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Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Three Envelopes!

Tej Kohli blog shares a funny story about a CEO of a large organization. 

Morris was recently appointed as the new CEO of a big company. The former CEO who he was replacing met him privately and handed him over three envelopes numbered 1, 2, and 3.

"Open these if you run up against a problem you don't think you can solve," the leaving CEO said.

After his joining, things went along pretty smoothly, but six months later, sales took a dip and Morris was really facing a lot of heat. On reaching his wit's end, he remembered the envelopes. He rushed to his cabin, opened the drawer and took out the envelope # 1. The message read, "Blame your predecessor."

He then called a press conference and skilfully laid the blame on the former CEO. Satisfied with his comments, the press – and Wall Street – took a positive turn, sales began to boost once again and the problem was soon behind him.

About a year later, the company was again going through a slowdown in sales, besides some serious product problems. Having learned from his previous experience, the CEO quickly opened the envelope #2. It read, "Reorganize." He did exactly that and the company rebounded again.

After many consecutive profitable quarters, the company once again entered the rough patch. Morris went to his office, closed the door and opened the third envelope.

The message said, "Prepare three envelopes..."

So, how do you like this story at Tej Kohli blog. For more informative articles, management stories, jokes and tips, keep reading Tej Kohli Grafix Blog

Posted by Street Reporter at 3:14 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, 1 July 2013 3:38 AM EDT
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
Six Ways to Avoid Interview Jitters

Interviews can scare even the most seasoned job seekers. If you don't have a lot of experience in job seeking, it's natural to feel mild jitters or even strong fright at the thought of facing a potential employer. Tej Kohli advices that you don't have to let emotions turn that important career break into a horror show. In this article, Tej Kohli offers several tips so as to keep anxiety from ruining your chances of getting the job.

1. Imagine yourself at the interviewer's place

Interviewers are not here to make your life miserable. And that's true! In fact, they look at you as if you are "the one." They need to fill the job with the best person, and if they don't succeed their jobs could be on the line. Just keeping that in perspective can help calm your jitters.

2. Prepare well : How well you prepare determines the 90 percent of success in job interviews. It's always better to do some role-playing with a friend before the interview and anticipating the questions you'll likely face. Tej Kohli enlists some of the most frequently asked interview questions:

* Why are you the best person for the job?

* Tell me about yourself.

* What are your best/worst traits?

* Why do you want to work here?

* What did you learn in school (or at an internship) that prepares you for this job?

Always know in advance what the company does.

3. Plan your day around the interview

Be on time, and keep yourself stress free. Avoid haste by mapping out the directions to the interview location and giving yourself more time than you think you'll need. Keep buffer time for traffic jams, parking snafus, bad weather, road closures or perhaps losing your way. Be sure you budget enough time off from your current job, so you don't feel like you have to run out of the interview if it runs longer than you anticipated. Hiring managers can sometimes keep you waiting for long hours.

4. Avoid stress before the interview

Tej Kohli suggests that after you check in with the receptionist try some relaxation exercises. This could be as simple as closing your eyes, meditating or doing a few deep breathing exercises. However, if your idea of relaxation is kick-boxing or a yoga routine, do those at home. And don't even dare taking a drink or using substances to calm down.

5. Listen, think, and speak

Whether your interview is in person or over the phone, it is important to listen to what the interviewer has to say, and then take some time to think before responding. Always take a few seconds to understand the question, and then think up a quality answer before simply blurting out something less intelligent.

6. Prepare your own questions

So, the interview is almost over and the interviewer asks whether you have any questions about the job or the company. Never reply in "no," tho this. Rather, use this opportunity to solidify the good impression you've made, suggests Tej Kohli. By asking well-thought-out questions, you leave an impression that you are genuinely interested in the company and the job. Wait until the interviewer has finished asking about you and your background before launching into your own questions.

The day after the interview, send a thank you note to the interviewer.

Posted by Street Reporter at 5:19 AM EDT
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
Tej Kohli Explains Six Silly Speech Habits!

 Tej Kohli tripod blog is a place to get tips on job interviews and personality developmen. Read an interesting article about how sloppy speech habits can ruin your chances of getting a job. 


Maybe you've a spotless resume and impeccable looks, but if you really want to crack that big interview, dare to think beyond the looks. How good you sound is at times, all that matters. But unfortunately, many people ruin their chances of getting that handsomely paying job due to their careless speech habits.


Tej Kohli has discussed six common language mistakes and how to keep them from sabotaging your interview:

  1. Nonwords: Avoid using filler words such as 'um', 'ah', 'you know', 'okay' or like. These words leaves a impression that you are not prepared for the interview and make you sound like a Valley Girl or Boy. If we feel at loss of words, think and then speak taking appropriate pauses and breaths. An occasional 'um' is fine, but don't let it become a prefix of every sentence.

