Time Management – How Productive Are You?

Productivity (Management of Time) is just as important in an internet business, your personal life as in a factory environment or you will never achieve your goals. In a machine paced work environment it is very easy to work out how effective workers are using their time but in an office environment it is more difficult to measure productivity.

Time is a precious commodity once it is gone it’s gone and you can’t get it back!!

The interaction of goals and time management is an important factor in achieving success in your internet or in fact any business. How many times have you said yourself or heard someone say

“There are not enough hours in the day”

Be honest with yourself would it make any difference if you had 50 or even a 100hrs in a day.

Organising your work schedule so that you achieve your business or personal goals is not an inborn skill but a skill that can be learned.

Here is a list of things in a home based internet business that can have a detrimental effect on your productivity or achieving your goals

  • Delay doing those tasks or the work which we don’t like doing or is difficult
  • Interruptions – family members, friends – apart from the time lost you can also lose your train of thought
  • Lack of clearly defined goals with no timescale
  • Not appreciating that you can’t do everything yourself – outsource or delegate
  • Multitasking – complete one task before moving onto the next i.e. Prioritizing tasks
  • In order to understand where we are currently wasting time, we need to establish a baseline to see how much time is being wasted in a day and then take steps to reduce the unproductive time. A simple table recording everything that you do for two 24hr periods, account for every minute of the day – including sleep time, meals, watching television, etc.

Task Time Started Time Finished Total Time Comments
I have previously used this technique before in determining the productivity of office and management staff, you will really be surprised the amount of unproductive time that you have in the day

Step 2 – analyse your results split out into headings e.g. reading emails, eating, chatting to wife, coffee etc, then work out productive time vs. unproductive time

Step 3 – take action to improve your productive time

Step 4 – repeat the procedure after one week and you should see a 50 to 60% improvement in your effective time

You should recheck the utilization once/month to ensure that you have not slipped back into bad habits.

Pareto Analysis and Time Management

Utilizing Pareto Analysis in Time Management

Another technique which can be used to analyse your effective use of time is Pareto Analysis and this will help you to choose the most effective changes to make

What is Pareto Analysis?

It is a theory developed by an Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto who noted that approximately 80% of the wealth was owned by only 20% of the population. It later became known as the 80-20 rule and can be applied to problem-solving in any form and it is a useful tool in analyzing your effective use of time and increasing your productivity.

One of the first steps in learning to effectively utilize time is to identify repeated patterns in your daily schedule that may be interfering with
productivity.

Step 1

Keep a simple time log for a week in 30 min blocks, accounting for all the time you spentand a brief description of what you did.. At the end of the period total up the time spent under the various categories e.g. travelling to work, sleeping, answering calls, playing with kids

Step 2

Analyse the data looking for blocks of time in your time log that could be interfering with your productivity e.g. surfing net, visiting forums – looked for repeated patterns during the week not just one-off occurrences

An example of this would be to identify only two 15 minute blocks of time in your normal day when you find that you are being the least productive. By changing the way you currently use these 2 small blocks of
time, theoretically you should be able to increase your productivity by up to 80 percent.

“from tiny acorns big oaks grow”

Better time management does not mean giving up all your free time, or all the time you currently spend relaxing or enjoying your life. Instead, it helps you

Set priorities for managing time, eliminate wasted time and gain more control over how you use this valuable resource.

Business Time Management

There are considerably more factors to be taken into consideration when looking at business time management. This is because as there more competing factors for one’s time – both internal and external factors.

This is true whether you work in a large organisation or run your own one man business.

In a large organisation individual managers have to co-ordinate the effective time management of their teams.

There are a number of strategies that an organisation can undertake to implement effective time management processes.

Process

Develop long term goals for the company, usually in the form of a mission statement – once you have clearly defined your company’s goals and purpose it is a lot easier to develop individual goals for your employees. In a previous article I stated that it is important if you are going to use your time effectively then you have to have goals.It is difficult to effectively plan schedules and priorities when your employees have no clear objectives of their own.

