What Kills Jobseekers’ Chances – 5 Uncommon Mistakes

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Facing interview in any job search is one of the most challenging situations for job seekers. Nobody is spared of failures in interviews. Every candidate makes mistakes even after appearing in different interviews. But, we rarely see job seekers taking responsibility for their failures in interviews. Even, in general, few people take responsibility for their mistakes if things go wrong. We have to admit it! At the professional ground, nobody wishes to degrade their professional image in front of others by telling the truth of what’s happened in the interview. We, as listeners, are told a different story that is not fact-based, and we blindly believe it. There are always two sides of the same coin, and we see only one side at a time.

In most of the cases, interview fails because interviewees/candidates are not up to the mark. There could be multiple reasons like candidates are not prepared yet

– To face the interview,

– The skill set is not up to the required standards,

– The apparent difference between the words (resume) and the deeds (skills), – highly ambitious or self-centred,

– Lack of dressing sense,

– Lack of preparation and the list goes on.

It is not the case where one should worry about the degradation of their self-esteem, it is about what is wrong and what is right. Following points would highlight 5 uncommon mistakes which candidate make while appearing in interviews. The subsequent points would be an eye opener for job seekers.

During your next job search avoid these 5 mistakes

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Mistake 1: 

Candidate confirms an interview date and misses it. He/she requests for rescheduling the interview. HR reschedules with a new date. The candidate then sends an email message 30 minutes before the interview that he can’t come telling that he/she has some other crucial work to attend or don’t even bother to communicate the message that he/she will not be available.

Mistake 2:

The candidate appears in an interview without any homework. He/she does not know about the company product or services. The worst part is he/she is not in formals. The interviewee must remember the basic information of the enterprise and know what position he is about to be interviewed. Maintaining the core responsibility is a must for any candidate who is appearing for the interview.

Mistake 3:

Candidate informs that he cannot join. Once the selection is completed, and HR gives a joining date, the candidate over phone tells that he/she can’t accede to the organisation on decided date as he/she has a week vacation already planned or he has some important work at home for the entire week. Candidates must discuss such scenarios during the interviews once they see a green signal.

Mistake 4:

Candidate vanishes from the scene. The candidate is ready to join after successfully clearing the hiring process. A lot of time has already been invested. He/she doesn’t join on the said date. He/she doesn’t reply the emails and return call of the HR. He/she just vanishes and is not approachable. HR loses hope and starts finding another potential candidate. And, suddenly the candidate resurfaces and asks can I join now?

Mistake 5:

Candidate clearly indicates he is very selfish. When a candidate asks questions giving a hint that he/she is self-centred, it ruins the interview. If he/she focuses more on the company’s mission, organisation’s culture and about company’s clients, it creates a negative impact on interviewer’s mind. Besides, there are some more bloopers like asking about the detailed lists of perks, salary transfer date, salary appraisals, etc.

To err is human! We all make mistakes, but it is entirely irrational when one fails to learn from his or her previous mistakes. I hope above mentioned situations will act as an eye opener for job seekers and such habits should be avoided in future during job search.

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Strong Vocabulary – A Direct Way To Impress Your Recruiter


What we speak and the way we speak defines the standard of our communication skills. No matter which language you belong to, the more number of words you know, the more eloquent you will be in communicating your ideas across. By being able to successfully express your views to people certainly opens new doors, especially in your career. Whether we talk about a successful start in the career or a successful career, it is all dependent on how you make it to the interview.  Regardless of the type of industry you are choosing, often jobs with higher salaries are offered to candidates who have excellent communication skills. English, being referred as global language, it is very important for candidates to prepare themselves with a strong English. While, dressing good and having the exact skills for the role are equally vital, being effectively communicative in the English language can go a long way in ensuring success at each level you would grow up in your career.

You must have often heard about candidates who are rejected on their poor English by recruiters. If candidates do not speak and communicate well in an interview, they are most likely to be considered by employers as unintelligent and unskilled for the job. That means, they will mostly be judging you by how you say, the things you say.  Here comes the role of vocabulary, developing which at an early stage can enhance your personality and help you reap multiple benefits in your career.

Significance of Vocabulary in Career

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From ages, appearance carried a huge weight on the shoulders of job seeking candidates. However, with the evolution of recruitment industry, there have been noticeable transitions in the process of scouting, screening, interviewing and finally hiring candidates. Therefore, even if you are a genius in mathematics, having a poor vocabulary will put forth an impression that you are not the right fit for the brand. You realize the significance of having a strong vocabulary at the time interviews, where you are evaluated directly from the way you speak by your recruiter.

Interview Tip 101 – How to start working towards building a strong vocabulary?

