By Neha Aggarwal

Consultant-Business Skills, PurpleLeap


Communication Skill Enhancement Program (CSEP) is a unique theme driven curriculum. Each theme is designed with an emphasis on practical application of skills and concepts in day to day communication activities. CSEP helps students practice English in real life situations both inside and outside classroom through organizing and participating in events. All learning is spread across multiple themes that are relevant for students of engineering, both within college and at work.


Each module of CSEP is uniquely designed to engage students using social media (Facebook, blogging etc.), web, guided activities, free activities and hands on experience. The classroom sessions are made student –friendly and interactive to ensure that each student gets personal attention with opportunities to speak, read, write and listen. Students get to practice English in real life situations both inside and outside classroom through organizing and participating in the events.


The focus of the program is to provide opportunities for holistic development in terms of communication and personal effectiveness. Real Plays provide a platform to the students to effectively use their skills and apply the concepts learnt in the sessions.  Students will learn to organize events, coordinate with people, make formal speeches, socialize, follow social and business etiquette, listen and speak in any communication activity with confidence.


How to make office meetings productive

How to make office meetings productive

The term ‘Meetings’ has become synonymous with all self-confessed ‘busy people’. 25 to 50 percent or more of most managers’ time and talent is usually tied-up in meetings. Considering how badly most meetings are run these days, it’s no surprise to learn that the age-old practice of getting a group of people together for a common goal has become such a contemptible and dreaded activity.

Most people even think that it is just wasting precious time which could have otherwise been spent fixing bugs, designing applications, polishing pitches, writing reports — anything that involves actually working rather than sitting in a room (or on a call) staring into space.

It is hence important to realise that meetings are relevant and conducive to a successful and productive working environment. We can’t rid the world of meetings. After all, the benefits of meeting does sometime outweigh the costs. There are steps we could take to make sure that our meetings are more productive and that we meet more wisely.

Below are the Q-A sessions in Rediff chat answered by Amit Bansal, the founder and CEO of PurpleLeap.

Riaz asked, Amit: Many persons unable to understand the jist of the entire meeting fail to question. This is another disaster and guest lose interest. At the end the meeting is branded as boring. Do u suggest time bound meetings?
Amit Bansal answers, Absolutely. Meetings MUST be time bound. One hour is a good time to make a couple of good decisions.

Samm asked, Thanks amit … I believe to make any biz meeting effective and sucessful the management needs to have clear cut strategies and understanding with in team in place ?? what do u say ??
Amit Bansal answers, True… and like I said before…not arriving at a solution is not an option in any meeting.

Riaz asked, Hi Amit, Cluster meeting where the entire day is utilsed. First they explain what happened viz figures,then what to do and what went wrong. Ifn u see these kind of meeting the guest do not gain but the company exe utilsie the entire time. Lunch and tea, by the time the time is over. how do u rate these meeting . pls comment for positive result and participation of guests.
Amit Bansal answers, The steps to make meeting effective do not change with the length of the meeting. Lack of direction in turn can many any kind of meeting a disaster and sheer waste of time.

Samm asked, Hey Amit ..throw some light on an effective business meetings ?
Amit Bansal answers, Good business meetings should have: 1. 3 to 4 points of discussion only. 2. An agenda which is distributed to all participants before the meeting. 3. Only the relevant number of people required to take a decision. 4. A discussion which is directed towards reaching a solution or a plan of action. 5. A clarity that ‘not arriving at a solution’ is not an option. 6. And finally a conclusion with action points and people responsible to execute the action.

shashi asked, i have felt in most of our company meets that managment always try to impose their point of view. although we are the front liners and know the situation better than managment. but still they are not willing to take our point of view. in case we counter , they can always take it otherwise. what to do in those circumtances
Amit Bansal answers, I think strategy is important. Before you bring a point in a meeting why don’t confide in a senior member who is also a part of the meeting. Do this before the meeting. In that case you will have a supporter from the senior group in a meeting. Once you have even one supporter from the senior group you will be heard. Strategise a bit!

lalitha asked, In a group of 25 people meeting iam only a girl, that to they book in overseas,facing so much shy and dissapointment, plz tel me how to overcome
Amit Bansal answers, Well you will have to take up the ownership of talking. Write down the points you would like to discuss. It helps when you write things down.

as asked, Hi Amit , What should be a maximum time frame for a meeting
Amit Bansal answers, Not more than an hour. Any meeting going beyond it means you are not going anywhere with the agenda.

subhranath asked, Hi Amit how to combat negetive and baseless criticism in a meting without losing the patience?
Amit Bansal answers, Directing it back to arriving at a solution. Simple sentences like, ‘appreciate your thoughts but we have limited time to arrive to a solution’. I think emotional intelligence has to be increased in such situations.

