Post Interview jitters: How to follow up with the recruiter

You have just completed your interview which you have been prepping for over a week and you feel relaxed and confident at the same time that the interview went pretty well. But as you come out of the interview room and see the number of people waiting outside, you start feeling the jitters. Now you feel the competition and your confidence level converts into a doubt, “How did I do the interview?”

Seconds ago you were super confident and now you start feeling nervous and want to know the result as soon as possible. Do you think calling up the recruiter and following up is a good idea? Well Yes! You can always follow-up in fact that shows how serious you are about the job.

Having said that, there has to be some tips that can be followed on the same:

  1. Don’t be desperate: I know it is very difficult to wait for the recruiter to call and you feel desperate and an urge to call them every now and then to know the status. But never show your desperation to the recruiter. It shows a negative impact on them and your desperation can become your enemy. So show your interest but not your desperation.
  2. Call/email the recruiter: The best practice as soon as you finish your interview should be email the recruiter or call them. Some find it unprofessional to call the recruiter, so you can always email them and let them know about the interview details. Having said that, don’t keep emailing every now and then, this could irritate them and it looks very unprofessional as well. A proper follow-up with regular intervals are still fine.
  3. Build a rapport: Right from the time you get a call from the recruiter, you can build a rapport with them, so post interview, it becomes easy for you to just make a friendly call or email and let them know how serious you are about this job. Also, a friendly call should be in a professional manner, you don’t have to be too casual, that again gives a wrong impression.
  4. Don’t stalk: Following up can take a negative shape of stalking. Calling up every day and asking about the feedback becomes irritating for anyone. Remember, a recruiter too has to follow-up with the client and it takes time for the client to respond. SO unless and until they don’t get any update they cannot let you know how much ever you follow-up.  SO don’t let your follow-up take a shape of stalking.
  5. Be professional: I understand you might also feel frustrated after some time, if you don’t get any update.  That doesn’t mean, you behave in an unprofessional manner. Always be polite and professional and give them the message loud and clear that, I have other opportunities as well and I am not being desperate but curious.
  6. Learn to move on: Give yourself some time, and if you do not get any mail or call from the recruiter, it is better to move on. After all, that is not the only company in the market and you can always get better opportunities elsewhere.

Also, you will come to know about the status, by the way the recruiter’s response. If they give a cold reply and say “We will get back to you”, it is clear that you are not selected. So, you are doing your job of following up, so don’t lose hope if they don’t get back and try to move on.

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How to prevent Job hopping

I have never regretted so much while changing so many jobs, that I am doing right now after being jobless and helpless. Apparently, I wasn’t aware that my job hopping will bring me to a stage where I have to justify for each and every job change in my entire career and that is quite painful you see. And now I feel had I been to one job or two, for that matter, my career would have been far more stable and secure.

Well, I am not here to crib about my past or present, but to help people know the cons of too many job hopping. In the recent past, big organizations have become very particular when it comes to job change and they prefer more stable employees. Even if the technology is very niche, people prefer to stay long in a company for visibility and better future. The major drawback of job hopping is that, you end up in the same designations for years together, if you change so many jobs and you won’t get an opportunity you want. And in search of a better opportunity, you end up putting your whole career at risk.

The major reasons of job hopping are salary, better opportunity, promotion, brand name and similar factors which lead to retention and frequent job hopping.

SO let’s discuss ways to prevent job hopping:

  1. 1.      Prepare an impressive resume: When you know your resume will showcase you career history clearly, you have to prepare an impressive resume where all your flaws are invisible.
  2. Valid reason: You have to justify each and every job change that you have done. Only when you have a genuine reason, the employer tries to consider your resume otherwise, they will reject you upfront.
  3. 3.      Discuss things clearly:  We have already discussed the major reasons of frequent job changes. So before joining the organization discuss everything clearly like salary, stability, future and all the major things which matters to you and which can be a major reason of frequent job hopping.
  4. Stability: Juts like you want stability in your organization, similarly, the employer also expects the same and so when you have made up your mind about being stable in the organization, your employer will do their best to retain you and help you stay longer in the organization. You have to talk your heart out about the same. It should be a win-win situation for both of you.

