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  • Custom animation effects: object spins on end(Advanced)To reproduce the background effects on this slide, do the following:On the Home tab, in theSlides group, click Layout, and then click Blank.Right-click the slide background area, and then click Format Background. In the Format Background dialog box, click Fill in the left pane, and then select Solid fill in the Fill pane. Click the button next to Color, and then under Theme Colors click White, Background 1 (first row, first option from the left).To reproduce the rectangle on this slide, do the following:On the Home tab, in the Drawing group, click Shapes, and then under Rectangles click Rounded Rectangle (second option from the left). On the slide, drag to draw a rounded rectangle.Select the rectangle. Drag the yellow diamond adjustment handle to the left to decrease the amount of rounding on the corners. With the rounded rectangle still selected, under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Size group, do the following:In the Shape Height box, enter 3.5”.In the Shape Width box, enter 0.25”.Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the bottom right corner of the Shape Styles group, click the Format Shape dialog box launcher. In the Format Shape dialog box, click Fill in the left pane. In the Fill pane, select Solid fill, click the button next to Color, and then under Theme Colors click White, Background 1, Darker 15% (third row, first option from the left).Also in the Format Shape dialog box, click Line Color in the left pane. In the Line Color pane, select No line. Also in the Format Shape dialog box, click Shadow in the left pane. In the Shadow pane, click the button next to Presets, under Outer select Offset Bottom (first row, second option from the left), and then do the following:In the Transparency box, enter 0%.In the Sizebox, enter 100%.In the Blur box, enter 8.5 pt.In the Angle box, enter 90°.In the Distance box, enter 1 pt.Also in the Format Shape dialog box, click 3-D Format in the left pane. In the 3-D Format pane, do the following:Under Bevel, click the button next to Top, and then under Bevel click Circle (first row, first option from the left). Next to Top, in the Width box, enter 5 pt, and in the Height box, enter 5 pt.Under Surface, click the button next to Material, and then under Standard clickMatte (first row, first option from the left).Click the button next to Lighting, and then under Neutral click Soft (first row, third option from the left).On the slide, select the rounded rectangle. On the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click the arrow under Paste, and then click Duplicate.Select the duplicate rectangle. On the Home tab, in the Drawing group, do the following:Click the arrow next to Shape Fill, and then click No Fill.Click the arrow next to Shape Outline, and then click No Outline.Drag the second rectangle above the first rectangle until the lower edge overlays the top edge of the first rectangle. (Note: When the spinning animation effect is created later for these rectangles, the spin will center where the edges of the rectangles meet.)Press and hold CTRL, and then select both rectangles. On the Home tab, in the Drawing group, click Arrange, and do the following:Point to Align, and then click Align Selected Objects.Point to Align, and then click Align Center.Click Group. On the slide, drag the group until it is centered horizontally on the left edge of the slide (straddling the edge).On the Home tab, in the Drawing group, click Arrange, point to Align, and then do the following:Click Align to Slide.Click Align Middle.To reproduce the dashed arc on this slide, do the following:On the Home tab, in the Drawing group, click Shapes, and then under Basic Shapes click Arc (third row, 12th option from the left). On the slide, drag to draw an arc.Select the arc. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Size group, do the following:In the Shape Height box, enter 7.5”.In the Shape Width box, enter 7.5”.With the arc still selected, on the Home tab, in the Drawing group, click the arrow next to Shape Outline,and then do the following:Under Theme Colors, click White, Background 1, Darker 15% (third row, first option from the left).Point to Dashes, and then click Dash (fourth option from the top).On the slide, drag the yellow diamond adjustment handle on the right side of the arc to the bottom of the arc to create a half circle.Drag the arc until the yellow diamond adjustment handles are on the left edge of the slide.With the arc still selected, on the Home tab, in the Drawing group, click Arrange, point to Align, and then do the following:Click Align to Slide. Click Align Middle. To reproduce the half circle on this slide, do the following:On the slide, select the arc. On the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click the arrow under Paste, and then click Duplicate.Select the duplicate arc. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Size group, do the following:In the Shape Height box, enter 3.33”.In the Shape Width box, enter 3.33”.With the second arc still selected, under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the arrow next to Shape Fill, and then under Theme Colors click White, Background 1, Darker 5% (second row, first option from the left).Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the arrow next to Shape Outline,and then click No Outline.Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click Shape Effects, point to Shadow, and then click ShadowOptions. In the Format Shape dialog box, click Shadow in the left pane. In the Shadow pane, click the button next to Presets, under Inner click Inside Right (second row, third option from the left), and then do the following:In the Transparency box, enter 86%.In the Blur box, enter 24 pt.In the Angle box, enter 315°.In the Distance box, enter 4 pt.On the slide, drag the second arc until the yellow diamond adjustment handles are on the left edge of the slide. On the Home tab, in the Drawing group, click Arrange, and then do the following:Point to Align, and then click Align to Slide. Point to Align, and then click Align Middle. Click Send to Back.To reproduce the button shapes on this slide, do the following:On the Home tab, in the Drawing group, click Shapes, and then under Basic Shapes click Oval (first row, second option from the left). On the slide, drag to draw an oval.Select the oval. