Channels where recruiters can post a job in 2016

Hiring today has seen massive changes. As the world gets competitive and there is an ever increasing demand from companies to increase their revenue ever year, each of them wants to hire the best talent for their company. There is tremendous pressure on hiring managers to select the best of candidates from wherever possible. Therefore they are not leaving any stones unturned. Hiring managers use every possible channel to find and attract the best possible talent. Every channel or modes of recruitment has its pros and cons. Here we will take a look at some of the popular channels that recruiters use for posting and hiring for a job in 2016:-

1. Social network – The latest trend in hiring is through social networking sites like Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn etc. According to a survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, 77 percent of companies use social media to identify candidates for positions.

1. Helps in finding valuable information about a candidate
2. It reveals the true nature of a person
3. It can help in short listing candidates

1. Information on social networking sites are not always reliable
2. It could lead to discrimination
3. Is unfair to people who don’t have an online presence

2. Job sites – Job listing sites are used by recruiters to find candidates. More popular the site, more are the chances of finding the best candidate for the job.

1. It gives the employers a vast pool of eligible candidates to choose from.
2. It provides employees a platform where they can directly get connected with the company of their liking.
3. Targeted job boards get a better pool of candidates.

1. Huge amount of applied candidates to choose from
2. Although the increasing number of candidates increases the probability of choosing the better ones, it makes the job tougher.

3. Campus recruitments – Campus recruitments are common in engineering colleges. It is generally used when a large number of hiring is to be done. Generally done by IT companies which are mass recruiters.

1. Eases the process of looking for talented candidates.
2. Recruitment is preceded by tests, group discussions and personal interviews, which ensures better quality of selected candidates.

1. Sometimes it becomes necessary to settle on certain conditions due to lack of better options.
2. Visiting campuses and short listing candidates is a humongous task.

4. Newspaper – The recruiting tool of the last decade but still very effective. Giving an advertisement on newspaper classifieds still is an effective tool though it has more cons than pros now as better channels for recruitment have developed.

Five less known but most benefiting facts about Government jobs in India

The demand for government jobs will never reduce.  Social status, steady income, job security along with some fringe benefits like pension, PF and more holidays still make government jobs the first choice of service for many in India.

Government Jobs

In the era of startups and freelancing one might think that the notion of a government job might be a little derogatory.  A job for life or one that is not as glamorous as a job in a Multinational Corporation. But still the number of applicants every year for government jobs far exceeds the number of vacancies. Sounds like a misfit? Well it is. Despite GEN Y being interested in more than “just a job” these days, it didn’t rub off the shine of government jobs. For middle class and lower middle class families in India, a government job still remains as one of the most sought after choices.  Let us analyze why.

Government jobs come with benefits that no private organization can give. Along with the social status a government job entails, there are other benefits also. Let us take a look about the five less known but most important facts about government jobs in India -:

  1. Low work pressure/work stress– Government jobs come with less work pressure and lower stress in comparison to jobs in the private sector. The key word here is in comparison. It’s not that government employees shirk off all their responsibilities and don’t work at all. That is a common misconception. Some Public Sector Units are as competitive as private sector organizations. Still the work pressure is comparatively less as you won’t lose your job based on poor performance.
  1. Flexibility– People usually associate government jobs with rigid timings from 9am to 5pm. But not anymore. There are many positions available these days in a government job that offers flexibility both in terms of work timings and in work location. The concept of remote work has also been introduced in the government sector too. RBI offered flexible work timings for their officers. This practice helps in maintaining a healthier work-life balance.
  1. Job security– The most important aspect of a government job has to be job security. Once inducted, government employees have a safe and secured job. Private sector employees lose their piece of mind wondering if they below par performance could get themselves fired. That is one worry less for government employees. Unless someone messes up big time, the chance of getting fired is negligible. This ensures a steady source of income for the employees irrespective of their performance.
  1. Retirement benefits like pension plan, provident fund etc– People tend to take government jobs or aspire for it not solely based on the type of work and its current benefits but those benefits that will kick start after retirement. Along with that medical insurance for self and spouse till death also is an important benefit of a government job. A continued source of income from pensions for retired employees also mitigates the fear of sustaining lifestyle post retirement.
  1. More holidays– This point is mainly for those who love to stay indoors and want to spend quality time with their families. Government jobs usually have more holidays than private ones. This ensures piece of mind and a better social life and ample time to pursue other interests.