Step 1: Read, Read & Read More

Mostly people in their school age do not like to read much besides the burden of their syllabus books. When they enter high-school, their interest in finding an ambition for themselves becomes important. If they are not venturing into an industry, which does not require reading, people usually do not read anything except newspapers or entertainment magazines (sometimes). This will have no effect on your vocabulary. The ideal way to score a high vocabulary is develop a habit of reading anything and everything.

Step 2: Where to start?

Choose your interest – sports, fashion, travel, food, politics, human issues, or any other topic. Once you have selected your area, now read everything that is useful to build your vocabulary. Start from daily newspapers. They help you build your reading habit. Read magazines. These provide you insight about the subject. Follow blogs and read them on daily basis. These would help you have a broader knowledge of the subject, enhance your quality of reading & boost your vocabulary. Choosing any of the reading mediums on a daily basis, is the easiest, fastest and certain way through which you can become a vocabulary master.

 Step 3: What not do in the interview?

You are acquainted with new words. You have practiced them. However, you need to master the art of communication when it comes using to using during job interviews. Do not jump onto using all the high-end words in front of the recruiter at once. Also, do not try to be a vocabulary freak. The interviewer does not want to open your dictionary. He wants to know how well you make use of the right words while giving answers to his questions. Recruiters judge you not only on what you speak, but also how you speak it. Making the use of right words here is very important as trying to fit in flowery words or too complicated words will also not work. Rather, it will make you appear like an amateur. Do not seem like one.

When you know how your dream job would appear like, all it requires is your passion and devotion to prepare yourself with everything required in terms of communication. While, technical skills depending on the domain are most important to be qualified for an interview, how you present those skills through your communication goes a long way for employers to decide whether you will be selected or not.

Get ready to crack your next interview!

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Video Interviewing- The New Age Recruiting Strategy [Infographics]


For years, recruiters have been trying hard to find the best fit for their industry. Devising new strategies is one of their concerns when it comes to interviewing. Gone has the time, when interviews were carried out face to face, which was a time consuming process. With the advent of video interviewing, recruiters can now structure their interview process in a faster and efficient way, which is more comfortable for the candidates on the other hand. The infographic takes you to the several hassles which were a part of the traditional interview process and how the hiring managers can make the best use of video interviewing.

Some of the tips for recruiters to make video interview effective:

  • Uploading a welcoming video that will help candidates understand about vacant job positions and company profile.
  • Avoiding background distractions such as phone calls, etc. to ensure a noise-free interview for candidates.
  • Dressing up in a professional way to allow candidates experience a professional touch during the interview process.
  • Looking into the camera would ensure there is direct eye contact with the candidates.
  • Conducting questions of professional touch would allow candidates to express more about their views on situational questions.



Video interviewing hence, not just benefits the recruiters but also candidates who prefer to save their time and money on traveling and believe in expressing themselves on a video. With video interviewing, candidates can also choose to have a convenient time for interview, which adds more peace of mind.

Recruitment industry has come a long way in providing candidates the comfort of interviewing, such as secluded meeting rooms, internet connections in interview rooms and so on. Video interviewing has evolved as the most efficient and convenient platform that allows both recruiters and candidates to find the best fit in the least time.


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How to Answer Tricky Questions by Recruiters

How to Answer tricky Questions of Recruiters

Do you have any questions” ask several interviewers / recruiters, while they move towards the end of the interview. A decade ago, hardly there was any candidate who used to ask questions, but now time has changed. Gen Y comes up with list of questions to find if the company is ideal for them or not. If you don’t answer them or if they don’t find your answer satisfactory they might reject your company even before you reject them. Be it for bringing great talent onboard or for an ultimate employer branding, you need to be prepared with certain questions and answer them.

How to Answer tricky Questions of Recruiters
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Here are few questions and tricks how you should answer them:

Q: How do you serve your customers?

By this question, candidates wish to understand how company works, and what his responsibilities would be. By getting through the process, it becomes easy for the candidate to identify whether he would be the ideal fit in the role or not.

Q: Who is an ideal customer of your company?

Understanding the right target audience is also one of the crucial aspects for candidates today. They have their career goals, and have passion to serve a typical set of customers.

Q: What are you looking for in your hire?

Like you would want to know why the candidate wants to work with your company, candidates today also want to know what skills or specifications are you looking for in the new hires. This again would help them in identifying whether they would are capable of meeting company’s expectations or not.

Q: Why should someone leave his current job and join this company?

Every employee spends more than3/4th of his week with the company and the people in it. By having an idea about what his day at work would be or what at work would keep him content, he decides whether this company is the right fit for him or know. Companies who have an ideal team also record less attrition and high productivity.

Q: Can you name few things that current employees of this company value the most?

This is again a decision making question like the previous one. Candidates are curious to know about their new companies. Answer there queries because no one else can answer them as best as you.