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Size group, do the following:In the Shape Height box, enter 0.34”.In the Shape Width box, enter 0.34”.Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click More, and then click Light 1 Outline, Colored Fill – Dark 1 (third row, first option from the left).Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the bottom right corner of the Shape Styles group, click the Format Shape dialog box launcher. In the Format Shape dialog box, click Fill in the left pane. In the Fill pane, select Solid Fill. Click the button next to Color, and then under Theme Colors click Olive Green, Accent 3, Lighter 80°(second row, seventh option from the left).Also in the Format Shape dialog box, click Line Color in the left pane. In the Line Color pane, select No line. Also in the Format Shape dialog box, click Shadow in the left pane. In the Shadow pane, click the button next to Presets, under Outer click Offset Bottom (first row, second option from the left), and then do the following:In the Transparency box, enter 0%.In the Size box, enter 100%.In the Blur box, enter 8.5 pt.In the Angle box, enter 90°.In the Distance box, enter 1 pt.Also in the Format Shape dialog box, click 3-D Format in the left pane, and then do the following in the 3-D Format pane:Under Bevel, click the button next to Top, and then under Bevel click Art Deco (third row, fourth option from the left). Next to Top, in the Width box, enter 5 pt, and in the Height box, enter 5 pt.UnderContour, click the button next to Color, and then under Theme Colors click White, Background 1 (first row, first option from the left). In the Size box, enter 3.5 pt.Under Surface, click the button next to Material, and then under Standard click Matte (first row, first option from the left). Click the button next to Lighting, and then under Neutral click Soft (first row, third option from the left).On the slide, select the oval. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the bottom right corner of the Size group, click the Size and Position dialog box launcher. In the Size and Position dialog box, on the Position tab, do the following:In the Horizontal box, enter 2.98”.In the Vertical box, enter 1.5”.Select the oval. On the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click the arrow under Paste, and then click Duplicate.Select the duplicate oval. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the bottom right corner of the Size group, click the Size and Position dialog box launcher. In the Size and Position dialog box, on the Position tab, do the following:In the Horizontal box, enter 3.52”.In the Vertical box, enter 2.98”. Repeat step 9 two more times, for a total of four ovals. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the bottom right corner of the Size group, click the Size and Position dialog box launcher. In the Size and Position dialog box, on the Position tab, do the following to position the third and fourth ovals:Select the third oval on the slide, and then enter 3.52” in theHorizontal box and 4.27” in the Vertical box.Select the fourth oval on the slide, and then enter 2.99” in theHorizontal box and 5.66” in the Vertical box.To reproduce the text on this slide, do the following:On the Insert tab, in the Text group, click Text Box, and then on the slide, drag to draw the text box. Enter text in the text box and select the text. On the Home tab, in the Font group, do the following: In the Font list, select Corbel.In the Font Size list, select 22.Click the arrow next to Font Color, and then under Theme Colors click White, Background 1, Darker 50% (sixth row, first option from the left).On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click Align Text Left to align the text left in the text box.On the slide, drag the text box to the right of the first oval.Select the text box. On the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click the arrow under Paste, and then click Duplicate. Click in the text box and edit the text. Drag the second text box to the right of the second oval.Repeat steps 5-7 to create the third and fourth text boxes, dragging them to the right of the third and fourth ovals. To reproduce the animation effects on this slide, do the following:On the Animations tab, in the Animations group, click Custom Animation.On the Home tab, in the Editing group, click Select, and then click Selection Pane. In the Selection and Visibility pane, select the rectangle group. In the CustomAnimation task pane, do the following:Click AddEffect, point to Emphasis, and then click More Effects. In the Add Emphasis Effect dialog box, under Basic, click Spin. Select the animation effect (spin effect for the rectangle group). Under Modify: Spin, do the following:In theStart list, selectWith Previous. In the Amount list, in the Custom box, enter 123°,and then press ENTER. Also in the Amount list, clickCounterclockwise.In the Speedlist, select Fast. On the slide, select the first oval. In the CustomAnimation task pane, do the following:Click AddEffect, point to Emphasis, and then click More Effects. In the Add Emphasis Effect dialog box, under Basic, click Change Fill Color. Select the second animation effect (change fill color effect for the first oval). Under Modify: Change Fill Color, do the following:In the Startlist, select After Previous. In the Fill Color list, click More Colors. In the Colors dialog box, on the Custom tab, enter values for Red: 130, Green: 153, Blue: 117. In the Speedlist, select Very Fast.On the slide, select the first text box. In the CustomAnimation task pane, do the following:Click Add Effect, point to Entrance,and then click More Effects. In the Add Entrance Effect dialog box, under Subtle, clickFade. Select the third animation effect (fade effect for the first text box). Under Modify: Fade, do the following:In theStart list, selectWith Previous.In the Speed list, select Very Fast. In the Selection and Visibility pane, select the rectangle group. In the CustomAnimation task pane, do the following:Click AddEffect, point to Emphasis, and then click More Effects. In the Add Emphasis Effect dialog box, under Basic, click Spin. Select the fourth animation effect (spin effect for the