Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Job Interview - 25 Mistakes You Should Never Make

Hi Guys,

I have created an online course about the 25 most common mistakes that candidates make while preparing or appearing for an interview. Having attended over 25 interviews, I would like to share my experiences through this course. By enrolling this course, you would be confident and safe enough to escape the commonly made mistakes and get through the interview.

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Your Boss Asks For An Apple And You Give Orange!!!

Becoming a high performer at your office, most of the time, means meeting or exceeding the expectations of your boss. It should be done consistently to prove yourself. Before meeting or even exceeding the expectations of your boss, it is essential to understand the expectations of your boss clearly. If not, it will end up in a mess. Often we overlook simple problems and complicate them by ourselves, instead of understanding the actual problem and solve it in a quick and simple way.

For example, Your boss gives you the following instruction in the meeting

1. "The client wants us to send the complete proposal as soon as possible. They are eager to see the prototype before that. We have to send it to them soon"

If this instruction is given to you, what would you do? Most of us would rush to prepare the complete proposal and send it to the client to impress them. But, preparing a complete proposal would take 4 to 5 days. Thinking that the client would be happy on seeing a complete proposal, we sit and complete it and unfortunately it takes a week. Do you think that your boss is waiting for a completed proposal? No. He is actually waiting for the prototype to send to the client, which is the immediate problem standing his/her way even before the complete proposal, which he expects you to solve. Then why wouldn't he be happy on seeing a complete proposal, forgetting the time it had taken? Well, he will, if you are lucky enough :) What if the client doesn't like it? What if you would have avoided this embarrassing moment , had you sent a simple proposal before to read the mind of the client? And that is the reason why your boss asked for a prototype in the first place.

Sometimes, assumptions will fail us. Most of the time, problems arise due to mismatching expectations, lack of proper communication and understanding. So, it is always advisable to keep updating your boss on your progress of the assignment given to you. A leader will not expect his boss to ask him for the progress. A leader is the one who shows proactive attitude, who wants less surprises and shocks for his boss, and always understands the expectations of his/her boss clearly.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Best Decision Maker Develops By Making Mistakes

When it comes to a meeting in our company, many of us keep quiet and remain passive listeners. We become mute spectators and accept what others decide. Sometimes even if it is a wrong decision, we seldom speak up and register our concerns on the issue, skeptical about the validity of our claim. But, this is wrong. It is always good to speak up and become active participants in a meeting. Even if your claims make people laugh, it is going to live hardly for a few days and you  can take the pride of making an attempt comparing yourself with people who didn't even open their mouth. The most important thing here is making mistake. Making mistake is good. If your claims, in a meeting are valid, it is appreciated but if it is invalid, no worries. You have a learning that day! :)


SPEAKING SHOWS YOUR CONFIDENCE AND INDIVIDUALITY:

Never stop expressing your thoughts. Only if you speak, it shows your involvement in the topic, your confidence in your thoughts and further, you can improve your decision making skills by making mistakes and correcting them the next time, Imagine you never speak and keep listening to others and you follow it for number of years in an organisation. The moment you reach on top of the management, you would start realising the mistake that you did and would regret for not being active. It would be too late and you would have already lost half of your learning phase in your career.

WHY SHOULD YOU SPEAK:

Speaking improves your effective communication skills, increases your visibility in an organisation, makes you influential among your colleagues and helps you in getting things done more easily than others do. And the most crucial thing is, speaking shows who you are and your individuality in decision making, it manifests you as a leader and not a follower of others thoughts. You need not simply follow what others say, you can have your own thought process, logical connection of ideas , application of data that you have about the topic and derivation of a decisions out of it. The only way to let others know all these intellectual capabilities is to speak. One day, you will become the perfect, confident and fearless decision maker!!!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Don't try to correct your management, Adopt Or Quit!

In India, it is a repeated complaint from many of employees from different private organisations, accusing their management as being inhuman in dealing with them. They say that the management is not treating them with compassion and love, which is a considerable allegation. But, the truth is you cannot change it unless you are on the top. Most of us, who face such problems, are at the bottom level of the organisational hierarchy and carrying out orders from our boss and dreaming of a change one day. But, it is not going to happen because the climate that you face today is not something which is developed in a day or two. It would have been developed over years. The management is used to it. and you cannot change it.

1. If you are on top of the management, try to treat your employees with compassion. Try to treat them the way you want to be treated.

2. If you are at the bottom level, try to adopt and tackle the day to day problems smartly by not accusing anyone. I have written a lot of articles in this blog to do that. In case, if you don't know how to tackle them, quit the organisation and don't try to change the management's attitude because you will fail in your attempt. Your determination and efforts will go waste and most of your colleagues will pay no heed to your words since many are not like you :)

3. The advantage of quitting a company is two fold. Firstly, you can search for another company which suits your aspirations.  Secondly, your resignation will make a considerable amount of impact, if not significant, so that someday, due to attrition, the management could change their mind, which is good :)

The views expressed are general and personal, not keeping in mind any particular organisation. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Soft Skills Can Give You That Edge Over Others

In my experience, employees with the right attitude and confidence have excelled compared to employees with just good technical skill set. Considering two employees with the same level of  technical expertise, the employee who is highly confident with effective communication skills has higher chance of getting promoted. The probability of he getting a responsible leadership role is higher compared to the one with lesser confidence and with poor to average communication skills. So, it is crucial that one develops soft skills in addition to the technical skills demanded in his/her day to day life. The former is difficult and could not be achieved overnight, while the latter can be achieved in a short period of time.

CHARACTER BUILDING AND ATTITUDE CORRECTION:

Character building and attitude correction takes years. You have to make a lot of mistakes, trial and errors to reach that level of perfection that the industry demands. Most of the Indians have poor or no reading habit which is pathetic. Reading is one of the most important ways for character building and attitude correction. We have one small life and it is not possible for us to confront each and every problem and correct ourself. Though experience is necessary, it should be combined with a good reading habit to complement your learning without experience. Reading autobiographies opens the door for learning solutions for various problems we face in this life. It also helps in appreciating good behaviours and adopt them for our own use :)

Trying new things, making mistakes, and correcting them will one day lead to perfection. This applies very well for human behaviour. And human behaviour is the result of one's character. If you are developing good behaviours, you are building your character.