From snappy, miserable and slow to clever, strong and successful

This is not a rant about how women have a harder time than men when it comes to the workplace and also at home. It is more like repeating a universal truth over and over again.

Rather this is a Bible for women who face a tough time in managing their work, both inside and outside the house. After all, where there is a will, there is a way. So, adhering to your will to succeed, I have a way that can help you conquer these challenges.


The most powerful weapon you have, whether it is for your intellect or body, is your brain. Your brain steers every single message that makes your body work. So how can you supercharge your brainpower and body?

The answer is simple- By getting some sleep.

Ah, more easy said than done. Because who doesn’t recognise themselves in the following scenario:

You are exhausted. Your head is finally hitting the pillow. But instead of drifting into deep, restful sleep your brain is racing.

3am wake ups anyone?

You are feeling stressed because you know you have to:

  • Get up early to prepare breakfast
  • Get yourself, and often also your kids, ready for the day
  • Nail that job interview or
  • Perform splendidly at work
  • Look your best so that your coworkers and boss take you seriously
  • Make sure your household is impeccable when you get home
  • Have dinner on the table
  • . . . and the list goes on and on

I am not promising you that this list will get shorter, not at all. What I do promise you is that this is a first step to get you all the sleep your body needs. You will go from nervous, snappy and slow to a superwoman who is unstoppable.


Breaking the Myths, Finally!

Let’s start with some misleading beliefs:

Sleep does not equal laziness. Sleep means that you know how to be your best.

  1. Sleep does not equal being a wimp. It makes you a high achiever. Because the less you sleep the more stupid you get. Your brain is just not capable to perform at its best. The effects of sleepless night are the same as being drunk. Nobody would congratulate you on coming to work drunk though…
  2. Sleep does not equal selfishness. It demonstrates that you know how you can be the best version of yourself for your job and your family.

So, now that that’s out of the way let me give you a few tips on how you can change your sleep.

Let’s start with the bad news: You cannot force sleep to come.

Even sleeping pills cannot do that. True, they will sedate some parts of your mind. But the rest you are getting is far inferior to natural sleep.

Get back to Life today

Here’s the good news: You can change your lifestyle and mind to welcome sleep. That means you can immerse yourself in sleep much more easily.

So how do you do that?

  1. Get clear about why you want sleep better. Make a list of all the goals you want to achieve. Now, understand that the quickest and most efficient way to get there is when you maintain your brain and body top notch. And that is only possible when you get enough sleep.
  2. Find ways to calm your mind at night. I suggest trying guided meditation, such as iRest. You can find some audio guidances on iTunes for example. I also recommend the Calm app, which you can use for 5 minutes before bed or during the day.
  3. Why during the day? Because it will help you avoid the overload of thoughts crashing down on you when you go to bed and stop moving.
  4. Experiment with controlled breathing. It will force your mind to slow down. You can literally command your mind through your breath.
  5. Look at your nutrition. Certain foods are difficult to digest and 3 am wake ups are often related to digestion kicking in again. Too many spices can keep you up at night so moderate spicing up your dinner.
  6. Stay hydrated. You don’t want your body to wake you up at night asking for liquid.
  7. Make sure your eyes get enough natural sunlight/daylight. It helps you inner body clock.
  8. Go to bed as soon as you feel tired. It helps you to avoid becoming over tired. When too tired your body starts to become stressed, which makes it even more difficult to sleep.
  9. When you can’t sleep don’t stay in bed. Get up and do something that distracts you but does not allow you to become immersed. Try a Sudoku puzzle or try meditating and as soon as you feel your eyes getting heavy try again.
  10. Light candles at night and avoid harsh lighting an hour before going to bed. It will help your body to produce melatonin, your sleep hormone. Plus it’s a nice atmosphere.