rectangle group). Under Modify: Spin, do the following:In theStart list, selectOn Click. In the Amount list, in the Custom box, enter 22°, and then press ENTER. Also in the Amount list, click Clockwise.In the Speed list, select Very Fast.On the slide, select the second oval. In the CustomAnimation task pane, do the following:Click AddEffect, point to Emphasis, and then click More Effects. In the Add Emphasis Effect dialog box, under Basic, click Change Fill Color. Select the fifth animation effect (change fill color effect for the second oval). Under Modify: Change Fill Color, do the following:In the Startlist, select After Previous. In the Fill Color list, click More Colors. In the Colors dialog box, on the Custom tab, enter values for Red: 130, Green: 153, Blue: 117. In the Speedlist, select Very Fast.On the slide, select the second text box. In the CustomAnimation task pane, do the following:Click Add Effect, point to Entrance and then click More Effects. In the Add Entrance Effect dialog box, under Subtle, clickFade. Select the sixth animation effect (fade effect for the second text box). Under Modify: Fade, do the following:In theStart list, selectWith Previous.In the Speed list, select Very Fast. On the slide, select the third oval. In the CustomAnimation task pane, do the following:Click AddEffect, point to Emphasis, and then click More Effects. In the Add Emphasis Effect dialog box, under Basic, click Change Fill Color. Select the seventh animation effect (change fill color effect for the third oval). Under Modify: Change Fill Color, do the following:In the Startlist, select After Previous. In the Fill Color list, click More Colors. In the Colors dialog box, on the Custom tab, enter values for Red: 130, Green: 153, Blue: 117. In the Speedlist, select Very Fast.On the slide, select the third text box. In the CustomAnimation task pane, do the following:Click Add Effect, point to Entrance and then click More Effects. In the Add Entrance Effect dialog box, under Subtle, clickFade. Select the eighth animation effect (fade effect for the third text box). Under Modify: Fade, do the following:In theStart list, selectWith Previous.In the Speed list, select Very Fast. On the slide, select the fourth oval. In the CustomAnimation task pane, do the following:Click AddEffect, point to Emphasis, and then click More Effects. In the Add Emphasis Effect dialog box, under Basic, click Change Fill Color. Select the ninth animation effect (change fill color effect for the fourth oval). Under Modify: Change Fill Color, do the following:In the Startlist, select After Previous. In the Fill Color list, click More Colors. In the Colors dialog box, on the Custom tab, enter values for Red: 130, Green: 153, Blue: 117. In the Speedlist, select Very Fast.On the slide, select the fourth text box. In the CustomAnimation task pane, do the following:Click Add Effect, point to Entrance,and then click More Effects. In the Add Entrance Effect dialog box, under Subtle, clickFade. Select the 10th animation effect (fade effect for the fourth text box). Under Modify: Fade, do the following:In theStart list, selectWith Previous.In the Speed list, select Very Fast.
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    • 1. Cracking the Interview Presented to: Applicable to candidates for Middle Management Interviews Date: 20/Dec/2011 Location: Gurgaon, Haryana, India
    • 2. Agenda Basics Preparation Pointers Each pointer defined Research the Recruiter Catalogue Self Success Review Self SWOT vs. JD Review Potential QnA Prepare Questions to ask General Questions and Good Answers Do‟s and Donts Pitfalls to Avoid Further Reading A FieryAir Venture Slide:2
    • 3. Agenda Basics Preparation Pointers Each pointer defined Research the Recruiter Catalogue Self Success Review Self SWOT vs. JD Review Potential QnA Prepare Questions to ask General Questions and Good Answers Do‟s and Donts Pitfalls to Avoid Further Reading A FieryAir Venture Slide:3
    • 4. Basics What exactly is an interview? Behavior – What you do An interview is a mutual discussion where Capabilities – What you can do you and the company gauge each other. External Consciousness Both the parties try to evaluate the benefit of a mutual relationship. Convictions – What is your opinion Belief – What do you feel What does an interviewer want? An interviewee tries to project his skills and knowledge. It has only 20% value to the interviewer. An interviewer is Values – What do you want and what drives you interested in rest 80% of the candidate‟s personality, which can be defined under „Self Concepts”, “Traits” and “Motives” Identity – Who are you This 80% is what Interviewer will probe you for Internal Consciousness A FieryAir Venture Slide:4
    • 5. Agenda Basics Preparation Pointers Each pointer defined Research the Recruiter Catalogue Self Success Review Self SWOT vs. JD Review Potential QnA Prepare Questions to ask General Questions and Good Answers Do‟s and Donts Pitfalls to Avoid Further Reading A FieryAir Venture Slide:5
    • 6. Agenda Basics Preparation Pointers Each pointer defined Research the Recruiter Catalogue Self Success Review Self SWOT vs. JD Review Potential QnA Prepare Questions to ask General Questions and Good Answers Do‟s and Donts Pitfalls to Avoid Further Reading A FieryAir Venture Slide:6
    • 7. Preparation Pointers Research the Recruiter The best place to research the recruiter is its website. Trick is to find out basically two aspects of the company, one, about the company, its business, mission/vision; two, its current endeavors. Catalogue Self Success Prepare a laundry list of all your professional achievements. Then prioritize the ones that has more relevance to the position you have applied for. Review Self SWOT vs. JD Read the Job description thoroughly and try to match your skill set accordingly. Try to locate what are your strength and weaknesses vs. the requirements. Review Potential QnA Prepare a list of anticipated questions with answers. You can anticipate questions about you, your current profession and life. However, try foresee questions that might relate to the expectation from the company point of view. Prepare Questions to Ask You will generally face a scenario where the interviewer asks you, if you have anything to inquire. Never say, „Nothing‟. Prepare a brief list of questions.
