Monday, 30 November 2015

5 Tips for Exam Preparations

Preparing for an upcoming examination can be a stressful and exhausting task, if not approached correctly. You might be the kind of student who gets increasingly nervous as the day of the exam draws nearer; if you are, this article is tailor-made for you, although students who take a relatively more relaxed approach can benefit equally from it.

Tip No.1: Lose That Fear!

Productivity takes a backseat when you’re ruled by fear: Fear of not having enough time to prepare or not preparing well enough, fear of going blank when the paper makes its way to you, fear of not matching your(or your parents’) expectations, the list goes on. Fear only holds you back, and the stress it brings to you reduces your brain’s efficiency, so that your (otherwise baseless) fears actually come true!

Tip No.2: Time It Out!
Prioritize. The most important portions of your coursework should obviously take more of your study time up. Make a schedule that is realistic and stick to it, rather than assigning too much for you to do in any particular day and then ending up disappointed at not being able to do so. Spend more time on subjects that are not your strong suit, but don’t neglect the ones you think you’re good at, either.

Tip No.3: Get your Two S’s: Sleep and Sunshine!

Your brain converts short term memory into long term memory when you sleep, and REM sleep improves recall dramatically. Getting less than the recommended amount of sleep can reduce your memory’s efficiency drastically, and you shouldn’t skimp on your sleep under any circumstances. Organize your day so that you aren’t left with the option of pulling all-nighters and cramming last minute.
Sunshine gives you Vitamin D, which is necessary for your brain to work at its best. Go out for a walk in the sun and reap the rewards when you ace your exam.

Tip No.4: Don’t get distracted!

When it’s time to study, don’t keep checking your phone(switch it off if you find this hard!) or making excuses to get up and take an unscheduled break (scheduled breaks are necessary, though!). Tell your family and friends to allow you to have your study time so that you don’t get distracted. Keep your eye on the prize, and reward yourself when it’s time for a reward. Be true to yourself (don’t cheat by saying and don’t get disheartened!

Tip No.5: Motivation and Revision
Remind yourself of what you’re good at, and don’t beat yourself up over minor hiccups. It’s well accepted that having time to revise is amazingly helpful, and will help you feel assured and confident in your ability to answer tricky questions when the time comes. Remember that you can’t do everything at once, but you can do it all over time. Keep faith in yourself and do your best!

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Friday, 27 November 2015

7 Tips For Job Seekers That Hiring Managers Wish You Knew

Remember that getting hired is a decision that is a direct consequence of how well you market yourself, and more importantly, it is basically the product of the conversation between you and the hiring manager.
As a job candidate, you have probably already heard all the common tips about how to impress the interviewer. Firm handshake? Done. Good eye contact? Check. Cut the “likes” and “ums” from the dialog? Check.

Even so, you might find that you’re still struggling to get that break in the job market and secure the position you want. We may be able to help. One of the biggest things to remember is that hiring is a two-way street. For you to have a greater chance at finding the right match for yourself, you need to inculcate clarity and openness into the hiring process. Remember that you are making a decision just as much as the companies are!

Here are some tips that hiring managers secretly wish you knew and that can greatly increase your chances at finding and securing the perfect position for yourself.

1. Your Resume Isn't as Significant as You Think

Hiring managers are well aware of the fact that resumes aren’t the ultimate authority when it comes to judging the candidate, and that they can, in most cases, get a much better picture of who you are by evaluating your entire online presence – your social handles, work portfolio etc, which are all usually more up-to-date and revealing than resumes. So make sure that all these are such that they reflect on you well.

2. Hiring Managers Don't Only Want to Interview You

They actually want to have a good chat with you and to be able to decide mutually if you should work together. So get comfortable, don’t appear harrowed or under pressure, talk about each other’s goals, if you can float some ideas you have for growing the company, discuss your work values, and see if you click.

3. Past Accomplishments aren’t as Important as Future Growth

Work history can be good to know, but the past is exactly that: the past. The company’s future is the main thing. Spend more time talking about what you see in the company’s future, what you can bring to it, how you can increase it’s value; rather than go on about positions you might’ve held.

4. Put All Your Needs For Success on The Table

It’s important to find common ground with a hiring manager, and this requires you to be frank about your needs for success and happiness. Similarly, ask about the hiring manager’s needs. Can you relate, and do you think you click?

5. Hiring Managers Evaluate You Based on Your Questions

It’s important to not be fearful (or too pushy), strike a balance and ask questions of every hiring manager you meet. Your questions help the hiring manager understand you fully—your interests, concerns, and passions. Likewise, you’ll get personalized responses from different people, which will give you deeper perspective into whether the position is the right one for you.

6. Verified Is Good

Although this may seem somewhat like a harsh truth (because it is!), it’s best to acknowledge that hiring managers tend to support applicants who know someone they know, and have possibly even been referred to them by. This is because these candidates have been vouched for by their trusted network, and this goes a long way. Hence you should aspire to build and maintain a healthy professional network to the best of your ability.