The process is very similar to setting your own goals and then splitting it down into its component parts, in this case the individual goals are given to managers, who will in turn split these down into component parts for their team members.

This can be implemented by introducing an appraisal system where indiividuals are set objectives (goals) with specific timescales

Implementing and defining these goals will assist in boosting productivity and revenue.

Another factor which has to be taken into consideration, involves hiring the right personnel who already possess the necessary skills, not only does this lessen the downtime and financial outlay required with training to get them up to speed but it also decreases revenue losses sustained from lost productivity. It?s important to hire the right people, this will ultimately determine how your companies time and resources are spent.

Effective time management in an organisation also has to take into consideration the relative skills of individuals that they employ. It is important to hire the right people as this will ultimately determine how your company’s time and resources are spent.

Training should also be given to your current employees to teach them how to effectively use their time.

This will not only improve their productivity but also lead to a more effective workforce.

Tips for Effective Personal Time Management

Effective personal time management requires that you take time to lay out a plan of what you need to do at each particular time. You can plan for a day by drawing a timetable with needs to be accomplished and the corresponding time it should be carried out. Longer periods can be planned for using calendars, diaries or event note books.

Set goals in your life both short and long term as this will give you direction and prevent you from getting sidetracked due to lack of goals. Having specific goals will guide you towards a certain direction and help you to maintain focus. Set goals that are measurable, achievable, realistic, and more important time-bound. Appropriate goals will stretch but will not break you.


Learn to prioritize the tasks that you need to undertake depending on their immediacy and importance. Identify and isolate the most important or influential tasks and always give them the best of your time. You can use colors or numbers to mark your tasks in order of priority.


Draw up a to-do-list the previous night or on the morning of a particular day. This can be used alongside a timetable or a task schedule in case of a day. In the case of longer periods such as weeks or months, it is used alongside a calendar. Update your list continuously to match it with your priorities.

Allow considerable flexibility in your time plan. Do not plan for a hundred percent of your time. Leave out a margin to accommodate any interruptions that may occur in the course of your plan. Schedule for routine tasks whenever you expect to be interrupted as this will require lesser concentration which you can afford even during the interruption.


Understand your biological prime time and plan your most important tasks to fit this time frame. If you work best during the mornings, use this time for the most important tasks. Undertaking difficult tasks during your slump hours will cost you a lot in terms of energy and input applied.


First, go for effectiveness and then efficiency when undertaking tasks. Decide on what is right to do at a particular time first before you take the time to figure out the right way to do it. When you are already on with a task you will be making progress as you develop the best way to handle it.


Work towards eliminating the most important tasks in your to-do list. Most of the urgent tasks will have lesser consequences than long term tasks whose output is obviously larger. Fixing earlier deadlines for your tasks will help you prevent once timely tasks from running into urgency.


Avoid overloading your to-do list with tasks that you could have otherwise said no to, delegated to someone else, or completely eliminated. Focusing on your goal will help you shed off everything else that does not work towards your goal of the time.


Avoid time wastage practices such as paying too much attention to details and procrastination. Handle each task with reasonable attention due to it. If you feel like you should push a task forward, break it down into smaller tasks, and handle each at a time. Lastly, celebrate the little successes of proper personal time management such as achieved goals.

The Role of Planning in Achieving Your Goals

In the planning process there are two basic steps you have to undertake to ensure success in achieving your goals:

  1. Planning your tasks.
  2. Visualizing yourself completing the tasks.

Planning

It is essential that you daily plan what you are going to do, prioritising your tasks unless you do this you will end up doing whatever takes your fancy and you will never complete what is important in accomplishing your goals.

Create a daily task list

Set aside time each day for this – I usually do this in the evening but it is up to you when you do it. The main thing is just do it! You will find that you use your time more effectively – remember to control the time available to you not let time control you

Visualizing

There are two important benefits in utilising visualisation – a very powerful technique:

  1. It is the most effective way to break a goal down into tasks. Visualizing yourself doing the task will make it easier to break a goal down into its component tasks, unless you do this it is likely that you will miss some important sub-tasks.

