Job Interview 101: Top 10 job interview tips


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That dream job you wanted since you were a child might not be as easy to get as you think considering our economy today. The unemployment rate in the US is 5.8% of the labour work force and that’s 9.0 million people each year competing for a job. In Canada, its 1.2 million people unemployed and it keeps growing every year. Imagine the amount of people trying to get the same job as you do, unless you want to work for fast food all your life, its just not going to cut it. Well its a challenge for most of us and we need to find ways to edge our competition no matter how little, it will all add up in the end.

NOTE: First of all there are 6 kinds of job interviews and each has its own characteristics.

  • Structured interview – These are pre-determined set of questions. The interviewee will read this to you in sequence in a job interview.
  • Unstructured interview – These are unplanned set of questions. The interviewee will ask you questions off the top of his head.
  • Mixed interview – It’s basically a mix between structured and unstructured.
  • Behavioural description interview – These are set of questions that will determine future behaviours. The interviewee will ask you about an event that happened in the past and explain what your actions were at that time.
  • Situational interview – The interviewee will give you situations that might happen in the future. The question usually starts with i.e. What would you do if …
  • Stress-producing interview – These questions will determine how well you deal with stress. Involves High levels of stress questions.

Here are some guidelines that you could follow to increase your chances of getting that very elusive dream job.

Interview tips

#1 – Be Prepared!!

This must be the most obvious. According to an independent research firm 38% of managers said that interviewees had done hardly any research about them. Spend time on their website, get to know what their company is all about. Also know what your skills and experiences are. Write it down on a piece of paper and review it before the interview. Another important thing is to know your career plans and goals. This tells your interviewer that you care about your career and that you are committed to your job. I guarantee that this will most likely be part of the interview So be prepared, it will greatly boost your confidence when you know you came prepared.

#2 – Dress to Impress!!

Dress appropriate for a job interview. Make that good first impression. I wrote about how people make snap judgements about others in 5 seconds to formulate a negative or positive opinion based only from your appearance. This is crucial for making the decision. Make yourself known and dress appropriate.

#3 – Make Eye Contact!!

Making eye contact is important because this tells your interviewer that you are confident about yourself. This also conveys that you’re prepared for the interview and confident that you can answer all the questions. And you will also appear to be likable.

#4 Be a Good Listener!!

Stay attentive in the interview and stay still. Listen carefully to the questions asked. Also don’t be afraid of asking the interviewer to repeat the question. Its normal for the interviewee to misunderstand the question, that is why its important to make sure and ask again. This says that you are eager to answer the question.

#5 – Be Honest!!

Interviewees are trained professionals, they can read your body language. If you’re not a trained liar, I suggest that you keep it real. Lying will only lower your chances of getting the job.

#6 – Be Deliberate!!

Think things through before you answer. Don’t just answer the question right away. Carefully weigh in any possible answers to the question in your head. Be smart with your answers. Remember that content is heavier than quantity on an interview.

#7 – Don’t be Afraid of Silence!!

Awkward silences are sometimes viewed negatively but in fact its a good sign that you are thinking it through and it conveys that you are really investing on your answer which is always a plus. Don’t be afraid to ask your interviewer if you can take a moment to think about the answer. Its really OK.

#8 – Be Confident Not Arrogant!!

There’s a huge difference between Arrogance and Confidence. I got this phrase from www.theladder.com, it says, “Confidence is inspiring and Arrogance is a turn-off”. Its easy to come off as arrogant but it takes work to be confident. Its important to know the difference.

#9 – Sell yourself!!

Sell your self to the interviewee. Say what they want to hear and be the solution to their problem. Talk about your resume and what you can offer the company if they hire you. Companies like to hear about what you can do for their team and why they should hire you. Again, prepare!!

#10 – Ask Questions!!

At the end of the interview when the interviewer asks you if you have any questions never say no. Its important to ask questions at the end of an interview. Know the right questions to ask here are some examples.

Wrong questions to ask:

  • How much do I get paid?
  • What are the benefits?

Right questions to ask:

  • How can I help the company?
  • What do you think is the best fit for me in the company
  • How can I help grow the company?
  • If I don’t get your call on Friday, Can I call you on Monday?

You want to convey the idea that you genuinely care about the company and it tells them that you are interested.There you go those are my top 10 job interview tips. What do you think?

