Archive for September, 2015

What You Should Not Do During An Interview

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Spending tiring days looking for applying for a job, then finding out that you mess up your chance because of an unprepared interview.

But how would you know what to do? You should be in the right tune with the interviewer. Don’t say words that would ruin your chance of getting hired. And, avoid the common mistakes that is repeatedly committed by applicants.

Let us discuss it further shall we…

Be Respectful In Every Aspect

Be on time
. If you can respect the time of the hiring manager, then you should come on time. Remember that it is very crucial to make a good impression, and coming on time is one of them.

Don’t just rely on your resume, bring all your necessary documents
. Bring it together with you. In case they ask for it on the spot, you can bring it out in a jiffy. You also save time for the employer in waiting for your documents.

Whenever they ask question, don’t answer hastily
. Take your time, but not to long. Think before you answer.   Answering questions hastily gives an impression that you’re not giving in some thought on the questions that they ask you.

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Avoid Saying This Words

Do not provide to much personal information. Sometimes hiring manager ask personal questions to break the ice and relieve you of the nervousness you’re feeling. But that doesn’t mean that you have to tell the story of your life.

If the hiring manager ask you, “Do you have any question”, don’t leave it empty. Create a question on the spot. Ask about the company history, or the services they offer. This shows your interest in the company. If you manage to make a conversation, your research about the company will come in handy. That is if you research the companies history before you even planned to apply there.

Never discuss about the salary. Specially if you are a first timer. Don’t get me wrong about it, if you are an experienced seafarer or an officer, then maybe you can get away with asking how much is the salary. But if you are a fresh fish in the industry with no experience, or you are making a career shift, better ask about the salary once you get hired prior to accepting the contract.

Don’t Commit The Same Mistakes

In numerous occasion you will find applicants committing the same mistakes that they know or heard from others, wherein they should never do it.

They keep doing the following:

Wearing inappropriate clothes
. Whether you are a man or a woman, you must wear the right clothes at the right occasion and place. Do not over-dress or under-dress. Stick to neutral clothes. Not to casual and not to formal. If you have 2 interviews scheduled on the same day, you are always in the proper outfit  whatever time of day and place.

Keep your phone in silent mode
. Better yet switch it off. Distraction is something that you don’t want to happen during your interview. And besides, you will give a bad impression if your phone constantly vibrating or beeping during your interview.

Again, keep in mind not to talk to much
. Keep your answer within the boundaries of the question. Don’t go off topic. Sometimes if you lengthen your answer, you will tend to move out of topic. So try not to over-talk. Remember the saying: Less talk , less mistake, more talk, more mistake.

Back To You

If you understand this information I’ve shared, you will have a chance of getting a good conversation with your interviewer. Remember to respect the time of the interviewer, it is important that you become the solution to his problem and not add up to it.

Mind your words and keep it within the boundaries of the questions. Don’t tell to much of your self ’cause it will just bore them. And try to avoid the common mistake that applicants always make.

If you have an experience during an interview that you’d like to share here, write it in the comment below. It will help other to learn from you. Or just share your opinion about the comment. Let us start a conversation.


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Nepotism Is An Uncommon Practice, But Accepted By Others

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

When it comes to understanding what nepotism is all about, this is what every person should know: Nepotism is similar to networking and it cannot be avoided. Although it can be used for good, other use it for abuse, in relation to hiring.

Every person has reasons for hiring or recommending people they know. But it nepotism is very much embedded in the system that you cannot even detect it. Let us look into the pros and cons of Nepotism so that we can understand it and benefit from it.

Nepotism vs. Networking

When we want to apply for a job we all think of one thing in mind, “Who will help us to get a job fast”. Although other people manage to get a job without any recommendation, but still 80% of the times we still seek for a way that somebody will vouch for us.

Here in the Philippines, the common word that you will hear when you apply for a job as a seafarer is: “Who recommended you?” It is a reality that every individual applying for a job is facing.

But it has a good side, the person applying with a recommendation is most likely going to do good knowing that every action that he will take will reflect the person who recommended him. Or, it can be the other way. Whatever would be the result there is always a risk involved. Make sure that you still hire the person basing on the various validated information that you get from him, out of his skills and certificates.

Also, as most of you may not know, companies are encouraging their employees to hire only the people that is recommended by their current crew or employee. It is already existing in the system of every company, you just didn’t notice it.

But why do people hate nepotism? Simply because they are out of job or they cannot get hired. But don’t you know that even hiring managers are asking their network if they colleagues know someone that they could recommend to apply for their job vacancy? It is networking and nepotism in action isn’t it?

We may look at it a good way or a bad way, but the reality is that nepotism exist in our society. You just didn’t notice it.

You Cannot Avoid Nepotism

Have you ever been in a company who are most likely manned by people who graduated in the same school or university? It is a common picture in companies and in the government. As managers or leaders we tend to give opportunities first on the people who graduated in the same alma matter.

Although it proves to be working well on many cases, it promotes criticism and discrimination on other person who are qualified for the job but is not related to the same alma matter. Sometimes they hire people because of the same alma matter, but are not even qualified for the job. This you must consider as risk.

Try to justify the reason why you hire the person in the first place. Remember, it will back fire on you. So, make sure that you are doing the right decision in hiring the person even if you graduated in the same alma matter.

Lets look at businesses, either big or small. What have you noticed? Relatives and friends are within the circle of their company. It is a common practice that when you run a business, almost everybody in the family should be a part of it.

Nobody says it is right or wrong, it depends on how families or relatives run the company, it just shows that nepotism very prominent in the business industry as well.

Leaders Should Objectively Evaluate Qualifications

Leaders or Hiring Managers should always consider the company goals. They should align their hiring scheme so that it would meet those goals. This makes a clear statement that even if you hire a person due to Nepotism, it is within the boundaries of the requirements to meet the company’s goals.

Before even looking for new applicants, try to look within your ranks. The most frustrating part in the side of an employee is not being considered to a position that he or she is capable of doing, or in many cases, not being considered for a promotion. Remember that it is cheaper and has a good long term result if you build from down to up, than filling the position by new applicants.

And if in case you consider to fill the position with a person related to you or connected to you, make sure it is justifiable that you did the decision. Look at the repercussion. If it works within those boundaries then it is safe to say that you did the right decision.

So What’s Next

Before we even think of getting angry at the word nepotism, let us think outside of the box and learn to realized that nepotism has a good and bad side. If done right, it can be on the good side.

It is part of the society we are working and nepotism can be considered as networking. Whether we like it or not, we cannot avoid nepotism. It is so embedded in our society that sometimes you just didn’t notice it. We just have to be objective in the way we handle things so that we will not abuse the use of nepotism specially in hiring the right people.

How about you? Do you have any experience or you know any situation that nepotism is applied in your industry, job, or workplace. Share it with us and let us talk about it. Write it in the comment below.