# Ultimate rules to master Aptitude skills for competitive exams

For some, Aptitude is  as scary as Higher Mathematics while others don’t even realize that this is what they studied as part of their lower standard Class I to VII math .
Now the question  is, Is it really tough? The fact of the matter is, it is MATH  what most of us ;educated or un educated, employed or unemployed, do in real life. Profit and loss; what we do when we buy or sell an item, Percentages; sharing  a property or money among friends or brothers, SI/ CI; where to invest FD, MF or RD and what gives better returns,  Time & Distance; What speed can make me cover 100Km in 30 minutes and Numbers, are something we all play with on a regular basis.  With this, we should understand that aptitude is child’s play and overcome the first  psychological barrier of treating Aptitude as a difficult subject. In this article we will discuss the 5 best practices to master Aptitude for competitive exams.
1.       Rule 1: Memorize simple yet forgotten stuff,  like Tables, Squares, Cubes, % and their equivalent fractions,  so that you get the feel of the ABCD of aptitude.

2.       Rule2:  Conceptual  approach vs. Formula based approach
Many have the habit of remembering formulae for practicing aptitude questions. Though it is a good practice,  when the examiner twists the question some  get perplexed as the question explicitly does not throw the idea, which formula needs to be used.  So it is always advisable to go with a concept based approach for aptitude practice. Moreover by mastering the definitions and concepts, it is not only easy to remember the formulae but one can also derive the formulae if needed.

3.       Rule 3: Don’t be traditional
“ Ends matter not the means “, and same is true in case of scoring marks in Aptitude section.  Don’t try to  derive the answers by doing step wise calculations etc , this method is good for getting marks in Board exams not in the recruitment tests.  For solving aptitude questions follow the following 4 approaches.
2.       Formula based
3.       Substitution Method
1.       Elimination method

1.       Rule 4: Practice Practice Practice : Kohli, Yuvraj, Rahane still practice …why not us? Even after mastering the above mentioned things, still the next best practice is to “ Practice, Practice ..Practice”.  Practice always improves speed and accuracy, so even the best needs to practice so that they don’t lose grip over the subject.  Hard work always pays so does practice in Aptitude exams.
Once you master the concepts, questions asked in different forms will no longer pose a challenge. Memorizing the essentials and applying  quick and smart strategies in the aptitude exam proves beneficial. Overcome the feeling that time is insufficient and focus on optimum utilization of the given time. Keep in mind even when you take time to practice, focus on the topics that you can expect in each exam and then invest time accordingly.
Hope these tips will help you in getting your preparation for aptitude section into the right groove…ALL THE BEST.

# 5 Interview Mistakes you have to avoid

You are appearing  for your first ever job interview and you want to make an impression. Your resume talks so much about you, but are you ready to match not only what you've put down on your resume but also about what it takes to get the job. Employers are very particular about who they hire. Even a small mistake can get magnified when it comes to competitive jobs and opportunities.

It is imperative to be aware and understand how to avoid these 5 common interview mistakes.

Mistake 1: Not researching about the company and the job that you have applied for
If you have no clue about the job or the company you are interviewing for, you appear clueless about what you want and may automatically get disqualified. You should understand the company’s current needs; tap into social media, search for blogs or articles and keep yourself well-informed.
Mistake 2: Not appropriately dressed
This is one of the biggest mistakes . Wearing the wrong attire for an interview. One doesn’t have to make a fashion statement nor does one have to spend money to buy expensive clothes however it is important to look well dressed, professional and polished. First Impression matters. Experts say we size up new people in somewhere between 30 seconds and two minutes. It would make all the difference when you pick the right colors and attire.
Mistake 3:  Arriving late
Job candidates who arrive late reflect poor time management skills. Always respect the interviewer’s time. It shows that you are reliable and mean business. If you are not serious and professional enough to be on time for your own interview you leave a very poor image of yourself and lose your chances of getting hired.
Mistake 4: Helping yourself to a chair before it is offered to you
It is polite to wait to be offered a seat. Don’t just enter and sit without being asked to. This can even amount to arrogance. Basic courtesy and professional etiquette is something that has to be ingrained. You need to be aware of how to conduct and present yourself irrespective of the confidence you feel in an interview room.
Answer to the point. In order for you to do this, you need to have clarity on the question. Take a couple of seconds to structure what you need to say to be specific. Do not rattle off as this leads to rambling. It is a sign of nervousness when you start sharing information that is irrelevant.  Do not bore your interviewer by being too talkative either. Remember to stay on track while answering. A good idea would be to practice ahead hypothetical interview questions , this increases your confidence. When you are confident, you tend to relax, actively listen and respond appropriately.

## "The will to win is worthless if you do not have the will to prepare."

The better prepared you are, the better your chances to ace ‘the’ job interview.

# 10 Must-Have Skills to Start a Successful Career

The day you start your college, is the day you should start updating your skills. This way slowly and surely you will build all the necessary skills increasing your chances of success at that first job interview significantly. Take a look at the 10 skills you must start developing today for a better career.

1.       Start building a global mindset –  Get an insight on how firms operate, what is happening in different industries, how they work across geographies and get to know about their products. In other words - expand your general knowledge

2.       Develop the ability to communicate better – It is important to be able to converse with people inside and outside an organization effectively. The more people you talk to, the better your chances at the interview. The interviewer wants to hear you and also wants to know how well you can articulate or explain an answer

3.       Sharpen leadership skills – Can you prioritise, work efficiently and productively, and manage your time well? Can you think creatively about problems? Take responsibility for your own ideas? Able to motivate and direct others? If not, then it's time to hone these skills

4.       Perfect your teamwork skills– Being able to work with other people is a key skill that employers look for. Put in your thoughts but also try to understand others opinion. Eventually it is collaboration at work that helps deliver positive results

5.       Flexibility – Adapt successfully to changing situations and  environments

6.       Practice Time Management - Working life presents many challenges. Learn how to prioritise assignments and prepare to work on deadlines. ‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going’

7.       Refine your Communication skills - You need to be able to express yourself concisely, but you also need to be a good listener and good at asking questions. Your ability to communicate well will be one of the most noticeable things about you during the job hiring process

8.       Develop Problem Solving Skills – This is all about using logic, as well as imagination, to make sense of your situation and come up with an intelligent solution. It can be about anything - from trying to solve a computer problem to organising a company event

9.       Practice Confidence – Learn the art of striking a balance of being confident in yourself but not arrogant; to believe in your colleagues and the company you will work for. If you are confident, then you are capable

10.   Enhance office etiquette – Everything is new for you, but knowing how to act in an office is extremely important. The way you sit, say goodbye and shake hands make a difference in getting a job

Take time to think about the skills listed above.  Write down some examples and see where you stand. Identify your skills and the possible gaps. Use it as a benchmark to improve and differentiate yourself.  An excellent academic record alone will not compensate for a weak skill set as employers expect today's graduates to be a high performing employee.  It is a challenging world outside; be prepared to face it with skills that matter.