UPSC Civil Services: Here’s everything you need to know about The Interview

UPSC Civil Services: Here’s everything you need to know about The Interview

The personality test, which is the final gateway to the so-called corridors of power – to the foreign, civil, police and other services, is perceived as the proverbial X-factor in the success story of a candidate. The Civil Services examination, conducted by the Union Public Service Commission, is one of the most arduous and keenest competitions in India, involving over five lakh aspirants vying for a mere 800-1000 seats. Spread over a period of nearly a year, the preliminary, main examinations and the interview (personality test) represent the three phases…

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3 Lessons I Learned From Bombing An Interview That I Thought Was A Sure Thing

3 Lessons I Learned From Bombing An Interview That I Thought Was A Sure Thing

Early in my career, my boss made the terrible mistake of telling me that I was the best interviewee he’d ever met. “It was evident from the beginning that we should hire you,” he said, “and the only thing I’d tell you to do differently next time is to ask me for a $1 billion salary.” OK, the last part of that quote isn’t entirely accurate, but the damage was all the same. Not only was I convinced that I was the best candidate on the planet, but I also thought…

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Interview with AEF Scholarship Recipient: Hamlet Khenkoyan

Interview with AEF Scholarship Recipient: Hamlet Khenkoyan

Armenian Educational Foundation’s (AEF) reach and impact is far and wide. For decades, AEF has provided financial assistance through scholarships to Armenian students both in the United States and in Armenia, helping them to attain their educational goals. Moreover, the effect of this assistance extends far beyond financial support; it also empowers the scholarship recipients to become contributing, caring and valuable members of their community. I interviewed a second-year scholarship recipient, Hamlet Khenkoyan, a determined, ambitious and civic-minded young man, wise beyond his years. I hope this interview will capture…

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The ultimate guide to nailing any job interview – live chat

The ultimate guide to nailing any job interview – live chat

Competition for jobs is fierce, but if you’ve been asked to interview, you’ve already beaten the odds. On average jobs attract around 250 applicants and onlyfour to six of these are offered an interview. So if you’ve been invited to the office, you’re not far from success. But how can you make sure you get the job? The secret is preparation, says Andrew Fennell, founder of Standout CV. “Review the job specification and identify any requirements where your skills don’t match up. Once you understand your shortcomings, you can plan…

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The Job Interview review: we all need a bit of Lorraine in our lives

The Job Interview review: we all need a bit of Lorraine in our lives

I love Lorraine. That’s all there is to it. Lorraine Kitchen, head of human resources at Low Cost Vans, a small vehicle leasing company in Neath, south Wales, is my hope and my salvation. She takes part in the first episode of The Job Interview, Channel 4’s new documentary series, which puts fixed cameras in an office in Westminster and then runs the hell away, to let the stress, horror, potential humiliations and possible delights unfold as unaffectedly as possible. The jobs are real, the companies are real, the ads…

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TOP TIPS FOR INTERVIEW SUCCESS

TOP TIPS FOR INTERVIEW SUCCESS

In the current market where many individuals have similar experience, employers are putting more emphasis on personality when interviewing potential employees. Below are tips to make you stand out from the crowd: • Be fully prepared before interview – Ensure you know your interview location, information on the company, and names and backgrounds of who you will be meeting, which can be done through their website and career websites. Thoroughly read the job description and your resumé to prepare examples of where you meet the requirements. • Create the right…

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SEEKING A HIGHER POSITION IN AN INTERVIEW MAY BACKFIRE

SEEKING A HIGHER POSITION IN AN INTERVIEW MAY BACKFIRE

One mistake that many people make in job interviews is to position themselves too early for a higher position and title. Although this strategy can work if the position you’re applying for is below your skills, it can backfire in many ways. Being seen as overqualified is the first problem that can simply exclude you early in the process. But that is not everything. Your interviewers may also get the impression that you’d easily jump ship at the first sight of a better position somewhere else. Based on your tone,…

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THE LITTLE DETAILS THAT MATTER IN ANY INTERVIEW

THE LITTLE DETAILS THAT MATTER IN ANY INTERVIEW

Showing respect for an employer during a job interview takes different forms. It is also one factor that probably will make a difference in the eventual decision to hire you or not. From the moment you make the first contact until you land the job and beyond, it is important to show respect in words and deeds. That goes beyond just being polite and showing up on time. You must demonstrate appreciation for being in the interviewing process by paying close attention to the job-ad requirements as well as any…

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5 Ways to Avoid Answering the Worst Job Interview Question, ‘What’s Your Salary History?’

5 Ways to Avoid Answering the Worst Job Interview Question, ‘What’s Your Salary History?’

First things first: anyone who tells you that you can always dodge the salary history question is probably trying to sell you something. The reality of the situation is that sometimes, you just can’t wriggle out of answering this question – not if you want to stay a viable candidate for the job. But, that doesn’t mean that you should name your price right away. You might be able to get the hiring manager to focus on the future, not the past, and that’s what you’re hoping for. (Photo Credit:…

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