Monthly Archives: July 2010


Sometimes who are well known to me or who have been referred by candidates/clients who are known to me call up regarding job openings. Its not always possible to have a position suiting to their background. So I try to … Continue reading

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A sad state

Sometimes I wonder if this excessive dependence on intellectual pursuits might have been the bane for India. Amartya Sen Calls us an argumentative lot – we think, we debate issues to the bare bones – we are great debaters – which is good. But, at the end of it all if we don’t come to a decision – what use all the debates? Continue reading

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Communication Breakdown

A big factor in communication break down is our desire to avoid confrontation. Ironical that the very thing that we try to avoid using this strategy creates a much bigger situation – which invariably ends up doing greater damage.

But, how does one confront an employee with news of consistent bad performance.
Especially if the employee has given good performance at an earlier time. These are situations one wishes not to face. Continue reading

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Get your Attitude tuned

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="398" caption="Getting it Tuned "]Engine Tuning [/caption]You are a fresh graduate having no relevant experience in your field of study and land a job in a good company. The company asks you to sign an agreement for 2 years. What do you do?

Sign it.

Thats what you do. As a fresh Arts/science or commerce graduate you don’t have many options in your field. There are’nt many firms which take Fresh BComs or BSc’s. If you intend to join a BPO fine. Thats a different story.

But to grow in your field after graduation is an opportunity that cant be missed and one which is rare.

So, what do you loose by signing an agreement? The ability to jump jobs after a year. Well , if that is what you are looking for … In a year how much experience will you gain. Mostly the first year is spent in adjusting to corporate behavior.

Infact your contribution to the company really only starts after atleast 9months to a year. So the company which has effectively invested so much in you has a right to demand your loyalty for one more year after your learning period. Continue reading

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To be honest – The MBA was a joke – except for the friends I made – but it helped in getting a job in an entirely different industry – telecom. It was a growth sector in the 90’s and I really wanted to hang in there. But, that was not meant to be. Landed in recruiting. And, in this most unknown of career options – atleast during the time I took it up it seemed I found my calling. It had just the right mix of variety and challenges to keep me fully engaged. Continue reading

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The Right Impression – Hands

To start with don’t flail your arms all over the place.Its a major distraction and its just not done. Even I have this habit. Continue reading

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The right impression – Posture

There is enough literature about etiquette, online, to fill a few hundred hard-drives. But, this topic it is so amorphous and in-spite of the available literature mostly overlooked or not given enough importance. Continue reading

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Interview: Dolphin and the Monkey

Well, you just excuse yourself and say you do not know the answer. Simple. You are not expected to come up with excuses for your not having the relevant info. Its time to move on to the next question. And, hope for the Best. Because if you are good enough for the job – one piece of oversight will not mar your chances.

But, what would scuttle your advantage is some bold off the cuff guess work. You think everything is going on well why not take the chance. But, that could spell the doom -atleast as far as that interview is concerned. Continue reading

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Interview – Having Multiple Irons

Interview is essentially a meeting of people in a business setting. So most the factors that play during a social interaction also have an important part here.

Focusing on the content, which is, what questions to expect etc is important, but, doing so to the exclusion of everything else is likely to backfire. Continue reading

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Standing out from the Crowd

The first question is simple and involves getting in-depth with the Job description. There‘s no other way. If you happen to know someone in the company a friend or a friends friend use that contact to get some more details about the job. We all know what is written in Job Ad can convey only 50-60 % of what is required. These other inputs can turn out be very useful. You could even pick the brains of your friendly neighborhood Recruiter . Continue reading

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