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Dated May 5, 2004

In what way can a candidate impress the interviewer?

ARUL MOZHI

Arni

First, you should focus on the basics. Probably one of the most important things to remember is to dress appropriately.

The interviewer's first impression of you will rely heavily on your appearance no matter how much you wish to deny it.

For instance, if you are applying for a retail store position, wear clothing consistent with the style of their clothes, or perhaps it may be even more to your advantage to wear a thing or two from their store.

On the other hand, if you are applying for an office position, make sure to dress conservatively and professionally.

However, in both cases, make sure you don't go overboard because you do not want the interviewer to think you are trying to suck up.

Once you get there, the next thing is to keep your head up, feel confident and smile occasionally!

To continue a successful interview, you must be able to surpass the introduction by knowing the little details that will make you look great and help impress the interviewer.

Most people know that giving a firm handshake is important, but it is also important to have an eye contact.

During the rest of your interview, you are supposed to make your interviewer feel confident that you deserve the position.

Show your knowledge, intelligence and confidence by speaking clearly and occasionally add your own comments and suggestions to possible ideas that the interviewer may discuss.

Also, there are some additional tips to be remembered such as answering his questions directly by getting straight to the point.

Avoid phrases like "I don't know." It's better not to expose your lack of knowledge. In case you really don't know the answer to one of his questions, try to give an answer that will not make you look bad if it is incorrect, or use another phrase.

All through the interview maintain good eye contact.

Try focusing on one eye instead of two because it becomes easier to concentrate. In addition, your eyes will not be darting back and forth while trying to focus.

The last step to successfully completing an interview is to leave with dignity and respect.

Make sure to thank the interviewer and try to throw in a casual comment on how you look forward to seeing them soon. With these steps you should successfully land the job!

What are the ingredients required to have a successful career?

SUMAN KOTHADAN

Develop a realistic view of yourself. We all have good and bad qualities. Know them and work on them. Don't try to impress someone with how perfect you are. They will either see through it or draw you into a devil's pact where you have to see them as perfect. Understand that your career is not totally in your hands.

As you cannot have complete control over your career, allow change and use opportunities that come your way. Sometimes it may go the way you would not like it to. Don't waste time cursing your luck; see it as an opportunity to prove yourself.

Even if it is the most unrewarding job ever, there is always an opportunity, eg to develop your endurance.

Look at everything as an opportunity to learn. You can learn from anything if you have an active questioning mind.

Take care of your relationship with colleagues. Respect them; disagree with integrity not with your ego. You have to be with them throughout your career.

You would need them at one point or another. Your relationship should reflect what you preach.

Learn from your wise superiors about their attitudes, how they live, how they relate, etc. Learn to look beyond outward appearances.

Understand the reasons behind their actions. Do not judge rashly.

Enumerate interview tips for freshers?

GITANJALI

Hyderabad

Once out of college, you are on a hunt for a job. The wait for a job can be cruel and agonising. The very thought of these possibilities can let you down.

Before you take the plunge, you will need a power- packed resume that gives the interviewer an insight into your capabilities.

Listing of the consultancies to ease your job hunt. You can shortlist the companies where you wish to work. This will ease your effort.

Try knowing about your prospective employer beforehand through newspapers and websites.

Your next move should be to make yourself visible. The job market needs to feel your presence. Place yourself online; the web is a job mine besides being accessible easily.

Search newspapers and send your resume to companies that might give scope for the kind of job that suits your qualifications.

Mail your resumes to job consultants. It is better to give your resume to the consultant in person so that he can form an idea of what you are looking for, based on your interaction with him. The most effective way to get leads on job openings is by word of mouth.

Keep your friends and acquaintances aware that you are on the lookout for a job.

Keeping pace with changing technology would make you a lot more confident and give you that crucial edge over other candidates.

It is essential for you to keep in touch with what you have learnt in the past. Brush up your knowledge base regularly, so that you don't have to redo your learning or cram in information in the last minute.

Be clear as to what you want out of a job. It helps you prioritise your needs and narrow down the job hunt.

It's very easy to get disillusioned when you are unemployed. Faith in your capabilities will equip you to face competition.

Most often, what stops people from aggressively hunting for a job is the fear of rejection. Don't blame yourself or indulge in self-pity. Analyse what went wrong in the interview and try to overcome the shortcomings.

What are the career prospects for an MSc biochemistry graduate?

AARON EBENEZER

Goa

Biochemistry degrees offer a wide range of career prospects in the field of manufacturing, commerce, medicine, research and teaching. Biochemistry graduates can find employment in a variety of specialist areas that include microbial, plant and animal biochemistry and biotechnology, clinical chemistry, molecular genetics, forensic science, food technology, toxicology and pharmaceuticals.

Other career openings include administrative and managerial jobs, medical representatives and careers in the retail industry.

Civil services can be another option if interested in a career with the government. Remuneration usually depends on the position and status of your profile.

What are the career prospects in the field of computer- integrated manufacturing?

ABHILASH

Kerala

Traditionally, their major employers are the manufacturing and services industries, however job opportunities in research, design, development, standardisation.

Graduates in the relevant subject have a number of career paths open to them. These range from design and manufacturing engineers in the automotive, electronics, aerospace and food processing/packaging sectors of the manufacturing industry, to manufacturing systems consultants.

The faq column deals with career concerns addressed to The C&K Management LTD. PO Box 2178, Secunderabad 500003 or emailed to faqs@cnkonline.com

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