Surprising Hacks to Nail Your Next Interview

Surprising Hacks to Nail Your Next Interview

 BANGALORE: To look out for a dream job one desire for, is never an easy task. But, read on to find out how you can achieve an advantage over other candidates and also how to deliver a competitive edge to put your way to a great career move, as compiled by CIO.com.

Google Maps to Check Proximity:
 
Tech savvy people are very much aware of how to deploy Google Maps in their day-to-day tasks.  This mobile web mapping service application and technology offers satellite imagery, street maps, and Street View perspectives. So, Google map comes handy for job-seekers to find prospect jobs and also to check whether job offered will be sufficient to cover the cost of living.
 
Rick Gillis, a career consultant revealed, "Many hiring managers and recruiters are even using Google Maps and sites like Trulia to see where candidates live and how far they''ll commute," reports CIO.  "This can be a great tool to ensure you''re not living beyond your means and to gauge whether or not a compensation offer is going to be sufficient for you," Gillis added.
 
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Insert Word Cloud in Resume or CV:
 
If you want your resume to directly reach the prospect employers of your dream jobs then  use ''word clouds'' that are mostly based on your frequently used words and phrases.
 
Word clouds are a fun way to illustrate words, where the most important ones are bigger than the others. In this way, your resume and cover letter will reach with the right message, hitting all the right keywords from the job description.
 
"If you''re applying to a job, you want to make sure you''ve included all the keywords from the job description in your resume and other documents, use word-cloud generator to see which are the most frequently used terms, and then adjust accordingly to make sure you''re sending the right message," Gillis said.
 
Be a Creative Storyteller:
 
Everyone grows up listening to bedtime stories from their parents, grandparents and today no matter how technologically the world is developed, all of us still love to hear stories.
 
So, while hunting for a job, apply the same formula of storytelling to grasp your employer’s attention so that it creates a sense of interest in them to know more about you. This, in a way will highlight you as the person with a great attitude.
 
"Obviously, the first tenet is to be honest – do not ever make up a story or an anecdote – but if you can wrap a humorous tale around an example of how you tackled a business problem, solved it and came away with new knowledge and experience, you''ll definitely make a great impression," Gillis added.
 
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Volunteer on something that let you add skills:
 
While hunting for a job, one should never present oneself as someone with many shortcomings. In case you are one such job seekers with many shortcomings then look out for volunteer or internship opportunities that let you enhance your skills or give you a chance to gain experience in a new industry.
 
Rona Borre, CEO of Instant Technology, an HR consulting and recruiting firm exclaimed, "While volunteering is a positive, it''s best if it is related to the type of job you’re trying to land.”
 
"If you''re going to help your community in ways that aren''t related to your job search, but shows something about your character, be able to tie that experience to your on-the-job skills," she added.
 
Deploy LinkedIn as Interactive site:
 
LinkedIn, which is mostly used for professional networking, owing to its interactive nature, can also be used as a medium for an interview and even a job offer, said Jayne Mattson, Senior Vice President at Keystone Associates, a career management and consulting firm.
 
In this way, job seekers can display their content and improve their credibility.
 
"I encourage my clients to post articles. You want people to understand you''re in the know about your industry, that you''re on the search for a job," Mattson added.
 
"Share articles with people in your network, start discussions within groups. Become a lightning rod of opinion. Pose questions about trends, tools, tips, tricks; anything to start a discussion that can help you ''strut your stuff'' and hopefully make those online connections," she stated.
 
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