7. Hiring Managers Would Like to Enjoy The Process

Recruiting has developed a status for being a difficult chore. But this doesn’t always have to be the case. Interviewers value your drive and passion and if you can convey these in your conversation, you’re headed in the right direction. Both the candidate and the interviewer are getting to know each other at the start of a new and potentially rewarding association. If the start of this relationship is productive and fun, it’s a given that it’ll only grow with time!
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Monday, 23 November 2015

Important Questions in Interviews, And How to Answer Them

Many companies incorporate a strategy while interviewing employees that aims to disarm or otherwise unnerve potential employees who often think that they couldn’t have prepared any better, only to be disappointed and even shocked at the end of an interview. They just can’t handle some of the questions as well as they ought to.

These kinds of questions help employers eliminate bad hires, and make sure that the candidates can hold their own, think fast and perform gracefully under pressure. However, while the notion of answering these questions can appear daunting, with a little practice applicants can turn them to their advantage and use them to stand out from the crowd.

No matter how smart you are, or think you are, the truth is that preparation is key, and rehearsing tricky questions is the only proven way to answering confidently.

Here are a few of these questions and the strategies to adopt while answering them.

1. Could you tell me a little about yourself?
Most interviewers use this question to assess your poise, style of delivery and communication ability, as well as to gain information. Don’t give a speech about your entire life history. Instead, briefly cite recent personal and professional work experiences that relate to the position you're seeking and that support your credentials. Even better, prepare a personal branding statement that quickly describes who you are and what you can bring to the company.

2. What are your greatest strengths?
Focus on four specific skills that employers hold in high regard: self-motivation, initiative, the ability to work in a team and the willingness to work long hours.

Briefly summarize your work experience and your strongest qualities and achievements that are directly related to the responsibilities of the job you are applying for.

3. What are your weaknesses?

Most interviewers don't expect you to be perfect or reveal your true weaknesses. The best thing to do is to turn this question around and present a personal weakness as a professional strength. Let's assume that you're a workaholic who tends to neglect family and friends when working on important projects. You can turn this around by saying that you're result-oriented, meticulous and remain involved in projects until you've worked out all the kinks, even if it means working extra hours or even on the weekend.

4. What can you tell me about our company and/or industry?

Don’t skimp on your research. Check out the company website, especially their "About Us" section.. Write down key points that you can mention when asked. Interviewers want to know that you're interested in them, and even view the opportunity as more than just a job.

5. Aren't you overqualified for this position?

No one, or hardly anyone expects you to say "yes" to this question in today's job market. If you do, the interviewer may think you'll grow disgruntled and leave the company. Instead focus on the experience and the skill set you'll bring as well as the value they'll receive by hiring you.

6. What sets you apart from other applicants?

The interviewer who asks you this is actually probing your readiness for the job, and the willingness to work as hard as required. Describe how your experience, qualities and achievements are going to make you an asset.

7. Where do you hope to be in three years?

The absolute worst answer to this is to say that you want to be president of the company or have the position the interviewer currently holds. Instead, talk about your motivations; especially what will motivate you on this job and what you hope to have accomplished.

8. Do you have any questions? Can you think of anything else you'd like to add?

Don't say "no," or imply that everything has already been thoroughly discussed. If you think the interviewer has any doubts, now's the time to make him see why choosing you is the most logical course of action he can undertake. Show your interest in the company: prepare some key questions in advance. Asking about the company’s corporate culture or what the interviewer likes best about the company will give you insight and let the interviewers know that you're interviewing them as well.

Calmness under fire will demonstrate that you can handle crises on the job just as easily. Remember, interviewers are looking for a candidate who is both competent and confident, someone who not only wants the job, but also recognizes its requirements and can quickly hit the ground running. Answering these questions with self-assurance and conviction can help you outshine other applicants, and put you in prime position to land the job you seek.

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Friday, 20 November 2015

7 Ways to Manage Your Time

When it comes to success, there are no shortcuts, and you have to be willing to put in the time to become the success you envision yourself to be. To do this, however, you have to firstly HAVE the time to become the aforementioned success, and secondly and more importantly, you have to USE the time you have available to you in the most efficient, resourceful way possible. To help you do just this, here are a few tips that could have you well on your way to that super-successful version of yourself, provided you put in the hard work, of course. Without further ado (don’t want to take up too much of your time now, do we?) here they are:

Make a Time Diary
Jot down how you’re spending your time, over a week at least, to get an idea of just what you’re doing each week; make sure you’re honest, if you spend 25 hours a week watching television, write it down.

If you don’t know what you’re doing with your time currently, you can’t know how to better it and in effect, be more effective.

Learn to Say "No"
Switch off your cell phone and beeper. If someone asks you to do something that you don't have time to do, politely but firmly respond accordingly. And don't feel guilty for doing so.