Venkat asked, Hi Amit, we often write down the minutes of the meeting and at times there are action points are forgotten until the next meeting is up. Is there any way to be more organized about this, than just putting it in the MOM?
Amit Bansal answers, Someone has to follow up on the MOM with people. I hope you have the name of the person responsible to take action against action points. The host of the meeting needs to follow it up with them before the next meeting.

subhra asked, Hi Amit.In our departmental meetings some supervisors try to portray only negetives and excuses. Is there a way to make things right?
Amit Bansal answers, The point is, even if negatives are discussed everyone must know that at the end of the meeting they have to arrive at a solution. The position of ‘this problem does not have a solution’ is not an option. If that is made clear, people can talk about negatives its alright.

Aniket asked, Hi Amit, we have very organized meetings. Our manager sends us a agenda of the meeting along with the time and date. But once we meet, usually the talk revolves more on other things which are not in the agenda at all. This means that when I go to the meeting I would have not prepared to discuss the points which finally are being put on the table. How can I ask my manager to give us a fair warning in advance about such things?
Amit Bansal answers, Yes you must. And also let him know that his efforts of sending an agenda and planning an organized meeting are going in vain. I am sure it will help.

lavanya asked, Hi Amit, I have a problem with meetings. They somehow put me off to sleep. Reminds me at times of the lectures we used to attend back in college! Some of these guys talk in a level which only they can understand and so lowly mortals like me think it better to dream off in gaga land… How can I put across this fact to the team and ask them to stick to the point without being rude?
Amit Bansal answers, Why are you closed about understanding the language used by different kinds of people? You will have to deal with such people all the time during your career. Look at it as a learning experience. Try see what you can take back from this experience.

Saurabh asked, Amit, Meetings are often called by top management to say what they have to say and I feel that they do not actually want to listen to what the freshers have to say. in such cases why not just send a mail and not waste people’s time to congregate in the hall to just make a speech.
Amit Bansal answers, I think look at it as an experience. As a fresher you can observe how people speak in public, understand the kind of people who work in your organization. There is a lot you can learn just with the non-verbal communication that people do. Soak in the experience I would say. Sometimes the top management congregates people for such meeting to create a platform for people from different departments to meet.

assboss asked, i have meeting tommorow with general manager but i dont confidence pls suggest what should i do to make good impression?
Amit Bansal answers, Know everything about the topic of discussion. Keep all the data handy. Anticipate uncomfortable questions be prepared for them. And run over your presentation at least 3 to 4 times.

tt asked, Pls advise us how to conduct a goal oriented meeting and what is the approach ?
Amit Bansal answers, Please check the answer posted for Jiya.

Jiya asked, Hi Sir, I work in a small organization and we usually have our team meetings on every friday to take stock of the work that was done during the week and also to plan ahead for the week ahead. Somehow I’m not sure we are able to brainstorm as I want my team to. Do you have any suggestions? How can I bring a little more life into our meetings?
Amit Bansal answers, Write down these three things before you go into the meeting: 1. What is the purpose of this meeting? 2. How do I want the process of discussion to happen? 3. What do I want to achieve at the end of this meeting? 4. How much time do I have to do all of the above? try this out.

JP asked, A brainstornming session with about 1o people in a room ends up with lots of chaos .. how to handle this ?
Amit Bansal answers, The host of the meeting needs to moderate a meeting and ensure every body else is in the right direction as per the meeting agenda. If people digress bring them back stating that they are digressing. At the same time all must know that at the end of the discussion a solution must be arrived at. A lot of times people discuss in a meeting thinking its not very important to arrive at a solution today. That will only turn a meeting into chaos.

shashi asked, suppose if your employees are not motivated internaly. do u think even in that case office meeting do matters
Amit Bansal answers, Meetings can be just to motivate each other talking about future plans within the department and uprising each other of current situations within the organization. It can be a very good bonding activity where people share their thoughts, feelings and ideas.

