Me in 30 Seconds

A “me in 30 seconds” statement is a simple way to prepare to someone else a balanced understanding of who you are. It piques the interest of a listener who invites you to ‘tell something about yourself’ and provides a brief yet compelling answer to the “Why should I hire you?” question.
So, your ‘me in 30 seconds’ statement should include:

# 1. A brief personal introduction that includes your career objectives or the type of position you want.

# 2. Three or four specific accomplishments that you meet or exceed the requirement of that position.

# 3. A few character traits or adaptive skills that set you apart from typical applicants.

When networking, end your statement with probing questions.

Second and subsequent job interviews

More and more companies are using multiple job interviews to select employees these days. The objective of these interviews is to carry out a more detailed evaluation and will typically assess:

@1 Intellectual capacity –To determine the intelligence of the applicant.

@2 Personality or psychological summary – To determine the character or professionalism.

@3 Motivation – To understand the determination and perseverance.

@4 Management ability – To assess the ability to manage workload and co-employees.

Are you in Right Career: Know Your Scores With Career QUIZ !!!

Are you wondering if you are in the right job or career? Nothing is more draining or less motivating than staying in a position because of inertia of fear of the unknown.
Wouldn’t it be better to find out and decide whether or not to take action? Then you can plan what steps you need to take before you start a new search. 

The career quiz below will help you judge whether your career is on track. Answer yes or no to the following questions. Each yes answer counts one point. Compare your point total to the scoring key.

>1. I look forward to going to work.

>2. I talk about my work in a positive way.

>3. I have mentored a junior colleague or want to.

>4. I don’t fear layoff or termination, as I have a portfolio of skills to draw upon.

>5. I know how to network and market myself to my best advantage.

>6. People seek me out to ask career advice.

>7. I’ve achieved a good balance in my life between work and play.

>8. Money is not the driving force in deciding my next career move.

>9. I am learning from, and enjoy working with, my team or co-workers.

>10. If self-employed, I have a network of professionals who I can turn to for advice or encouragement.

>11. I feel excited about my upcoming projects, as they engage me creatively.

>12.When I face a setback at work. I am able to recover quickly as I have a reserve of energy/self-confidence.

>13. I am self-motivated and generate much of my “to do” list at work.

>14. I have a well-written, up-to-date resume.

>15. I feel positive about my future job prospects.

>16. I know where I’d like to be in five years.

>17. I know where I’d like to be in one year.

>18. I’m being compensated fairly.

>19. I respect my boss.

>20. I am able to work productively with my co-workers (or clients), even those who are difficult.

>21. I know how to deal effectively with office politics. 

>22. I have the training I need to do my job well.

>23. My boss is supportive and has provided me with opportunities to learn and grow.

>24. I’m working with a company (or client) that has integrity.

>25. I attend professional/trade association meetings to stay up-to-date in my field.

Scoring KEY
21-25 Points
Wow. Congratulations, you love your work! Never stop improving. Consider taking seminar or learning a new language.
16-20 Points
You’re doing well. This is a very good score. Speak with your boss about new opportunities or challenges you might undertake.
11-15 Points
You’ doing okay, but there’s room for improvement. Join a professional organization to grow your network and get information about other opportunities that may exist in your industry.
6-10 Points
Yes, there’s work to do. Tap into your network of colleagues and friends to discuss other career areas of interest. Seek out a mentor to get support and a broader perspective.
0-5 Points
You are not alone. It takes time and desire to find the right livelihood. Use this quiz as a starting point to pinpoint the changes. Consider taking a career assessment and/or working with a career coach to help you clarify your career goals. Know that many have successfully transitioned to careers and jobs they love.


You are facing the interview and things are going great. Just when you think it is about to finish, the interviewer asks, “what are the reasons you want to work here?” If you are not prepared for this question ‘it could be devastating. This is why it is imperative that you be prepared for this. How? By researching in the company, in its past, in its present, in its plans for future. Though the answer is seemingly simple, like you want to work there because it is a good place to work in and you can do a good job there, it actually is not so simple to put it across in such a way that it should boost your chances to land the job.

When you answer this question you should keep in mind that the aim of this interview is to find the best fit candidate for the job. Remember that everything that you say should center on that aspect. Hence, when you answer this question you need to describe how your past experience, skills and expertise made you think that you could be an effective and efficient member of the company’s team.

For example, if you are a good marketing strategist, you could mention how your past marketing techniques and negotiating skills have brought you success in your field, and how you think that such skills would be sharpened by the advanced know- how of the future organization where you could get better results. Always use your answer to show that you know about the company, its products and requirements and you are ready to do what it takes to promote that goal. For this purpose you need to research well the company, goals, and mission, vision its past five year’s financial performance and future plans. A person who is well informed about the company is very much interested in it. This is the message that goes to the interviewer and this is the message that s/he should get it.

Employers of big company’s not only love to hear their praises, they expect it. Be sure that you include a bit of subtle flattery in your answer; however the flattery should be subtle as otherwise it will look cheap and backfire.

You can always say that the company has always been your dream company but did not apply till you thought that you have achieved a certain amount of skill set and experience so you could contribute to the growth and future of the company. You could say that till that time, thought you searched for opportunity, you never got a job that would exactly fit to your skills set as well as the present job and so on.

Keep in mind that whatever you say should focus on your fit with the company and not vice-versa. The interviewer should be left with the impression that you have done your homework and are convinced that you can be a useful part of the team. Project yourself as a willing and deserving candidate who can promote the aim and goals of the company. And that should be your answer, a person who want to be part of the company because they believe they can be part of its growth.

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Winning Interview Skills

Make sure you know where you’re going and give yourself plenty of time so you can arrive ahead of schedule
So, you have landed an interview for a seemingly wonderful job! Now What? Successful interviewing will be essential in order for you to lock in an offer.
Here are some tips and strategies for effective interviewing from preparation through delivery. Let’s start with an overview of the keys to positive interviewing.

Knowing as much as possible about the company can make your interview more interacting and could be just what you need to get ahead in a competitive job market. Next, practice answering typical interview questions so you’ll be prepared and comfortable during the actual interview. Plan on what you are going to wear ahead of time. Also, make sure you know where you’re going and give yourself plenty of time so you can arrive ahead of schedule.

Gathering background information on employers is crucial element for successful interview preparation. Review prospective employer’s websites, especially the About This Company section and don’t be afraid to request details on the position you are interviewing.

Mistakes: Want to avoid some of the typical interviewing blunders? Review How to Remedy Interview Blunders from the Wall Street Journal.

Practice makes Perfect or at least leads to improvement: See if you can schedule a mock interview. Your local State Employment Services offices may be able to help with a practice interview. Or practice with a friend and tape your responses so you can replay the interview and see how well you did. Prepare answers to commonly asked interview questions. Doing so will help you analyze your background and qualifications for the position. Finally, try and relax!!!!

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