Q: Which kind of employee is not ideal for your company?

This question helps in 2 ways. One, they get to know who not would be in their team and then they would be able to survive in it or not. Second, they would no which behavior or attitude the company would not bear and they should accordingly behave while working in a team.

Q: What initiatives do you take to advance career/skills of current employees?

Career growth and development is one important aspect for individuals today. They look forward to advance their career and grow with multiplying rate. For the same, if company provides any training, seminar or any other sessions to advance their skills, then it becomes an added advantage to bring candidates onboard and even retain them.


How to be prepared for such questions?

To make sure that the candidate gets impressed with your answer, you need to get some stats handy. If your company is active on social media, extract few instances, which you can then show them to support your answers. If you have other facts and stats to back your answer, then that would be an added advantage.

Expert’s Tip: Be specific, be honest, and make sure your answer is compelling.

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When You Do Not Know The Answer During An Interview

When You Do Not Know the Answer During an Interview

We have discussed several interview question answer tips in the past. So, you would face no problem in answering interview questions be it the tricky questions or the technical questions. (In case, you haven’t read our interview question tips, you may read them here). However, I am not going to share any trick to answer a particular question, but would explain how to handle the situation and avoid excruciating silence when you do not know any answer.

When You Do Not Know the Answer During an Interview
When You Do Not Know The Answer During An Interview
  • Stay composed 

Keep Calm. If you freak, your heart rate would pace up, your blood pressure would increase, and ultimately your body language would change which will spoil your impression. When an interviewer throws an unusual question on you and you do not know what to say, take a deep breath and think about what best answer can you give.

  • Never say, “I don’t know,”

I said, not to say ‘I do not know’, now do not take me wrong and think I am asking you to make up stuff. You do not have to make stuff up. Read other tips to know what else should you respond when you really do not know the answer.

  • Ask questions

There is a possibility that you did not understand the exact question which gave you a feeling that you do not know how to answer it. Clarify what interviewer wants to ask you, may be by getting a deeper clarity about the question give you an idea about how to answer it. There isn’t any bad about asking counter questions to the interviewer.

  • Speak what you know

If you even have a slight idea about what an answer could be, then start with it. This is the last moment savior trick; because there are possibilities that starting out loud may help you figure out how to proceed with the answer.

  • Talk about the process/steps to figure out answer

While answering certain calculative or even hypothetical questions if you do not know the exact answer, you can even talk about the process or steps involved to find the right answers. Interviewers ask such questions to get a hack of your thinking process, because sometimes even they do not know the exact answer, but they ask you to know how you would handle difficult situations or new challenges.

  • Make best of the follow-up email

Follow up email also gives you a second chance to impress the interviewer. You can say that during the time you gave some thought to the question you had asked, and I have managed to come up with couple of more solutions.

With these tips, you can avoid the awkward silence when you do not know how to answer any interview question. Good luck for your next interview!

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What Recruiters Do Not “Want” On Your LinkedIn Profile?

What Recruiters Do Not "Want" On Your LinkedIn Profile?

LinkedIn is the new destination where head hunters are eyeing upon to source a talent pool and bring the creamy layer of talent on board. So, if job seekers aren’t there or fail to impress the recruiters, than the chances of getting an interview call falls to a great extent; hope you are well aware of this. However, for your knowledge, in case you are not paying attention and believe that you have presence on LinkedIn and that is sufficient then you are mistaken.

What Recruiters Do Not "Want" On Your LinkedIn Profile?
What Recruiters Do Not “Want” On Your LinkedIn Profile?

Your LinkedIn profile has to be updated, and the aspects mentioned in this blog will help you ensure that it is as recruiters expect to be.

  • Editing past role descriptions: Like you keep your resume updated, your LinkedIn profile too must be always updated; after all it is your 24*7 available online resume. Revise your past role descriptions in your profiles and make sure that you have updated every info. One aspect you need to take care of is editing past description while adding a new one. For instance, you write the current activities in present tense, but once you complete, you have to edit it to the past tense. Recruiters often get confused because of the past-present tense usage in the descriptions.
  • Re-arranged endorsements: Skills & Endorsements section speaks for your talent and abilities. Though others endorse you, but you have an option for arranging your skills that would value more for the job you are applying for. Recruiters have no interest in knowing the obvious skills, they are interested in knowing what makes you stand over other candidates.
  • Not neglecting ‘Education’ section: Education is another important section recruiters get to know about your qualifications. So, in order to tell them what all courses you have studied or what all extra classes you have taken people generally throws in even the minutest details. But that’s a gaffe; recruiter’s just love whatever is relevant, they do not need any irrelevant information. And I hope you know recruiters love to scan instead of going through every word.
  • Removing unprofessional profile pictures: LinkedIn profile pictures are not about selfies or ‘cute poses’; it’s about decent pictures in high resolution. It is the first thing that people see and make impression about you, so it must not ruin your image. Ideally, have a decent close up in the plain background or inside office (at your workstation).
  • Never ending job descriptions: Edit your job description on LinkedIn profile if it is in a never ending paragraph. You will get a better score for simplifying recruiter’s life by not giving me too much data to scan. Mentioning your JD in bullet (like you do in resume) is always the best option.