    • 8. Agenda Basics Preparation Pointers Each pointer defined Research the Recruiter Catalogue Self Success Review Self SWOT vs. JD Review Potential QnA Prepare Questions to ask General Questions and Good Answers Do‟s and Donts Pitfalls to Avoid Further Reading A FieryAir Venture Slide:8
    • 9. Agenda Basics Preparation Pointers Each pointer defined Research the Recruiter Catalogue Self Success Review Self SWOT vs. JD Review Potential QnA Prepare Questions to ask General Questions and Good Answers Do‟s and Donts Pitfalls to Avoid Further Reading A FieryAir Venture Slide:9
    • 10. Agenda Basics Preparation Pointers Each pointer defined Research the Recruiter Catalogue Self Success Review Self SWOT vs. JD Review Potential QnA Prepare Questions to ask General Questions and Good Answers Do‟s and Donts Pitfalls to Avoid Further Reading A FieryAir Venture Slide:10
    • 11. Research the Recruiter – How to Research Business/es Financials Manpower Market Openings There are 5 basic facts that you should be completely aware about the Recruiter: •••All the above pointers can be researched on the Internet. And the common mistake is to open Google to start with,. It should onlybe used to find out the Recruiter‟s website, if not already known. Else, Google can be a Pandora‟s box to start with.Google is Good, but only when you have a lot of time to filter through loads of information some of which might be, worse,misinformation. So, Google only when Absolutely necessary. ••• Most effective way to Research the Recruiter are below. ••• Recruiter‟s website is the Best source of information. This should be your first place to visit to gather information. Search for keywords like, “About Us”. If the Recruiter does not have a website, well, rethink about joining the firm! ••• Wiki largely has a company‟s history, current business and services/product details. An open content source, it is reliable due to the Wiki Admin responsible for content. The page editor of a company is always on alert on edits on its page. A FieryAir Venture Slide:11
    • 12. Research the Recruiter – How to Research contd.. Business/es Financials Manpower Market Openings LinkedIn is a Professional Social Network. It has most of the Companies listed in it. Search for the Overview section that lists the Company Businesses, Manpower and other relevant details. It would also have professional‟s connected to their Company. ••• SlideShare offers uploading and sharing facilities of Case Studies, White Papers, &related documents. All mid size and big companies has an account that is used to share the non- confidential papers, work & researches. This is the place to get company DNA. ••• Search and start Following the company on Twitter and Like it on Facebook. This would open up all the alerts related to the company posted on the Social Net to you in a single go. Little half an hour research would tell you what all the company had been doing since last year. ••• News Alerts are one if the quickest ways to get recent updates about the Recruiter. Use Google for this cautiously. Type in the Recruiter name for the entity that is hiring you. For e.g. if you are going to give interview for Amex India, write “American Express India” rather than “American Express”. Select the News option to see all the recent news about your recruiter. ••• Use Job Portals like Naukri, Monster, TimesJobs to figure out what other openings the Recruiter is haring for now. Sometimes, on the website of the Recruiter gives information on the open career options. Go through the openings to figure out the current requirements. A FieryAir Venture Slide:12
    • 13. Research the Recruiter – What to Research Business/es Financials Manpower Market OpeningsThe most important aspect to be researched about the Recruiter is what Business it is involved in. Basically, you knowabout it,share of have applied and yourcompetitiveness and growth pattern. Apart from helpingknowto know how your of Market so you a company shows its CV has been shortlisted. However, what you would not you is the intricaciesitsyou are aware of the Financialtheto fall intothe company you areMotorola both make phones. But both would not be growth would be,you areshows If work and how it also expected status of its cycle. Nokia and facing interview for, in relation to others in market. Status of the Company, that helps you to gain confidence of the interviewer, and alsomaking it in same way! This information primarily comesfailure, tobelowthe Company. It shows that you to remember market Just remember, do not comment anything on market from the you find any. 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    • 14. Agenda Basics Preparation Pointers Each pointer defined Research the Recruiter Catalogue Self Success Review Self SWOT vs. JD Review Potential QnA Prepare Questions to ask General Questions and Good Answers Do‟s and Donts Pitfalls to Avoid Further Reading A FieryAir Venture Slide:14
    • 15. Agenda Basics Preparation Pointers Each pointer defined Research the Recruiter Catalogue Self Success Review Self SWOT vs. JD Review Potential QnA Prepare Questions to ask General Questions and Good Answers Do‟s and Donts Pitfalls to Avoid Further Reading A FieryAir Venture Slide:15
    • 16. Agenda Basics Preparation Pointers Each pointer defined Research the Recruiter Catalogue Self Success Review Self SWOT vs. JD Review Potential QnA Prepare Questions to ask General Questions and Good Answers Do‟s and Donts Pitfalls to Avoid Further Reading A FieryAir Venture Slide:16
