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Monday, September 26, 2016

Telephone Interview Tips

Telephone interviews, especially for a first interview, are becoming increasingly common for today’s job seeker.  Telephone interviews provide an efficient and cost-effective way for an employer to screen potential candidates and evaluate whether there is good fit for the position. Likewise, job seekers can use a telephone opportunity to gage their own interest in a potential employer and position.

Be Prepared and Confident!

Approach a telephone interview with the same level of preparation and seriousness as you would a face-to-face interview. Research the company; be prepared to articulate how your background, skills, education and experience make you uniquely qualified for the position; and develop good questions for the interviewer. The impression you make over the telephone and the manner with which you present yourself are likely to influence whether you’ll be seriously considered for the position, and perhaps offered the opportunity for a follow-up interview.

Coordinate the logistical aspects of the telephone interview well in advance of the scheduled interview. Record the date and time of the telephone interview and know who will be calling whom. Normally, the employer initiates the call to the candidate; however, do not assume that this is always the case. If possible, secure a landline phone in a quiet space with minimal risk of distractions and disable call waiting.  Conducting an interview using a cell phone runs the risk of poor reception, a dropped call, and interference.   Scheduled telephone interviews normally last between 20-30 minutes, though some can last up to an hour.

All job seekers should be aware that once you begin circulating your resume, you could potentially receive a call from an employer without notice and the purpose of the call could be a brief pre-screening interview. If the call arrives at an inopportune time or if you are not prepared to answer questions, you can ask to schedule the call at another time. If you answer a call you should be prepared to answer basic interview questions with confidence.  Don’t hesitate to let the call drop to voicemail if you are not prepared or if the setting is not an appropriate environment for a professional conversation.  Make sure that you have a professional-sounding voicemail greeting.

Practice !

Talking on the phone during an interview may be more challenging that it seems. Practicing will give you the confidence you need to have a successful telephone interview. Have a friend or family member conduct a mock interview and tape record it so you can determine how you sound over the phone.  You want to appear confident, articulate, knowledgeable and professional. Adjust the speed of your speech so that you don’t talk too fast or too slow, and practice minimizing casual “ums”, “uhhs” and “okays.”  Rehearse answers to typical interview questions and be sure that your answers are organized, well thought out and concise.  If it helps you, you can use note cards to remind you of questions or points you may want to address during the telephone interview.  Be careful not to sound like you are reading a prepared statement if you do elect to use note cards.

Just Before the Telephone Interview

Prepare your body, mind, and physical appearance as you would for an in-person interview. Get plenty of rest, eat a nutritious meal, even groom and dress so that you feel comfortable and can present as an energetic and enthusiastic candidate.

Ensure that you have a pen/paper close by, as well as a copy of your resume, questions that you want to ask the employer, and a copy of any documents that you submitted to the employer earlier (e.g., cover letter, transcript). Make sure that you re-read the position description before the interview begins, and have a copy of the job description on hand.

Turn off call waiting so that the interview is not interrupted, remove or turn off any possible distractions in the interviewing space (e.g., alarm clocks, TVs, cell phones, noisy animals, or roommates), and close the door.

Tips for During the Interview
  • Don’t smoke, chew gum, eat, or drink.
  • Keep a glass of water handy in case you need to wet your mouth.
  • Smile. Smiling will project a positive image to the listener and will change the tone of your voice.
  • Sit up straight at a table or desk, or stand up – your voice will sound stronger and you may feel more self-assured.
  • Speak directly into the phone, speak slowly, and enunciate clearly.
  • Feel free to gesture as you normally would while engaged in conversation.
  • Use the person’s title (Mr. or Ms. and his or her last name.) Use a first name only if the interviewer asks you to. If multiple people interview you, jot down their names and titles for future reference.
  • Have your resume and supporting materials nearby, but don’t read directly from them.
  • Don’t interrupt the interviewer and give the interviewer ample time to speak as well.
  • Take your time – it’s perfectly acceptable to take a moment or two to collect your thoughts.
  • Keep answers brief and concise.
  • Remember your goal is to set up a face-to-face interview. After you thank the interviewer, reiterate your interest in the position and say that you would appreciate the opportunity for an in-person interview.

After the Interview – Continue to Make a Lasting Impression
  • Immediately jot down notes about what you were asked and how you answered. Note parts of the conversation that you feel went very well, and perhaps aspects that didn’t go as well (for use in future interview preparation). Identify points that you would like to clarify or expand on in a follow-up interview, topics that require additional research or preparation, and additional questions that you have for the interviewer.
  • Immediately after the interview send a thank-you note.

Questions To Ask Interviewer

1)  Mr. / Mrs. Interviewer, so I can put what you are telling me in perspective could you share with me a little about your background?
How long have you been with ABC Co.?
What has kept you challenged and happy for that period of time?
What was it that attracted you to ABC Co.?
Have there been any surprises positive or negative?

2)  What characteristics do you feel are most important to succeed in this role and at XYZ co. in general?

3)  What do you feel are the most and least desirable aspects of this opportunity?

4)  What activities could I expect to spend the majority of my time on during a typical day or week?

5)  What is the most important responsibility of this position?

6)  What individuals could someone in this opportunity expect to interact with?

7)  Are there any problem areas that I could come in and make significant improvements to immediately?

