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Friday, 13 August 2010
Part 2 of 50 common interview questions by Tej Kohli

Tej Kohli blog presents the second part of our 50 important interview questions. 

11. What kind of salary do you need?

This question is a nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. It would be best not to answer this question. You may, instead say something like 'that's a tough question' or 'can you tell me the range for this opening? Or you can say 'it depends on my job responsibility' and then give a wide range.

12. Are you a team player?

You are, of course, a team player. Be sure to have examples ready. Specifics that show you often perform for the good of the team rather than for yourself are good evidence of your team attitude. Do not brag, just say it in a matter-of-fact tone. This is a key point.

13. How long would you expect to work for us if hired?

Specifics here are not good. Something like this should work: I'd like it to be a long time. Or As long as we both feel I'm doing a good job.

14. Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that?

This is serious. Do not make light of it or in any way seem like you like to fire people. At the same time, you will do it when it is the right thing to do. When it comes to the organization versus the individual who has created a harmful situation, you will protect the organization. Remember firing is not the same as layoff or reduction in force.

15. What is your philosophy towards work?

The interviewer is not looking for a long or flowery dissertation here. Do you have strong feelings that the job gets done? Yes. That's the type of answer that works best here. Short and positive, showing a benefit to the organization.

16. If you had enough money to retire right now, would you?

Answer yes if you would. But since you need to work, this is the type of work you prefer. Do not say yes if you do not mean it.

17. Have you ever been asked to leave a position?

If you have not, say no. If you have, be honest, brief and avoid saying negative things about the people or organization involved.

18. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization.

You should be anxious for this question. It gives you a chance to highlight your best points as they relate to the position being discussed. Give a little advance thought to this relationship.

19. Why should we hire you?

Point out how your assets meet what the organization needs. Do not mention any other candidates to make a comparison.

20. Tell me about a suggestion you have made.

Have a good one ready. Be sure and use a suggestion that was accepted and was then considered successful. One related to the type of work applied for is a real plus.

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Posted by Street Reporter at 5:22 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 13 August 2010 5:32 AM EDT
Friday, 6 August 2010
Part 1 of 50 common interview questions by Tej Kohli

If you're to appear for an interview in the near future, review these typical interview question, complied for your by Tej Kohli, and think about how you're going to answer them. Mr. Tej Kohli has also offered some strategy suggestion along with each question. This part contains 10 questions. Keep reading Tej Kohli Blog for the next parts in our 5 part series.

1. Tell me about yourself:

It is one of the most frequently asked question in interviews . The incumbent must prepare a short statement regarding this in his or her mind. Be careful as you may run the risk of sounding rehearsed. Restrict it to work related things unless instructed otherwise. Talk about your past accomplishments, positions you've held in your previous jobs and how it relates to the job you're interviewing for. Start with the past and gradually work up to the present.

2. Why did you leave your last job?

Remain assertive regardless of the circumstances. Never refer to a major problem with management and don't say anything derogatory of managers, co-workers or the company, this may go negative for you. Maintain a smile and always give goof reasons for leaving a job like a better opportunity or other optimistic reasons.

3. What experience do you have in this field?

Talk about the specific things relating to the position in question. Even if you don't have any specific experience, try to get as close as possible.

4. Do you consider yourself successful?

A prompt reply to this would be YES. Substantiate your response with a good explanation that how you have set objectives and how you have accomplished some and are on your way to meet others.

5. What do co-workers say about you?

Be ready with a quote or two from your fellow workers. A specific statement or a paraphrase would do.

6. What do you know about this organization?

A very likely question, which is also one reason to do some research on the company beforehand. Find out their past, present and future, the current issues they are facing and the top-brass of the company.

7. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?

Try to incorporate the improvement activities that relate to the position. You can mention a wide variety of activities as positive self improvement. Keep some good ones handy to mention.

8. Are you applying for other jobs?

Give an honest reply but try not yo spend too much time on this question. Focus on the current job you're applying for and what you can do for this company. Don't get distracted by getting into a useless conversation.