It is important once you have broken the task into its component tasks that you assign a deadline for each stage, working back from the completion date you have assigned to the goal.This creates structure for completing your goal and ensures you start and complete each task early enough.

Visualising yourself doing the task will assist you identifying additional resources you may need e.g. additional training, additional assistance

  1. Visualising the tasks in your mind prepares you for action. Athletes make heavy use of visualization before competitions. For example, a runner will imagine herself running the race – see the track, see each curve. There are many studies that show visualization improves performance. For procrastinators, it’s a powerful way to get yourself going.

Action points;

Plan your work
Work your plan

How to Achieve Your Goals Even if You Think You are a Born Loser?

Some individuals believe that they are born losers but it is just a state of mind,

“no-one is born to lose”

if you believe you are going to lose then you are less likely to succeed in accomplishing your business and personal goals.

There are a number of tried and tested strategies that you can undertake to overcome this state of mind.

  1. Self Evaluation

Self evaluation is the first step in trying to identify your strength and weaknesses no different to abusiness evaluating its strengths and weaknesses.

Write down the factors that you believe are your strengths and weaknesses, it would also be helpful to talk to friends and family about this, as sometimes you cant see the “wood for the trees”. It is very likely, if you think you are a “born loser”, that you will have more items in your weakness list compared to the ones in your strengths list.

Once you have identified your strengths and weaknesses, the next stage is to understand why you have that weakness – common weaknesses are procrastination and lack of focus – check out my article on procrastination for the various reasons for procrastinating.

Once you understand your weaknesses it is possible to gradually overcome them. Overcoming your weaknesses cannot be done overnight, tackle one to three weaknesses at a time.

  1. Overcoming Your Weaknesses

Overcoming and changing your weaknesses is no different to achieving your goals, you need an action plan which is specific, with a timescale.

Tackle the easiest ones to tackle first and this way you will be motivated to tackle the more difficult ones.

  1. Learning from Winners

Have you ever noticed that individuals associate with like minded individuals?

  • Positive thinkers will associate with other positive thinkers
  • Students of similar attitudes associate with each other
  • Businessmen/women belong to small business clubs
  • Depending on your situation associate with like-minded people e.g. if you think that you will always be fat join a group such as Weight Watchers.

Associating with successful individuals/groups will assist you in identifying and adopting their habits, such as perseverance, critical thinking, stability under pressure, competence and the aspiration to never give up

  1. Success Breeds Success

Start achieving your goals and you will find that your attitudes will change
giving you the motivation to tackle larger weaknesses. Review your previous accomplishments and successesl.

Occasionally you will experience failure, but it should be a learning experience. Failure should always be an opportunity for you to do better the next time.

Building Blocks of Effective Time Management

“A healthy body leads to a healthy mind”

Sleep, diet and exercise are the basic building blocks of effective time management, they are all relatively important but possibly out of the three sleep is the most important, not only to be effective at time management but for our social and psychological well-being as well, It is important that an individual should get enough sleep so that they do not feel tired during the day. The amount of sleep an individual requires is very much an individual thing and it will change as an individual ages. What is just as important is to get into a pattern – there is nothing the body likes more than a schedule – go to bed at 11 wake at 7am etc.

The following are indicative of lack of sleep

  1. Can’t concentrate on a task for more than 5 minutes
  2. Spend time taking short naps or even worse dozing off at our work desks
  3. Desire/need to take caffeine regularly during the day to stay concentrated
  4. Fall asleep watching the TV in the evening
  5. Afternoon drop of in performance
  6. Are you the sort of person that has problems sleeping. Here are some tips

Tips to improve your sleep patterns:

Don’t eat anything 3 hours before going to sleep. Your body needs to rest when it’s sleeping. It won’t rest if it’s busy digesting your food.

Refrain from taking any stimulants three hours before you go to bed – caffeine or tobacco

Stick to a sleeping schedule – be consistent. Don’t sleep Midnight – 7am one day and then 2 am – 7am the next day. The body has a system clock which if you have a regular sleeping pattern, it will make your sleep much more effective.

