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Phone Interviews

Phone Interviews

Phone interviews are efficient time savers for both the candidate and the employer.

Initially considered a screening round for the benefit of the employer, a phone interview also helps the candidate weed out any potential deal-breakers before investing time, money, energy and resources to give a personal face-to-face interview (wherever that is happening).




Phone Interviews: A Level Playing Field

In-person interviews tend to focus less on the skills and experience, and more on who is more cordial or great to talk to. It does help build rapport in some cases, but also promotes an invisible bias towards the candidate’s race, gender, class and other factors unrelated to the job performance.

Phone Interviews level the playing field and let both the parties focus on the essential.



Building Rapport During Phone Interviews

A phone interview can also be used to build rapport, but instead of small talk, one can build up on the conversation, avoiding stiff, rehearsed responses to whatever the employer is asking.

If the conversation is genuine, one can easily connect with the employer on a human level.



Phone Interviews: They Can Hear You Smile

As one is not physically present, the facial expressions and visual cues are absent in a phone interview, making the tone of your voice (apart from your content, of course) matter a lot.

An upbeat, warm and engaged tone is desirable, and it is a well-known fact that a smile is heard on the other side, as it changes the texture of your voice.



A Phone Interview Is A Real Interview

Keep in mind that the employer is making a decision based on what you say or not say in your call.

They can throw curveball questions to test your presence of mind or patience, and it is better to be prepared, than to just assume that the interaction is going to be a five-minute introduction.



Keep Notes In Front Of You During Phone Interviews

A telephonic interview provides us with an opportunity to prepare and keep with us key points and important notes so that any factual information or key detail is not left out in the flow of the conversation.

We can easily refer to them, provided we are not fumbling or shuffling papers. This is an added benefit of a phone interview which is not available in-person.



Phone Interviews: Asking Your Questions

One can benefit from a phone interview by asking relevant questions of your own to figure out if this is the right profile for you.

It is always better to see an interview as an opportunity for you, rather than just showcasing your skills and hoping for a judgement from the employer. Your critical thinking skills and even your smart negotiation tactics are noted by the hiring managers, helping you become shortlisted.




Feeling Guilty For Shopping

Feeling Guilty For Shopping

As shopping for non-essentials becomes a luxury, our old habits of ordering whatever we want, whenever we feel like ordering, is now making many of us feel guilty.
Brands are eager to restart th...

Before We Click Buy

There are now many things to consider before ordering something:

  • Should we add to the burden of the ‘essential workers’ already toiling hard?
  • Shouldn’t we save the money for the uncertain future?
  • Shouldn’t we give it to a homeless charity, to those less fortunate in these troubled times?
  • Is ordering safe?

Shop Small

This seems to be the new mantra among the responsible people who are worried about themselves and their families. Large supply chains have a greater chance of transmitting diseases. Small shops also need our business to survive this catastrophe.

These small shops are also trying very hard to follow all CDC recommendations regarding protective gear and social distancing.

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Podcasting: The origins

Podcasting: The origins

The origin of the word ‘podcast’ was in a 2004 column in The Guardian by Ben Hammersley.

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Audio Blogs

Essentially audio blogs, taking advantage of the freedom of speech, early podcasts were chatty, amateur products, until some heavyweights joined the bandwagon, like MTV VJs, journalists and talk-radio personalities.

This was fueled by the fact that the old public radio medium had certain creative limitations along with rules and regulations that were not a problem in the world of podcasting.

Experiments in broadcasting

  • Podcasting started evolving with certain progressive companies like Stitcher along with early sponsors playing to a crude, uneven audience.
  • Podcasting kept growing slowly, even during the 2008/09 recession, which was ironically a creative peak for the medium.
  • Many new shows launched and things eventually reached a plateau in 2010/11.

Introversion is not defined by what it is not

Introversion is not defined by what it is not

Academics often define introversion by what it is not: extroversion. What everyday introverts think about introversion is not really factored in.

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Four types of introverts

Introverts tend to turn inward rather than outward, but beyond that, it is more complex. There are four types of introverts:

  • Social. The preference for solitude or socializing with small groups instead of large ones. It is not the same as shyness.
  • Thinking introversion. They don't share the aversion to social events. They do tend to be introspective, thoughtful, and self-reflective.
  • Anxious introverts seek solitude because they feel awkward or self-conscious. They tend to ruminate on the things that might or could go terribly wrong.
  • Restrained or reserved introverts prefer to think before they speak or act. They might take a while to get going.

Many introverts are a mix of all four types.