  1. Up-Talk: A rising infection or sing song at the end of every sentence inflicts a tentative impression and leaves the interviewer confused whether your are asking a question or making a definite statement. Always speak with conviction as if you are selling yourself in the interview. Try to bring your intonation down when concluding a statement.

  1. Grammatical Errors : Using incorrect grammar or slangs may raise a question on your education. Don't use expressions like 'ain't', 'she don't', 'me and my friend', and 'so I goes to him'. Always speak in complete sentences and make sure the tenses are correct. The interview should be professional and is the not the place for vernacular expressions and casual language.

  1. Sloppy Speech: Slurring words together or dropping their endings diminishes the clarity of what you want to convey. The best strategy to avoid this is to speak slowly during an interview. List down the commonly mispronounced words, and record them on a tape recorder. Some common mispronunciation include aks for ask, ath-a-lete for athlete, wif for with and dree for three.

  1. Speed Talking: Although a little nervousness during the interview is fine, you don't want your message to fly by like a speeding bird. Its difficult to follow the fast speaking rate, and speed talkers often leave a negative impression. To help this, do some breathing exercises before the interview. Don't rush, listen to the question carefully, and then count to two in your mind before answering. A bout of silence never hurts, infact pausing is an effective communication technique.

  1. Weak Speak: Using wimpy words may modify or dilute your conviction and hence your chances of bagging the job. When you use words like hopefully, perhaps, kind of, I feel and sort of in your conversation, you show lack of confidence. Instead use powerful words like, 'I am confident that ', 'my track record shows', 'I take the position that', 'I recommend, or, 'my goal is'. Use positive words always.

Tej Kohli is an expert author and entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience. For more informative articles by Tej Kohli, keep reading this blog. 

Posted by Street Reporter at 8:17 AM EDT
Thursday, 28 July 2011
Who is the boss?

Tej Kohli shares a funny corporate joke, that will make you go ROFL. Enjoy the joke at Tej Kohli blog.

The boss was complaining in our staff meeting the other day that he wasn't getting any respect.

Later that morning he went to a local sign shop and bought a small sign that read:

'I'm the Boss!'

He then taped it to his office door.

Later that day when he returned from lunch, he found that someone had taped a note to the sign that

said: 'Your wife called, she wants her sign back!'

Tej Kohli blog is a place to find tips that will help you improve your chances of getting a job. For more amusing jokes like these, stay tuned to Tej Kohli blog. 

Posted by Street Reporter at 4:51 AM EDT
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Common Interview Mistake is Also is Easiest To Avoid
Tej Kohli Tripod blog shares another informative article with its readers to help them fair well at the interviews. Read on to know that some of the most common mistakes during interview are also the easiest to avoid. Read the article by Tej Kohli.

How difficult is it to search something on Google? Not at all! According to a survey a little bit of research about your potential employer can go a long way in helping you get the job. The survey revealed that failing to grasp some information about the company you are applying to the most common mistake most job seekers do.

Around 4 in 10 managers participating in the poll said that inadequate knowledge or no knowledge about the company is one of the most prevalent mistakes made by job seekers. The second most common faux pass was not being able to discuss experience and skills and the third one one not prepared to discuss career plans and objectives.

Wrapping up the list of top five mistakes were the lack of eye contact and coming late for interview. But what's more surprising is the fact that these mistakes can be avoided with a little extra preparation and planning,says Tej Kohli. These are not the problems which are related to the applicants' qualification or skills, but are related to the circumstances.

Its always better to know about an organization's history, services, goals and business challenges when going for an interview. When equipped with this information you are likely to leave a better impression on the interviewer. The least you can do is visit the company's website and do other relevant research before meeting the interviewer. Additionally, you may contact people in his or her social network or simply check online social medias for additional insights about the company.

Remember, this research will not only help you impress the interviewer, it will also help you decode whether or not you liked the job?

For more useful articles on job and interview tips, keep reading Tej Kohli blog. 

Posted by Street Reporter at 7:03 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, 1 July 2013 4:31 AM EDT
Friday, 10 June 2011
How to Become an Active Thinker
Tej Kohli blog is a place to find useful articles and tips on Human resource management. In this article Tej Kohli talks about the importance of being an active thinker. 
Proactive workers and active thinkers at the workplace are considered to be valuable assets for the organization.

Hence, if you want to grow with the organization and emerge as an active Idea person, you should -

  • Understand the Co's policies, culture and growth plans

  • Identify key persons in the organization  - those involved in idea implementation and growth plans.