9. Why do you want to work for this organization?

Definitely, the answer to this question should be based on the research you've done on the company. Remember, sincerely matters a lot here and will be sensed effortlessly. Think carefully and relate your response to your long-term career objectives.

10. Do you know anyone who works for us?

Be aware of the policy on relatives working in the company. This can influence your answer even though the interviewer has asked about friends not relatives. You can mention a friend only if he or she has a good reputation.

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Posted by Street Reporter at 2:23 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, 6 December 2010 12:27 AM EST
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Tej Kohli Explains Role of a Tie in the Job Interview

Tej Kohli Job interview tips on how to tie a TIE for a job interview.

Okay, so here's a question : What is the most important part of your job interview attire?

You may answer – the shirt, the suit, the shoes. However, most people are often oblivious that the tie to your attire is the most important aspect that reflects your personality It is, in fact, a focal point to a picture.

While the shirt is the canvas of the suit is the frame, tie is the picture in the frame. That's why it is important for you to focus on the picture, rather that detracting from it. A right tie enhances your look and adds an appeal to your overall personality.

Purchasing the Right Tie

To start with, you first need to buy a good-quality tie made of 100% pure silk. Being a male, you are also expected to don a solid colored, subtle tie with your interview outfit. Dark red or blue colour would do best.

Remember, just purchasing the most expensive tie in the town won't help you leave that most favourable impression you so desire. Remember, the first impression comes by your outer appearance. Your employer will initially judge your capacities by the way you carry yourself. Am inappropriately knotted tie reflects a sloppy look and projects the same about your abilities and skills.

Tying the Four in Hand Knot

The easiest and most useful tie knot to learn for starters is the Four in Hand. This type of knot is a tad asymmetrical in form and goes well with any regular button down shirt.

To tie it, stand in the front of the mirror with your tie dangling around your neck. You can now see the two ends of your tie. For a clearer understanding name the wider end as A and the narrow end as B. the wide end A should stretch about 12 inches below narrow end B.

Start with crossing the wide end A over the narrow end B. then turn wide end A back beneath the end B. Next, again bring the end A back over in front of the end. Then, pull the end A up and through the loop around your neck.

Afterwards, hold the knot's front loosely using your index finger and bring the end A down through the front loop. Lastly, carefully remove your finger and tighten the knot to your shirt's collar by holding on to narrow end B and sliding the knot in an upward motion.

Upon tying the knot make sure that the widest part of the tie hands almost at the same height as the upper edge of your leather belt.

The advantages of putting tie accessories

Another important thing you should consider purchasing other than your tie is something we know as a tie accessory. Tie accessories can be anything from tie bars, clips, tacks and chains. The main object of a tie accessory is to keep your tie intact all the time and prevent it from interfering when you eat, work or play.

Tie accessory come in very handy during a job interview. That's because without a tie accessory, your tie would move around as you greet your interviewer of perhaps when you shift in your seat. And you won't even realize when your hand reached down to adjust your tie, but remember such little things could and would make your feel even more nervous that your already are.

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Posted by Street Reporter at 3:45 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, 6 December 2010 12:28 AM EST
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Seven Interview Tips By Tej Kohli

Preparing for a job interview is one of the most crucial aspects of successfully lading into a new job. It means getting into a balanced frame of mind and remaining confident. Interviews are always scary, but with a little preparation and research you can improve your odds drastically. Given below are some of the basic tips by Tej Kohli, which will help you get on the right track.

Tip1 : Advance planning – doing a bit of homework pays. Take time to research the company and the job profile. If possible, research about the interviewer and other people you will meet. Review your work experiences and support your previous accomplishments with information targeted towards what the company is looking for. In short, keep your facts handy.

Tip 2 – Rehearse - Once you are done with research, start rehearsing for the interview. Think of the most common interview questions and prepare their answers.

Tip 3: Eye contact – Always maintain eye contact with the interviewer. It shows you're confident.

Tip 4 : Be Positive: to be more precise, avoid making any negative comments about your previous employers.

