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Ways to combat Stress

Nowadays, almost every other person is battling stress, regardless of age or income levels. Stress is amongst the biggest killers and is linked to many diseases including those related to the heart, immune system, digestive and hormonal functions and many more. The mind-body connection is more and more being acknowledged and a lot of research has gone into figuring how stress affects the functioning of our bodies. Though most times we cannot control the external factors that trigger stress, we surely can control our reaction towards the same. Here are some ways you can combat stress and lead a more fulfilling and happy life.

Live in the moment and practice mindfulness.  All great philosophers have advocated this seemingly simple but difficult to follow principle of living in the present and not ruing over the past or fretting about the future which is beyond our control. 

Instead of lighting up a ciggie and going for that one peg of your favourite hard drink, hit the stairs or go for a quick walk. It is a better way to channelise the excess nervous energy. In the bargain, you not just charge yourself and also get the necessary exercise.

Do not aim for comfort foods which give you a temporary rush due to refined carbohydrates and sugars, apart from adding those extra kilos. Chomp an apple or a banana instead.

Meditate and look inwards. The path to peace lies inside and not outside. Meditation has been proven to reduce blood pressure and improve the immune system and quell anxiety. It recharges your body and mind.

Do deep breathing as it helps lower cortisol - the hormone which is released in response to stress.

Follow a regular routine to bed and adhere to the same. Practising yog nidra helps relax muscles and slows down the heart rate and aids in getting better sleep. A well rested body harbours a stress free mind.

Do something new. Engaging in a  new hobby, learning to play an instrument or even simply changing your hair style helps to pump up the mood and boost one’s happiness quotient. Listen to music; it helps soothe the nerves.

Exercise. Exercising releases endorphins—which helps to sleep better and thus reduces stress.

Take a break. Even a short holiday helps break the chain of stress and diverts the mind.

Hang around with friends and do things together. Spending time with friends increases the sense of belonging. Having friends who exude positivity has an enriching impact.

Take up a social cause and volunteer. People who engage is giving others have an elevated sense of fulfillment and happiness. Like Mahatma Gandhi said “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Nurture a pet or take care of a stray animal. Being around animals and nurturing them not just makes us happy but also impacts our health positively and wipes out stress.

A little bit of stress is inevitable and can be managed with these tips. However, if things are getting out of control, it is best to consult a doctor and get the requisite treatment.

Winston Churchill once said “When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.”  Don’t be stressed about being stressed about stressful things which never existed or possibly will never ever exist. Life ultimately is mind over matter. If it is not in your mind, it will not matter.
Get Recruited Faster

Get Recruited Faster

It is a useful tool that offers career clarity and opens up new possibilities.

Love them or loathe them, in today’s competitive scenario, there is nothing more adequate than a psychometric test to understand one’s persona, mental make-up and skills. All it requires is to analyse the answers to a specific set of questions.

After completing their board exams, choosing the right subject for graduation can be an arduous task for students. Scientific and easy-to-use online assessment tools such as psychometric tests can be instrumental in helping them choose the right career at the right time. Students can get a personalised report based on their answers, which is then matched with the available career options, gradually charting the path to economic growth for the nation.

The right path

Measuring educational progress through examination results is passé and inadequate in today’s competitive scenario as these results are influenced by a wide range of factors. While it makes sense to pursue careers that play to a student’s specific abilities, exam results alone should not define their career choices. A psychometric test focuses on changing this traditional mindset of people and setting them on the career path that suits their personality. Focusing on the key aspects of an individual such as personality, interests, values and behavioural traits, these tests are successful in determining the inherent passion of students. They are based on the understanding that students can do wonders if they indulge in the work that comes naturally to them. The results of the tests highlight the weaker points of the candidates, so that they can gain knowledge and select careers that play to their strengths and needs. Candidates are also likely to gain the confidence to highlight their abilities at interviews.

