Dart SUCCESS at Interview

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Most people go to interviews hoping to be questioned and assessed by an interviewer(s). They go anxious and worried, wondering whether they would get the job. People who get successful are different. They go well-prepared to demonstrate how they would fit into employer’s needs and bring value to their business. They go as a value provider, not as a job seeker..

Would you also like to impress your would be employer? If yes, the next time when you get an interview call, don’t lose any time and get prepared. Here is a road map…

1. Know the employer
Go to the company’s Web site and learn about its products and services. What initiatives this company is taking? Who are its competitors, and what challenges this company is facing? Read the “news” section to pick up the latest happenings there.

2. Review the job
Next, zero down to the job that you are pursuing. What are employer’s expectations in terms of responsibilities, actions and goals? Also note the job requirements–qualifications, experience and skills–employer is expecting the right candidate to satisfy.

3. Review yourself
Look at your resume and review the assets you have: your experience, education, achievements, skills, knowledge and strengths.

4. Prepare a presentation
Having done the homework, now it’s time to prepare a short PowerPoint presentation. The presentation should essentially comprise the following parts:

Part 1: About yourself
Prepare a short introduction of yours in terms of education, experience and

Part 2: Employer’s business

This part is about showing your understanding of company’s business: products,
services, markets, competition, etc.

Part 3: Employer’s needs
In this part, list all of employer’s expectations-responsibilities, actions and goals—you
will be expected to meet.
Also talk about the challenges you will be facing in the job.

Part 4: How would you deliver?
This is the heart of your presentation where you would demonstrate how you would
tackle the challenges and go on not just to meet employer’s expectations, but exceed them. To make it credible, share actual examples from your past experience and use
quantitative information.
On the whole, keep your presentation limited to 10 slides and 15 minutes long.

5. Practice & Go in Prepared
The last and final step is to practice delivering the presentation. More you practice, more relaxed, confident and convincing you will be during the interview. Go in prepared; it’s your turn to enjoy success at interview!

Backstabber at Work

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Are you having problems dealing with a co-worker who pretends to be supportive to gain information and your trust then jabs a knife on your back? Here are ways to deal with such colleagues.

Today’s work environments encourage employees to be open, work collaboratively and share ideas and insights. But while these conditions can be positive for productivity and the company, they can also make you vulnerable to the colleague who is known for backstabbing. What can you do to avoid turning your back into a knife rack?

Think twice before you speak
Be careful with your secrets. Do not say anything to anyone in the office that you wouldn’t want others to know. Instead, find a friend outside the company to consult and confide in. The likelihood that your secrets will be used against you will be less.

Use your sixth sense
Is there something not right or a mismatch between a colleague’s words and actions? Do you continue to mistrust a co-worker’s intentions? Does a colleague’s smile or praise seem artificial? Do people in the office keep away from this colleague? Do some subtle enquiry and find out for yourself. People who have suffered will tell you things right away.

Get to know others
Keep a cordial relationship with the backstabber while still maintaining your professionalism. But do form alliances with trustworthy colleagues for support, protection and to stay tuned into the grapevine.

Get clarification
If the backstabber is your boss, then ensure you have everything in writing. Supervisors can get away with backstabbing when there is ambiguity. Clarity usually puts an end to the confusion – and the backstabbing.

Handle confrontations publicly
Don’t hesitate in exposing the backstabber politely in public. For example: “You supported me earlier and gave me your full support when we discussed the idea in my office last week, then why are you being critical about it now?” Backstabbers are obsessed with their image and want to appear cool and collected in front of people. As long as you remain emotionally in control when you confront them in public, you will embarrass them enough that they will leave you alone.

Take the high road
Avoid a mudslinging match by confronting the backstabber openly with open accusations. It will only make you look worse. Acting with integrity and dignity usually pays off in the short-run and always pays off better in the long-run.

Handling office politics

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No matter how big or small the office, politics is a part of it. Some rules to help you play along the game while keeping your reputation intact.

Be nice to everyone
Don’t make enemies at the workplace, you never know whom you might need at some point of time. If you have a positive attitude and are nice to your co-workers, others will take notice. While it might be tempting to tell that irritating co-worker across the hall to shut up but you never know who that person is close to. One of the keys of being a smart worker is to be patient. With a little bit of rage that you can’t control at the spur of the moment you might end up with something more grave. Don’t run the risk of angering someone who is best buddies with the higher-ups!

Don’t forget the ‘Golden Rule’
Office politics is really all about building relationships, so lend a hand if you need to. Do a favour for someone when they need it. Doing these things will build your reputation as a team player, and will ensure that you will have the support you need down the road. After all once in a while all of us might counter some problems and by being helpful you already have some back up support for you.

Look for a mentor
It pays to have friends in high places, so find a mentor in your company who has influence within the organisation and spend time with your mentor every now and then. Stroke their egos and you will end up learning a lot from your mentor, and it never hurts to make sure someone in the company “penthouse” knows your name. However, pick your mentor carefully. Don’t align yourself with someone who has a negative reputation. This does not suggest that you need to be very aggressive while pleasing someone, just play the part judiciously and you have won the game.