How women size you up, Gentlemen


First Impressions last

Early this morning, I was brainstorming for my next blog post while listening to the Radio(“the John Tesh Radio Show”). There was this topic that really caught my attention. John was talking about, “how women would size you up in 5 seconds guaranteed”. He just listed the factors, but didn’t elaborate. I thought I should discuss those factors in further detail.

As guys, we all know that women makes snap judgements about us all the time. Its been like that since the beginning of time, its a given. And to some of us, it may not be a surprise any more. We’re so used to it, we sometimes unconsciously act the way she wants us to. Notice yourself when you’re with your friends, now compare that when you’re with her. Exactly, that’s why people say that you can’t really tell that you know someone, until you actually lived with them. But until then, you can follow these to help you get that good first impression.

 This best applies to guys that had been living on their own, and has their own place.

(This isn’t arranged in any order)

Books

DSC_0548 (2) Yes books! Experts says, that women would associate no books with no brains. You have to have books in your apartment. Even if you don’t read, if you really want that good first impression, then set up that little library. It wouldn’t cost you much, you can always just salvage any old bookshelf from your old house or get one in goodwill, do whatever. Just get one.

Bathroom

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A Clean bathroom! Having a dirty bathroom tells a girl that you have very poor hygiene. Who wants to have that as a First impression? If you know she’s coming over, then make time to clean your bathroom prior to her visit. This is arguably the most important factor in the list. Do it!

Food

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Mhm this is always on the list. A stocked kitchen with cook books, utensils, healthy food in the fridge, will tell a girl that you can actually fend for yourself. That’s one of the most important things to know, she would think that you could possibly take care of her too. Mac and Cheese is awesome though, not going to lie.

Pets

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Your pets could actually help you get a girl. Now that’s something I never heard about. Anything that can be nurtured, factors into this, like Cats, Dogs, and even plants. This means that you are capable of taking care of other things other than yourself. Get yourself a dog, walk it out and watch it do its magic. trust it will work!

Big screen TV & Gaming Consoles

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I totally disagree on this one. Especially, when everyone has it at home. Not having an Entertainment set up is blasphemy. But Experts says that Having a Big Screen TV and gaming console in your house, tells a girl that you have too much time in your hands and immature. hmm. That’s true in many ways, but also wrong. Its true because it does give out a vibe that you play video games most of your spare time, and also wrong because nowadays consoles have many other uses other than gaming, watching movies for one. I mean, that’s my opinion. If anything, just tell her that you only use your gaming console for watching movies, but you don’t want to seem defensive too.

A government reduced to state of nature


Imagine that Canada has been reduced to a state of nature, by some natural catastrophe or a civil war. It is your job to organise a new government. You can chose ONE of the following political theorists as your chief advisor: Hobbes, Locke or Marx. Explain the political theory of your chosen advisor and describe the form of government you are going to offer your citizens. How would the other two thinkers critique your new government?

Thomas Hobbes believe that before government life in the state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. In the absence of an absolute ruler, we would all kill each other. We need a ruler who is strong enough that he is beyond challenge. That is the only thing that would keep us from tearing each other apart. He believed that we need an absolute ruler that would demand authority. His view was influenced by the English civil war. He saw absolute government in England breakdown and lead to a long civil war.

If I was to create a government from ground up. We’re going to need a leader who is strong and powerful, that can lead us to a well-functioning society. To do that we’re going to need a leader who cannot be opposed. People need to be told what to do, else they will go about their own way. I believe that, to be able to restore what once was. We must have a strong leader just like what Hobbes described in his book, “the Leviatan”.

John Locke on the other hand believes that God gave Adam natural rights which are life, liberty, and property. He says that, the government is responsible for protecting those natural rights and if they fail to protect those rights, the people can over throw their government and revert back to the state of nature, so that they can recreate the government.

Karl Marx was the founding father of communism. He would sort of agree with my chosen government. But he would also argue about the concept of material wealth. He believes that the people doesn’t work as an individual but as a society. He wants to promote equality. The rich, the poor, and the middle class would be reduced to an equal opportunity for everyone. There would be without an economic class in the society.

Singing talent: touches hearts of many


I was writing my essay for an hour and I needed something to distract me and I stumbled upon this video. My first thought was,”This is a funny video, Im in it for a good laugh”. Plan was to watch it, get a good laugh then continue on writing my essay.

here it is:

The moment I heard his voice, I was like,”OMG this guy can really sing”.

