Eight IT firms plan to create 32,000 jobs in Andhra

EIGHT IT companies expressed their interest for setting up operations in Andhra Pradesh involving an investment of Rs 4,000 crore. These projects promised direct employment to about 32,000 people. According to IT and communications minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah, HCL committed to Rs 250 crore investments and proposed 8,000 jobs, Deloitte Consulting Rs 900 crore (7,500 jobs), Prithvi Information Solutions Rs 150 crore (5,000 jobs), OSI Systems Rs 120 crore (900 jobs), NCR Rs 430 crore, WNS Global Services Rs 83 crore (2,158 jobs), Lampex-Samsung Rs 1,875 crore (10,000 jobs) and Sify Rs 161 crore (1,500 jobs) during the year 2011. All these companies have sought about 135 acre from the government of Andhra Pradesh, he said.

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Source: Financial Chronicle

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Software product start-ups rely on smaller cities

Marketing challenges apart, 300 firms sprout in past 5 years in Tier-2, -3 cities. Even as the Indian IT services industry has not been able to make much inroads into the tier-2 and tier-3 cities, many software product development companies incorporated in recent years are banking on smaller cities to minimise operational costs. By operating out of smaller cities, most of these software product start-ups — led mostly by first-generation entrepreneurs — want to minimise their cost of operation during initial days. This helps them significantly, as the gestation period for product companies are considerably higher when compared with the IT services companies. Besides, these companies manage to attract good talents in these towns at a comparatively lower price, according to industry analysts.

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Source: Business Standard

It’s happy new year for hiring; over 5 lakh new jobs in 2012

The new year may bring in loads of cheers for job-seekers, as the experts expect the companies to hire more than five lakh new employees during 2012 despite the uncertainties prevailing about the overall economic scenario. Adding to the cheers of the job market, the employees could expect double-digit salary hikes during 2012.

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Source: The Times of India

Hiring set to pick up; IT, education to see job rush

DESPITE uncertain economic conditions, hiring seems to remain stable in 2012. Industry players say sectors, including IT, education and healthcare, are expected to be the major recruiters next year. The organized sector was expected to see a slowdown in hiring during the present quarter due to reasons such as higher cost of fund raising and uncertain conditions like labor unrest in the manufacturing sector. The segment is expected to end the year with a shortfall of about 220,000 jobs, against the projected 1,600,000. E Balaji, managing director and chief executive officer of recruitment firm Ma Foi Randstad, says, “Though we see a sluggish mood in hiring toward the end of 2011, this could only be a temporary problem as long term growth story of India is still intact. Many sectors still enjoy favorable excess demand and it is important that they overcome the immediate challenges, protect the growth potential and generate jobs.“

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Source: Financial Chronicle

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.

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