Archive - January 2018

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The right questions to ask and the right answers to give your interviewer
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What next after a management degree
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How can students use social media tools to create an online presence

The right questions to ask and the right answers to give your interviewer

Contrary to the popular belief, an interview is not a one-way conversation. It is a conversation between the interviewer and the interviewee. Confused? Allow us to explain. Most people believe that an interview is where a potential employer checks whether you have the necessary skills or not. However, they don’t realize that it is also an opportunity for the candidate to know the company or their potential employer. It is the only opportunity a candidate has to see if the company is the right fit for him.

Now, let us talk about how to answer the interview questions and what questions should you ask your interviewer. Your attire, body language, and preparation will determine how the interview will go.

Can a job interview be beneficial to both parties?

Answering the questions 

The primary task of the candidate is to answer the questions. These points will help you prepare yourself for all kinds of questions in the interview.

 

 

 

Confidence

Always answer the interview questions with confidence. Being confident sends the message that you know what you are talking about. This is exactly the kind of impression you want to give your potential employer.

Know about the company

We cannot emphasize this enough. Do your research about the company. They might ask your opinion on an ongoing issue, project or client. It’s good to read on the latest happenings in your industry. It is also important to know the skills required for a particular job profile. This will help showcase your skills in a way that fits your employer’s expectations.

Your strengths and weaknesses

This question is thrown at most candidates. They might not ask directly, but in various other forms. Be prepared with your answer so you know what to say. You don’t want to become blank during the interview.

Think before you answer

Always think before you answer. If you need to pause and collect your thoughts before answering, do it. Taking a pause before answering is advisable since you do not want to just blurt out what comes to your mind. You are there to make a good impression, so your answers should reflect that and why you are a good fit for the company.

Experience and skills

Your experience and skills are an important part of your application. Often, you will be asked “What skills can you bring to this position?” “Why should [company] hire you?” and “What are your professional strengths?” You should know which skills are required for which position and emphasize on those specific skills during the interview.

 

Asking the questions

Listed below are some of the topics you can talk about during your interview. Remember, it’s perfectly ok to ask questions and it will not reflect badly or interfere with the interview process.

The hiring process

As a potential candidate, your first thought is to make sure that the interview goes as well as possible. Regardless of how it goes, you should ask about the next step in the hiring process. “Will there be an in-person interview?” “Will there be a telephone interview?” It is always better to be prepared ahead of time.

Company culture

As a potential employee, you should ask about the company’s culture. “Do they have regular social outings and events for employees?” Your interviewer is the best person to answer this question. Ask the question in a way that shows you are curious and excited to learn more about the company’s internal culture.

Company success

Just as interviewers ask about the candidate’s past successes and failures, so can you. You can ask how the company measures success and how do they go about achieving the standards of success set by them. It’s also good to ask about the company’s appraisal process and how they measure an employee’s success.

Future plans

One of the most recommended questions to ask your interviewer is where does the company see itself in the next 5 years. The answer will help you determine if and how you can contribute to the company’s future vision and mission.

Access to resources

As a new employee, you need someone to show you the ropes. A guide is always helpful in acclimatizing to a new workplace. Therefore, you can ask if you will have access to a mentor when you begin working there. If there is a mentor program in place you already know about, ask about the workings of the company.

Biggest/ latest project

If you do your research before the interview, you will be aware of the company’s current projects or clients. You can ask questions about the project including the goals, the process, its importance for the company, etc. Even if you don’t get a direct answer, it will give you an insight into their working style.

 

An interview is a conversation between two people and not an interrogation by any means. This misconception often stops candidates from getting to know more about the company. They prepare themselves for the interview but often ignore about preparing themselves to ask questions about the company. Just as it is important for a company to see if the candidate is a right fit for the organization, it is also important for the candidate to check if the company is the right fit for him.

 

No matter what happens in the interview, always follow-up with a thank you note or a thank you email. Such a gesture will help people remember you. You never know, they might refer you for the next job opening in the company or you might be on your way towards establishing yourself as a model employee.