Have any other inputs that you have tried or heard someone trying? Tell me in the comments below. You can follow me on Twitter and my Blog for more stuff like this.


Author Bio: After leaving a career in education in 2015, Christine Hansen now coaches successful and career driven women on how to get a solid nights’ sleep allowing them to wake up refreshed, with more energy, and ready to tackle their business and personal life.    
Christine speaks five languages, which allows her to be the international go to expert on sleep.
 Her approach involves no pharmaceuticals, and addresses the whole picture not just one piece of the puzzle.  
As an international sleep expert Christine’s work has been featured in numerous publications, including being a regular contributor for Huffington Post. 
 When she’s’ not teaching you how to get more z’s Christine spends her time at home with her precious daughter, two dogs, and attending live concerts with her husband.
To find out more about her work and get a gift for HR Cube readers visit:

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How to Charm a Recruiter Using Your Language Skills?

Impressing a recruiter with your language skills during an interview is as different from scoring an A in your language exam as the office from the college. That says enough to confirm that your vocabulary is not going to win it for you. Consider how attentive you would be to a teacher who sits with her head down and reads monotonously from a book, however interesting the topic may be.

Interview language skills are more than just words, sentences and verbal expressions. A study suggests that words have a meagre 7% impact on the interviewer.

It is not what you express but how you say it

You must not lose positivity under any circumstances; in your expressions or in your thoughts. You should avoid forming negative sentences. “I can work efficiently with a team” goes way better than “I usually do not have any problems working with a team”. Negative expressions are usually prone to attracting a lot of undue attention. Avoiding them is the best policy to make sure that the recruiters notice what you are good at rather than what you are not bad at. This shows that have a firm belief in what you are saying.

Remove trials and possibilities from your speech

You will ‘try’ to learn very fast and ‘possibly’ be efficient in the job if you ‘hopefully’ get the job. All the words in the quotes do not showcase how modest and grounded you are; they play only one role, that of being a distraction. These are weak qualifiers and they reflect weakness of conviction. You should avoid these. Say it as if you know it for sure. You cannot expect the recruiters to trust you if you cannot show enough self belief in your speech.

‘But’ can make everything fall apart

Suppose you have delivered a beautiful sentence explaining what you can do for the company or what your remedy will be for a certain problem and then you use a ‘but’ maybe unwittingly to add a little more to the speech; it can remove all that the recruiters have heard so far and focus all their attention toward the probable glitch. This word holds uncanny powers so is better not to be played with. You can easily modify the formation of the sentence to replace the ‘but’ with an ‘and’. Yes, small things can have the power to make or blow it up sometimes.

Listen and use what you listen

Do not be surprised when you realise how surprisingly powerful the art of listening can be during an interview. You are competing with other people who know as much as you do. Your rapport with the interviewer and how comfortable they feel with you may determine whether you are chosen for the position. Listening carefully to the recruiters when they talk about the company or about anything can help you solidify the rapport. Let us see how,

  • Mirroring the interviewer:  When you quote some of the interviewer’s words in your own speech tactfully; it makes them realise that you were paying keen attention to their speech and that you are completely involved and engrossed in the interaction. A keen listener and interested person is always preferable; let alone the fact that it encourages the interviewer to feel comfortable and talk more.
  • Paraphrasing:  When you something that the interviewer says in your own words and derive some more from it, does not only showcase your attentive nature but also gives the impression that you are so interested in what they have to say that you go as far to analyse it.

These techniques can be developed overtime and are always worth struggling to achieve. Remember it upsets someone when you are not willing to listen.