Tip 5 : Adapt – Listen and adapt. Be receptive to the interviewer's style. Observe small details like dress, office furniture, and overall ambiance. This will give you helpful clues which you can use accordingly to tailor your presentation.

Tip 6 : Relate – Mould your responses according to the company and position. Concentrate on accomplishments relevant to the position.

Tip 7 : Encourage : Always encourage the interviewer to share information about the company, it will reflect your interest.

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Posted by Street Reporter at 5:48 AM EDT
Friday, 9 July 2010
Tej Kohli Interview Dining Etiquette and Tips

Interviews are always stressful, even for candidates who have been interviewed several times. Interviewing can become all the more stressful, especially when you're expected to talk and eat simultaneously. That's why employers often take job candidates out to lunch or dinner in order to evaluate their social skills and see how gracefully they are able to handle themselves under stress.

Sharing a meal with job applicant allow employers to review their interpersonal and communication skills, along with their table mannerism in a relatively casual environment. Table manner are highly important. If you leave the table without saying thank you, make noises while eating, order the most expensive or the cheapest item on the menu, or make another dining faux pas, it can go against you.

However, using good table manners may lend you an edge over other candidates, so take time to hone your dining etiquette, so you make an everlasting impression and succeed your interview.

Interview Dining Tips-

Before the Meal:

  • If you feel nervous, it is advisable to do a trial run and check out the venue ahead of time. That way you'll know in advance what's on the menu.

  • Use polite words like 'please' and 'thank you' while addressing the waiter , or even your host for that matter.

  • If the table is full of utensils and you don't know what to pick first, use this simple rule of thumb – start at the outside and work your way in.

  • Remember, solids are on the left, liquids on the right

  • Spread your napkin on your lap once everyone is seated.

  • Keep in mind what your mom spent years telling you – sit up straight, keep your elbows off the table and don't talk with your mouth full.

During the Meal:

  • Keep away from the messy food – huge sandwiches, burgers, chicken with bones, etc are a strict no-no.

  • Don't order the most expensive item on the menu.

  • Order food that can be easily eaten with a knife and fork.

  • In case you need to leave the table in between, put your napkin on the seat.

  • Once you're done eating, put your knife and fork in the 'four-o-clock' position so the waiter knows you've finished your meal.

  • Try to relax, listen and get yourself involved in the conversation.

After the Meal:

  • Place your napkin on the table next to your plate.

  • Let the host pay the bill and the server's tip.

  • Don't forget to say thank-you, and take time to follow-up with a thank-you note which also reiterates your interest in the job.

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Posted by Street Reporter at 6:41 AM EDT
Friday, 25 June 2010
Telling About Youself in a Job Interview - Tej Kohli
Mood:  happy
Topic: Vision Corridor

Perhaps the first and most commonly asked question in a job interview is 'Tell me about yourself”. Though it may seem a bit unrelated to the job you're applying for, in essence this is the most important question in determining your fate at the interview.

So, whenever you come across such question, your answer should be more or less a summary

of the ideal candidate profile. In addition, you should also be able to support all your claims of possessing the required characteristics by means of examples, narratives, stories and achievements. Once you start telling the interviewer about yourself, make sure that all the things you mention are exactly what the interviewer is expecting to listen. This way, the interviewer will pay more attention to you. At that time, the questions asked will be more specific and to-the-point, and instead of just asking to hear more about yourself, he may start asking about specific characteristics and experience in the industry.

 

Once the interviewer begin to drift away from the 'tell me about yourself' question and start to ask about your particular achievements, you will know that you are heading towards the right direction. Since you'll get a pretty fair idea of what the interviewer is looking for, you will be able to mold your response in a way that establishes your appropriateness for the job. To add more impact to your presentation, fabricate the situations, actions and result of the narratives that you tell to match the the realities of the profile that your research exposed.

Doing so will allow the interviewer to envisage your achievements on the profile in question, while you share your experience. If that happens, it is more than any amount of information that you might otherwise deliver in a less striking and memorable manner.