Don’t exercise before you sleep. Exercising makes you stay awake. You’ll make your heart beat faster and raise your body temperature – which makes you stay awake.

Eating/Diet and Exercise

There are plenty of books and articles on the subject of diet and exercise on the internet. The only reason that they are being mentioned in this article is that they are a constituent part of the basic building blocks for an effective time management system. However as with sleep implement a routine – eat and exercise regularly and consistently.

Incorporate these building blocks into your daily routine and you will have the energy to effectively implement new time management strategies to make more effective use of your time and improve productivity, incorporate them into your daily “to-do list”.

Procrastination – Who Me?

Procrastination is one of the biggest “wasters of time” which is basically putting off till tommorrow which can be done today –

NEVER HEARD THE SAYING TOMORROW NEVER COMES

Remember time is a fixed commodity and it is your habits that have to change to make more effective use of the available time. Procrastination is a bad trait which can take hold of your life and have a negative effect on your career, business opportunities and relationships..

There are many reasons for Procrastinating :-

  • Lack of clearly defined goals which can result in you putting off the more important tasks till later and completing the easier or the tasks you like doing first – some people like writing articles, others doing research
  • Inability to make a decision even after weighing up the pros and cons – would Microsoft be so successful if they procrastinated. This is just as valid in a personal situation
  • Fear of failure or success are psychological reasons for procrastinating
  • Waiting for the right time or till you are in the right mood
  • Lack of organization
  • Underestimating the time and difficulty to complete tasks
  • Lack of clearly defined goals which you feel you have not had a say in formulating
  • Strategic goal not broken down into bite-sized tasks

I am sure to have you heard the expression – ” I only work well under pressure”

This is usually brought about when a task is delayed until the individual has no option but to complete the task. At that point, the task is in charge of you, instead of you being in charge of the task.


At some time in our lives, we will all procrastinate, that is not too much of a problem it is when it dominates our lives there are problems. However, if you recognize that you have some of the common symptoms of procrastination you can take action to take them under control and take control of effective use of your time.

100 Potential Interview Questions

While there are as many different possible interview questions as there are interviewers, it always helps to be ready for anything. So we’ve prepared a list of 100 potential interview questions. Will you face them all? We pray no interviewer would be that cruel. Will you face a few? Probably. Will you be well-served by being ready even if you’re not asked these exact questions? Absolutely.

Basic Interview Questions:

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. What are your strengths?
  3. What are your weaknesses?
  4. Why do you want this job?
  5. Where would you like to be in your career five years from now?
  6. What’s your ideal company?
  7. What attracted you to this company?
  8. Why should we hire you?
  9. What did you like least about your last job?
  10. When were you most satisfied in your job?
  11. What can you do for us that other candidates can’t?
  12. What were the responsibilities of your last position?
  13. Why are you leaving your present job?
  14. What do you know about this industry?
  15. What do you know about our company?
  16. Are you willing to relocate?
  17. Do you have any questions for me?

Behavioral Interview Questions:

  1. What was the last project you headed up, and what was its outcome?
  2. Give me an example of a time that you felt you went above and beyond the call of duty at work.
  3. Can you describe a time when your work was criticized?
  4. Have you ever been on a team where someone was not pulling their own weight? How did you handle it?
  5. Tell me about a time when you had to give someone difficult feedback. How did you handle it?
  6. What is your greatest failure, and what did you learn from it?
  7. What irritates you about other people, and how do you deal with it?
  8. If I were your supervisor and asked you to do something that you disagreed with, what would you do?
  9. What was the most difficult period in your life, and how did you deal with it?
  10. Give me an example of a time you did something wrong. How did you handle it?
  11. What irritates you about other people, and how do you deal with it?
  12. Tell me about a time where you had to deal with conflict on the job.
  13. If you were at a business lunch and you ordered a rare steak and they brought it to you well done, what would you do?
  14. If you found out your company was doing something against the law, like fraud, what would you do?
  15. What assignment was too difficult for you, and how did you resolve the issue?
  16. What’s the most difficult decision you’ve made in the last two years and how did you come to that decision?
  17. Describe how you would handle a situation if you were required to finish multiple tasks by the end of the day, and there was no conceivable way that you could finish them.

