Saturday, October 31, 2015

Job Interview Fashion Trends

Job interviews are the moments of the first and best impressions. Job Seekers should make the most out of this opportunity by presenting them at their best.
Avoid Distraction
Bright colored ties with printed designs on it or large jewelry items may distract interviewers from concentrating on your interview. This may be suitable for a job in the style industry. For an interview your dress should impress without distracting others.
A job at a finance company or a software company may have a different dress codes than a technical company. Find out what is the suitable workplace dress code and present yourself for the interview as if you are coming for the first day at work.
You may check with the human resources manager about the company dress code. They are there to assist you in this process, so feel shy if you have questions.
If you have a beard or long hair, regardless of your favorite hair style, groom all facial and head hair neatly. Trim your beard. If you are not able to decide about your grooming go for a conservative look and you can always groom  your hair the way you like after getting the job.
The Watch
Take your watch off before you go for the interview. It will prevent you from looking down at it and communicating which may indicate that you feel bored.
Silence Mobile
Change your mobile to silence before going for the interview. Avoid even the vibrate mode.
Feel at ease
Whatever you wear, it should be comfortable so that you feel relaxed during the interview. New shoes are not that much comfortable on the first wear and may cause discomfort during the interview.
Polishing Shoes
Wear Polished and clean shoe. This indicates your cleanliness.Your shoes do not need to be new but they should be polished and cleaned.
Choosing White
If you are not able to decide about which colors to wear, just keep it simple. A clean white dress, shirt or blouse properly ironed is all what is needed.
Interviewers wish to see that you care about how you present yourself, so a simple but clean look is the best choice.
Last minute Check
Make sure that all zippers are zipped up and all buttons are buttoned up.

English for the Job Interview

Are you ready for that important job interview? Your English is perfect and you are all set to make a good impression on your employer. It is important to make sure that you also have the right type of English for that job interview.
The job interview in English normally contains specific questions and answers.
In order to be successful you need flexibility in the usage of tenses.
The first impression is the best impression. When you walk in to the room the very first impression you make on the interviewer can have a great influence on the rest of the interview. It is important that you introduce yourself and shake hands.

The first question is often a "breaking the ice" (establish a rapport) type of question. Don't be surprised if the interviewer asks you something like:
  • How are you today?
Don't be surprised by the friendly tone. The interviewer wants to put you at ease (help you relax). Answer the question without going into too much detail. The language you use should be simple but polite, for example;
How are you today?
I'm fine thank you, and you?
I'm well thank you.
Not so well
Most important?
Talking about your experience and qualifications is the most important part of any job interview. Your qualifications include your education from High School and on and any special training you may have done in the past.
Your experience is any work that you have done that is directly or indirectly related to the job that you are applying for.


Do not forget that your education took place in the past. Therefore you have to use the past tense, for example:

I attended the University of Kerala from 1978 to 1984.
I graduated with a degree in Commerce.


If you are a current student you should use the following present tenses:

I am currently studying at the University of Kerala and will graduate with a degree in Commerce in the march.
I am studying Spoken English at the Universal Community College.

You should not forget to add any computer training, distance education courses, etc. Make sure to mention your English studies. This is very important if English is not your first language and the employer may be concerned about this fact.
Experience and Qualifications

Work experience is the most important subject in any job interview. Therefore, it is important to explain your experience in detail. Employers want to know exactly what you did and how well you accomplished your tasks. Be confident, and frankly express your accomplishments in the past employment.

The tenses you should use are the following:

When talking about current employment be careful to use the present perfect or present perfect continuous. This indicates that you are still executing these tasks at your current job, for example:

X Company have employed me for the last 5 years as a HR Manager.
I have been managing the personnel department for 5 months.

While discussing about the past employment use past tenses to indicate that you are no longer working for that company, for example:

I was with X company  from 2000 to 20015 as a store keeper.
I worked as a supervisor at the Y while I was living in Mumbai.


You have to demonstrate your qualifications and skills, which are required for the job you are applying for. The job skills that you have acquired in the past may not suit the current job. It is important to explain how your past skills may be used for the current job.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Interview and Food habits

On the day of the interview your food habit is a key factor which influence your success. A very heavy food may sometimes play the trick on you. Taking certain type of food items is a good idea on a regular day but on the day of your job interview-not so much. Food items which contain high levels of tryptophan can make you feel sleepy. You need to be on your guard during the interview, and drowsiness will negatively affect your mental alertness. Yawning frequently will not impress your interviewer.
Although these type of food is one of the most commonly known foods for causing sleepiness, there are many others that you should avoid on interview days to ensure that your eye lids are not getting heavy at an inappropriate time.
Here are some other foods to avoid before an interview:
1. Rice
White rice has a high glycaemic index; according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who eat jasmine rice will fall asleep even faster than those eating other rice types.
2. Walnuts
Walnuts are a good source of tryptophan. Researchers at the University of Texas also found that walnuts contain Melatonin, which helps control sleep and wake cycles.
3. Cereal and Milk
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the combination of carbohydrates, calcium, and tryptophan from this morning meal will give you a free ticket to dreamland.
4. Bananas
Bananas are an excellent source of magnesium and potassium, which help to relax overstressed muscles. They also contain tryptophan which may lead to sleepiness. On interview days, choose a citrus fruit with Vitamin C which can boost your body’s immune system.
5. Soup
If your interviewer is taking you out to lunch skip the soup.  Soup contains amino acids that may boost the production of melatonin. Also, research shows that warm liquids like soup may help you sleep better.
6. Onions, Garlic and Spicy Aromatic Foods
Bad breath is probably the worst bad impression you can make on a recruiter.
7. Beans
These ingredients can upset your stomach, or worse.
8. Too Much Water
It’s important to keep yourself hydrated, but don’t drink an entire bottle before the interview. The recruiter won’t appreciate it if you have to excuse yourself three times just to go to the restroom.
10. Greasy and Sugary Foods
French fries may taste good, unfortunately, sugary and greasy foods can pull you down after its effects wear out and you may not also want to hand in your resume with grease stain.
You are what you eat, so what you eat before the interview is crucial to your success. After that, you can eat all the food you want.
If you have wondered why you get sleepy in the middle of the day or even in the afternoon, it could be your food. Though it is true that a heavy meal can make you feel drowsy, if you manage to eat the right foods, you can save yourself from that sleepy nod of embarrassment.
So next time, on an important work day, make sure you eat the right stuff and save yourself from yawning in that important meeting!