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Posted by Street Reporter at 4:30 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 28 September 2010 3:27 AM EDT
Thursday, 29 April 2010
Job Interview Tips by Tej Kohli
Mood:  chillin'
Job interviews never seem to get any easier! No matter if its your first interview, or you're a seasoned interviewee, you will still get nervous before going in. And why not, you're appearing before new faces, marketing yourself and your skills, and often receiving the third degree for everything your know or don't know. Tej Kohli suggests a few job interview tips to guide you to the interview success and help bagging the job you so desire.

 

Rehearse – Do a interview rehearsal at home. Practice answering some of the most common job interview questions and frame your responses accordingly. Come up will real life examples you can use to demonstrate your skills. Boost your candidateship by proving evidence of your success.

 

Prepare – Prepare your answers so you're ready to respond the questions quickly and confidently. One of the most commonly asked question is “What do you know about our company? ” make sure you know the interviewer's name and try to use it during the interview. If you don't know the name, call and ask before the interview. Relate everything you know about the company when giving answers.

 

Dress up well – Always wear neat and tidy clothes to the interview. If possible, stick to formal clothing and carry a nice portfolio with copies of your resume. Bring a pen and notepad for taking notes.

 

Be on time – Never get late for an interview. Instead reach five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled time. If need be, drive to the interview location a day before the interview, so you know exactly where you're going and how long will it take to reach there.

 

Stay calm – Relax and stay as calm as you can. Always maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Let the interviewer complete the question before you answer and listen careful – you may regret later if you forget the question.

Show what you know – When describing your career accomplishments relate them to the job profile you're appearing for.

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Posted by Street Reporter at 12:57 AM EDT
Friday, 2 May 2008
Tej Kohli Marketing Consulting Expands
Mood:  celebratory
Topic: Vision Corridor

Tej Kohli marketing consulting company enters into a new industry of tourism marketing consulting. We offer variety of services for the hospitality and tourism industry. They include:

  • Successful Travel Marketing
  • Tourism E-marketing Tools
  • How to Sell Travel Profitably
  • Hospitality Management Advice
  • Profitable Tourism Operations
  • Travel Business Planning
  • Media Relations for Travel Professionals
  • Successful Travel Business Case Studies
  • Finance & Investments Tips
  • Risk Management / Insurance
  • Tourism Trends & Statistics
  • How to Increase Repeat Business & Referrals
  • Mistakes to Avoid
  • We also conduct interviews with the travel industry leaders and provide their experiences to the readers of our site to help enable them gain valuable knowledge.

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    Posted by Street Reporter at 5:15 AM EDT
    Thursday, 28 February 2008
    Tej Kohli - About Stress Interviews
    Topic: Vision Corridor

    Now a days many organizations are resorting to stress interview to test a candidate's temperament. The purpose of stress
    interview is to put the candidate on the defensive. Stress interview is based on the premise that stressful situations bring out the true worth of a person and the candidate who performs well under pressure in the interview is likely to perform
    similarly on the job.


    There are various stress interview tactics that an interviewer may adapt.

    Unexpected Behavior: The interviewer tries to catch you off guard with unexpected behavior. For example, an interviewer might ask the same question several times, pretending not to understand your answer. You explain several times, each time getting more exasperated at the questioner's stupidity.

    Uncomfortable Questions: The interviewer can ask uncomfortable questions such as, "Why did you get such low marks in graduation" or "Why you were fired from your previous job" to put you under pressure.

    Aggressive Attitude: The interviewer may convey his aggressive behavior through his body language, facial expressions, or behavior and he will make you realize that you are responsible for it.

    Puzzle Question: The interviewer may ask you a question whose answer you are not generally expected to know, like "How many Maruti cars are running on the roads of Delhi?"
    Case Interview: The case interview tests your knowledge of relevant business issues, quantitative and analytical skills, ability to prioritise and anticipate problems, and communication skills. In case interviews you are presented an open-ended
    business situation and are required to describe a path toward a solution.