Psychometric tests aim at providing better career and recruitment choices not just for students, but also for working professionals and corporate houses. Firms, as well as colleges, are embracing these cutting-edge assessment tools to support their hiring process. Education is one of the main pillars on which the economy of a country thrives. However, the real educational journey starts when students have to choose the subject of their choice, go for further studies and then choose a career line. This is when psychometric tests come into play, guiding students and early professionals between 15 and 30 years of age and assisting them in optimal career planning. They offer career clarity during school and college days and through initial jobs taking into account candidate’s interests and personality. This ensures appropriate hiring for organisations and long-term sustainability in the chosen career path for individuals.

Changing requirements

Psychometrics is considered a sophisticated tool that almost all recruiters favour over the traditional interview, reference and CV method, owing to its accurate indication of how a candidate will actually perform at work. For an HR of any corporate house or a start-up, the biggest challenge today is hiring the right people. Attracting good talent is not considered enough anymore. A prospective candidate must be pronounced as a ‘good hire’ and needs to be the perfect fit. This test makes sure that the recruiters do not end up paying a heavy price for quick, wrong hires.

Recruitment is expected to evolve from a fragmented ecosystem to players implementing ways to work closely with their clients’ requirements. In a positive move, recruitment companies are likely to give up sourcing appropriate candidates to acquiring the right ones by using psychometric tests to shortlist prospective candidates. As this industry is growing at a breakneck speed, start-ups and big corporate companies are now deploying techniques like multi-level assessments, psychometric tests and roping in external partners to make sure they assess potential employees accurately and appoint the right candidate for the required post.

We all make assumptions about our abilities, and one may not completely trust someone else’s judgment with regard to choosing one’s next career or being adjudged on being a perfect fit in an organisation, exclusively on the basis of this online test. However, it is a useful persuasive tool for checking out that career move. Even if you have no idea what you’d like to do, it’s a fun way of getting at a few insights you might never have thought of by yourself. It can throw up unexpected results that open up new career possibilities.

The writer is Chief Operating Officer, - Source The Hindu.
Wipro Interview Tips

Wipro Interview Tips


Making the Right Impression in Your Interview  

Do you find that the jobs that you want are constantly eluding you? Do you feel that you have all what it takes but somehow nothing happens after that first interview? The truth is that you might be entirely capable of the job, but if you are not well-prepared for a killer interview, you might as well not have the qualifications at all! There are plenty of people who get passed over for the jobs that they deserve simply because they do not interview well.

The first thing that you need to consider when you are looking at giving an amazing interview is research. Besides knowing your stuff, it is important to know about the company in detail. Take time to understand their domain, their challenges, strengths, growth patterns over the past couple of years and so on. It means a lot to the interviewer if they don’t have to spend time taking you through an overview of their business. And if you’re able to come up with a suggestion on what you can bring to the table and how you can help with their challenges, it will go a long way.

Do you trust someone with shifty eyes? Always remember to take a moment and make eye contact with your interviewer(s) as soon as you step into the room. Do not ignore anyone when you are looking at getting a panel interview. Make sure that everyone has copies of your resume and let them know that there are more available. A confident (not cheeky!) smile and a willingness to say hello gives the impression that you’re not nervous and believe in you.

Be confident and sure about your abilities, but don’t forget to be respectful of your interviewers. They have achieved a lot in their professional lives and might hold very senior positions in the organization. You may know more about the latest tech trends, but they have deep business experience. Respect them and don’t get into arguments.

Memorize the names of the people interviewing you and their job roles (remember to ask who they are when offered an interview) to help you remember who they are during the interview. Also make sure that you know your CV/resume and a description of the post you’re interviewing for really well. Make a list of expected questions and your answers to them, as well as questions you could ask. Intelligent questions never fail to impress the interviewer.

Practice your answers to questions aloud and rehearse the interview with a friend. Ask your friends to check for any pet phrases (such as "you know", "actually", "I mean"…) or annoying habits (playing with your hair, fiddling with a pen, shaking your leg and so on). Practice without these habits and pet phrases.

Different people belong to different cultures and religions. Regardless of the interviewer’s opinions, never pass comments that either praise or belittle any community, culture or religion. You will come out as someone who is intolerant and incapable of working in environments of mixed cultures. Similarly, it’s important to respect the values of the organization and culture you are applying to work within. All of this is important to research and understand prior to an interview.