Khalsaa asked, This is my 1st meeting on ‘Marketing’ presentation of my official career, any suggestions.
Amit Bansal answers, All the best!! Prepare well and anticipate questions.

Shreyas asked, Hi Amit, for our weekly meetings I do have points to say but often when we sit for meetings I find that I have either forgotten the point or am not able to put across in words that are impressive. Any way i can improve on this?
Amit Bansal answers, You must create a notebook for meeting agenda. I know someone who used to use the last page of her diary just for this. As she address those points in a meeting she would strike it off. If you have written it down somewhere I am sure you will be able to remember and talk about it as well.

sankesh asked, Amitji, my manager likes to call meetings every week. Most of the time we feel that we are wasting time on Mondays when we should actually be taking stock of our work and going ahead with it. How can we make our meetings more productive and short?
Amit Bansal answers, Any meeting happening without a clear agenda will be unproductive. So when you walk into a meeting you must have a written list of things that will be discussed. The discussion must not digress from the specific list of things decided earlier. Any new agenda should be added only in the next meeting. Moreover, a clear output should be arrived at after the meeting. And everything should be contained in some time duration. You cannot have a meeting going on forever. Remember, the model is Purpose…Process….Product and off-course timeline.

suresh asked, Hi Amit, don’t you think we could be more productive by not having meetings, but just having those same discussions via email?
Amit Bansal answers, Well unless the idea does not require brainstorming or if it’s between two people discussing over emails is alright. However if are looking at a larger group to contribute towards making a decision emails are not a good option. Sometimes emails are responded only at the end of the day, in such scenarios the whole idea of brainstorming dilutes. I think we must look at making meetings productive rather than eliminating them completely.

mamu asked, hi amit, i think 99 out of 100 times office meetings serve no purpose. They end up not reaching at any conclusion or concrete plan of action…why should we have office meetings?
Amit Bansal answers, Hi, meetings are an important part of any organization. We cannot work alone and to work together we need time to discuss and brainstorm. That needs us to organize meetings. However, i do understand the productivity of such meetings are under question. It all boils down to… purpose..process and product. Most often when we decide about meetings we are only looking at a process….we neither decide a clear purpose or expect a product. That’s what need to be looked at while planning the meeting.

Chat Date: October 28, 2011

Source: http://www.rediff.com

Be prepared for Telephonic Interview II

Telephone interview is part of the selection criteria to select the consultant or contractor. Ninety percent of the time, clients or vendors short list the candidates based on the telephone interview. A successful telephone interview will usually lead to a personal interview. The telephone interview can be classified into two types.

  1. HR Interview
  2. Technical Interview

1. HR Interview: The main objective of this interview is to get the technical interview or invited to an in-person interview. This interview is to determine the person’s personality and team work. Warm up your voice and vocal cord—it may help to make you sound more confident, firm and pleasant. Your voice tells many things about you.


    • Getting ready for the interview:
      • Go to the bathroom before the appointment time in case the interview lasts longer than you expect.
      • Drink just plain cold water
      • If you use a hand set phone, make sure you have charged it properly.
      • Have your resume, paper, pen, and a glass of water handy
    • Take the call in a quiet area of the house—no kids, vehicles’ sound pollution, no dogs, or any other distractions.
    • Be on time to show that you respect and value the interview appointment
    • Make sure you do not have another appointment close to the interview—incase the interviewer needs more time.
    • Read your resume thoroughly to explain your professional or projects’ experience
    • Be prepared to give a positive two or three minute summary of your professional career.
    • If you did not understand the question, ask him/ her to repeat the question.
    • Be sincere.
    • Be enthusiastic. Speak confidently, clearly and slowly.
    • Ask the interviewer about the client location, project duration, etc.
    • Ask the interviewer at the end of the conversation where you stand and what the next step is.Don’t:
    • When you are on the phone, if you don’t understand the question, don’t pretend that you did. Ask them to repeat the question.
    • Do not feel nervous.
    • Don’t sound phony.
    • If you cannot answer certain questions, admit to the interviewer frankly and offer to do more research on the subject and that you think you can get an answer soon.
    • If you don’t know, simply say that you don’t know. Be careful not to misrepresent the information or lie to the interviewer. Trying to cover up the truth only makes things worse.
    • Try to avoid using cell phones. Your client may not hear you properly.