Time-Based, To-Do List
Lists are always helpful, and you can’t have an effective plan until you have this, a time-based to-do list to know exactly what you have to do, when you have to do it, and how much time you have to do it in.

Let Your Computer Help
There are many time-scheduling software available on the Internet to help you make the most of your time and you should avail of these to get a better handle on your time.

Letting your computer help also enables you to minimize the amount of clutter you have, phone numbers on slips of paper, business cards in notebooks, a desk piled high with calendars and lists and the like.

Multitasking (although possibly dangerous such as talking on the phone while driving etc) can be effective if done properly. Listen to books on tape while commuting. When you watch television, pay your bills.

Don't Be a Perfectionist
Perfectionism is procrastination if you spend an inordinate amount of time making sure that every detail (whether important or not) is EXACTLY the way you want it to be. This excessive attention could be much better used.

Setting unattainable expectations of yourself just adds stress to your life, Kemp explains.
Reward Yourself
Never let any progress, however small, go unrewarded.
It can be as small as spending some time with yourself or getting a massage, but a sense of accomplishment accompanies the confidence and drive to go on and do more.

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Preparing for the IBPS PO Exam with Smart Strategies by Anjan Jyothi

I cleared the IBPS PO Exam in the very first attempt. It is not LUCK. It is not FLUKE. My name is Anjan. I did it with TalentSprint. And this is how exactly I did it…

I appeared for the IBPS PO 2015 Exam. .The two stage exam being conducted for the first time, I was not sure, how to prepare. Then, a friend of mine, who was also preparing for the exam, introduced me to a few interesting videos on youtube and found them interesting. I then registered for a free webinar on how to prepare for IBPS PO. That’s when I came to know of TalentSprint and then joined the online program which was one of the key decisions which helped me get ready for the exam.

5 Key Success factors

Here are the 5 secrets that helped me clear the IBPS PO in first attempt

1: Planning:  I made a detailed plan as suggested in the webinar. I committed to prepare for 3-4 hours every day so that I can cover the wide range of subjects required. Also, I decided to prepare for both the stages in one go.

2: Executing the Plan:  This was the  most difficult part. I wanted to do 30 minutes of calculations every day, read 2 newspapers every day and 2 hours of preparation and 30 minutes of practice. it was initially difficult for me to commit 3-4 hours. However, I could after a week of persistent self motivation was able to be in line with the plan. This is when I started getting confidence on my readiness for the exam

3: Falling into a rhythm - The next two weeks, I set into a rhythm of preparation. Weekly Live Doubt Clearing Sessions helped me to take stock of where I stood and how things were moving.  Also, the weekly tests conducted helped me to take stock. Yes, I started with below 40% performance in the tests. But, I could see myself improving week on week.

4: The final push:  The final push came during the last 1 month. I was able to increase the time to almost 5 hours a day. The LIVE refresher sessions for IBPS Prelims and Final exams helped me revise my learnings and more importantly practice different types of methods to solve the same problem. I was able to, at this point of time, understand the areas where I am strong in.

5: Key Factor:  As both Rohit sir and Sylvia madam had repeated 100s of times duing their live sessions, only 3 key factors to succeed. Practice, Practice and more Practice. I realized that this is absolutely true. I had taken 100s of tests, practice calculations even when going out ( I started adding, subtracting and multiplying the first and last two numbers of cars when I was travelling :-) and I continue to do so well after the exams are over). I was amazed at the power this gave me.


Preparing for the IBPS PO Exam with Smart Strategies by Anjan Jyothi

I cleared the IBPS PO Exam in the very first attempt. It is not LUCK. It is not FLUKE. My name is Anjan. I did it with TalentSprint.

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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Interview 101

Sometimes even the best candidates can fail at any interview. So how do you crack the perfect interview?
That is one question every candidate has been trying to figure out since the very first day. So how is the perfect impression created within a few minutes of meeting? Maybe these few steps can highlight what you should focus on, during your interview:

Research is a primary essential for any interview! A well-research driven candidate shows high prospects in the future of the company. You’re research would also prepare you for tackling questions and make you ease into the company environment.
You should also research on what role you would be playing in the company. Check their past work and portfolio.

Dress Well.
Our society emphasizes a lot about first impressions. To be honest, all of us tend to judge a person in the first few seconds, and a lot of that judgement deals with how they present themselves.
You can never be overdressed or overeducated, is how Oscar Wilde puts it.
The bottom line is you should dress how you want to be addressed.

Be Punctual.
A part of your first impression highly depends on punctuality! Why? Because in the professional world, Time is considered as Respect. And no one would like to disrespect their new employer at the very first meet.

Be Yourself. Be Confident.
Remember, an interview is not all about communicating your qualifications but also about your personality. So be yourself and be confident! Confidence is a reflection that you can handle responsibility.

Be Attentive.
The employer will ask you questions about yourself, and your past work. Make sure you answer to the point. Also if you have any questions, go ahead and ask. This shows how interested you are in the company.

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