Remember to look at the dress code that the company puts out. Dressing smartly is important, and you should remember to look polished and professional. Take some time to dress and make a good impression. Below are the basics of appropriate professional dress for a job interview:


Regular formal shirts, preferably in solids (no stripes or checks)
Coordinated and sober/conservative colors
Ties in India are not a practice
Belt should be the same color as your shoes. If wearing black or navy blue trousers, wear a black belt, black shoes, and black or navy blue socks
A watch and/or one ring can be appropriate
Formal shoes should be polished and in good condition
Ensure that your clothes fit you well
Undergarments should not be visible
Clothing should not be transparent or form fitting


Formal shirt or blouse with formal trousers/slacks
Indian formal wear (salwar kameez/sarees) is fine but should be sober
If you are wearing a skirt it should be knee-length or longer
Jewelry should be minimal and subtle
Neckline should be conservative and not low
Shoes should be a dark color (black, brown, navy), closed-toe, with a low or flat heel
Undergarments should not be visible
Clothing should not be transparent, nor form fitting
Handbags should be well-kept, moderate in size, neat in appearance

In case of a telephonic interview, you have the advantage of not being seen. On the flipside, you can use only your voice to make an impression. Give the most appropriate contact number which may or may not be your mobile number. Make sure you are in the right environment during the interview. Take the call in a quiet room with no ­distractions. Don’t smoke, eat or chew gum while being interviewed. Don’t fit in the interview call in a packed schedule. You can’t cut short the call if you have another appointment. In a call, it can be tempting to talk about what you want to talk about, rather than what the interviewer has asked. Keep your answers concise, relevant and informative. Don’t feel the need to go into every tiny detail. Smiling during the interview helps keep your tone friendly.

Quick Tips

Be on time.
Make sure you have the HR/recruitment team member’s contact number handy.
Carry extra copies of your CV/resume.
Give a firm handshake.
Be enthusiastic about yourself, the job and the company.
Be positive and confident. Remember you are selling yourself.
Be honest.
Speak slowly and clearly, and project your voice.
Take time to think about an answer before giving it. Use phrases such as 'that's an interesting question' to buy some time
Never say anything negative about previous employers.
Make eye contact.
Control your body language.
Follow-up afterwards to check on the status. Solicit feedback in case you don’t get the job.

-Chief Administrative Officer.
EMC Corporation Interview Guide

EMC Corporation Interview Guide


Interview Guide and Keys to Success

EMC hires the best. We are very proud of our talented and dedicated workforce and believe they are our competitive edge. For this reason, we are very selective in our hiring process. When we meet with applicants, our discussions focus on discovering the skills, traits, and behaviors that tell us who you are and how well you'll fit into our work environment. Be prepared to answer questions about your course work, projects, and work experience—especially to demonstrate your problem-solving skills, initiative, and adaptability.

Tips for getting and acing your interview

Update your resume with your most recent work or student project experience. We want to see your ambition in action.

Do your homework on EMC and jot down some questions to ask during an interview/meeting.

Network, network, network. Ask your professors and career counselors about EMC and who they know, who has interned here, etc.

Attributes we look for and sample questions


Explain how you recently anticipated a problem before it occurred.

Cite an instance in which you had to solve a problem with little guidance or direction.

Describe a time when you put the needs of a group before your own when completing a task.

Recount a situation in which you had difficulties working with someone on a project. What did you do to improve the relationship?


Describe a difficult or complex project where you provided realistic time frames for task completion and regularly updated management on progress.

What goals do you have for your career? How do you plan to achieve those goals?

Cite an instance when a group you were leading failed or did not meet expectations. How did you take responsibility?

Provide an example of when you had two projects competing for your time. How did you prioritize? Were you able to keep your commitment to both projects?


Recall a time when you sought ways to create and improve the way in which work gets done.

When assigned a project, how do you approach it? Do you seek to merely meet the objectives, or do you make it your goal to go above and beyond? Give an example.

Describe a situation from which you learned quickly and overcame adversity or failure. Give an example of a time when the rules or structure of a project changed at the last minute. How did you react?


Cite an example of a situation where you admitted making a mistake. How did you approach the situation and what was the response?