Salary Questions:

  1. What salary are you seeking?
  2. What’s your salary history?
  3. If I were to give you this salary you requested but let you write your job description for the next year, what would it say?

Career Development Questions:

  1. What are you looking for in terms of career development?
  2. How do you want to improve yourself in the next year?
  3. What kind of goals would you have in mind if you got this job?
  4. If I were to ask your last supervisor to provide you additional training or exposure, what would she suggest?

Getting Started Questions:

  1. How would you go about establishing your credibility quickly with the team?
  2. How long will it take for you to make a significant contribution?
  3. What do you see yourself doing within the first 30 days of this job?
  4. If selected for this position, can you describe your strategy for the first 90 days?

More About You:

  1. How would you describe your work style?
  2. What would be your ideal working environment?
  3. What do you look for in terms of culture — structured or entrepreneurial?
  4. Give examples of ideas you’ve had or implemented.
  5. What techniques and tools do you use to keep yourself organized?
  6. If you had to choose one, would you consider yourself a big-picture person or a detail-oriented person?
  7. Tell me about your proudest achievement.
  8. Who was your favorite manager and why?
  9. What do you think of your previous boss?
  10. Was there a person in your career who really made a difference?
  11. What kind of personality do you work best with and why?
  12. What are you most proud of?
  13. What do you like to do?
  14. What are your lifelong dreams?
  15. What do you ultimately want to become?
  16. What is your personal mission statement?
  17. What are three positive things your last boss would say about you?
  18. What negative thing would your last boss say about you?
  19. What three character traits would your friends use to describe you?
  20. What are three positive character traits you don’t have?
  21. If you were interviewing someone for this position, what traits would you look for?
  22. List five words that describe your character.
  23. Who has impacted you most in your career and how?
  24. What is your greatest fear?
  25. What is your biggest regret and why?
  26. What’s the most important thing you learned in school?
  27. Why did you choose your major?
  28. What will you miss about your present/last job?
  29. What is your greatest achievement outside of work?
  30. What are the qualities of a good leader? A bad leader?
  31. Do you think a leader should be feared or liked?
  32. How do you feel about taking no for an answer?
  33. How would you feel about working for someone who knows less than you?
  34. How do you think I rate as an interviewer?
  35. Tell me one thing about yourself you wouldn’t want me to know.
  36. Tell me the difference between good and exceptional.
  37. What kind of car do you drive?
  38. There’s no right or wrong answer, but if you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
  39. What’s the last book you read?
  40. What magazines do you subscribe to?
  41. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the last year?
  42. What would you do if you won the lottery?
  43. Who are your heroes?
  44. What do you like to do for fun?
  45. What do you do in your spare time?
  46. What is your favorite memory from childhood?

Brainteaser Questions:

  1. How many times do a clock’s hands overlap in a day?
  2. How would you weigh a plane without scales?
  3. Tell me 10 ways to use a pencil other than writing.
  4. Sell me this pencil.
  5. If you were an animal, which one would you want to be?
  6. Why is there fuzz on a tennis ball?
  7. If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why?
  8. If you could get rid of any one of the Indian states, which one would you get rid of and why?
  9. With your eyes closed, tell me step-by-step how to tie my shoes

Group Interview Tips

Standing Out

Anybody remember the old detergent ads a kid with a bright white shirt standing in the crowd, that concept always caught my attention. Well, stop thinking! I will explain how is it important to the interviews. the concept always remind me to give the best effort to stand out of the group (don’t mistake and end up choosing a bright shirt for your interview). Group interviews are one such interviews where you need to stand out of the group with your ability.

There are two types of group interviews, one you will be facing a group of interviewers alone, it is also called a panel interview or the other, you will be along with a group of candidates while facing the interviewer. Here are a few group interview tips.

