source : http://www.siliconindia.com/shownews/Mahindra_Satyam_to_hire_4000_associates_this_quarter-nid-67085.html?utm_campaign=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=Subscriber

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