2. Technical Interview: The goal of technical interview is to know about your technical skill set.


    • Follow HR Interview Tips AND
    • Do your homework and practice answering some standard interview questions.
    • Review your resume and work experience/ history.
    • Interviewer may ask more questions about their project requirements or your primary skill set. Be ready on these two things before the interview.
    • If you don’t know the answers, you can request the interviewer for answer.Don’t:
    • Don’t try to evade an answer. If you don’t know the answer, tell the interviewer you will find out the answer and call back.
    • Do not negotiate for the salary with technical interviewer.
  1. After the Interview: If you are answered to all the questions asked by technical interviewer, note down all the unknown questions and get the answers to them.

Source: ww.ceeby.com

Be prepared for Telephonic Interview I

Employers use telephonic interviews as a way of identifying and recruiting candidates for employment. Phone interviews are often used to screen candidates in order to narrow the pool of applicants who will be invited for in-person interviews. They are also used as way to minimize the expenses involved in interviewing out-of-town candidates.

While you’re actively job searching, it’s important to be prepared for a phone interview on a moment’s notice. You never know when a recruiter or a networking contact might call and ask if you have a few minutes to talk. Review these tips, then take a look at our phone interview tips video for more advice on how to pull off your phone interview without a hitch.

Be Prepared to Interview

Prepare for a phone interview just as you would for a regular interview. Compile a list of your strengths and weaknesses, as well as a list of answers to typical phone interview questions. In addition, plan on being prepared for a phone conversation about your background and skills.

  • Keep your resume in clear view, on the top of your desk, or tape it to the wall near the phone, so it’s at your fingertips when you need to answer questions.
  • Have a short list of your accomplishments available to review.
  • Have a pen and paper handy for note taking.
  • Turn call-waiting off so your call isn’t interrupted.
  • If the time isn’t convenient, ask if you could talk at another time and suggest some alternatives.
  • Clear the room – evict the kids and the pets. Turn off the stereo and the TV. Close the door.
  • Unless you’re sure your cell phone service is going to be perfect, consider using a landline rather than your cell phone to avoid a dropped call or static on the line.

Practice Interviewing

Talking on the phone isn’t as easy as it seems. I’ve always found it’s helpful to practice. Have a friend or family member conduct a mock interview and tape record it so you can see how you sound over the phone. Any cassette recorder will work. You’ll be able to hear your “ums” and “uhs” and “okays” and you can practice reducing them from your conversational speech. Also rehearse answers to those typical questions you’ll be asked.

During the Phone Interview

  • Don’t smoke, chew gum, eat, or drink.
  • Do keep a glass of water handy, in case you need to wet your mouth.
  • Smile. Smiling will project a positive image to the listener and will change the tone of your voice.
  • Speak slowly and enunciate clearly.
  • Use the person’s title (Mr. or Ms. and their last name.) Only use a first name if they ask you to.
  • Don’t interrupt the interviewer.
  • Take your time – it’s perfectly acceptable to take a moment or two to collect your thoughts.
  • Give short answers.
  • Remember your goal is to set-up a face-to-face interview. After you thank the interviewer ask if it would be possible to meet in person.

After the Interview:

  • Take notes about what you were asked and how you answered.
  • Remember to say “thank you.” Follow with a thank you note which reiterates your interest in the job.

Source: www. jobsearch.about.com

Tips on how to stay calm in a stress interview

It would be a good idea to ask for an interview agenda beforehand. Try to find out who will be in the interview, what role they have, who will decide whether to hire you, who you would have to report to if you were hired etc. Since you also invest time going to the interview you should consider it as your right to know who you are going to meet. when you are going for interview it is always good to be prepared in all the possible ways.

Tip #1: Don’t be negative about the fact of taking part in such kind of interview. Realise that you are in the midst of a stress interview. Consider it as an opportunity to rise to the challenge and respond in a confident and professional manner.

Tip #2: Deal with the questions at the interview the same way as you would deal with them on the job. The more realistic you are the better.