 

So in order to prevent job hopping, one has to carefully handle the way they present their career history and try to get the best out of it. When you showcase your talent, every other thing becomes irrelevant and that’s what matters. Always be positive and move ahead with confidence and try to be loyal to your organization and get the best out of it.

The importance of multi-tasking at workplace

Multi tasking has become indispensable to grow in an industry. Not only at workplace but, in every walk of life multi tasking is important to grow in the fast pace of competition. Earlier, work was allotted to people based on their capacity. However, in order to minimize the resources yet get the best result, people are trained in different fields and these results in multi tasking.  The trend of multi tasking started from the BPOs and call centres, where an associate had to take calls at the same time resolve the issues and concentrate on customer satisfaction. Likewise, this trend has been taken forward and is followed in every organization.

Multi tasking helps in completing tedious tasks at ease and saves time and increases productivity at the same time. It helps in prioritizing the work and simultaneously concentrating on multiple projects. Having said that, sometimes, multi tasking can leave you confused and unproductive, if not planned and implemented properly. So it’s imperative that, when you multi task, avoid overdoing to finish the work early and end up leaving everything half done. To avoid any such complications, one has to effectively multi task:

  1. Plan your day: The most important way to effectively multi task, is to plan your day. A proper planning will help you complete all the work on time. Sometimes when you have loads of work at your desk, time is always insufficient. When you plan your day, you can easily manage time at the same time finish the work on time. So multi tasking in a planned way will help ease the work and increase productivity.
  2. Prioritize your work: As discussed above, proper planning will help you multi task easily, likewise, prioritizing your work will help you finish all the important work first and then complete the other not so important work later.
  3. Don’t be over confident: if you are good at multi tasking, it’s normal that you might feel confident and feel that you can finish all the work on time. And this over confidence can leave your work incomplete. This can lead to unproductively in your work.
  4. Don’t dawdle: When you have prioritized your work, try to finish on time, instead of procrastinating. As discussed above, overconfidence can dishevel all your plans and yon can end up dawdling your whole day. So don’t delay or postpone your work, because you are good at multi tasking.
  5. Don’t overdo: overdoing something, can lead you to confusions and stop the pace of your work. So even when multi tasking, do it at your comfort level and as per your calibre. So, anything overdone can wreck your image altogether and your boss might lose confidence on you if multi tasking.

So, all in all, multi tasking, if done effectively can help ease your work and finish it on time. But if, not planned effectively, can lead to a bad image altogether. In a way, multi tasking at a certain level, is always helpful. One should not cross the limit of the same and try to overdo in order to impress the boss and end up in poor productivity.

How to Hone your decision making skills

Whether in business or at work or in your personal life, people come across a situation, where it becomes difficult to take even the simple decisions in life and that is the point when, you feel helpless and lonely, you want to get over this situations as soon as possible, but your dilemma makes your situation worst. When you are mulling over a problem for quite some time, it becomes even difficult to take important decisions. So one has to take some decisions based on their personal experiences but not all personal experiences help in taking a great decision. SO one has to be very careful while taking some important decisions, because one wrong decision can bust your reputation altogether.

Let’s discuss some important point in order to sharpen our decision making skills:

  1. Real time scenario: Sometimes, while taking decisions, you have to think about occasions where you were stuck on something and how effectively you took a decision and keeping that in mind, take a decision. A great leader is one who takes decisions based on their personal experiences and looks into the pros and cons and then takes a decision which would be beneficial.
  2.  Take pensive time: Sometimes, when you are surrounded by colleagues and boss, it’s difficult to concentrate on the pros and cons and take a decision. So take some pensive time alone in your cabin or somewhere you find solemnity, this is the best way to concentrate and then take decision.
  3. Ask for suggestions: When you have to take a big decision which you feel you would not be able to take alone, try to take suggestions from your team members and manager and then take a unanimous decision. Sometime, you might feel that taking some decisions is a piece of cake, but when it comes to implementing it, that may take a toll on your career. So it’s imperative that you work as a team and take decisions.
  4. Step by step process: Don’t jump directly into any conclusion and decide in a hurry. You know, you are given enough time to follow a step by step process. In order to take all the credit and then regretting later, it’s better to follow a procedure, jot down all the points in your mind and those suggested by your colleagues and then come to a conclusion and put your plan into action.