Be the Early bird

Have you heard the saying that “the early bird catches the worm”, here you might not get the job just by coming early. In group interviews, you most likely to be monitored from the time you enter, being early gives you the chance to be remembered, and also it helps to keep your nervousness at bay as you get a chance to know the other candidates catching up with the basic formalities.

Ice breaker

Have you ever noticed when you start getting comfortable with interviews, for most of us it was while giving our introduction or called icebreaker, as it is with what you start the conversation? So be prepared to answer about yourself and don’t forget to highlight your achievements. Keep it short yet unique and simple.

Be inclusive

You need to make sure to get the focus light on you but remember that doesn’t mean taking the whole time for your voice. Interact and allow others to put their voice which indicates leadership quality and teamwork.

Emotions

A group conversation might easily end up in arguments, where you are putting best efforts to prove your statement. Interview is definitely not the place for argument so keep your emotions, tone always on check. and prove your point with base statements.

The basics are always same, formal attire, communication skills, body language, keeping eye contact and smile while answering, interpersonal skills, problem solving, etc all these are closely monitored by every interviewer, like default setting for job interviews.

Finally don’t forget to thank the interviewer, taking the feedback and asking any queries which you find important to be understood by you.

Interview Ending Tips

Yes… it is true we would never get a second chance to make a first impression, but to make the first impression last what do we need to do? Try remembering a movie which has an awesome introduction and the worst climax…..are you able to remember?…. Its because the movie is not able to hook the viewers about its concept, though the introduction is good. So, as the beginning, the ending is also an important factor in judgments. For the interviews we have many ideas of how to make the first best impression, what about the last end credits? Even the experienced candidates would be wondering at times how to make a grand ending?.

Here are a few interviews ending tips-

Reiterate

Once you find the interview is about to end, prepare to reiterate why you are the best choice for the position, coz that will be the last question that interviewer will be thinking comparing to the other candidates. Remember to elevate yourself from others as a last impression.

“When can I start”

Don’t ask “when can I start”, that is considered aggressive and arrogant behavior, instead ask for information on the next steps or levels to follow up.

Salary

This is one of the important factors to take a job, most of the job roles come with a salary package offered. But asking about the salary at the initial stages of the interview leaves an impression of you being more interested in the salary than the role offered. Which often questions loyalty and productivity from you. So, try to keep this for the later rounds.

Body language

Once you find the interview is about to end, by now you would get a glimpse of what’s the interviewer’s opinion, about you as a candidate and you tend to get relaxed which is very visibly shown in your body language. Don’t forget the interviewer is looking at you and assessing till the end. don’t sigh or slump your shoulder, don’t look worried or unhappy. Try to keep your posture confident, this is the last image that you are leaving at the interviewer.

Be positive

Often the decisions are not made alone, there will be certain conformation or procedures followed by the organization in selecting the candidate for further rounds. So, don’t be disappointed if not informed about further round or level, be positive, and show that to the interviewer till the end of your communication.

Business card

Try to take the business card from the interviewer which helps you to address correctly in the later encounters and if you have a business card leave it with the interviewer which ads as a reminder.

Thank you

Don’t forget to thank the people who assisted you, like the receptionist and the interviewer for time taken and given.

Follow up

Remember the interviewer not only attended you but many other candidates. So, don’t forget to remind him about yourself, send a thank you note and request for the confirmation and information to follow up with the next procedures.

A person is remembered by his exceptional qualities or by mistakes, try to stand by the exceptional qualities in the interviewer’s view. The world is about reputation isn’t it?

Video Interview Tips

Technology development has made distance seem less.

Equipment


First and foremost, if the conference is at the company learn about the equipment being used with the help of a technician, or if it is at your place make sure to pick a good product that does not give you any technical difficulties during the call. You will be more confident once you know how to use it.

Conform with your interviewer about any transmission delay or voice breakage, which can be corrected, controlled at the beginning.