Tip #3: Don’t provoke aggression or create conflict.

Tip #4: Don’t allow your frustration to take over, behave normally.

Tip #5: Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Keep your answers short in order not to get interrupted.

Tip #6: Take control of the space around you. You could for example walk up to the flip chart and write some notes on it in order to emphasize your points.

Tip #7: Be straight. If you feel that the interview starts turning into a psychological game you should stand up, lean forward with your fists down on th table and say to the interviewer: “I’m here to help you solve your problems. If you want to stress me realistically, put one or two problems or challenges you’re facing on the table and I’ll show you how I’d tackle them. If I can’t help you on this level, you shouldn’t hire me.”

Tip #8: If the interviewer stresses you purposely, slow down and try to speak as calmly and softy as you can.

Tip #9: Remember it’s not the interviewer’s question that is important but the quality of your answers. Therefore take a breath and focus on the question.

Tip #10: Sometimes questions don’t have a correct or wrong answer. Remember that the interviewer might just want to see how you are dealing the situation.

Tip #11: Don’t look too serious or irritated at the interviewer. If the interviewer tries to provoke you, you should not erase the smile on your face.

Tip #12: No matter what the interviewer throws at you, remain cool and calm.

Tip: #13: If the interviewer asks you the same question over and over again, then please be clear on what you say and stick to that. Don’t change your answers.
Tip #14: Don’t take the interviewer too personal, he is just playing a role in order to get a response out of you. Try to depersonalize the interview and remain detached. Be professional.

Tip #15: Try not to let the interviewer(s) see that you’re nervous. Don’t give them the opportunity to rule you out from further consideration for the job. This might be what they are looking for.

Tip #16: Don’t mirror the interviewer’s behaviour by becoming defensive and argumentative. After the interviewer usually the interviewer will revert to his original demeanour.

Tip #17: If you don’t know the answer to a question, you could say (smiling) “Wow, that’s a good question. That’s something that I’d like to think about.” In that case you would diffuse the whole problem.

Source: http://careers.learnhub.com

How prepared are you for a Stress Interview?

Imagine for a moment that you are doing exceptionally well in your job interview – until your interviewer asks you a question totally irrelevant to your discussion, such as “How would you improve the design of the hockey stick?”

While you fumble for an answer, inwardly you are thinking, “What is wrong with this person? Why would I be asked such an absurd question as part of a serious interview?”You have just been asked a deliberate “stress question” designed to give the interviewer an opportunity to observe “the real you” by looking for a reaction that might reveal something of your character – perhaps impatience with a silly interviewer – as well as a glimpse of your creative abilities in coping with the unexpected.

While it is no secret that most job applicants view employment interviews as stressful, many are not aware that there is an intentionally designed and somewhat unusual type of selection interview called a “stress interview.”The stress approach can be in the form of questions or statements. Mild stress: “With your lack of relevant experience, what makes you think you can do this job?” Or, medium stress: “You seem much too timid to handle these responsibilities.” Or, major stress: “That is the worst answer we’ve heard from any of the candidates.”

The stress could be presented in a situation or disguised in the interviewer’s behaviour, such as an unsmiling greeting, protracted silence after hearing your answer to a particular question, or a confrontational or argumentative attitude.Stress approaches may include: rapid-fire questioning, criticism of your interview or past work performance, silence in the beginning or following an answer to a question asked of the applicant, unclear instructions, or being confronted by the interviewer.

It is important for job seekers to keep in mind that it is one’s reaction – how one handles stressful, unexpected questions and/or the interviewer’s surprising behaviour – that is observed and assessed by the interviewer, not necessarily the answer.Interviewees should not take the stress tactics personally. The candidate’s reaction should be evaluated relative to the genuine demands of the work, and “grace under fire” is the key to handling this unusual situation.

Actually, many hiring professionals agree that a full interview using a stress approach is seldom used or appropriate these days because heavy-handed stress tactics do not fit well with the relaxed and welcoming interview atmosphere that Canadian organizations attempt to create for candidates.So, why worry about stress interview tactics?David Sher is a Toronto employer who uses stress tactics “purposefully and responsibly” when selecting his staff. President and group publisher of the Student Media Group, Sher publishes Business Sense and Enginuity magazines.

