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Friday, 29 October 2010
"We are Hiring" A Joke by Tej Kohli

Tej Kohli shares a nice joke...

A business was looking for office help. They put a sign in the window, stating the following:

We are Hiring!
"The incumbent must be able to type, have computer skills, and be
bilingual. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer."


A dog trotted up to the window, saw the sign and went inside. He looked at the receptionist and wagged his tail, then walked over to the sign, looked at it and whined a bit.
Getting the idea, the receptionist got the office manager. The office manager looked at the dog and was surprised, to say the least. However, the dog looked determined, so he led him into the office. Inside, the dog jumped up on a chair and stared at the manager. The manager said "I can't hire you. The sign says you have to be able to type."

The dog jumped down, went to the typewriter and proceeded to type out a perfect letter. He took out the page and trotted over to the manager and gave it to him, then jumped back up on the chair. The manager was stunned, but then told the dog, "The sign also says you have to be good with a computer."

The dog jumped down again and went to the computer. The dog proceeded to enter and execute a perfect spreadsheet that worked flawlessly the first time.

By this time, the manager was totally dumb-founded! He looked at the dog and said, "I realize that you are a very intelligent dog and have some interesting abilities. However, I still can't give you the job."

The dog jumped down and went over to a copy of the sign and put his paw on the sentence about being an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The manager said "Yes, but the sign also says that you have to be bilingual." The dog looked at that manager calmly and said, "Meow."

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Posted by Street Reporter at 12:24 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 18 November 2010 10:27 PM EST
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Tej Kohli's 7 Interview Questions That Makes Interviewers Flinch!
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Tej Kohli brings you the 7 interview questions that makes interviewers cringe and probably want to show you that exit door! Read on...

You're going for a job interview and you've probably prepared your answers to a variety of questions you think interviewer might ask, which is of course good! But have you spent equal time or even half of it considering the questions you want to ask your prospective employer? What you ask your interviewer reflects your interest in the job besides your work ethics. So, if you want to keep your interviewer from cringing, and possibly raising a question on your suitability for the job, try avoiding these seven fateful questions:

1. What does your company do?

While there is no doubt that interview is a two way communication process where both parties can know one another. Yet how can you establish that you are the “right” person for the job, when you don't even know about the nature of work of the company. Before going for an interview, make sure that you have some background about the company in question. Researching about the company is your homework, so don't waste interviewer's time by having him repeat what you could have learned from the company's website.

2. How much does the job pay?

Although this may be an answer you'd kill for, seeking this information at this stage can make you look like jumping the gun. This question not only sends a wrong message but also leaves a bad first impression on your potential employer. Its better to do some research and see what other similar jobs are fetching in the market. Or you could also leave this question to surface at the later stages in the interview process.

3. What are the working hours?

In today's competitive world, no company wants an employee that's a clock watcher. Asking this question may raise a question on your work ethic. Again, you may save this question to be asked in the later stages of job interview process.

4. How many sick leaves do I get?

Asking this question in your first interview will force your prospective employer to doubt your motivation or maybe your health. You'd be better off looking this up in the employee handbook later.

5. How much time do I get off?

Just like question 3 and 4, this question can make the interviewer wonder whether the applicant is more interested in escaping the work than contributing to it.

6. If I'm hired, when can I start applying for other internal openings?

What crosses the interviewer's mind up on hearing this question? Definitely not something good. This question leaves an impression that you're not interested in the job being offered, instead you just want an entry into the company. Of course, everyone has higher aspirations than the position he is applying for, but keep in mind that the company is looking for the ideal candidate for the present role, not the future.

7. Do you make background checks?

Why on earth would anybody on earth ask this question unless he or she has something to hide. But if you do, the interviewer would definitely show you the exit door.

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Posted by Street Reporter at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 22 September 2010 5:46 AM EDT
Friday, 3 September 2010
Part 5 of 50 common interview questions by Tej Kohli

Tej Kohli brings you the final series of 50 most common interview questions. 

41. If you were hiring a person for this job, what would you look for?

Be careful to mention traits that are needed and that you have.

42. Do you think you are overqualified for this position?

Regardless of your qualifications, state that you are very well qualified for the position.

43. How do you propose to compensate for your lack of experience?

First, if you have experience that the interviewer does not know about, bring that up: Then, point out (if true) that you are a hard working quick learner.

44. What qualities do you look for in a boss?

Be generic and positive. Safe qualities are knowledgeable, a sense of humor, fair, loyal to subordinates and holder of high standards. All bosses think they have these traits.

45. Tell me about a time when you helped resolve a dispute between others.

Pick a specific incident. Concentrate on your problem solving technique and not the dispute you settled.

