One-On-Many Panel Interview

People going for the interview may have to face a hot boiler-like situation, when a panel of interviewers is waiting to welcome them. Facing a panel with all the interviewers together is not an easy task as it puts one under immense pressure. It is like confronting, accepting and dodging several viewpoints at the same time. Nowadays many companies opt for panel interview while undertaking the recruitment process, but why is it preferred and what exactly does it involve?

Why Panel Interview?

  • From the companies’ perspective
    • The real self of the interviewer emerges in the process of extensive interviewing.
    • It saves time: It is a part of the time management strategy for a company, to bring all the interviewers together to meet the interviewee in a single session, rather than fixing individual session with each interviewer.
  • From the perspective of the applicants
    • Less time consuming: Get a chance to meet the company professionals in one go, and understand how they work as a team.

But, generally it is quite stressful for the applicants to face the panel. Some tips to come out of the panel interview with flying colors include:

  • Ask the HR Recruiter about the company’s interview agenda.
  • Gain information about the company, before coming for the interview. Do research to gain information about each panel member.
  • Maintain eye contact with every member in the panel while answering. Make initial eye contact with the person asking the question, then include all.
  • Come prepared for the obvious questions like, “Tell me something about yourself”. Your answers should present different aspects of your personality. Remember that you have to impress everyone.
  • Answer behavioral questions honestly. As there are people with different viewpoints, so there are chances that you can be cross checked.

The key to successfully facing a panel interview lies in coming prepared and facing the panel with confidence. The panel interview should be taken as an opportunity for the job seekers to prove themselves valuable to the company in a single meet to many members of the company.

Make Your First Job The Gateway To Success

While going for the first job people are usually anxious about the new work and its requirements. New job is like a new world, where people need to know the ways to survive and leave an impact. The new job should be taken as an opportunity, and the following guidelines need to be followed in order to succeed:

  • Maintain self-discipline: In the initial days of work, people need to understand their work. For this they need to devote quality time to it. They should reach the office at time, follow the guidelines of the trainer, and try to finish the target on time. Initially it is difficult to gain the speed, in that case, people need to be ready to carry work at home or do extra-work at office, as this shows their dedication.
  • Set goals and work accordingly: It is important to have the goals in mind which people want to achieve. Once the work goals are set, people need to remain focused and work hard to achieve them on time. For this, they might need to sacrifice fun and rest till the goals are achieved.
  • Know your strength strengths and skills: Once people know and assess their strengths and skills, they need to play up on strengths and improve their skills, as per the new job requirements.
  • Spirit of sharing should be there: People who are open to new ideas, and help their colleagues with their ideas or information, are sure to be in demand at the workplace. It also improves their skills.
  • Feel passionate about the work: If people are not passionate about their job then surely their performance will remain average. To perform extra-ordinarily, people need to take any new task as a learning opportunity and feel good about it. They should analyze the importance of the task given to them in fulfilling their career goals, and then work on it as a golden opportunity.

In short, to learn the most at the first job and to move ahead successfully, people must maintain self-discipline, learn to make sacrifices, develop a helping attitude, and most importantly stay focused to their set career goals.

Content Managers: Key Players In The World of Words

The world of the written word is quite vast and varied. The Publishing Industry holds within its arms an abundance of resources such as magazines, newspapers, journals, books, directories, brochures and even greeting cards, calendars, and manuals. The Industry has evolved to the Digital Age by welcoming materials in other formats as well such as in the electronic format and online web content. The role of a Content Manager is similar to a caretaker who keeps a strict watch on every letter and punctuation mark. With the changing scenario, the role of the Content Manager has also evolved. Nowadays, the resume of such a professional includes various other responsibilities and skills.

The role of a Content Expert or Manager is perfect for those who have a flair for creativity. The responsibility demands continual research and study. The job profile of a Content Manager includes developing instructional materials and content that is specific to the context and requirement. A content manager’s resume holds skill sets that includes fluency in language, reading and knowledge about the latest technological tools and software. The responsibilities of a Content Manager also include:

  • Assessing the quality of the content and checking their compliance with quality regulations and parameters
  • Meeting with committees and groups and discuss the various issues regarding the content and come up with relevant solutions
  • Evaluating if the content meets the requirements and if not, suggest and implement suitable changes
  • Review books, software and other materials and make appropriate modifications
  • Developing means to use the technology effectively
  • Coming up with innovative methods to make study materials such as textbooks more interactive and friendly to students.

An eligible candidate is one who is well versed with all the current developments, equipped to rise to the various challenges and driven to pursue new directions and avenues. As the world of Media and Publishing grows, the requirement for talented Content Managers will also remain .

Importance Of Networking In Job Search

Networking plays a very important role when a person is a job seeker. Going from one place to another with CV in hand seems a melodramatic scene of a film. In the present world of networking through internet, time and place are not a constraint. One can make new contacts anytime, and by staying anywhere in this world. This has made daunting task of searching a job much easier. Such networking for job search requires a little hard work and a little smart work. This networking can be informal or formal.

Informal Job Networking

  • Refreshing the existing contacts: It includes informing every acquaintance, be it friends, relatives, seniors, etc. that you are looking for a job. Also, tell them of the type of job you are looking for. This method can work wonders at times as you can know about the vacancy and apply before anyone else.
  • Sending emails and posting on social networking sites: This helps in making contacts with people who are techno-savvy, teachers, recruitment consultants etc.

Formal Job Networking

  • Making new contacts at social gatherings
  • Posting the CV on job searching sites:  This ensures that the CV will be crawled by several companies having openings for the profile mentioned in the CV
  • Conducting informational interviews: In such interviews, a job seeker asks questions to the experts. The job seeker asks for career and industry related advice.

Along with job related networking, job seekers also need to assess their profile. They need to know their strengths and weaknesses. At the time of interview they need to convince the interviewer that they are an asset to the concerned company. People first need to prepare themselves for the requirements of the jobs they are applying for and then go all out to grab the best opportunity through proper networking. They must begin the journey keeping in mind that planning and perseverance help people going a long way.

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