Tips to nail a job interview

Everyone aspires to secure their dream job. One gets a step closer to achieving this goal by drafting a strong resume. The litmus test, however is the dreaded job interview. Managers are looking for candidates with a certain set of skills and experience that will help their company progress further. Some interviewees are calm and composed, while some may suffer from nervous breakdowns before job interviews. Every interviewee uses a different strategy to impress the interviewers. But acing a job interview is no child’s play. Let us look at certain tips and tricks that can help a candidate shine at a job interview:

  • Be on time: First impression is the last impression. If a candidate arrives at an interview on or before the time decided for the interview; the recruiters appreciate the seriousness showed by the candidate. If a candidate is unsure of the location of the office; it is a prudent decision to leave early from home. Manage time well and arrive early for the job interview as time is the most precious resource.


  • Do your homework: Learn about the company, the kind of work expected from one and the work the company has done previously. Usually a company website is a great source of information. Before the interview, prepare a list of questions that will be asked in the interview and practice well. Like one prepares for a competitive exam; one must also formulate a good strategy before one sits for a job interview. Work smart to get the required results.


  • The right attitude serves well at an interview: Have the right attitude towards the job. Stay positive while answering tricky questions. If the interviewee is calm, composed and talks enthusiastically; interviewers can identify the potential one has towards the job. Even if one is not very qualified, wear a positive attitude and stay confident. Go for a job interview with the right mind set.


  • Communication is the key: A job interview is a platform to market oneself. Here communication skills play a vital role. Communicate well and the recruiter will be pleased to offer you the job. At a job interview, it is important to choose one’s words wisely. While conversing highlight your strengths and be honest about your personality. When asked tricky questions, take a pause, think about the perfect response and communicate the idea. Speaking clearly is the key.


Success at job interviews is achieved by hard work, perseverance and with a positive attitude. Research well and give your very best in the end. Apart from verbal, non-verbal communication skills are also imperative to succeed at a job interview. Break a leg!


5 ways to give stress a break

Starting work is a whole new experience all together. One meets new colleagues and have new responsibilities. It’s this journey that helps an individual to understand one’s potential and grow as a person. At times when workload increases and tough challenges come along; one tends to feel the added pressure and anxieties grow. When stress level rises, it’s time to take a break. De Stress. Start afresh. There are various ways employees can de stress during the work day:

  1. Stretch it out: Walking around or simply flexing your hands and leg muscles can help in relieving the strain from constantly working. Stretching can help reduce blood clots that could be caused if one sits in one position for too long. Neck and wrist exercises in small intervals helps the body relax. Exercising must be made a priority.
  1. Connect with colleagues: Socializing with colleagues is the easiest way to distract oneself from all the work anxieties. Discuss something fun: an activity that your colleagues and you would enjoy doing together. It becomes important to build a positive relationship with co-workers and also clear one’s mind for a few minutes.
  1. De clutter workspace- When work burden is increasing and one is getting confused and anxious just choose to do something else. Your workspace has a great effect on your attitude at work, so organize your workspace well to stay positive while working. Decorate your work desk with pictures and some funky art work that brings a smile to your face. De clutter your work space to de clutter your mind.
  1. Re set the Panic Button- For those who fret and become anxious before a major presentation; just breathe deeply and focus on positive thoughts. Easily reduce anxiety levels with the right acupressure points. By positioning your thumb to the side of the middle finger and applying the right pressure can help reduce blood pressure level faster.
  1. Talk it out- healthy employees are more productive at work, therefore, employees can take their grievances to their immediate senior. Gain support from the seniors and resolve the problems before the stress levels become a chronic issue.

Work gets tough and everyone has to face new situations that one has to cope with. Stress is a part and parcel of every job; managing stress is where the real challenge lies. Stress must never be left unchecked. The ultimate goal of every individual is to be content and happy. This can be achieved by staying calm in stressful situations and convincing oneself to stay positive and strong.

Predictive Analysis- the HR way

Human Resources is a humongous area of study. Every HR Manager wants to hire the best at the least cost and make him/her sustain in the company for as long as it takes. But every day is not a Sunday, so people change jobs. This happens due to a variety of reasons. It could be traveling, a better package, work conditions etc.

Now in a company with a high number of employees there is a huge labor turnover cost, affecting millions to the company with respect to training the employee and making him ready to get into the arena. And labor turnover really hurts badly. What if there was a solution to this. What if you had an option to predict what is going it happen and shape the strategies accordingly? What if you could save this attrition without any damage control? No, the time machine is not yet invented. This is pure statistics, pure math, all in all very practical Predictive Analytics, as the name suggests is predicting a certain way of working or outcome.