    • 17. Catalogue Self Success List all that you have achieved until now in terms of Rewards, Recognition and Accomplishment Step 1: Create a Laundry List of Step 2: Evaluate the list made with Step 3: Refine the your Professional Achievements the JD of the Recruiter and figure findings, prepare triggers and till date. out the ones that has a match. pointers and fit them to your CV. 1.1: Start with School, go through 2.1: Go through the Job Description 3.1: Focus on the Achievements that College and University, any once. You would find basically three you filtered in Step 2. Write them Vocational Training or Certification sections: Details of location/CTC once in plain English in a way you you might have attended. etc, Requirement from the Job and are explaining them to someone and Qualification and Experience try to be as brief as possible. 1.2: Consider your first and Prerequisite. Go through the second subsequent jobs. Any Performance two options thoroughly. 3.2: Match the list with the Award, Recognition, Course JD, preparing triggers (questions) completed , Project 2.2: Filter out any requirement that is that the interviewer might ask. This done, Implementation done, any comparable with any of your would give you the pointers that Conceptualization, Re- achievements listed in Step 1. Give should prompt your answer briefing engineering, People Leadership more importance to recent events, in the Achievement. initiative, Suggestions made and Professional life and Activities and implemented or anything else that is lesser as you go back in time. 3.3: Try to fit in the most important worth mentioning. However, if you pick an Achievement of the list prepared into your CV. from early past, make sure it is very Take care not to fit all, but only the 1.3: Now focus on other Activities significant to the current role and had recent/important ones. Merge the apart from Academics and significant impact on necessary pointer with the flow of your CV at Profession that can add value. Article target. relevant places. written, Posts made online, Blog maintained. A FieryAir Venture Slide:17
    • 18. Agenda Basics Preparation Pointers Each pointer defined Research the Recruiter Catalogue Self Success Review Self SWOT vs. JD Review Potential QnA Prepare Questions to ask General Questions and Good Answers Do‟s and Donts Pitfalls to Avoid Further Reading A FieryAir Venture Slide:18
    • 19. Agenda Basics Preparation Pointers Each pointer defined Research the Recruiter Catalogue Self Success Review Self SWOT vs. JD Review Potential QnA Prepare Questions to ask General Questions and Good Answers Do‟s and Donts Pitfalls to Avoid Further Reading A FieryAir Venture Slide:19
    • 20. Agenda Basics Preparation Pointers Each pointer defined Research the Recruiter Catalogue Self Success Review Self SWOT vs. JD Review Potential QnA Prepare Questions to ask General Questions and Good Answers Do‟s and Donts Pitfalls to Avoid Further Reading A FieryAir Venture Slide:20
    • 21. Review Self SWOT vs. JDEvaluate each of the Requirement in the JD. Compare them with your attributes. Does it excite you? Does it scare you?Search for Strength: Beware of Weakness:Point out all the requirements in the JD that are your The areas which would contribute to pull your performanceStrength areas. The requirements which you can fulfill from down are your weakness. Identify them before interview soDay 1 without any Supervision. that you are not caught in surprise.Basically, these are those pointers on which you have It would also assist you in devising answers in casepreviously worked, which made you apply for this particular questions pertaining to your weakness comes up. Try to havejob. a Strong point ready to cushion the Weakness. In case you do not have a counter mechanism to answer, agree honestlyMore than 50% of Requirements need to fall in this area. on the weakness and give examples how you areElse, you may re-consider applying for this Position. overcoming or shadowing them. This should not be more than 10% of Requirements.Find Opportunities: Identify Threat:The requirements that you cannot fulfill currently are your Recognizing the Requirements in the JD that can cost youOpportunity (Improvement) areas. However, you should be the Interview is probably the most important aspect. Thesesure that these are the areas that you can improve on in a are the pointers that you do not and cannot fulfill, at least inshort time. short run.These Opportunity areas would be recognized by the Remember that Threats should not be more than 10% of theInterviewer in the first instance. They are trained for this. total Requirements, else you are going for a failure mode.So, you need to have answers prepared in case you facethem The best answer to any of the questions that relates to Threat should be honest and correct, even if it is a denial.Be sure to have plan to overcome them. This is the only wayto have correct and honest answers ready. Slide:21 A FieryAir Venture
    • 22. Agenda Basics Preparation Pointers Each pointer defined Research the Recruiter Catalogue Self Success Review Self SWOT vs. JD Review Potential QnA Prepare Questions to ask General Questions and Good Answers Do‟s and Donts Pitfalls to Avoid Further Reading A FieryAir Venture Slide:22
    • 23. Agenda Basics Preparation Pointers Each pointer defined Research the Recruiter Catalogue Self Success Review Self SWOT vs. JD Review Potential QnA Prepare Questions to ask General Questions and Good Answers Do‟s and Donts Pitfalls to Avoid Further Reading A FieryAir Venture Slide:23
    • 24. Agenda Basics Preparation Pointers Each pointer defined Research the Recruiter Catalogue Self Success Review Self SWOT vs. JD Review Potential QnA Prepare Questions to ask General Questions and Good Answers Do‟s and Donts Pitfalls to Avoid Further Reading A FieryAir Venture Slide:24