  • Keep yourself up-to-date with the developments in your industry.

  • Surf the net, read trade journals and magazines.

  • Start thinking out of the box.
TejKohli is an entrepreneur and manager with more than 10 years of experience in management. For more useful articles by Tej Kohli, keep reading this blog. 


Posted by Street Reporter at 6:38 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, 1 July 2013 4:32 AM EDT
Thursday, 19 May 2011
How we Spend a day at Office?


Tej Kohli recently met a friend who told him an interesting story about a Colleaguewho did nothing at the office. Same is the case with our Bosses, Tej Kohli helps you unravel the mystery of what do bosses do in office?


Read on to find out...

One of my friends was once in a job, who after spending five months in the office, couldn't exactly find out what a man in his office did. They would attend the meetings together, but he never say or do anything that indicated his professional role.

Never did they worked together on a project, though they exchanged polite greeting in corridors. When he asked his boss about the man's role, he got a confused look and a shrug. He asked many other people, but no one knew what that man with a vague job title spent his time doing.

Frankly, most of us are probably not aware of what other people are doing everyday. We might know what their responsibilities are, but how they spend their office hours is a mystery beyond comprehension. Tej Kohli says perhaps no one is on the receiving end of this suspicion more than our head honchos. Somewhere in the back of our mind we've all thought, “It's me who is doing all the work, but the CEO's bonus is bigger than my entire paycheck.”

Recently, Tej Kohli came across a paper by Harvard Business School related to 'What do CEOs Do??'

the carried out a research on 94 CEOs in Italian companies. They looked over their day to day responsibilities and here's what they found out:

  • CEOs spend 85 percent of their time with other people.

  • CEOs spend 60 percent of their workday in meetings.

  • Phone calls, conference calls and public events combined only comprise 25 percent of a CEO's day.

It implies that CEOs are rarely alone. Perhaps you will understand this if you think about how much strategizing and negotiating goes on among business leaders. This, of course, means the rest of us are doing the work that runs the business that our CEOs are always meeting about.

So, coming back to the question of, "What are you doing with your workday?" Apparently, we are wasting a lot of it, and not necessarily because we're lazy. In fact, we're trying to get things done and getting sidetracked by the small stuff that needs to be crossed off our to-do list.

Recently, a company specializing in business communications needs, looked at how the average worker spends his or her day in a small or midsize business. According to the survey workers spend 50 percent of their office hours on necessary, yet unproductive tasks, including routine communications and filtering incoming information and correspondence.

According to survey, a worker spends:

  • 39 minutes each day duplicating communications via multiple channels (such as email and phone)
  • 33 minutes attempting to schedule meetings
  • 29 minutes dealing with unwanted communications, such as SPAM and unsolicited calls
  • 67 minutes trying to find important information relevant to work
  • 74 minutes trying to contact customers, partners or colleagues

Basing this on an eight-hour shift, you spend 50 percent of your day on the above tasks. Basically, trying to do something but not doing the actual task.

However, here I am not saying this is how an employee spends his typical day, because this this vary from one type of profession to another. But it surely seems to be a common trend for employees, asserts Tej Kohli

Posted by Street Reporter at 5:35 AM EDT
Friday, 13 May 2011
Even Good Candidates Have a Bad Interview


Tej kohli believes that going through a bad interview is like having the moment of self doubt. A friend of mine learned this lesson the hard way, during an interview that should have been a cakewalk. When he received the call for interview, he thought he was a die-cast for the job, who would fit just fine! With immense confidence, he took the interview in an easygoing manner. Without any preparation, he in his own mind, celebrated an offer he was certain would be made.

On the interview day, he got quite anxious. As his apprehension began to swallow him, he started his last minute preparations for the interview. By the time he arrived at the interview spot, he was distinctly nervous.

One lesson : Tej Kohli advises candidates to collect their thoughts before the interview and not on their way to one. Arriving to an interview bewildered leaves a negative impression on the recruiter and ruin your chances of cracking the interview and getting the offer.

The interviewer walked to the reception and introduced himself. She casually asked him if he had trouble finding the office. My friend, a candid talker that he is, confided that he is very bad at remembering the routes and since he was anxious he crossed the entrance a couple of times. The recruiter smiled politely and took him to the interview room. Realizing he messed up, he hesitantly followed her.

Another lesson : Tej Kohli says that whatever you say or do during an interview is scrutinized right from the moment you enter, to the moment you exit. There is nothing casual about the interview and even a careless faux pass is seldom excused. Hence, think before replying.

On entering the interview room, my friend was taken aback to see a panel of interviewers. He was only used to with the one on one type of interviews. At the very onset, he realized that it wasn't going to be easy.

