Know yourself to be confident at workplace

It is said that the first five minutes of an interview are very crucial because interviewers tend to draw a first impression of the candidate. But many a times, candidates stumble over the very first question. Can you tell me a little about yourself? And lose their confidence. Interviewers, usually ask this question to break the ice since the answer is obvious and easily known to the candidate.

Also it tests the verbal communication skills, level of confidence and articulation skills of the candidate while answering most people give details about their education, job experience, interest, family background etc. But experts opine that a person dose not have to give out the same information, already systematically mentioned in the CV. The interviewer expects to know from the candidate things that aren’t reflected in the resume.

The answer should be in alignment with a person’s career objectives. He/She should not respond to it with comments about his/her hobbies, spouse or extracurricular activities. The answer must reflect a person’s strengths, leadership skills, willingness to learn etc. Meanwhile care has to be taken to make sure that the reply is not pompous and elaborate. A candidate must write ideal answer to this question and practice it well before attending an interview to make it sound perfect. Include only those points in the response around which the candidate can expect the next set of questions. A well thought answer puts the candidate in a positive light and enhances his/her confidence for the rest of the interview. Start with a brief introduction; talk about skills that are relevant to the position applied for. Demonstrate how your experience and skills are transferable to the position available. You might not find the answer to this question in any reference manual for it’s only you who knows the answer to this.

Getting selected for the job, joining the organization you may start the regular work. Being newly joined the boss may call you for different purposes like explaining the organization culture, discuss and assess your ability in understanding the work and so on. Not to mention, the possibilities arising out of this are immense and interesting to say the least.

Being called by your boss for a one-on-one meeting without information of what the agenda is likely to be, your colleague being looked upon as a better value provider, shifting of responsibility from one’s hand to someone else or even getting a phone call from your boss at unearthly hours. Does this skip your heartbeat? With the Losing Jobs buzz going around in the air, people often become prey to fear psychosis at the workplace.

The recent slump in the job market has led to employees feeling insecure about their jobs. It is important for them to understand that. ‘The boss wants to see you’ need not be the trailer to the pink slip. On the contrary, there might be some good news coming their way.

It is true that many employees do fear the idea of being called by their bosses but this is usually in case of employees who have recently come on board. The initial hiccup is a very common thing amongst everybody, but after being called by the boss in the cabin every now and then, employees get accustomed to the same and know what to expect for such visits.

It is not true that employees dread going to their boss’s cabin. Employees who are not updated with their job responsibility are the most hesitant to visit their boss, whereas the ones who know their job well are confident to face the boss.

In the current scenario where many organizations are taking drastic steps, every employee has started thinking negatively.
Reaction to such situations is varied depending upon individuals personalities. Some employees give way to negativity which results in them going into a shell while others take these situations as a challenge and thrive to better themselves and become valuable assets to the company.

While the fear of a sudden call from the boss is creeping into the minds of many employees, organizations are making sure they don’t let them feel bogged down by this. Immediate supervisors should concentrate on building confidence across levels and encourage employees to focus on the job at hand. It is also better for employees to know the facts from the organization first rather than other people.

Entering the boss’s room is like entering any other place. So the next time you know your boss calls out for you or if you see his/her name flashing on your mobile screen, don’t fret! It could be something else or who knows you might just be pat on the back away.