It’ll tell you what will happen. All such complex calculations through various researches and analysis is done with the help of big data. Big data is a clear representation of a live statistics. It has volume, which means the content is vast. It has velocity, which means it happens in real time. Unlike traditional data, it’s dynamic. It has variety, which means you can use this data for various platforms. Big data comprises to the work conditions, performance, and various other factors.

Why is Predictive Analytics important with a Human resources perspective?

Employees are a major cost overhead for the organization. Costs incurred in acquiring, on boarding, training, performance and even attrition needs to be factored in. Information related to cost obtained from this analytics process can be used to identify critical operations, turnover, improve and tune any predictive data models.

Predictive analytics gives you a ton of data, a ton of information to give you the edge, the experience of dealing with the human resource on the whole. It helps you be multi-dimensional. It converts the ‘I think’
to ‘I know’

Human capital management is a vast enterprise, however the level of penetration of markets is less. This gives venture capitalists a huge playground to invest, and Predictive Analytics just helps it making it much more potent, much more profitable.

Avoiding Stress at workplace

Stress and anxiety are very common problems the workforce faces today and many people will suffer from symptoms of stress at some time in their lives. As the effects of stress can be, at the very least, unpleasant, it’s useful to know how to manage and reduce stress in our lives.

A third (33%) of workers feel they work longer hours than five years ago, with many believing that technology, such as company mobile phones and remote email access, accounting for these additional hours. It’s also found that even though more private than public sector workers said that technology meant they remained in ‘work mode’ when they’d finished for the day, public sector employees reported a worse work-life balance overall.

We can never change the work policies and commitments, but we can surely make some alterations in or way of working to make life much simpler for us. Let’s have a look at some Stress Buster tips to ease your stress.

Get Active, Physically!

Stressful situations elevate the level of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol in your body. These are the “flight” or “fight” hormones that evolution has hard-wired into our brains to defend us from immediate bodily harm when we are in danger.

However you cannot combat stress in the modern age by a flight or fight response, and so physical exercise can be used as a substitute to metabolize the excessive stress hormones and restore your body and mind to a calmer more relaxed state. When you feel stressed and tense, go for a brisk walk in fresh air.  Try to include some physical activity into your daily routine, either before or after work, or at lunchtime. Regular physical activity also improves the quality of your sleep.

Talk it over

Never cope with problems alone. Having someone to share your difficulties can greatly help to “offload” the stress. You might find it helpful to talk to a friend or work colleague, or talk to a manager or employer if you are experiencing stress in the workplace. Talking can work by either distracting you from your stressful thoughts or by releasing some of the built-up tension by discussing it. Talking always gets you a fresh perspective to an ongoing situation and helps you take decisions in a much better way.

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Manage your time

There are times when we all feel overworked by our “To Do” list and this is a common source of stress. Accept the fact that you cannot do everything at once and start to prioritize your tasks. Make a Task list and arrange them in order of genuine priority. Note what tasks you need to do personally and what can be assigned to others to accomplish.

Schedule tasks with some buffer break slots so that it can cover up as a backup in your time frame during work mishaps, if any. If not you’ve got yourself some time to assign other tasks or just sit back and relax.

All these tips will surely help to be your Stress buster. Everyone faces stress at their workplace, it comes free with your monthly pay check. It’s on you if you want to take it or just say “No Thanks!” Happy working!

Talent Management- Make your executive decision

Strong talent is the driving force behind the success of any business, be it in finance or the humongous service industry. It is the responsibility of the HR to comprehend the talent necessary, attract and persuade that talent, and make sure those people are brought up in a way that will allow them to help the Industry meet its tactical goals.

Leadership talent management merits its own mention, particularly given that many companies are struggling to attract and hold effective front-runners at the moment. Strong leadership can make or break a business, particularly during tough or unsettled times, or periods of substantial change. The Leaders are the ones who are going to drive the entire work force, they’re the coil to a watch’s gears, a fuel to a car’s engine. They are the initiators.

By appointing the right leaders, and developing them in the right way, HR can have a massive impact on the success of an organization. It is not a case of simply saying, ‘we need a leader for X department’ – it is a case of assessing and analyzing the leadership requirements of the department or organization in particular, attracting somebody who fits that need, and then developing their skills and behaviors in line with specific requirements, like if a person is best fit to lead a marketing team, and he’s comfortable with the work, if he is put into a marketing field, he will perform optimum, and would love his work. There are other cases as well where a person is eager to step into a field altogether. You need to see his interest level here, and if deemed worthy, give it a shot!.

When the HR does all of these jobs successfully, the effect on the bottom line is irrefutable. You end up having the perfect people in the perfect roles, performing at the highest possible levels, and this is indirectly going to affect the business performance, and therefore the overall profitability and progress of the company.

Talent management is that barrier that once is crossed is your sure cue to the success of the enterprise.