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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Mistakes Made In Job Interviews

Since no two interviews are alike, it is difficult to be prepared for what lies ahead, but you can focus on your presentation skills, which may be even more important than what you have to say. Three areas of performance, which should be considered dangerous and deadly, are worth spending some time thinking about before your next interview.

1. Poor non-verbal communication image

It’s about demonstrating confidence –

– Stand straight, and make good eye contact. (Note the color of the interviewer’s eyes.)

– Connect with a good, firm handshake. (There’s nothing like a limp response in a handshake.)

– Sit erect and lean forward in the chair, appearing interested and attentive. (Slumping denotes a lazy attitude.)

That first impression can be a great beginning, or a quick ending to your interview.

2. Poor verbal communication skills

Your interviewer is giving you information, either directly or indirectly.

– Good communication skills include listening and letting the person know you heard what they said.

– Observe your interviewer’s style and pace and match that style, adjusting your style and pace to match.

– Use appropriate language. (Beware of using slang words or references to age, race, religion, politics, or sexual preferences – these topics could get the door slammed very quickly.)

– Telling the interviewer more than they need to know could be a fatal mistake. (Too much information – particularly personal information – could get into some areas that are best not discussed in an interview.)

3. Not asking questions

It is extremely important to ask questions.

– When asked, “Do you have any questions?” if you answer “No,” it is the WRONG answer!

– Asking questions gives you the opportunity to show your interest. (The best questions come from listening to what is said and asked during the interview. Ask for additional information.)

– Asking questions gives you the opportunity to find out if this is the right place for you. (Your chance to find out what goes on in the company.)

The job market is very competitive and the competition is fierce. Give yourself every advantage by preparing and practicing before the interview. Be aware of your verbal and non-verbal performance and the messages you are sending. It could make the difference between a job offer or not.

Some Useful Tips before An Interview

# Scour the job posting for clues as to what the hiring manager is looking for in a candidate. Think of examples where you demonstrated the skills that appear in the job posting and develop answers that clearly show an employer that you are the perfect candidate for this position. All sound bites should be 2-3 minutes in length.

# Use the TODAY acronym to develop additional sound bites of your experiences. TODAY stands for Teamwork, Overcoming Obstacles, Duties of your past positions, Achievements, Your strengths and weaknesses. Remember to clearly describe exactly what you did in each situation. The employer is hiring you, not the other people in your story.

# Research the company. Search the internet for any recent press releases and check out the company’s website. Know what they do, and develop some idea as to how the position you are hiring for fits within the company.

# Think of questions to ask an interviewer. Look at the job posting and your research about the company and think of 3-5 questions you can ask during the interview. What are you curious about? Do they manufacture a product you are familiar with, or never even knew existed before you started to research the company? Where does this department fit in the grand scheme of the company? What projects is the department currently working on?

# Lastly, prepare answers to the following questions: Tell me about yourself, Why did you leave your last position, or why are you looking for a new job, Why should I hire you, and The Salary Question. Come on, you KNOW that these questions will be asked in one form or another, so there’s no excuse to not have a great prepared answer.

And that’s it. Interviewing is just that simple when it’s broken into it’s simplest components. Focus on preparing answers to all of the scenarios above, and you will be ahead of the game. Remember to clearly articulate in each and every sound bite exactly what you did. Practice with a tape recorder to critique yourself, or with a friend to repeat back to you exactly what you did in a situation to make sure you’re preparing correctly.

 

Teach English In Japan

American-English is among the most well-known languages all throughout the world. This is a result of America’s popularity within the global market, ranking high as a huge earning country. Other than its economy, the nation is also famous for its culture, politics, and history. Tourists travel to the United States, wherein their popular destinations usually include Hollywood, Las Vegas, and the beaches of Miami. These are just some of the reasons why there are a lot of individuals who want to study the language. Japan is among the countries which have seen the great need to learn English.

There are other types of foreign languages which are being taught in Japan. However, most of the 5,000 language schools within the country are bent on teaching their students English. What is more, the ministry of education realized that it would be better to start language training at an early age. This way, when the kids reach middle school, they are more fluent with English. Hence, the reason why this is included within the grade school curriculum. In turn, there are lots of opportunities to teach English in Japan. Along with this need is the requirement that the applicant must be a native speaker of English.

If you plan to teach English in Japan, especially in a small language school, you are required to obtain a legal working visa. You also need to meet various qualification standards. Plus, you need to have previous teaching experience. Since, some of the schools within the country are located in outskirt areas; you will be provided with free accommodation or your own car.

Among the cities of the country where you can teach English is Kani. You will be teaching at a school which is found close to Nagoya. You will not find this job difficult since you will only be handling a small class. Furthermore, the environment is comfortable and cheerful. The English courses here are personalized, so that the students will be able to learn more easily. You will earn 250,000 yen to 288,000 yen every month. Your salary will depend on the quality of your credentials and your previous experience.

 

Career Phases and Its Advice

Adaptation

This is where you start the career. To many people, this stage is not easy. Lack of experience causes lack of delivering the best works. As a result, self confidence may go down and you start to believe that your capability may not be enough. Especially if the working environment doesn’t support your learning to face problems.

Advice : Don’t shy and be eager to ask questions. Be polite when asking for explanation from colleague or supervisor on working details. Don’t forget to review and fix unfinished work. To be more solid, use extra time to learn your working area. If your background education doesn’t match with the job, taking courses outside the work will increase your capability.

Challenging, Want to try all

At this period, you start to skillfully finish the works as required by job description. Energy is high and you feel like want to do all projects. Be careful, don’t be too ambitious! The risk is you can be overloaded and worst is all deadlines are not achieved!

Advice : Take some control. Make priority list and finish all works. If you feel all works have been well done, ask some feed back from senior colleague or supervisor. If not satisfied, keep asking other assignment and increase your knowledge and skills.

Establishment, Getting settle

Here, you must be in higher position. Your capability is developed. This situation may trigger your passion to reach higher to achieve your main career objective.

Advice : Don’t be satisfied too quickly! Even if you were able to finish all the works with closed eyes, it doesn’t mean the challenge is not there. Especially if you want to reach the top and off course salary increase! Ask supervisor or manager to review your works. The point is keep doing the best. In addition, keep building your competency to stay competitive.

Cruising, Career aspiration is in hand!

You have gained trust to sit in high position. Wait! It doesn’t mean you are free of problems. Given all times you have been through, this phase could make you boring.

Advice : Get your adrenalin to expel your boredom. Try new ideas or seek other activities to build your capability. Be a teacher, for example. Next, be honest to yourself, are you completely satisfied with your achievement? Your answer will determine your next move.

Disengagement, Choosing to pursue another career.

When someone has reached his or her success, he or she may think to try another “field” or make different priority in life.

Advice : Before the decision is taken, spend some time to think about it. Don’t make a decision based on an interim boredom. If you finally decide to take a new road, be responsible and move on.