Angle and lighting


Make sure the camera angle is focused on your face, remember not to zoom it (unless you wanna scare your interviewer). Do you know how your picture looks if it is taken from a wrong angle? It is the same with the video also make sure the lighting is sufficient and in the right direction making your appearance clear.

Your surrounding


In a video call, it is not only you that is visible but your surrounding also, if the interview is at the company, mostly it will be held at the conference halls not much for you to be worried but if these are done at your house make sure to keep the table is neat. Look at the background of the video, make sure the wall is not filled with huge artworks, picture frames, or any other means that can be distracting the interviewers’ attention.

Interview Attire

No cheating, don’t go with a formal suit for the upper half and the denim for the lower half, video interviews are equal to one on one interviews. So treat them as such and be sure to follow the proper interview attire.

Listen with your eyes

Your face is the main focus in the video interviews keep a check on your reactions and nervousness as well as the interviewers’ reactions while replying.

Rehearse

Rehearse well on your voice, body language, smile, face reactions, hand gestures. Try recording your voice and learn to adjust the pitch and corrections, don’t shake your hand vigorously in front of the video cam, don’t slouch or lean too close to the camera.

Finally, microphones will not only catch your voice but can pick up and often amplify any sound. Don’t try to tape you pen on the table, flipping paper, or don’t let any other source of sounds be a distraction, have a look at the phone interview tips also.

Panel Interview Tips

Jury Day

Have you heard of a jury verdict anytime? A group of people sitting and listening to the whole argument or the explanations before passing a verdict and these are tough jobs, its not one person you need to convince but different people with different mindsets on your behalf. Jury and panel interview are almost alike, panel interviews are mostly conducted to attain immediate results. You either meet the panel individually or along with the group. Here are a few panel interview tips to ace the job.

Everyone is important

The first diamond rule of the panel interview is to make yourself prepared that it is not one person you are talking to.

Greet all the panel members individually

Make an eye contact with all the panel members

Don’t concentrate on one individual, while replying.

Be Attentive

The golden rule – always keep an eye on which direction the bullet is coming from, the questions asked might not be related to each other, as they reflect the choice of a particular individual. So, be attentive to what and from whom you are asked. you can’t ignore a question, if you don’t have an answer politely decline to answer or accept your unawareness on the issue, showing your eagerness in learning it further.

Whom to Impress

With most of the interviews, you would already understand who is impressed with you and who is yet to be. Don’t concentrate only on the people who are impressed with you, it would be comforting to express to a person who is open to you but concentrating and winning over a person who is most likely to reject you, show your ability in reading people.

Amoeba Questions

Remember amoeba? The shapeless microorganisms.you might come across questions

Like these at the interview panel, these are not structured to any shape or graphic patterns they are random and total shapeless. Be prepared to answer these, practice them earlier. Remember you are not obliged to answer, politely decline if you do not intend to answer.

Concentrate on your attire, communication skills, smile, firm handshake, confidence levels and don’t forget to keep you mobile on silent, adding cherry on top be on time and thank the panel for the time taken and given.

Interview Answering Tips

How should i speak?

Have you ever been left with confusion on thoughts like, how should I speak? what should I tell? etc…..not everywhere but for interviews, these questions are important to be considered. Well, how you answer is what determines what is awaiting further the interview. your answers should be like “just finishing work is not important, but how smart you finish is what matters”. So, check out these few interviews answering tips.

Crisp and Clear

Speak clear, crisp and try to work on your tone. these details give an image about your confidence levels, enthusiasm and interests in the job role.

1 2 3 Bang

Stop! no need to rush with a reply to the gunfire, pause before replying it gives you time to think and answer effectively.

“Umm” “ah”

There is no problem in taking the help of umms and ahhs to fill the gaps in between, make sure the reply doesn’t sound complete with them only.

Attentiveness

Be attentive to the questions of the interviewer and let him lead the conversation. If you don’t know the answer, reply politely on knowing, the interviewer does not expect you to be an encyclopedia. If you don’t understand the question don’t hesitate to ask for the repeat.