Try to focus on the words that the interviewers make too much use of, do not feel shy to incorporate those in your own speech without making the effort visible. This makes the person at the other side feel that you are talking the same language as his/hers.

Pay attention to your physiology

Your body language: gestures and movements devise the largest part of the impression that you wish to impart; studies say, it comprises as much as 58%. If we talk about interview language skills, body language cannot be left aside. The easiest way is to start as normally as you can and then gradually mirror your interviewer. This also serves to build the rapport. Every movement you make should seem natural and yet be under your control and you should be able to modify it and manipulate it to impress the interviewer.

If the interviewer moves his hands while talking you can also try slight movement of the hands making sure it is natural. If the interviewer leans a little toward you while talking, you can follow the same gesture; this spreads a sense of similarity. Just remember not to be identical to the other person; getting close will suffice.

All these are parts of the interview language skills we are concerned about and if perfected can culminate to create the missing ingredient that will set you apart from the lot.   


Why organisations are implementing Social Hiring [An Infographic]

Recruiters are flocking to social networking platforms in search of talents. Reports suggest that more than a quarter of hiring happens over social media platforms. Every day new users are signing up on these platforms. It has been revealed that out of 10 jobseekers, a minimum of 7 jobseekers between the age of 18 to 34 have found their previous jobs via social networking platforms.

It is but natural that hiring managers will invest time where jobseekers are. These networking platforms have not just yielded quick results for hiring managers and jobseekers, recruiters have reported to have found high quality talents from here.

So let’s see why and what made social media hiring such a popular trend.

The Benefits


Social media enables hiring managers to:

  1. Validate jobseekers’ profile: When someone creates a public profile and shares the same with a recruiter, it is safe to say that information furnished publicly are genuine. A direct crosschecking with resume is immediately done.
  2. Analysing jobseekers’ nature: A person’s choice, likes, dislikes and activities can serve to be a testimony of what that person is in real.
  3. Creating first level impression: You either like a profile or you don’t. Same with recruiters. The first impression comes fro how you handle your public persona.

Why Social Hiring is trending


Reports reveal that social media hiring has spiked up by 54%, with more than 94% organisations investing time in finding talents here. When we talk of social media, the three major names that come up are:

  1. Facebook
  2. Twitter
  3. LinkedIn

Here’s how these three big giants of social media industry are catalysing social hiring:


However, it’s not just recruiters. Jobseekers are also on the same platform spending hours in polishing their public persona and connecting with recruiters. It has been revealed in certain surveys that 90% referrals also happen over social media platforms.


The Present-Day Scenario

It is already established that jobseekers and hiring managers are glued to networking sites. This has evolved the way hiring is done and also impacted the general mindset of a recruiter.


The idea of a 10 page long curriculum vitae got replaced by 2 page resume, but now resume is slowly getting obsolete. Time constraint and an urge to understand the jobseekers’ skills has led recruiters to check with any existing demo of their skills. It is becoming a norm that a jobseeker would go out of their way to present their profile in a more engaging way. The DVDs or VHS of the past got replaced by YouTube, LinkedIn replaced the paper resume, Facebook and Twitter became a testimony of how skilled you are in handling your public profile.


The whole discussion boils down to one thing: Recruiters want quality candidates and jobseekers want a company profile that is socially good.


If you agree that recruiters should aggressively utilise the potential of social hiring, then download this infographic today and pass on the information for FREE.

Tips to find an IT job in India (1)

How to Find IT Jobs in India?

The first half of this decade has seen the Indian IT sector in a continuous hiring spree, hiring more engineers than any other industry. IT has generated total revenue of $48 billion in 2015 alone according to NASSCOM. Recently, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated the ‘Digital Indiaproject in order to ensure a secured position for the IT industry in and outside India. No wonder a larger chunk of 1.5 million engineers, graduating in India each year, are aiming for the IT sector.