I was in complete awe the whole entire time I was watching it. I was moved by the song. I wasn’t expecting him to be such a good singer. It completely caught me off guard. I’m really glad I watched it.

It really gave me some inspiration. I hope you did too.

Top 10 reasons to love the Holidays


Christmas and the holidays are the season of giving. It’s a time when people are more kind and open-hearted. Read more at brainyquote

Since the holidays is just around the corner, I decided to list the top 10 things I love about the Holidays. Its my favourite time of the year. It brings people closer together and it promotes sacrificing something for the joy of others. Its an overall a feel good experience.

These are my personal favourite. Let me know what you think.

#1. Gifts

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Its not a surprise that Gifts is at the top of the list. Who doesn’t like receiving gifts?. I know I do. It just brings me joy, not because of the gift itself, but really just grateful to the person. For me, the thought that goes into it is the most important thing. I personally don’t care about how much the person spent on it, Unless its really really expensive. Its the thought that counts people.

#2. Food

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YES, FOOD! Its second to my list. Its the ultimate cheat month. Since Christmas is my family’s most celebrated event of the year. The amount of food is insane. The varieties of food is amazing and its always different every year. For us living north of the border, we have boxing day after Christmas. The morning of boxing day when you wake up, is the best feeling, “left over food never tasted better “. That’s why most people pack lbs. during this season.

#3. Shopping 

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Shopping! Shopping! and more Shopping! Its the time where people grind it out at work. Getting over time hours to cope with their spending. We spend more in a week, compared to what we’ve spent in a year total. I think for some people, it’s their way of rewarding themselves.

#4. Christmas parties

10743693_10152807826212170_139265220_nChristmas Parties! For my family and friends, its been our tradition to have a Christmas party every year. Its a time where we get together and have dinner. We also do secret santas every year. It makes things a lot more interesting and also you save a lot of money that way since you don’t have to get every single one of them a gift.

#5. Relatives away from home

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Most of us have relatives away from home. Our grandmother visited us last year from California. It was really nice to see her again after a long time. Its been a while since I’ve last seen her. There’s just no better feeling than spending time with your loved ones. It brings us closer together. Its also a great time to catch up and share stories with them.

#6. Time off from work

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YES it is! A couple of days off work is enough to be part of the top 10. It doesn’t need any explanation. More quality time with family and friends for sure.

#7. Christmas Jingles

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If you’re living in Toronto, tune in to 98.1. They play Christmas music all day throughout the season. It instantly puts you in the mood for the holidays.

#8. Holiday Ambiance 

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I don’t know what it is about this season. It just puts you in a good mood. It could be the atmosphere, or the air we breathe. Its the feeling overall for me.

#9. Snow Snow Snow

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We associate snow with a lot of activities. Tobogganing is my favourite.  Going down the hill with my makeshift sled made of boxes is the best. You just have to put on more layers to actually enjoy playing outside in the snow.

#10. Midnight Mass 

Catholic Christians has a unique way of celebrating Christmas. We attend a series of Church masses every night from the 16th of December to Christmas eve. Most of us believe that if you attend all of it, your wish would come true.  It is also meant to show devotion to God and heightened anticipation for Christ’s birth. Its a tradition.

Relationship 101: who controls your relationship?


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The person who cares the least, Controls the relationship.

We all thought about this situation and we have it at the back of our minds, but we don’t talk about it. It is not something that couples talk about. You may be doing it already, you just haven’t realized it. It might also be working out to your advantage, but not all people have the same way of thinking. It also can be a complete disaster movie. (This only applies to serious relationships)

What I’m saying is, people react differently. Some might be OK with it and some might be completely offended by it. Some relationships are unconsciously doing it, and it might be working out for them.

My theory is that, successful couples has the right amount of care between the both of them, which created balance in their universe.

In my opinion, it doesn’t need to be equal, you just have to analyze your situation and figure out what works out for the both of you. I mean, Its really just finding the right combinations.

Now to answer the question, Yes its true and will continue to be. Its not always a bad thing, again if it works for your relationship and it creates balance, then it must be doing something right.

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Now, it doesn’t mean you don’t care at all, that’s different. It just means that you’re opening up some space for your partner to fill up. It sometimes the other way around, your partner may have some space for you to fill up. Key is don’t go over that limit, Just fill up whatever needs to be filled and stay within it. Some people tend to be overwhelming and most of the time their partners feel that they are obligated to match it. They will feel pressured and sometimes confused, which can lead to a breakup.