    • 25. Review Potential QnANow you have been through almost all the aspects of the Recruiter, the Job, the Interview and where you stand vs. the JD Post going through all the hard work of collating information about the Recruiter, dissecting the Job Description and being the Self Psychologist, that too a very harsh one, you are prepared to finally list down all the Questions that you anticipate Question Listing across the Table. Create a list of Questions that you anticipate you will be asked. Base your assumptions on all that we discussed until now. The Requirements in JD, your expertise and capabilities matching them, the overall structure of the Organization and any general question related to you/organization/JD. List down the Questions and prioritize them in order of, first JD related, then related to you, then Organization and finally the general questions. Your Strength that should be easily visible in your answers and keep trying to find Opportunities where you can showcase the Improvement that you can bring along. Answering Them Attach facts and figures of Self Success Stories to as many answers as possible. Try to be recent and have examples ready to quote if necessary. Make the examples verifiable. While quoting the Recruiter/Organization anywhere in your answer, make sure that the facts are recent and well observed by you. Remember that the Interviewer would definitely be knowing more about her/his Organization than you, so a little incorrect information can break the impression, and a correct information can do wonders. Try to be brief and precise. If you do not have an answer to a question you have listed, then go back to your rough works. Since this is not the actual Interview, rather a set of Potential questions you are preparing, you must have answers to them all. A FieryAir Venture Slide:25
    • 26. Agenda Basics Preparation Pointers Each pointer defined Research the Recruiter Catalogue Self Success Review Self SWOT vs. JD Review Potential QnA Prepare Questions to ask General Questions and Good Answers Do‟s and Donts Pitfalls to Avoid Further Reading A FieryAir Venture Slide:26
    • 27. Agenda Basics Preparation Pointers Each pointer defined Research the Recruiter Catalogue Self Success Review Self SWOT vs. JD Review Potential QnA Prepare Questions to ask General Questions and Good Answers Do‟s and Donts Pitfalls to Avoid Further Reading A FieryAir Venture Slide:27
    • 28. Agenda Basics Preparation Pointers Each pointer defined Research the Recruiter Catalogue Self Success Review Self SWOT vs. JD Review Potential QnA Prepare Questions to ask General Questions and Good Answers Do‟s and Donts Pitfalls to Avoid Further Reading A FieryAir Venture Slide:28
    • 29. Prepare Questions to AskAfter the formal interview or in between, there is a very high probability that the Interviewer would ask you, if you have any question for her/him. Two very common mistakes:1. Answering in No or negative, most of the times not to sound overconfident.2. Asking any trivial question that comes to mind, to keep up the conversation or just because after answering all the questions, your brain was just not prepared for asking one! A FieryAir Venture Slide:29
    • 30. Prepare Questions to AskYou can prepare the questions depending on the Organization and Position. Always probability that the that between, there is a very high go for an honest questionsAfter the formal interview or inof, regarding the Organization, not stepping on the foot though. Few general you might always wanted an answer Interviewer would ask you, if you have any question for her/him. Two very suggestions are below… common mistakes: What kind of issues pertain to the Position you are being interviewed for? Ask if there are any current challenges related to the Position you are being interviewed for. Are there any current issue that the incumbent would need to address, once selected. What is the period currently can be given for getting up to speed for the current role.1. Answering in No or negative, most of the times not to sound overconfident. Who would I be working for? Ask who your boss would be, as in Position and not name. Request to elaborate on the hierarchy and span of control in the organization and where your position would fit in.` Please explain the JD in detail. Ask the interviewer to explain the Job Description in detail, not showing that you have yet not understood it completely. Ask her/him the fine lines that you should understand and any significant pointer that you need to remember, if chosen.2. Asking any trivial question that comes to mind, to keep up the conversation or just Can I call you later for feedback? all the questions, your brain was just not prepared for because after answering Ask if you can contact the interviewer or any one in the Recruitment Dept. later for the result or feedback if you are not askingInsist politely that you would definitely want to be in touch with the interviewer whatever the result may be. selected. one! What are the next steps if I am selected? Ask, procedurally what are the next steps for you and the organization if you are selected. If there are any preparation you need to do personally, dress code required etc. or VISA readiness. Also, what you can immediately expect to happen once you join, as in induction, introduction etc. A FieryAir Venture Slide:30
    • 31. The formal preparation is over…With the formal preparation for the interview being over, we can recap the pointers just for review: Now, let’s discuss some Tips and Tricks that would ensure you slip through the mossy track without scratches and earn a few Browny Points en-route! A FieryAir Venture Slide:31