    Tips on Handling Stress Interview
    • Always keep yourself cool and composed during interview when you are put in a stressful situation.
    • Clarify the question and the nature of the answer desired. This can buy you some time to think.
    • Don't hesitate about asking questions to get clarification; sometimes, this is exactly what's expected of you.
    • Ignore the interviewer’s tantrums and his aggressive behavior and keep yourself focused on answering the question to the best of your ability.
    • Be open, honest, straightforward and refuse to be emotionally intimidated.


    Stress Interviews are common in industries where stress is part of the job like stock trading on financial markets or sales jobs. The primary objective of these interviews is to just put you on the spot and see how you cope with the stress.
    Most common techniques are to interrupt you frequently when you are answering a question, ask you another question before you have finished the first, tell you on your face that you are the worst candidate they have seen during the day, ask you
    to sell them your pen and then be a tough customer etc.

    An important tip on coping with these situations is to not take things personally and play the game. If you are asked to do certain things during the interview, don’t argue as to why it should not be done. Just try to find creative ways of doing things and thereby demonstrating that you are not the one to bow down to stress or difficult situations.
    I have heard a story about a candidate being asked to jump from a window. The candidate proved he was good enough for the
    challenge by climbing on the window and jumping inside the room (nobody said jump out of the window!).
    The idea is that trading on financial markets and sales are jobs that need people who are street smart, whose stress threshold is higher than normal, people who do not take things personally and can turn tables on someone to their advantage. Because stress brings out such personalities, these are considered more appropriate types of interviews for those positions.
    You cannot prepare enough for stress interviews. You either have it or don’t. Don’t stress too much on it.

    Most job-seekers will not encounter such interviews, but it is important to know they exist, and know how to handle yourself if you are faced with such an interview style.

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    Posted by Street Reporter at 10:58 AM EST
    Sunday, 17 February 2008
    Tej Kohli - Our Vision
    Mood:  cool
    Topic: Vision Corridor

    We at Tej Kohli Marketing consultancy represent our values through the acronym PILCQ. Our five values are 'Passion', 'Initiative', 'Loyalty', 'Care' & 'Quality'.

    We opine that 'Values' are what one values. They help us remember the very reason of our existence. They guide our objectives, strategies and help us form the policies which can serve as the framework for our endeavours.

     
    Passion:     

    Passion is an ‘inner drive’ to excel. At the Tej Kohli Marketing consultancy, we believe that ‘If you give vision to people then they don’t need supervision’. And the vision emanates from the passion for your venture. We strive to be energetic in our disposition, enthusiastic in our style and fully immersed in our work. Everybody at the organization should feel “I am loving it and living it”! That is the best value-addition to our services and the clients.
        
    Initiative:     

    The concept of ‘A few leading the most’ is a risky proposition in today’s dynamic world. Leadership has become a very fluid concept which needs to be flowing under each desk of the office space. At the Tej Kohli Marketing consultancy, we strive to prepare leaders at every level of the organization. We want everybody to remain out of the concentric circles, envisage and initiate to accomplish the aspired.

    Loyalty:     

    For every relationship and association, ‘Trust’ is indispensable. And trust can be won only when there is complete loyalty towards the cause and the institution. The loyalty has 3 basic elements ‘Character’, ‘Competence’ & ‘Consistency’. And at the Tej Kohli Ning Marketing consultancy, we know that our clients will always value trustworthiness.

         
    Care:

    There is a pretty old saying “They don’t care how much you know unless they know how much you care”. We at The Tej Kohli Marketing consultancy, vouch for it to the maximum. We always remember the difference between ‘Commercial’ & ‘Professional’ and always aspire to be the latter. Our approach is always human & humane and we desire to retain the affectionate culture of a start-up with the structural framework of an organization.
                      
    Quality:

    The ultimate truth of profession is “Efforts are respected, yet only results are rewarded!” We completely abide by the concept that Value = Quality + Speed. For us quality is a holistic concept that not only fits the current requirements but also integrates with the past milestones and future benchmarks. In our work, we commit for excellence, effectiveness & utility, with indubitable progression of the same


    Posted by Street Reporter at 7:11 PM EST
    Updated: Wednesday, 28 April 2010 5:05 AM EDT

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