Unlike two years ago, Hiring fresh IT graduates straight out of college is a declining trend. Sagar Rastogi, the analyst at Ambit Capital says,

Going forward, the pyramid will become much steeper. If you had one person managing 10 servers, technology makes it possible for him to handle 50 or 100 servers. He is more productive and you won’t need that many people.

While automation is making a lot of positions redundant, companies are looking for employees with niche skills. For example Capgemini is planning to add 14,000 employees by the end of 2016 but will be focusing more on experienced workers than fresh graduates.

About 30-40% of the hiring will still come from campuses but the rest will be lateral hires~Aruna Jayanthi the CEO of Capgemini in an article by The Economic Times.

However, last year Capgemini recruited a little over 50% employees out of the college campuses.

Getting an IT job is not easy but definitely not impossible. So if you want to be a part of this sector, here are few heads up for you for your job hunt.

#1. Keep your LinkedIn profile up-to-date, ALWAYS

Not yet updated your LinkedIn profile? It is high time you do. LinkedIn is the most preferred headhunting tool among 70% of the employers around the globe. Ignoring it means barring opportunities from reaching you.

Make sure you have your profile updated with your skill set and work experience (if you have any) in a suitable manner. A sensible use of relevant keywords in your profile and your resume (which you should upload on LinkedIn) can help the employers find you.

When you apply for a job online or appear for a walk in interview, it is likely for the recruiters to go through your LinkedIn profile. Out dated information or obscured skill set can put your chances off. It is time you become professional in decorating your online presence.

See 5 Proven tips to an awesome LinkedIn profile for more help.

#2. Internet is buzzing with Job searching portals

The job portals and job boards are easily accessible resources for finding and applying for jobs. While some are free, some require money to yield results. It is very important that you do some additional research on the company you are applying to via these job boards. Some websites like CareerBuilder and SimplyHired gives you a sneak peak on various reviews about company you are viewing.

At CareerBuilder you can view the number and average qualification and experience of your peers. Indeed has the highest number of regular openings and lets you know about any new openings that arrive. You can also use popular platforms like monster and Naukri.

HR CUBE can come handy in finding you jobs in accordance with your skill set and interests.

You have to be conscious about using the proper keywords while searching for a job. It is easy to get lost in the midst of thousands of openings that are actually not for you. Locate the specific area of your interest and narrow down the scope of your search.

#3. Your resume will speak for you

Whichever industry it is, you will land nowhere without a great resume. Here are few simple tips to make your resume look great instantly:

  1. It should be devoid of any information that does not have any relevance to the position you are applying for. For example, you do not want to bug the recruiter with all the certificates from your music school while applying for the post of a UX designer.
  1. Do not flush the resume with keywords. While keywords are important, they cannot be used randomly. The modern ATS (applicant tracking system) is able to look for the context behind each key word. For example if you use the keyword ‘PHP’ the ATS is smart enough to find out whether you learnt PHP 4 years ago or have been working with PHP for 4 years. Contextualize your keywords or your resume may never find its way to the recruiter’s desk.
  1. Make sure that your skill set, experience and qualification are visible at a short glance. Your resume should be clean, devoid of decorations and grammatical mistakes.
  1. Most importantly your resume should be custom made targeting a particular company, carrying signs that you are really interested and capable of solving some problems for them.

Know more about writing a successful resume.

#4. Start building a professional network

Only 15% of all positions are filled through job boards and most of the rest with networking and recommendations. Building a strong network of people is the most important thing you can do during your job hunting days. Use the social networking sites to their fullest potential. An opportunity might be waiting for you just a question away; ask it. Use facebook to get yourself into the network of people who are working in the industry of your interest. Join forums and participate in job fairs. Meet new people and build relationships. You never know which way an opportunity come from; keep no stone unturned.

LinkedIn can be a great tool for networking; you can connect and interact with people of importance in the companies you want to work for. Spend some time everyday to find out and connect to people that may get you hired; hiring managers, recruiters, anyone relevant.

Do not keep asking your contacts for a job instead engage in conversations, let them know you have skills and you are looking for a role, keep patience.