    • 32. Agenda Basics Preparation Pointers Each pointer defined Research the Recruiter Catalogue Self Success Review Self SWOT vs. JD Review Potential QnA Prepare Questions to ask General Questions and Good Answers Do‟s and Donts Pitfalls to Avoid Further Reading A FieryAir Venture Slide:32
    • 33. Agenda Basics Preparation Pointers Each pointer defined Research the Recruiter Catalogue Self Success Review Self SWOT vs. JD Review Potential QnA Prepare Questions to ask General Questions and Good Answers Do‟s and Donts Pitfalls to Avoid Further Reading A FieryAir Venture Slide:33
    • 34. General Questions and Good AnswersThere is no exhaustive list of this, but these are some questions either I have faced, or any friend who had updated me or from columns and features. But each of these had been asked on more than on occasions.Why do you want to join us? The research and study you would have done until now for the Company would come handy now. Pick up the best points about the Company Get those points that are employee affecting or more position affecting for which you have applied. If your reason is person-centric like good Leadership, make sure your research about the Leaders are accurate and correct. For e.g., do not say Goodwill in market if it is not a Business Development role and say Infrastructure if the Company has taken care to be at a good location and spent money in maintaining the building. •••Why should we hire you? Show them this is a good match by Going through the JD and your competencies with match points What value addition you can bring if hired to the Position and the Company End with emphasizing by your answer or explanation that it is profitable match for both A FieryAir Venture Slide:34
    • 35. General Questions and Good AnswersWhere do you see yourself 5 Years from now? Give a Pragmatic answer. Your answer should definitely show growth, commitment and determination Keep in mind the growth path the company offers, spiral, vertical, and keep yourself on same track and show optimism. Never be overtly zealous and take care not to sound under confident. For e.g., of the company is 5000 to 10000+ strong with 1 or 2 branches, jump two promotions, but in larger companies, never jump the next promotion in your 5 year aspiration, at least, do not say it! •••What are your weaknesses? Never say, you do not have any, or do not pick something that is important to the role you might perform. Best way is: Pick a competency from JD that has least significant value, or Pick one that is not in JD and is not required for the position, rather pick one that might benefit for the role. Understate your weakness, and use the term, “Opportunity” or “Improvement Area”. Give realistic examples of steps you are taking to overcome the Improvement areas. For e.g., for a role of Business Development, say you are hooked to Social Networking, or for a Analyst role, say you are little introvert. A FieryAir Venture Slide:35
    • 36. Agenda Basics Preparation Pointers Each pointer defined Research the Recruiter Catalogue Self Success Review Self SWOT vs. JD Review Potential QnA Prepare Questions to ask General Questions and Good Answers Do‟s and Donts Pitfalls to Avoid Further Reading A FieryAir Venture Slide:36
    • 37. Agenda Basics Preparation Pointers Each pointer defined Research the Recruiter Catalogue Self Success Review Self SWOT vs. JD Review Potential QnA Prepare Questions to ask General Questions and Good Answers Do‟s and Donts Pitfalls to Avoid Further Reading A FieryAir Venture Slide:37
    • 38. Do‟s and Don‟ts The Do’s or Should Do’s for/in an interview Do not Impress: No answer without understanding: Communicate effectively: Self Presentation: Take care not to impress the interviewer intentionally Organize your thoughts and answer to each before answering any Take up Professional Look and take Pride in your or otherwise. Be yourself and rely only on the question. This would help you to answer specifically question with exact pointers required, without adding look, wear formal, but choose color and style that knowledge you have acquired. Consider the the extra information, until asked. there is to any question asked and would giveIfyou time a you are comfortable with, not the one that looked interviewer not as a person, but as a project that understand the question it at its inception and slightest confusion, catchcorrectly. Apart from „what‟ good in the Showroom. needs to be successful. is asked, also clarify briefly. think „why‟ it is asked. ••• ••• No Unsolicited Info: Be Positive: No indifference: Expect Realistic Compensation: No Negativity information should come frommust. No unwanted and Leadership Qualities are Your expectation for compensation must come as a apathy, coming in any manner would be you, that is not asked or is irrelevant, just to and if it answer to any question should be negative, fill dead glaringly This can break the interview after question.visible and loudly audible. In your all air or it should be backed with a valid reason and must, prove a point. Before jumping onto any new answer, the way you answer and even the and positive effects also. Calculate, investigate way you topic, even in continuation of a and resolution. Be solution that Leads to a benefit conversation, be sure are silent and keeping the door to negotiations quote a figure,sit, there should be controlled interest that the cliché, but be discussed. Positive;topic shouldworks! in the interviewer, in open and apparent. the company and in the job. ••• ••• No Bad Body Be Assertive: Language: Do not misinterpret Pause: Relate to the Interviewer: Some questionsspontaneously depict your thought gestures are only