46. What position do you prefer on a team working on a project?

Be honest. If you are comfortable in different roles, point that out.

47. Describe your work ethic.

Emphasize benefits to the organization. Things like, determination to get the job done and work hard but enjoy your work are good.

48. What has been your biggest professional disappointment?

Be sure that you refer to something that was beyond your control. Show acceptance and no negative feelings.

49. Tell me about the most fun you have had on the job.

Talk about having fun by accomplishing something for the organization.

50. Do you have any questions for me?

Always have some questions prepared. Questions prepared where you will be an asset to the organization are good. How soon will I be able to be productive? and What type of projects will I be able to assist on? are examples.

 And finally good luck!

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Posted by Street Reporter at 4:50 AM EDT
Friday, 27 August 2010
Part 4 of 50 common interview questions by Tej Kohli

Tej Kohli blog brings to you the Fourth part of our 50 important interview questions....

30. What has disappointed you about a job?

Don't get trivial or negative. Safe areas are few but can include:

Not enough of a challenge. You were laid off in a reduction Company did not win a contract, which would have given you more responsibility.

31. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.

You may say that you thrive under certain types of pressure. Give an example that relates to the type of position applied for.

32. Do your skills match this job or another job more closely?

Probably this one. Do not give fuel to the suspicion that you may want another job more than this one.

33. What motivates you to do your best on the job?

This is a personal trait that only you can say, but good examples are: Challenge, Achievement, Recognition

34. Are you willing to work overtime? Nights? Weekends?

This is up to you. Be totally honest.

35. How would you know you were successful on this job?

Several ways are good measures:

You set high standards for yourself and meet them. Your outcomes are a success.Your boss tell you that you are successful

36. Would you be willing to relocate if required?

You should be clear on this with your family prior to the interview if you think there is a chance it may come up. Do not say yes just to get the job if the real answer is no. This can create a lot of problems later on in your career. Be honest at this point and save yourself uture grief.

37. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own?

This is a straight loyalty and dedication question. Do not worry about the deep ethical and philosophical implications. Just say yes.

38. Describe your management style.

Try to avoid labels. Some of the more common labels, like progressive, salesman or consensus, can have several meanings or descriptions depending on which management expert you listen to. The situational style is safe, because it says you will manage according to the situation, instead of one size fits all.

39. What have you learned from mistakes on the job?

Here you have to come up with something or you strain credibility. Make it small, well intentioned mistake with a positive lesson learned. An example would be working too far ahead of colleagues on a project and thus throwing coordination off.

40. Do you have any blind spots?

Trick question. If you know about blind spots, they are no longer blind spots. Do not reveal any personal areas of concern here. Let them do their own discovery on your bad points. Do not hand it to them.

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Posted by Street Reporter at 6:18 AM EDT
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
Part 3 of 50 common interview questions by Tej Kohli

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

21. What irritates you about co-workers?

This is a trap question. Think real hard but fail to come up with anything that irritates you. A short statement that you seem to get along with folks is great.

22. What is your greatest strength?

Numerous answers are good, just stay positive. A few good examples: Your ability to prioritize, Your problem-solving skills, Your ability to work under pressure, Your ability to focus on projects, Your professional expertise, Your leadership skills, Your positive attitude

23. Tell me about your dream job.

Stay away from a specific job. You cannot win. If you say the job you are contending for is it, you strain credibility. If you say another job is it, you plant the suspicion that you will be dissatisfied with this position if hired. The best is to stay genetic and say something like: A job where I love the work, like the people, can contribute and can't wait to get to work.

24. Why do you think you would do well at this job?

Give several reasons and include skills, experience and interest.

25. What are you looking for in a job?

See answer # 23

26. What kind of person would you refuse to work with?

Do not be trivial. It would take disloyalty to the organization, violence or lawbreaking to get you to object. Minor objections will label you as a whiner.

27. What is more important to you: the money or the work?

Money is always important, but the work is the most important. There is no better answer.

28. What would your previous supervisor say your strongest point is?

There are numerous good possibilities:
Loyalty, Energy, Positive attitude, Leadership, Team player, Expertise, Initiative, Patience, Hard work, Creativity, Problem solver

29. Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor.

Biggest trap of all. This is a test to see if you will speak ill of your boss. If you fall for it and tell about a problem with a former boss, you may well below the interview right there. Stay positive and develop a poor memory about any trouble with a supervisor.

30. What has disappointed you about a job?

Don't get trivial or negative. Safe areas are few but can include:
Not enough of a challenge. You were laid off in a reduction Company did not win a contract, which would have given you more responsibility.

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Posted by Street Reporter at 6:06 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 25 August 2010 6:08 AM EDT
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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