Yet another lesson : We cannot predict what's going to happen at interview. Neither does one know the broad range of topics that will be covered and the format types that may be presented. That's why its important to familiarize yourself with all interview set ups says Tej Kohli.

Since he was not ready for that, he tripped over his replies. Instead of focusing on what was pertinent, he provided information on irrelevant issues. He began to ramble and looked unfitting for the job.

Realizing her poor performance, he began to lose patience and failed to maintain eye contact. He began to fidget and all the confidence he felt for the position magically evaporated. As he saw the blank faced panelists, he withdrew from the interview mentally and seemed disinterested.

One more lesson : "Its not uncommon for interviewers to come across nervous candidates. But they will rarely forgive you of you fail to show a sincere interest in the interview," says Tej Kohli. Hiring decisions are primarily based on whether interviewer feels a connection with the interviewee. If you fail to establish a bond instantly, you chances of getting through are grim.


Anyways, after the interview my friend realized the questions he had been asked where not hard. It was only his nervousness that clouded his ability to communicate clearly and effectively.

Posted by Street Reporter at 6:10 AM EDT
Thursday, 12 May 2011
Some Laws of Life By Tej Kohli

Tej Kohli believes life is governed by certain laws, which we cannot break or escape. Here, Tej Kohli takes a humorous take on some the laws of life.

LAW OF QUEUE: If you change queues, the one you have left will start to move faster than the one you are in now.

LAW OF TELEPHONE: When you dial a wrong number, you never get an engaged one.

LAW OF MECHANICAL REPAIR : After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch.

LAW OF THE WORKSHOP: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

LAW OF THE ALIBI: If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the next morning you will have a flat tire.

BATH THEOREM: When the body is immersed in water, the telephone rings.

LAW OF ENCOUNTERS: The probability of meeting someone you know increases when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.

LAW OF THE RESULT: When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will!

LAW OF BIO MECHANICS: The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

THEATER RULE: People with the seats at the furthest from the aisle arrive last.

LAW OF COFFEE: As soon as you sit down for a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.

Tej Kohli is a management expert with more than 10 years of experience. He is an entrepreneur with his several ventures spanning the globe. Tej Kohli is an expert blog writer and likes sharing his work with his readers. For more tips on interview success, HR management tips and more, keep reading Tej Kohli blog.

Posted by Street Reporter at 2:51 AM EDT
Monday, 9 May 2011
Hiring the best candidate, think again? by Tej Kohli

Tej Kohli is a management expert who writes useful articles on HR tips and policies.

One of the biggest mistakes that companies commit is hiring the 'best' candidate from their shortlist. As surprised as you may be, hiring the best candidate, the most qualified, the one with all the sought-for skills, the proven track record, the smartest and most outstanding candidate – almost always backfires.

You may say, wthat's the whole point of recruiting when don't hire the best. It is what the ultimate goal is. However, in their quest to find the best, some people hit the goldmine. But Tej Kohli likes best as much as the next candidate.

In a lot of companies hiring the best means hiring the smartest. Anyone who scores highest in their IQ test is ideal enough to be offered a position. For them , the best and the brightest denotes the same meaning. The outcomes of this policy include an alarming incidence of 'out' during the 'up or out' carrer cycle and a lot of senior executive time spent managing problematic prima donnas.

So, should they have hired the dopes?

Obviously no! But instead of recruiting the smartest, they should pick their candidates from a pool of the decidedly smart enough. While intelligence is important, companies should go for a candidate who fits the job perfectly. Settle for a candidate who have the competencies, preferences and capabilities the job demands, or at a level very close to what the job demands.

If you recruit someone who is overly qualified for the position, you risk having a bored, unsatisfied and frustrated employee.

This usually happens when the “best” candidate is hired.

A part of the problem arises from the sharp focus in today’s recruiting approaches, on the candidate. Tej Kohli says I often hear, “This applicant has an excellent pedigree”; or “I really like him, he came across as very polished in the interview”, or “The awards and honors she has won are very impressive.”

There are some people who are great candidates and some who are terrific employees or excellent performers. The correlation between the two, sadly, isn’t great.

Remember, its the quality of work that matters, not the quality of candidacy. Also, what matters is not the absolute level of a competency or skill, but the right level and fit of that competency or skill for a particular job.

There are different kinds of jobs in the market. Apparently,. The competencies required by a sales rep are not the same as those required by a software engineer.

Tej Kohli says he knows many people, who are really good at their job but weren’t very good at other jobs.

So, Tej Kohli advices you to go after high performance and not high quality. Try to get the best-matched future employee for your job, not the best-credentialed ones. You will notice a difference where it stands in performance.

Posted by Street Reporter at 6:00 AM EDT

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