“Whether we use stress tactics or not depends totally on the expectations of the job,” he says. “If we are hiring creative staff, we don’t use it. However, if we are hiring for sales and marketing, we do ask stress questions and we create a bit of an unexpected atmosphere. We are not out to create tremendous stress as that is not productive. We just want to see how the person reacts and we expect honesty in answers.”As an initial stress tactic, Sher continues, “we use a combination of waiting and silence. If we are interviewing for sales and marketing position, we will have an applicant wait about 10 minutes and then bring the person into the interview room. We say hello, smile and then – silence.”

“Our goal is to see if the candidate will initiate the conversation. It can even be small talk – as long as they start the conversation. On the job, a salesperson has to demonstrate composure and control to strike up a friendly conversation with a client. The stress tactic tells us if the person can do that.””We use a stress tactic at the end of the interview, as well. We know that when we ask about ‘weaknesses,’ we’ll get a rehearsed answer. But add the stress follow-up question, ‘Tell me more about your weakness’ and we are likely to get an honest and unrehearsed answer.”

According to Candace Davies, founder and director of the Alberta-based Cando Career Coaching and Resume Writing Service, “stress interviews can be brutal.” A former general manager, Davies has interviewed more than 1,000 people for hiring purposes and now helps people prepare for interviews,
including stress interviews.

Consider her tactics when in stress interview situations:

  • Do not let yourself be intimidated.
  • See this as an opportunity to rise to the challenge.
  • Ask for clarification if you need it.
  • Don’t rush into your answer. Collect your thoughts.
  • Most importantly, respond calmly, confidently and professionally.

Experts seem to agree on at least one thing: Know the requirements of your job, anticipate the possibility of a “stress tactic” experience, be aware of your reactions and learn some useful approaches to handle this unusual but possible curve ball.

It’s all part of the game

The interviewer doesn’t hate you. And I’m sure they are not rude in real life either. It’s a test. Some of your competition may fall to pieces. You won’t. Your ability to handle pressure is just another reason why you are right for the job.

Stay calm

Be prepared. You need to think about how you will demonstrate you can cope under pressure, and try and anticipate what will come up. This is a lot easier once you have the right job interview information. The aim of the stress interview is to see if you can be thrown off your game. Focus on delivering a great interview. With the right preparation and by presenting yourself well, you will be fine.

Believe in yourself

Confidence is the key to coming through the stress interview. Remember you wouldn’t be there if they didn’t believe you were capable – you just have to show them you are.

Source: Internet

10 tips to crack through a GD

Many companies and institutes are making group discussion as the first criteria for screening the candidates for face-to-face interviews. And there is reason too for giving huge importance for Group Discussion. First thing Group Discussion is used for mass elimination! And second thing group discussion selection criteria’s are based on actual company requirements.

Communication and Group Discussion skill are two relevant soft skills that are must.

Why group discussion should be the first criteria for selection?

Employees requires communication with different people like team members, managers and customers. So interpersonal skill is very important for tester.

Making a good impression while speaking in meetings or interviews is the basic skill every professional should have. Let’s see how you can make this impression.

What skills are judged in group discussion?

  • How good you are at communication with others.
  • How you behave and interact with group.
  • How open minded are you.
  • Your listening skill.
  • How you put forward your views.
  • Your leadership and decision making skills.
  • Your analysis skill and subject knowledge.
  • Problem solving and critical thinking skill.
  • Your attitude and confidence.

Do’s and Don’ts of Group discussion:

1) Keep eye contact while speaking:
Do not look at the evaluators only. Keep eye contact with every team member while speaking.

2) Initiate the GD:
Initiating the GD is a big plus. But keep in mind – Initiate the group discussion only when you understood the GD topic clearly and have some topic knowledge. Speaking without proper subject knowledge is bad impression.

3) Allow others to speak:
Do not interrupt anyone in-between while speaking. Even if you don’t agree with his/her thoughts do not snatch their chance to speak. Instead make some notes and clear the points when it’s your turn.

4) Speak clearly:
Speak politely and clearly. Use simple and understandable words while speaking. Don’t be too aggressive if you are disagreeing with someone. Express your feelings calmly and politely.