8)  Obviously this opportunity entails a lot of initials challenges.  Assuming I were able to come in and be successful with the initial challenges, down the road what do you see as potential future challenges or opportunities?

9)  Is there anything I can expand on or anything else I can tell you about myself that would be helpful?

10)  Has anything come up during our conversation that makes you question my ability to be successful in this opportunity?

11)  How do these individuals that we will interact with outside of the Finance and Accounting area view our group?

12)  Assuming that I start on Monday, what is my first mission critical task?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

How To Check Whether Email Address Working or Not?

Here is a method to check a particular email id currently working or not.

MailTester will check whether the email is currently live or not.

Simply enter the email which you want to check in MailTester and it will show you the result whether the email exists or not.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Fastest-Growing Tech Skills : April 2016

A survey says that the fastest growing tech skills  i.e. 20/04/2016
Spark, Azure, Salesforce, Big Data, JIRA, Electrical Engineer, Cloud, Hive, Cassandra

Friday, April 8, 2016

10 Jobs that Didn't Exist 10 years Ago

10 Jobs that Didn't Exist 10 years ago: 

ios, android, data scientist, ui/ux designer, cloud service, digital marketing, beachbody, big data architect, social media intern, zumba instructor

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Dice Portal Job Posting Rules

Dice Portal Job Posting Rules

Please use phrases like:
  •     “US Citizens and all those authorized to work in the US are encouraged to apply”
  •     “We are unable to sponsor.”
  •     “We are able to sponsor.”
  •     “No third party candidates considered for this position”
  •     "Work sponsorship not available at this time"
  •     "Those authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship will be considered. We are not able to sponsor at this time"
  •     "US Citizens only for Federal Clearance Requirement"

Please don't use these or similar phrases:
  •     "Only U.S. Citizens"
  •     "Citizenship requirement"*
  •     "Only U.S. Citizens or Green Card Holders"
  •     "H-1Bs Only"
  •     "Must have a U.S. Passport"
  •     "Must have a green card"
  •     "No H1B's"
  •     "Permanent Residents Only"
  •     "No U.S. Citizens"
  •     "No Indians"
  •     "No Visas"

Monday, March 28, 2016

How to identify fake H1B's and OPT'S

 Who are these people with fake resumes?
1. OPT Students (Foreign Students who complete their Masters in United States and are eligible for full time work authorization because of Optional Practical Training)
2. H1B Candidates (These folks are either OPTs who are recently converted to H1B in last 2 years or folks who traveled from offshore with a H1B with 2-3 years of experience or none. You never know.)

 What is the pattern of the fake resume?
1. Resume with no Last Name
2. Resume includes employer’s phone number not the candidate's number
3. A Bachelor’s Degree without year of graduation
4. Resume includes 6-8 years’ of experience with first 3-4 years’ of experience in offshore and the rest in United States.
5. The offshore companies they put up in the resume are either banks or some companies with factious names
6. The project timelines are lengthy typically 1.5 to 2 years
7. Roles and responsibilities look very similar in almost all the projects
The pattern is as follows in case of a recent H1B or someone with 2-3 years’ experience,
7. Resume includes 9-12 years’ of experience with first 4-5 years’ of experience in offshore and the rest in United States.
8. First 2-3 projects look OK but after that the projects follow a very similar pattern
What do they claim when they speak to you?
1. They say they traveled to United States on a L1 or H1BVisa
2. They claim they are currently on H1B or an extension
3. Their availability for a phone call is typically after 2:00 PM Mon-Fri or 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. But, if you arrange an interview with short notice they won’t take it because their PROXY might not be available at the time.
4. They say they can provide references but these references include consultants working for their employer at a client site or who has some relation with candidates firm.
5. Few claim they started working full time when they were  in the 3rd year of their college, just to make sure the experience adds up to 7-8 years (as mentioned in resume).
How to WEED OUT these fake profiles?
1. Start with the resume word document properties, check for the name of the author, if it isn’t candidates’ name then something is fishy
2. Look out for typical resume formats and responses mentioned above
3. Check their online presence, primarily LinkedIn (this might not work all the time). Most of the candidates with fake resumes doesn't have any online presence (Facebook, Linked, Twitter, Instagram)
4. Ask the names of the project managers they are currently working for and look up their names on LinkedIn (This holds good for OPT candidates but not for the recent H1B candidates)
5. Ask for the copy of highest degree
6. Ask for candidate's 1-797 copy (when first applied) and make a note of the receipt number. Cross check I-797 status using Plug in the receipt number to find the date of approval and is fool proof since the information obtained is directly from USCIS.
7. VerifyI-94 information using You need to get the passport copy and the consent from the candidate. This is again fool proof since the information obtained is directly from Department of Homeland Security.
8. Verify Divers License or any photo ID
9. Finally, cross check dates from each document.
Note: These folks are capable of forging any document. So, when you look at the documents focus on Names, Date of Birth, and Visa Approval Dates/Expiry Dates. Zoom in to the area and make sure they are not tampered. Look for changes in the document background (color/texture/white box), change in font style/size.

Often, it is hard to get the documents form the candidates. In that case, the only option left out is to ask the consultant to prove their experience/authenticity.

Written by
Aravind Ramachandran

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Tips to crack HR Interview

How to crack HR Interview

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