You may agree or disagree with this point of view. Keep in mind that this is just the technical side of things. Relationships are complicated that way. There are a lot of areas to be covered when it comes to this. Its just really a matter of perspective. We all think differently in different situations. This is just for those people who needs an answer to, “why things are the way they are?”. I hope to have covered that area.

Life experiences predicts the future


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Think of yourself as an empty box, and every time you experience something, you add it into that box.

That’s how life works. Our personality today is the collection of the experiences generated through the years that we’ve been here.

Those experiences are available to us whenever we need to make a decision in life. Through past experiences, we can assess the situation and make the right decisions based upon the experiences you’ve gained in the past.

(Now if you’ve never had experienced anything like it before, I would suggest that you learn from others who have, do not make a decision on your own).

This rule applies to anything in life, whether be work related, family, or relationships. It is best to be absolutely sure than learn it the hard way.

Employers tend to lean towards candidates that has vast amounts of experience in the field, versus a candidate who is fresh out of Stanford with academic achievements. I mean its an obvious choice, (and again that choice is based upon the employers own experience or knowledge gained from other sources).

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Theory learned in school doesn’t always translate well into practice. Its a no brainer for most of us, but how would you explain it?. Its simple,

“the candidate with a lot of experience was exposed to a significant number of decision making scenarios in the past”.

which ultimately brings us to experienced gained, and more experience means that if ever presented with the same scenario in the future, you are more likely to make the right decision..

Relationships also require smart decision making. It only differs from the amount of factors that comes into play when talking about relationships. But the decision making itself requires experience.

When it comes to relationships, we tend to shut off the rest of the world.

When I was growing up, I never listened to anyone but myself, I wanted to make my own decisions. I was stubborn, I had to learn the hard way.

There was never a short cut when it comes to relationships, its just complicated that way. But through all those experiences, I have learned that to do the right things and say the right things are the foundations of a strong relationship. That is were experience come into play. You may have said the wrong things before, but you can use that knowledge in the future, so that you don’t make the same mistakes.

There are two kinds of people, There are people who make mistakes and correct them along the way, and there are people who are well equipped with knowledge from other peoples past experiences and try to learn from it before it happens. I’d like to think that I am the well equipped kind of person

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It’s true, and it goes with the quote, “History repeats itself”, and sometimes it does. That is why Do’s and Don’ts came along, That information is based on other peoples life experiences and they have worked in the past. It is best to be aware than go about it blindfolded.

As we we’re growing up, we develop our knowledge through everyday experiences. Our personality was built from It and moulded us into what we are today.

Left-Handers in a Right-Handers world


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There are only ten percent of left-handers in the world.

They wake up every morning, in a world built for right-handers.

It is quite the challenge.

There are simple things that right-handers take for granted, from scissors to guitars to cellphones, these are difficult to manage when you are left-handed.

Being left-handed seem cool, it is something that sets you apart from others. It may not be a bad thing, here are some facts: Studies in US, UK and Australia

Left-handers’ brains are structured differently from right-handers’ in ways that can allow them to process language, spatial relations and emotions in more diverse and potentially creative ways. Also, a slightly larger number of left-handers than right-handers are especially gifted in music and math. A study of musicians in professional orchestras found a significantly greater proportion of talented left-handers, even among those who played instruments that seem designed for right-handers, such as violins. Similarly, studies of adolescents who took tests to assess mathematical giftedness found many more left-handers in the population.

For all of the Left-handers out there, just so you know, August 13th is left-handers day. Belated happy left-handers to you all left-handers.

Cocoa Farmers Tasted Chocolate For The First Time


Take a moment to reflect on the issue presented in the video.

These people harvest cocoa for a living, and yet they never tasted chocolate. Its ironic, they have been harvesting cocoa for generations, but they couldn’t buy a bar of chocolate.

This video made me think of the things that I normally take for granted.

We are so used to living a lavish life that we completely ignore these facts.

Keep in mind that there are people that would do anything to have what you have, while you waste away your life.

The only thing I’m saying is that, We are blessed to have a family, to have a roof over our heads, and to be able to do the things that we love and more.

Have a sense of awareness and be grateful for what you have.