Don’t Complain

Your disappointment in a previous job or boss, the interview is not the time to let it out. Conversations let us get carried away. Try to be discreet, diplomatic, and practical while replying.

Experience Speaks

Experience be it work or life leaves a lot of examples, let your experience speak about you. Demonstrate your knowledge, skills and learning with examples from the past.

Be Positive

“I don’t know, I have no experience in that area, I can’t “ instead of expressing what you don’t know, emphasize more on what you know, what you achieved.

Being shy to express yourself will not help you yield the job, speak up for yourself with confidence. you can speak to you better than you.

Face to Face Interview Tips

You never get second chance to make a first impression

Definitely at places where you need to be judged at fractions of minutes, you will not get the second chance to make first impression. one of such place is interview. these are just like the court stitutions with judge, victim and attorney, in interviews you won’t have an attorney to defend you nor chances to appeal for next session. especially face to face interviews, which at times and places is also called one on one interviews are like final judgement. this is not trying to scare you but just to warn you, there is no need to panic all you need to do is organise and prepare little head for the interview.

Note down Calmly

First once you get the call on conformation about the face to face interview schedule. Note down properly place, time and company and job criteria. Clear any further doubts about any attire specification or any other documents required etc. (don’t ask irrelevant or unnecessary question making fool of yourself).

Research

This is very important homework, no interviewer would be expecting any candidate who doesn’t have basic information about the company, which is easily obtained on internet or through social network (no time is an obvious stupid reason and a white lie which is clearly visible). this clearly tells the interview about your disinterest for the placement and the organization. so, take your time and collect as much information possible in terms of achievements, goals, assets, awards, projects etc.

First 10 Minutes

The first 10 minutes is the crucial time to make a mark on yourself and to grab the attention.

ATTIRE – interviews are not the places to make fashion statements. please check on the interview attire tips and check on your industry people or the organization attire policies by asking the employes softly. keep it neat, subtle and sophisticated.

HANDSHAKE – give a firm handshake, it shouldn’t be too tight nor too loose in grip. too tight points at your bad manners and too loose points your lack of confidence. practice, quiz your friends hands till you get it right.

SMILE – One big weapon which can hold a war. observe yourself before head once, when you talk smiling the voice changes, if you are trying to guess what is the reason for change, its because smile brings confidence. so, keep smiling at the interview (Caution: its SMILE not LAUGH).

Confidence

Sorry guys this is not available in any stores to purchase. you need to develop it. how? first and foremost know yourself, weakness, strengths, goals and directions. oh ! for interviews in particular your resume. you should know it properly, prepare answers for what you had provided in your resume. you are selected seeing your documents so its your turn now to base your documents.

Basic Answers

No interviewer will directly hit you with the technical question. there are these basic questions which are very casual or usual, but gives huge information about you.

why do you like to work with our company?

why do you think we should hire you?

what is the reason for shifting from the previous company?

how is your work experience with your previous employer?

These questions are not as simple as they sound, they have more weightage than you think. Think before you respond. don’t badmouth your previous employer or organization. don’t show your dis-satisfaction in work or work environment. your negative approach will only take away your chances of placement. keep your answers truthful and smart.

Posture

Every body is given a back bone, so sit straight don’t slouch or lean on the chair. From time to time lean little front while engaging in the conversation. its shows your active interaction in the conversation and support to the statements made.

Job Role

Be clear on the job role you applied, emphasise on your achievements, interpersonal skills, subject, knowledge and how well you can fulfill the role. provide them stories theories and your experiences. explain your weakness and how you tried to overcome and strengths how effective you used them for productivity.while answering all of these make sure keep an eye contact with the interviewer, giving the information on your truthfulness and confidence.

Question Time

Interviews are not only for the interviewer to ask question about you but also for you to know more about the company. so, ask the interviewer about the organization or any doubts that needs to be understood. Encourage the interviewer to explain about the organisation. this adds up in showing your interest for the job placement.

Finally thank the interviewer for the time taken and given. If selected for the Second round take information of what are the aspects and criteria. Send a thanking mail and requesting for the conformation on next round timing and dates.