 

Even a small decision, when taken smartly, takes a different turn altogether, and it can be a turning point in your career. So never get nervous even if it’s a small or a big decision, instead think in a composed manner. Remember, any step taken in sudden impulse is going to bust your career and you will regret for a lifetime.

How to negotiate your salary

The crux of an interview is salary negotiation, which can take a toll on your whole interview process if not handled effectively and smartly. Having said that, one can’t compromise on their salary just to woo the employer or the HR and get into a job with almost half the salary. This would make you look desperate.

So one has to always take a strong stand when it comes to salary negotiations and any mistake from your end can wreck your career altogether. Let’s point out ways to negotiate our salary without offending the employer or the HR:

  1. Never show attitude: It’s quite common, when you have too many offers in hand and you know your market value you tend to show attitude and that is reflective in your interview. Remember, all days are not the same and even if you hold a highest degree and highest designation, you have to bend in front of the HR. So always be polite and keep a smile on your face.
  2. Don’t say “No” bluntly: Saying “No”, will leave the scope of any further negotiations or discussions for you and even if the Employer has made up the mind to accept the salary you want, they might not disclose it, for reason that you have been too blunt on their face. This sounds unprofessional.
  3. Don’t apologize for unnecessary reasons: I read somewhere that people tend to apologize for even small things which might be fine in other cases, but if you say “I am sorry, I can’t accept this salary”. This sounds quite rude on their face and might offend them.
  4. Take some time: It is not mandatory that, you have to finalize your salary on the same day of discussion, you can always ask for some time and discuss with your family members and then take a decision. So, even if they have accepted your salary proposal, don’t jump on your chair and accept it, but just say thanks politely and ask for some time as you would like discuss with your family members.
  5. Be logical: Some candidates during the salary negotiations quote some unrealistic figures, which doesn’t even match their present salary and that shows how pathetic you are at salary negotiations. SO just be realistic and logical and quote salaries which you think you really deserve.
  6. Market research: Before going for an interview, always do a research on where you stand in the market and accordingly discuss with the employer, rather than just giving a vague figure and leaving the HR and employer doubtful about your background.
  7. Prove your point: When quoting a figure, you should have a valid point to prove, why you are asking for such figure and those points should be convincing as well, so the interviewer, knows you have done your homework.
  8. Discuss other offers: When you keep the hiring manager informed about all the other offers you have in hand, it can bolster in your salary negotiations, because no employer would want their best candidates to join the competitor. SO this can make the offer in your favour.

 

Your presence of mind and your convincing skills can get the salary negotiations in your favour. SO always be positive and sometimes, the brand also matters, so if the company has a brand name, you can to be resilient and can accept the offer. Because golden opportunities, never knocks the door again, and your attitude and unnecessary squabble can leave a good opportunity from your bucket and your competitor will grab the same. So sometimes, not always, one can compromise a little if working in that organizations, means a world to them.

Your first career: A turning point in life

You may dream of a career and strive hard to get into the same, but circumstances might change the situation and you end up in a career which is by chance and not by choice. This is the crucial point in your life and you cannot compromise with your career.

Having said that, your first career is always a turning point in your life and sets an example on which path you have to follow and plan the career growth accordingly. It becomes really difficult to change your career when you have already set your hands and expertise on that. However, one can always enhance their first career in order to make way to the coming opportunities and for your future.

