How to be the Master of your Interview

No matter how skilled, or on top-of-the-game we are, interviews always tend to make us nervous. There are just too many uncertainties and the stakes are too high. A lot could go awry, based on who the interviewer is and his perception towards the candidate. The only thing we have in control is the way we present ourselves and the way we answer the questions.

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A lot of people are unaware that, the way they answer the questions can put them in the driving seat as far as the interview is concerned.  Not the obvious, correct, well-worded, and confident answer but the answer that compels the interviewer to ask you what you want to answer next.

Here are some tested and tried ways that people have adopted to turn the interview questions to their advantage:

1.Extend your Introduction

“Tell me about yourself.” This question is the golden ticket for you to include exactly what you’d like the interviewers to get piqued about. Remember, in an interview, it is not just your education and skills that they want, but also want someone interesting and with a ‘personality’.  Anything out-of-the-box like unique hobbies, volunteer work, etc. interests the interviewer and influences them to ask questions about it, giving you a chance to reveal more of yourself to them.

 2.Talk about past experiences

Questions about your past experience gives you a chance to highlight your skills and achievements which cannot be put on paper. For example, if in the past, you’ve done successful crisis management, lay it out with a history of the situation and how you warded off the crisis with a strategic approach. Inevitably, questions like how, when and your learnings, etc. will follow, leading the conversation in your chosen direction.

3.Show interest in the question topic

While you need to be enthusiastic throughout your interview, you can always raise the interviewer’s curiosity on certain topics by showing extra interest in the question and its answer. It leads them to asking more questions on the same topic.

Being prepared for interviews is essential in every walk of life. But essentially, it is an art that you can master with practice and guidance at interactive workshops on how to master an interview.

 

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WHY PROFESSIONALS MUST NOT IGNORE FINANCIAL PLANNING

The times, as always, are changing, and the future will certainly be different. The prospects of a successful life full of abundance and security have to travel through many years and stages of life. So when young professionals start out on their careers, or when working executives wish to achieve growth, they must also adopt financial planning as an integral part of living their dream life.

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A carefully thought out financial plan revolves around many wider objectives – housing and marriage, higher education, job changes, starting one’s own business, tackling emergencies, and retirement. Add to it further complexities such as moving abroad or taking a career break, and the importance of having money to back it all up grows.

Unfortunately, many professionals either lack basic financial literacy, or do not consider it of much importance. A 2012 survey conducted in the US by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards revealed only 31 percent decision makers had a financial plan in place. The figure for having a plan to tackle emergencies stood at 35 percent.

How financial road-maps make a difference

Whether you are beginning your professional journey, or are in your middle-life stages, financial planning can make long-term goals look concrete. Apart from being a life savior in critical times, it can also help you achieve more.

Some of the benefits of financial planning are:

  • Making short and long-term goals clear and achievable
  • Enforcing habits of saving with optimized expenditure
  • Making your hard earned money grow with investment portfolio
  • Providing protection to assets
  • Moving your safely through life stages with adequate financial back up

Financial planning is not the preserve only of the smart and savvy, or the super rich. It is an essential tool for professionals in all walks of life as well as business. In the book ‘Financially Fearless’, author von Tobel states, “Just as in personal finances, being very thoughtful, having a plan for almost everything is a crucial financial skill in business.”

So irrespective of the course you are studying, healthcare management or an MBA in media or travel and tourism, learn the basics of financial planning today and hone your financial planning skills with workshops  by Welingkar’s Hybrid Distance Learning Programs and keep your future financial roadmap ready.