5) Make sure to bring the discussion on track:
If by any means group is distracting from the topic or goal then simply take initiative to bring the discussion on the track. Make all group members aware that you all need to come to some conclusion at the end of the discussion. So stick to the topic.

6) Positive attitude:
Be confident. Do not try to dominate anyone. Keep positive body language. Show interest in discussion.

7) Speak sensibly:
Do not speak just to increase your speaking time. Don’t worry even if you speak less. Your thoughts should be sensible and relevant instead of irrelevant speech.

8 ) Listen carefully to others:
Speak less and listen more! Pay attention while others are speaking. This will make coherent discussion and you will get involved in the group positively. You will surely make people agree with you.

9) No need to go into much details:
Some basic subject analysis is sufficient. No need to mention exact figures while giving any reference. You have limited time so be precise and convey your thoughts in short and simple language.

10) Formal dressing:
Do not take it casually. No fancy and funny dressing. You should be comfortable while speaking in group. Positive gesture and body language will make your work easy.

Source: Internet

Your Body Language during Interview

Your heart feels ready to leap out of your chest. Beads of sweat build on your forehead. Your mind is racing. It’s not a full-blown interrogation — although it may feel like it — it’s just a job interview. While it’s no secret that job interviews can be nerve-racking, a lot of job candidates spend a significant amount of time worrying about what they will say during their interview, only to blow it all with their body language. The old adage, “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it,” still holds meaning, even if you’re not talking. You need to effectively communicate your professionalism both verbally and nonverbally.

Because watching your nonverbal cues, delivering concise answers and expressing your enthusiasm at once can be difficult when you’re nervous, here’s a guide to walk you through it:

Have them at “hello”

Before you walk into the interview, it’s assumed that you will have done the following: prepared yourself by reading up on the company and recent company news; practiced what you’ll say to some of the more common interview questions; and followed the “what to wear on your interview” advice. So you’re ready, right?

Some hiring managers claim they can spot a possible candidate for a job within 30 seconds or less, and while a lot of that has to do with the way you look, it’s also in your body language. Don’t walk in pulling up your pantyhose or readjusting your tie; pull yourself together before you stand up to greet the hiring manager or enter their office. Avoid a “dead fish” handshake and confidently — but not too firmly — grasp your interviewer’s hand and make eye contact while saying hello.

Shake your hand, watch yourself

If you are rocking back in your chair, shaking your foot, drumming your fingers or scratching your… anything, you’re going to look like you’re going to look the type of future employee who wouldn’t be able to stay focused, if even for a few minutes. It’s a not a game of charades, it’s a job interview. Here’s what to do (and not do):


  • Rub the back of your head or neck. Even if you really do just have a cramp in your neck, these gestures make you look disinterested.
  • Rub or touch your nose. This suggests that you’re not being completely honest, and it’s gross.
  • Sit with your armed folded across your chest. You’ll appear unfriendly and disengaged.
  • Cross your legs and idly shake one over the other. It’s distracting and shows how uncomfortable you are.
  • Lean your body towards the door. You’ll appear ready to make a mad dash for the door.
  • Slouch back in your seat. This will make you appear disinterested and unprepared.
  • Stare back blankly. This is a look people naturally adapt when they are trying to distance themselves.


  • Sit up straight, and lean slightly forward in your chair. In addition to projecting interest and engagement in the interaction, aligning your body’s position to that of the interviewer’s shows admiration and agreement.
  • Show your enthusiasm by keeping an interested expression. Nod and make positive gestures in moderation to avoid looking like a bubblehead.
  • Establish a comfortable amount of personal space between you and the interviewer. Invading personal space (anything more than 20 inches) could make the interviewer feel uncomfortable and take the focus away from your conversation.
  • Limit your application of colognes and perfumes. Invading aromas can arouse allergies. Being the candidate that gave the interviewer a headache isn’t going to do anything in your favor.
  • If you have more than one person interviewing you at once, make sure you briefly address both people with your gaze (without looking like a tennis spectator) and return your attention to the person who has asked you a question.
  • Interruptions can happen. If they do, refrain from staring at your interviewer while they address their immediate business and motion your willingness to leave if they need privacy.
  • Stand up and smile even if you are on a phone interview. Standing increases your level of alertness and allows you to become more engaged in the conversation.