meant to know your Note that, it is not your responsibility to fill dead air. This would be easy if your investigation about the process even if respond to difficult situations. positive force toyou are hiding them. Be cautious of If there is a pause after or between a employer Organization is thorough. Try to think the your gesticulations when you talk or otherwise. Be Aggression is common approach which is negative. question, clarify before going ahead. And if there is a way interviewer would think and be a harsh judge of straight up, easy and No to a question, give If you think answer is amicable, all the time. it. Just pause just like that, most of the times your body yourself. You would understand 75% of questions. Demonstrate the less assertion, be sure, No isvery only answer! if needed, at times. language is being tested! ••• A FieryAir Venture Slide:38
    • 39. Agenda Basics Preparation Pointers Each pointer defined Research the Recruiter Catalogue Self Success Review Self SWOT vs. JD Review Potential QnA Prepare Questions to ask General Questions and Good Answers Do‟s and Donts Pitfalls to Avoid Further Reading A FieryAir Venture Slide:39
    • 40. Agenda Basics Preparation Pointers Each pointer defined Research the Recruiter Catalogue Self Success Review Self SWOT vs. JD Review Potential QnA Prepare Questions to ask General Questions and Good Answers Do‟s and Donts Pitfalls to Avoid Further Reading A FieryAir Venture Slide:40
    • 41. Pitfalls to avoid Misunderstandin You need to understand „why‟ a question is asked, as much as „what‟ is asked. Sometimes it might just g the purpose of be a probe question aimed at knowing your response quality rather interview. There is no perfect science to crack an than correctness. Try to question: comprehend the rationale behind the question along with the question itself. The basic rules are: ••• No Answer This happens if it is a Probe question, or an actual one and you match the JD at least 75% Your experience/expertise should do not have an answer. Take a moment situation: to decide there is no answer, do not mumble. If it is a probe, answer intelligently, focussing on why was it asked. If you do Your research and to elaborate, and clearly state100% not have an answer. not have an answer, ask confidence should be you do Your positivity and belief in yourself should be 125% ••• Question Match your skill set and competencies to the JD and clearly show you have required knowledge level. projecting your Also demonstrate how you can leverage competencies from existing roles to new one. Try to show plan inexperience: that the interviewer can relate to. ••• Handling absurd Questions like “Who will you throw from sinking boat, Mom or Wife“ do not have an answer. Try to bring situations and out humour, “Both, why take chances, and moreover both are excellent swimmers!” and try to come out questions: with positive response. ••• Question about This is a typical question to probe your sub-conscious part, best option is to give a neutral answer, how any negativity of each disaster is a learning lesson. Do not add any adjectives and narrate just cold facts without any life: adjective or emotions. End emphasizing on lesson learnt and how you have used them to your benefit. Effort always leads to Success, Success and Confidence are drivers for each other. ••• Question about Questions like 3 Country heads asking you a report at the single time. This is to gauge your very difficult assertiveness and control in stress-driven situations. Ask permission, take time to think through. If the position at job: answer is to say No, or to delay all report, answer the same. The trick is to deliver, although late. ••• A FieryAir Venture Slide:41
    • 42. Agenda Basics Preparation Pointers Each pointer defined Research the Recruiter Catalogue Self Success Review Self SWOT vs. JD Review Potential QnA Prepare Questions to ask General Questions and Good Answers Do‟s and Donts Pitfalls to Avoid Further Reading A FieryAir Venture Slide:42
    • 43. Agenda Basics Preparation Pointers Each pointer defined Research the Recruiter Catalogue Self Success Review Self SWOT vs. JD Review Potential QnA Prepare Questions to ask General Questions and Good Answers Do‟s and Donts Pitfalls to Avoid Further Reading A FieryAir Venture Slide:43
    • 44. Further Reading Job Search on About A Comprehensive collection of tips for searching jobs, applying and facing interview. Also lists FAQs on Job Search on Social Media. Cite HR A Community Portal where you are read, write and post views on pre-written articles on Human Resource related issues including aspects of Salary, Interview and Labor rules. Crack the Interview Majorly dedicated to IT related interviews with questions specifically asked in specific companies like Google, CISCO etc. Articles in SlideShare There are over 3600 Presentations in SlideShare on how to crack Interviews. This link is a Search Result for all the Presentations and more. All Interview Loads of interview questions, those can be browsed as per Categories and Companies. You can also post questions you faced and read others posts. Other recommended Readings are: Tips on Interview, The Lie Guy, Learn Interview Tips, Prepare Interview, Understanding, Businessballs Interview tips, Job Interview Questions. Ace the Interview. etc… A FieryAir Venture Slide:44
    • 45. For any queries, missing link in content, or any other goddamn thing(!), feel free to contact me below,as I know, I have raised more questions in your mind, than I have answered in this Presentation.K. S. Alok Ranjan+91 9818665496 | +91 124 4118792 A FieryAir Venture Slide:45

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