#5. Make your online presence felt

Ridding your online entity off any pollutants should be a part of your job search efforts because not doing so may kill the effort altogether. See how to make sure, your presence on the social network works for your cause. It is hardly a secret that employers often go through a candidate’s social media profiles to check authenticity of information and to assess if he or she would be fit for the company’s culture. A lot of job seekers lose their candidature for having controversial online presence.

  • Keep track of all the grammar glitches that may be there and rectify them.
  • See how you appear on Google, edit your appearance if you think it may hurt your candidature.
  • Make sure you have tagging and writing on your wall disabled on facebook.
  • Remove posts and pictures that may represent you in a wrong way.

Be prepared for the interview

One sentence should suffice: Preparation will see you through. Know the company, their culture, their people, strengths, problems and obviously their product or services. Be prepared to explain how your presence can help the company. Do not let nervousness get the better of you.(I’m sure you won’t). Get some help out of it: 3 Types of Interview that You Should be Aware of  

A Times of India article claimed that 80% engineers graduating from Indian colleges lack the skills required to be employed. Keep yourself out of that lot. Keep an eye on the industry trends and make sure you earn proficiency in the language or the skill set that you see yourself flaunting in the future for a job. Despite the decline and disruptions the IT industry is still creating most jobs in India. Keep your network strong, skills polished and job search organized; you cannot be far from the job you are looking for.

15 Best Quotes to Simplify Your Life

The grass looks greener on the other side

15 Best Quotes to Simplify Life

We spend a lot of time complaining about our present state. Whether its our job, our home, our life, our dress- we find issues in almost everything. Most of the time we do it unintentionally. In our minds, we are so preoccupied with all the targets that we have set for ourselves, we forget the simple facts of life. Driven by an urge to make it big in this fierce competition, we often let go small things that can help us find inner peace. At times, Master Shifu from KungFu Panda is really missed in this ‘practical world’. Here are some quotes that can help you, me and everyone to slow down little and rethink before complaining.

  • A grateful mind is a great mind, which eventually attracts to itself great things. — Plato
  •  As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness. — Henry David Thoreau
  • Diligence is the mother of good luck. — Benjamin Franklin
  • The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. — William James
  • Progress is man’s ability to complicate simplicity. — Thor Heyerdahl
  • The greatest wealth is to live content with little. — Plato

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  • When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It’s very simple. — Paulo Coelho
  • You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be. — David Viscott
  • Don’t measure anything unless the data helps you make a better decision or change your actions. — Seth Godin
  • Whether you think you can, or think you can’t–you’re right.– Henry Ford
  • The value of an idea lies in the using of it.– Thomas Edison
  • Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once. — Drew Houston
  • I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying. — Jeff Bezos
  • Creativity comes from Constraint. — Biz Stone
  • Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. — Author Unknown

Slow down a bit. You have been in the race for long now. Take a deep breath. Life’s good :)


What Kind of People Does Google Hire in India?

If you dream of getting a great job, no workplace can be a better backdrop for your dream than Google. Voted as the best place to work at for seven times in last ten years, be it for the huge salaries, welcoming work environment, creative outlet or the benefits beyond grave, Google receives 2 million applications every year. However, 1 in every 130 applicants makes it through. Yes, it is difficult; but if you have a dream and passion and grit enough to pursue it, if you are skilled, curious and humble, you may be just what Google looks for.  

Google in India

Google marks India as a hugely potent market. In 2015 they tied up with Udacity to conduct online training courses to bring up Android and web developers in great numbers. It is predicted that India will have more android users than the USA by the end of 2016 as a result Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google has decided to up the hiring for Indian branches of Google in Hyderabad and Bengaluru. If you live in India and want to work for Google, it is a good time to move up.

The Background Myths

A lot of Indian job seekers nurture myths and misconceptions about Google’s hiring process. Many think that one only gets there through an IIT or you do not stand a chance if you do not have an integrated Master’s degree in Computer Sciences. Well, 14% employees in the Google headquarters do not have any college degrees and the percentage tends to increase.