    Say Goodbye Gracefully

    After a few well-thought-out questions and answers with your interviewer, it’s almost over, but don’t lose your cool just yet. Make sure your goodbye handshake is just as confident now as it was going in. Keep that going while you walk through the office building, into the elevator and onto the street. Once safely in your car, a cab or some other measurable safe distance from the scene of your interview, it’s safe to let go. You may have aced it, but the last thing you want is some elaborate end-zone dance type of routine killing all your hard work at the last moment.

Source: http://www.careerbuilder.com

Prepare to stay cool for an Interview

Many find it extremely difficult to speak well in the interview. Nervousness will take over their hardwork too. A job interview is the perfect storm of anxiety for most job seekers. You’re put through a battery of questions. You’re expected to exude all of your good qualities without revealing your bad ones. You also need to get a feel for the company. Oh, and try to keep your nerves to a minimum — a jittery candidate could suggest someone hiding something or not qualified for the job.

Few job seekers walk into an interview without a considerable amount of anxiety in their bellies. While you can’t get rid of it all, you can learn how to control it so that you can give your best interview and get the job.

Start with homework

Your work begins once you have an interview scheduled. Hopefully you researched the company before applying for the job so you have some understanding of what the company does and stands for. But you still want more, and now is the time to dig deeper for relevant information.

“Know the mission or vision statement of the organization,” says Nancy Dachille, director of career services at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. “Read the annual report, especially the CEO or president’s message. The more familiar you are with the organization, the more comfortable you will feel, especially at the end of the interview when the dreaded ‘Do you have any questions for us?’ question comes up.”

Anticipating that question and others is vital to your preparation. If you haven’t thought about what the interviewer will ask you, you’re liable to panic once you hear the question come out of his or her mouth. You’ll be so concerned with how you’ll answer that you might not even hear the entire question. A little planning can make the process easier, according to Helen Cooke, managing director for Cooke Consulting.

“Have some great accomplishments [at the top of your mind]. If you’ve practiced — without overdoing it — so that you have some succinct and compelling stories … you will walk in psychologically pumped up,” she says. She suggests that you choose specific examples to include in your stories so that you can point to cases where you improved a situation or brought in revenue for your employer. Not only are quantifiable achievements easier for employers to appreciate, but they’re also good talking points to have in your mind to keep you from panicking.

Cooke also encourages job seekers to look at previous job hunts for help with this one.

“Recalling past interview situations, I’m betting you can think of one or two interviewers who intimidated you during the interview and later, after you’d landed the job and been there for a while, you couldn’t believe you were intimidated by such a great, down-to-earth person,” she suggests.

The big day

You can prepare all you want, but when the interview is only hours away, another set of nerves kicks in. Your best defense is more preparation with regard to the logistics of the day, says John Thieman, a career development specialist at Stratford University in Falls Church, Va.

The night before the interview, he suggests getting your interview clothes ready and putting all your important documents near the door so that you can just grab them and go. This will eliminate as many potential delays as possible.

“Plan to rise even a little earlier than usual to prevent a nervous and rushed leaving the house and trip to the interview,” Thieman suggests. “Check the traffic reports and plan your route to avoid traffic surprises.”

Although you might think staying cool depends on your preparation for questions and body language during the interview itself — and it does — the fewer distractions you have getting to the interview will put you in the right mood. If you’re stuck in traffic, not sure where you’re going and wearing a wrinkled shirt, your confidence level is going to be pretty low when you arrive.

During the interview

The most important part of staying calm during the interview comes with preparation. Of course you have to answer plenty of questions and worry about body language — that never goes away. But if you’ve practiced your answers, thought about your posture and eye contact, and done your research on the company, the hard part’s over. Now you’re just answering questions that you’ve prepared for.

“Realize that a little nervousness is expected and that you only need to be calm enough to look competent and confident of your abilities,” says Sandra Naiman, author of “The High Achiever’s Secret Codebook: The Unwritten Rules for Success at Work.” “If you find yourself feeling overly anxious, stop to think a question over and take a few deep breaths.” After all, the interviewer knows you’re anxious and a hint of nerves shows that you care about the job.

Do all your pre-interview homework and let the rest just happen, suggests Naiman.

Source: http://www.careerbuilder.com