With these editing in your LinkedIn profiles, you will surely attract a recruiter and would not annoy him while he will be scanning through your profile and thinking of having a personal interview with you.

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Know How to Uncover a Company’s Culture : Pre-interview Requisite

Company Culture

Company Culture

Many people feel burned up at their jobs because before joining, their company looked well on the surface but later on they realized how terrible the culture is in some sort or the other. A wise (or say experienced) employee once advised that even if a person is in dearth of a job, he must never settle for working at a company with a poor culture. I would here like to add that no culture is good or bad, it’s just whether a candidate would ideally fit in it or it. So, culture is all about adaption & fitness and that’s what you have to uncover.

As I promised in the title to uncover the secret to identify any company’s culture, I would like to suggest you to find answers for few questions. Before you get to their answers, understand that no answer is “right”. Every person has different preferences related to work environment, so with the answers to such questions, you have to identify what would fit your requirements and preferences. But before you get into finding answers to the questions, do not forget to define what exactly is company culture for you.

  • Ask few questions to the employees (2 or 3) about what they enjoy working about in this company.
  • At the interview day, ask the HR to let you have a quick walk inside the company. Observe laughs & smiles, as they express a lot about company’s work environment.
  • If you are replacing a person, talk to him about what went well and what could have done better.
  • Look up for company’s reviews online by current or former employees.
  • Talk about behaviors which are rewarded and which are punished.
  • Find out events that company holds for employees. Is there just one annual party or monthly opportunities to celebrate with co-workers?
  • Identify if it is ‘we have always done it like this’ company, or a company that appreciates innovation.
  • Find out if the company offers reimbursement or support for training, seminars, or college tuition. Companies which value smart employees do this to motivate their employees to upgrade their skills.

Once you are done with your research and get the answers to all these questions, you have to think whether you’ll fit in the work culture or not. While deciding that, you have to remember that your objective is to get convincing reasons for why you want to work at the company. You should jot down points what makes the company unique. This would surely help you to uncover the company culture and identify whether you would fit in it or not.

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Trick to answer “Why do you want to work with us?” in your next interview


Recruiter’s try hard to identify your level of interest in the job, because it’s your interest in the job that can motivate you to work hard and challenge you to work better every passing day. Recruiter’s need to make out whether you are ready to take the job because of your interest or the paycheck they offer.


To identify this, one of the interview questions that recruiters love to ask : “Why do you want to work with us?’ or something similar like “What should we hire you?” To answer such questions is tricky and can make you easily goof up, so you really need to learn how to answer such tricky interview questions.

Well, in this case, your answer should be framed in a manner that can convince the recruiter that you are the one they had been hunting for. The ideal way is to give them more than one reason for why you are an apt candidate selection for the job profile. You have to talk about your ‘Apt Fit’ from multiple aspects like: Professional, Cultural and Personal. Allow me to explain you with few examples below:


How can you be professionally fit for any company?

Your professional skills can help you bag your dream job. You have to talk about the professional skills that can make you take any challenging job and do it proficiently. With your skills set, you have to talk about how you can be of benefit to the company. You have to talk about company’s goals and explain how you can make a difference with your skills.

While talking to interview like this, you can also show your interest level in company’s goals and your enthusiasm to help the team achieve the set ambitions.
How your personality makes you perfectly fit in company’s culture?

Here is another way to impress the interviewer with your communicating skills. You have to do a bit of homework about company’s culture and it is good to jot down certain points that you have heard or read about the company. Well, doing research about the company would not just help you in answering your interview questions about also make you decide whether you want to make your career with the particular company or not.

When you start researching about the company, you should focus your search on:

  • How renowned is the company in the said industry?
  • How does this company work and what are the industry reviews about its products/services?
  • How customers review this company?
  • What are employees/ or ex-employees reviews about working with the said company?
  • What is the work culture of this company like?
  • What actions does this company take for employee skills development?

You can look up for answers to these questions via Google search, social media profiles of company/ employees, and also via News/PR about company.


Why does this job personally interest you?

In the last, you can also answer how this job personally fits you. You may talk about feasibility of location, or about your personal interest in the offerings of the company and how you always wanted to be a part of it. Basically, you have to talk about your own reason for why you want that job in a smartly framed way.

Now that you know what how you have to answer this interview question, go ahead and frame an answer that will make you land in your dream job.

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