Laszlo Bock, the senior vice president of people operations for Google told The New York Times, “G.P.A.’s are worthless as criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless. … We found that they don’t predict anything.” It is not about what you know and where you learned that from; it is about how well you can apply your knowledge and skill to solve problems.

Curiosity over Expertise

Expertise in a certain field is one of the least important attributes that Google looks for in a potential hire. Bock explains this with a great example – “If you take somebody who has high cognitive ability, is innately curious, willing to learn and has emergent leadership skills, and you hire them as an H.R. person or finance person, and they have no content knowledge, and you compare them with someone who’s been doing just one thing and is a world expert, the expert will go: ‘I’ve seen this 100 times before; here’s what you do.’ ” the former will have the same answer most of the time, Bock continues “because most of the time it’s not that hard.” Surely they will make some mistakes, but sometimes they will come up with an answer that is new and that may add to the ingenuity of the whole process. Yes, Google celebrates difference. This one example holds in it all the unique features that Google looks for in an employee.

Half of the positions in Google are technical and they need people with great coding skills and a strong grip on Maths but for all the jobs they have a set of requirements that are extremely important but rarely heard of.

General cognitive ability:

Google needs the employees to learn and think on the fly. The interviews are structured to assess how well you can analyze disparate bits of information and pull them together through a logical stream of thought. The ability and urge to learn makes you a better choice for Google than those with greater grades but lesser curiosity.

Ability to Lead:

Can you step up and lead your team out of a problem and can you step down at the right moment and let someone with a better idea lead? During the various stages of the onsite interview you will be faced by your potential teammates and members from other teams too, they will assess your ability to lead and solve problems. If you have them, you surely have an edge. This leads to the next quality that they need.

Larry Page the founder of Google says “Companies’ goals should be to make their employees so wealthy that they do not need to work, but choose to because they believe in the company” They will look for your zeal to solve a problem and work for a purpose. Humility is important so that you can acknowledge a better idea by someone else and always keep learning. Bock makes an odd statement -“you need to have a big ego and a small ego”- which is however a great tool to sum this up. You have to step up with your ideas and ask others to improve or rectify it, all for the team.

Google admittedly prefers a jack of many trades and king of one. If you go through Google career you will find that they are clearly not looking for too many specialists. That actually means they need people with a variety of applicable skills.

Google has slowed down hiring over the years but still hires 1250 people on an average in every quarter. Coming up with a multitude of products solely for India, Google is sure to hire a lot of people in India in the future. Apart from sharpening your technical skills, pay a little attention to your personality and attitude, they really matter when it comes to Google. And of course talent triumphs over all.   

Know what you are heading for

3 Types of Interview that you should be aware of

Did you get an interview call recently? Awesome. Even if you haven’t started applying anywhere, this piece of information will help you buckle up for your future.

After conducting over hundreds of interviews since last 10-15 years, I identified that most of the freshers or many-a-times experienced professionals get really nervous on having to attend an interview. Most of the time, “interview” alludes to a three to four hours drilling and then waiting sessions. Like I mentioned in my last post, ways of hiring have evolved. Recruiters and founders are opting for a more personalised approach in everything they do- even if it means hiring someone.

So, before your start biting your nails and get sweaty because you have no idea what will your interview be like, fret not. I have categorised interviews in 3 different types. In other words, here are the four types of interview you can expect if you are called from an IT startup.

The coffee-interview

Platforms like and LinkedIn has opened up avenues to get your resume pitched directly to the founder or CEO or team head. And when the founder is coming down to interview you, either you meet at a coffee shop or you directly land in his/her ‘meeting room’. Most of the time, coffee shop happens. In this type of interview, the founder sees few things:

  1. Are you a social person? Your attitude, your talk, your appearance all determine whether you are comfortable in any surroundings.
  2. Are you able to define your skills? This being an informal meet, random questions are thrown at you regarding your skills. Your confidence about your own talent resurfaces in this question-answer session.
  3. Your temperament gets tested as you are sweetly grilled about so many random things. The more in-depth and knowledgeable your discussion is, the more you score.