Don’t be too visible
Do what you can to make sure managers know who you are, what you are doing, and when you have succeeded. This might mean speaking up and asking good questions at a meeting or proactively sending out a follow-up email after a brainstorming session. However, there is a fine line between making yourself visible and becoming an overt attention seeker. Pick your occasions for recognition wisely. Visibility is helpful but only when required.

Avoid the rumours
The more you indulge in office gossip, the more likely you are to end up being the subject of the gossip someday. It may sound that you are missing out on some juicy bits but it’s wiser not to run around the gossip mill. So bite your tongue when it comes to water cooler chatter, no matter how intriguing the topic. It will pay in the long run.

Be communicative
Many offices are a microcosm of society and include a wide variety of personality types. One of the biggest challenges people have in the workplace is communicating with those who are unlike themselves. But you need to learn how to be able to speak to all kinds of personalities at workplace. Adapting oneself is an art that will help you.

Talk to people
While email, voicemail and phones have made your life easy you still need to make an effort to go for a face-to-face interaction. It is still valuable. This personal interaction will help you build valuable professional relationships. Make your boss look good. One of the best ways to get ahead is by doing whatever you can to make your boss shine. When you help your manager succeed, chances are, his or her success will trickle down to you.

Management skills

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Six tips to make you a better manager

If you are taking on a management role, or want to do so in the future, take a proactive approach to learning the management ropes. Here are six ways to get started.

Examine your own knowledge
Sometimes, knowing what you don’t know is the best place to start. Examine what you do and do not know about management. Think back to experiences you have had and managers you worked for. What worked in your past professional relationships, and what needed to be changed? You will probably find that you can pick out some of the good and bad traits of managers in your past and use this knowledge to your benefit.

Find a mentor
Find a mentor who is in a leadership position in your workplace. Make sure you are able to learn from someone who can teach you good habits.

Go back to school
Many organisations offer courses in management development. Ask your company to send you to a seminar. Seminars cover topics such as “how your role changes when you become a manager”, “how to delegate”, and “how to get your people on board”, these could give you helpful tips.

Hit the books
Some “must read” management books are “First Break All the Rules”, “What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently” by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman, “Good to Great” by Jim Collins and “One Minute Manager” by Kenneth Blanchard.

Learn to listen and understand
The secret to being successful is knowing how to relate to, communicate with honestly and evaluate your people.

Put your people first
The bottom line about being a good manager is this: If your employees don’t perform well, you don’t perform well. Every good manager must learn how to train, support and motivate his or her employees. If you don’t take the time to support your staff and ensure their needs are being met, all of your work will be useless. If you don’t develop your people, you have nothing.

10 Career Resolutions

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Career Dialogue

If your career is losing direction, it’s time to make not only personal resolutions, but some professional ones too!

Resolutions are nothing but setting goals for your self, which is anyway the secret to success. But keep in mind not to set unachievable/ steep goals that is not within reach. Set short-term goals and go for them. On the professional front you could look into some of these resolutions or maybe go for all of them! And why not?

Enhance your skills
Add a professional degree to your CV. Or take a class or go to a seminar. It is essential to set learning goals on a regular basis. As the saying goes, ‘If you’re not green and growing, you’re ripe and rotting.’

Learn new technology

“The most happening thing in this age is technology which is here to stay. Communication is essential for business success. Take stock of where you’re the weakest and change that.

Be prepared with your CV

In this day and time, you never know when opportunity might knock at your door. And it could be from outside of — or within — your company. So just be prepared to take up the challenge as and when it comes.

Learn a new language
This is particularly important if your work puts you in contact on a regular basis with people who speak another language. There are so many regional languages in your own country that you could learn or maybe go for a foreign language course. It will help you in the long run.

Clean out old files, e-mails

Cleaning up old files is a great way to revisit priorities and gain perspective on what’s really important. Not only will it give you a fresh start to the year ahead, but if you pay careful attention to what you keep and what you toss it may help you manage your workload more effectively in the future. When it comes to technology, Holland warns not to succumb to ads touting the newest techno-trend, instead know yourself and choose tools that match your personality.

Network with four people a month

This networking could be a great way to expand your knowledge base. Once you’ve identified what you have to learn in those areas, determine the people who will help you realize those goals and meet with them accordingly.

Read best-selling business books

Imagine the impact you can make if you are well-versed on business trends, even if it’s nothing more than to find your way to a healthy debate with others.

Find quality time for self/family

Look for ways to integrate both aspects of your life. Let family join you on a business trip, leave the office early on an afternoon to attend your child’s sporting event, or share family reading time by catching up on the best seller on business while sitting next to your children or spouse.

Increase your saving habit

Saving for retirement is critically important. Simply commit to yourself to take that next pay increase and put in more money into a saving scheme. Making this part of your career goals will give you peace of mind that you’re building toward a more comfortable retirement.

Exercise and eat healthy

With opportunities galore, find ways to exercise with your family. Pay attention to what you’re eating. Take time to reflect on what activities invigorate you and commit more time to doing them.