  1. Enhance your skills: Even if you are working in a call centre, you can enhance your skills and try to move ahead in the same field. No job is good or bad, it’s the mindset and your interest towards it. Learn new skills which interests you simultaneously and try to get into the a different field in the same organization, this way there won’t be much hopping and you will stay for longer duration.
  2. Love your job: They say always love your job not your company, because you never know when your company will throw you out. SO getting too much connected with your company will not be helpful, in fact your job and your skills will make you stand away from the crowd. If you have a Resume full of skills you will never get a problem getting a job.
  3. Set a trend: Just because, you don’t like the job or the company, you can’t quit it, in fact try to survive in adverse conditions and stay in the company and the job you hate and make it fun and interesting and try to set a trend.
  4.   Grass is greener: Truly, we tend to get attracted to other people’s lifestyle and the job they do. And that in way forces us to change the career altogether and try different careers. SO one has to be satisfied with whatever they are doing and try to make it more interesting rather than trying to follow others. You know which skill you are good at and try to enhance it more and more and grow in the existing career.

 

SO, your first career always leaves an impact in your life as well as your job. The more interesting and fun you make your job, the more you will grow in the coming years. That is why they say, your first job is always a turning point, because, you are quite gullible when you join a company and any good or bad things affect you mentally as well as leaves an impact for a lifetime. SO try to keep good memories and learn lessons which will help you grow in your career and also take it forward in your coming years and careers.

Advantages of joining a start-up company

Lot of people are apprehensive working with a start-up company, majorly because they do not hold any brand like other big MNC’s do. Working with renowned companies is always a dream of an individual, but when it comes to visibility, growth and other factors, one has to wait for decades to get noticed and appreciated in large organization irrespective of how well you perform.

However, for some the name of the company is trivial, what matters to them is growth and long term commitment with the organization and so they prefer start-up companies over big organizations. Working in a start-up company is a learning curve and people tend to become multi talented for reasons that they have limited resources and so they come in front and initiate some of the work which is not their forte.

Having said that, there are lot of advantages of working in a start-up:

  1. 1.      Growth: Before joining a company, the major factor which an individual looks upon is the Growth. Unlike large companies where one has to wait for decades before they get a promotion, small and start up companies has good growth exposure, for reason that being a small organization, the resources are less and so one might get promotions quite frequently.
  2. 2.      Visibility: Working in a closed environment with limited employee strength, there is more visibility as compared to large organizations. In large organizations, there is less or no visibility at all for reason that too many employees are there and you effort gets unnoticed because of that. In start up and small companies, your work is recognized and rewarded in a very short span of time, which might take ages in a large organization.
  3. 3.      Office culture and politics: When in large organizations, the culture is altogether different and office politics is quite prevalent. And one has to adjust to the culture in order to survive there. However, the culture in small organization is altogether different. Because of the limited strength of employees, the chance of politics or buttering and other tactics is quite lucid. So there is a huge difference when it comes to the work culture in a small and large organization.
  4. 4.      Leadership: It’s a huge responsibility for an individual working in a start up company for reasons that your performance directly affects the reputation of the company as well as the clients. And so a sense of ownership and leadership is imbibed in you as soon as you join a start up. Also, one gets a chance to lead a team at an early stage which gives them more scope to grow and prove their calibre, which is not possible in a large organization.
  5. 5.      Commitment: There is always a commitment issue when it comes to working in large organizations, may be because of the above reasons like growth, visibility, promotions and other factors which if goes against you, you don’t want to  stay in that company for long term. At the same time, in start ups, because your work is appreciated and visible, you would want to stay longer in such companies and watch them grow in leaps and bounds.
  6. 6.      Packages: Sometimes as compared to large organizations, the package offered in start up is more reasonable and acceptable. There is a cliché that in large organizations, they pay peanuts and make us work like slaves. However, in small organizations, the package also is as per market standards sometimes.

So, this is a debatable topic and one can’t come to a logical conclusion on which is better, but definitely there are some advantages as discussed above, which goes in favour of start up companies. Having said that, the large companies are also going that extra mile and taking steps for employee satisfaction which is a huge breakthrough for the reputation of the company, also for some people brand and name matters a lot and so they prefer large over small organization. In either case, there are some advantages and some disadvantages and as mentioned it is a debatable topic.

SO all in all, a start up is also not a bad choice and one can learn and grow a lot in these organizations.