The Panel-Interview

Not all founders love to go to a coffee shop to meet a fresher. Not all recruiters have the bandwidth to take a decision over a cup of coffee. So what happens then? Well, you are called to the office premises and you are sent in for a few minutes of interview. Sadly, in few minutes, you will have to face around 3-4 biggies of the company at one go!

Now that’s not something to be scared about. In a panel interview, you are judged on your quick wit. It’s not about answering factually but more of how you handle the pressure. When 4 people ask you questions together, whether you lose your cool or not? Your calmness and your wittiest best will help you here. Let them ask you together, you always have the option to listen to them first and then start answering each.

The on-line-interview

Sometimes on-line-interviews seem like a long-distance relationship to me. Its just that its between two strangers! Anyway, jokes apart- many companies will take your interview over the phone and then ask you for a video call. These types of interviews are also more on the informal side. Your spoken skills are judged thoroughly. This kind of interview is the most dangerous in my opinion. You see, the first phone call will determine whether you will move up the ladder or not. If you are not speaking properly, you are not considered.

Non-IT Interviews

Most government and semi-government jobs follow a “Structured panel interview” pattern. By this, I mean that questions to be asked in the interview are already planned. Which question will be asked after which is also pre-decided. A panel of 6-8 highly knowledgeable people sit together to access a candidate.

To be honest, I feel interviews shouldn’t scare you. Its nothing out of the world. Few humans sit to interview another human. Your fear will be the biggest enemy in your interview because fear overpowers all logical thinking! So the more you stress on what will happen, the more you will lose confidence. So next time when you go for an interview, be confident that you are perfect for that position, but along with that be humble. There is nothing much attractive than a combination of confidence, talent and humbleness. All the best!


5 Proven tips to an awesome LinkedIn profile

So you are already aware of social hiring. No? To brief it, recruiters are now turning to social media to hire talents. Of all the social networking platforms, LinkedIn is deemed as a business networking platform. If you already have a LinkedIn account, awesome. if you don’t, well get going because you should do everything it needs to catch the recruiter’s eyes!

Being an experienced professional and an entrepreneur by choice, I have had a fair experience with social hirings. When I look at a LinkedIn Profile, there are few things that catch my attention:

  1. Your LinkedIn URL is customised or not
  2. Do you have an image that is professionally acceptable or not
  3. What’s your bio? Is it too wordy? Is it incomplete in terms of information?
  4. What are your hobbies?

These are few things that might actively play a role in determining your credibility. However, to make it easy for you, I have listed down 5 tips and tricks that can help you create an awesome LinkedIn profile. Fret no more; help is here!

  1. Your profile photo is the first thing that a recruiter will see. Here you can check out all the tips that can help you create an amazing spot-on profile image. To list a few,
    1. White background ensures focus is on you
    2. Go for natural light
  2. If you are experienced, try editing the job title and summary part. Going with the defaults is no-no. Your profile needs to be customised as per your demands.
  3. Add your voluntary works, your project works. Add samples or screenshots, talk in details what you did, why and how you did it. Your work will speak for you.
  4. Mention your contact information. This requires a GMAIL ID, and your phone number. Avoid putting 3-4 numbers. Go for one, and make sure that is always available for a call or message.
  5. Go for a premium account. It’s not costly at all. Premium accounts allow you to add cover images, that goes on to make your profile look good. Mention your skills and ask for recommendations from people you know or have worked with on any project. All these just help you in showing up on the social search on Linkedin for companies.


Be active. Your status updates, your groups, your comments, shares- everything matters. Of-course, by status update you will have to refrain from telling your connections where you ate last weekend. Rather show-off your reading materials. Let your intellectual self be known.

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