 

 

What next after a management degree

A degree in management prepares a candidate for just about any industry they might want to venture into. From pharmacy to advertising, management graduates can work in a lot of different fields. Since there are so many opportunities out there, it might be a little difficult to see which one is the right fit for you. As a graduate from a management course, here are some possible career choices that you might want to consider after graduation.

A Management degree that opens numerous doors

Become an entrepreneur

Being an entrepreneur is something graduates today are choosing to do. A lot of students have different ideas and solutions to existing problems. A management degree will equip you with the basics of everything so you are well positioned to start your own business. Whether it is a café or a pipe manufacturing unit, you can apply your skill set and succeed in just about anything.

 

Work as a project manager

With large projects being executed globally today, project managers are in great demand. A project manager is responsible for ensuring the targets are set, the deadlines are met, the team works together and that the results are delivered on time. Management graduates are in a great position after graduation to apply for this position.

 

Human resources manager

The human resources department is another great option for management graduates. Human resources would require the graduate to look after the many different aspects of managing people in an organization. With a versatile set of skills and an affinity towards interacting with people on a daily basis, management graduates can also opt for this career path.

 

Apply for a government job

Management graduates can also apply for government jobs. A lot of these jobs require candidates to clear a set of government-mandated exams. A management student will have studied a little bit of everything required and will be well-equipped to clear such exams. Government jobs are also a lucrative option because of the job security it offers.

 

Become a marketing executive

If you want to take a slightly different path than the ones mentioned above, a job in the marketing department can be an option for you. A job in marketing is also great for creatively inclined management students because it allows them to explore many different options in the field of marketing itself, from going into media to going into advertising. As a management student, you will encounter literature about marketing that can help you get one foot in the door.

 

Management is one of these fields where graduates have a ton of opportunities in front of them. If you have a bachelor’s degree, you can also opt for a master’s degree in a specialized area or choose an MBA program. This list talks about only some of the popular career choices made by management students. However, there are many more industries and businesses that offer fantastic career opportunities to management graduates. There is no dearth of opportunities as long as you are willing to work hard and learn on a daily basis.

How can students use social media tools to create an online presence

In the age of technology and social media, a student’s online presence is incredibly important for universities and potential employers. Whether you are applying for your first job or sending an application to a university abroad for higher education, your online persona matters. Admission officers and employers often Google potential candidates to learn more about their opinions, interests and hobbies. Therefore, here are a few tips to make sure your online presence is on point.

Using social media to create your personal brand

Create an online brand

The primary thing to remember is that you are your own brand ambassador. You have to brand “YOU” because that is how potential employers will know who you are. Curate your social media accounts in a way that if someone searches for you online, the first result will be professional and dignified. If you are one of those people who would prefer to maintain a personal account as well, make sure the two are entirely separate.

 

Showcase your interests

LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter are great mediums to showcase your interests. From following people who inspire you to industry leaders, to sharing articles you find interesting, everything adds up to show your interests to potential employers. Staying updated with news and happenings in your field sends a message to your employer that you are well read.

 

Professionalism

Gone are the days when you could have a weird or funny handle or username on social media platforms. It is extremely important to have a username that is professional. This might be the first impression you are making on somebody, so you want it to exude professionalism. A proper email address, not the one you made in high school, is important for electronic communication.

 

Profile pictures

For social media platforms that you intend to use professionally, such as LinkedIn and Twitter, make sure your profile picture is professional. A professional headshot, in formal attire, is the ideal choice. Try to avoid group pictures or pictures from a party.

 

It is ok to untag/unfollow

For those who do not want the hassle of maintaining separate personal and professional account, your friends and professional contacts will always overlap. No matter how hard you try to control your social media presence, someone somewhere will tag you in a picture you’d rather not show to your employer or university. Therefore, it is ok to untag yourself. If they do ask you why be polite and let them know the reason.

 

The question to ask is this: What would come up if a potential employer or admissions officer looked you up on Google? It is essential for the modern student and modern employee to have an online presence that is an asset to whatever company or institution they are joining. People have been fired for something as small as an inappropriate picture. With these tips, you can turn your online presence into something that will impress your potential employer or school. Today, social media is so much more than just a tool to stay in touch with friends.

 

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