Recount an instance when your integrity was tested (i.e., keeping a promise or confidence, being truthful).

Sense of urgency

Describe an instance when you had to anticipate obstacles in your action plan. What contingency plans did you prepare? What was the result?

Recount a situation when you faced demanding deadlines. What steps did you take to ensure that you achieved your goals by the deadline?


Provide an example of when you had to tailor a presentation or message for a certain group of people.

Describe a situation in which you successfully communicated with a difficult person.
Driving change

Give an example of a situation in which you recognized the need for change. How did you adapt your style to obtain results?

Recount a situation in which you constructively challenged an established procedure or way of doing things.

-Chief Administrative Officer.
Microsoft Interview

Microsoft Interview


Interview tips by Microsoft Inc.


Get an idea of what to expect and how to prepare for an interview at Microsoft.

You'll meet your potential co-workers, mentors, and managers.

This could be from multiple product groups based on the interests you shared in your resume submission and during your initial interview.

We’ll ask questions to help us get to know you.

The specific questions we ask will depend on the position you’re applying for, but all our questions are intended to help us see your capabilities and potential to grow. Generally, we look for a strong desire to learn, high intelligence, a passion for technology, willingness to work hard, rock-solid skills, an entrepreneurial spirit, and of course, a desire to be the best!

You'll have a chance to look around.

We'll make sure you have time to see the campus and surrounding community to get a feel for the area that may soon become your home.

Come well-rested.

You’ll typically meet for up to an hour each with three to six people during your interviews, and it’s important to be alert and mentally prepared.

Dress comfortably.

Chances are, your interviewer will be wearing the attire in which he or she feels most comfortable working. For suggestions on appropriate dress for your interview, check with your recruiter.

Relax and be yourself.

Genuine enthusiasm and a positive attitude can help you make a good impression.

Be honest.

Speak honestly and accurately about your experience and qualifications. Keep in mind, exaggeration or embellishing is a form of dishonesty.

Do your research.

The most successful candidate have more than a surface understanding of our company and businesses, industry trends, the position for which they are interviewing, the product(s) they’d be working on, and the market for those products.

Ask questions.

Thoughtful questions demonstrate your level of understanding, your interest, and your passions, so don't hold back.

Show your thinking.

Be prepared to verbalize how you came up with the answer or solution to a technical issue, design question, or problem-solving puzzle. We're interested in more than just your answers—we want to know how your mind works, how you come up with solutions, and whether you can clearly explain your thinking process.

Demonstrate your knowledge of the field.

For example, if you’re interviewing for a core technical position—Software Development Engineer (SDE), Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET), or Program Manager (PM):

During your interview, we’ll ask you to write code. We love to ask questions related to linked lists, arrays, pointers, and such.

If you’re applying for an SDET position, we'll want to know how you’d build an application and then break it through testing. So expect some questions about how you'd go about testing various software designs.

Great PMs have a strong customer focus, creativity, and design skills. Be prepared to answer questions to illustrate yours, such as: What constitutes good design? What technical issues are involved? How would you make sure a design reflects customer needs? How would you improve on an existing design?

Get to know us.

Remember, your interview is an opportunity for you to get to know us, and for us to get to know you. Relax. Ask questions. Listen. Learn. This could be the beginning of a remarkable journey. Good luck!

What is the Microsoft interview process like?

Our interview process typically begins with a phone screen from one of our recruiters. This is sometimes followed by a conversation with a member of the hiring team (we call this a tech screen). The phone screen tends to focus on your experience and interests, while the tech screen is often more technical or skills-based.

Following your phone and tech screens, you may be invited for final interviews either at Microsoft or at a location near you. During these interviews—which last about 45 minutes each—you’ll typically meet one-on-one with three to six interviewers, who might be peers or managers, over the course of a day. We like to reach a decision on applicants within five businesses days, but your recruiter will let you know more specifically when you can expect to hear the result.

The interview process differs slightly for college students since we often conduct on-campus interviews.

What is you’re acceptance rate?

We typically interview three to five finalists per position. Many groups conduct an electronic-screen or phone interview to get to our final list.
-Chief Administrative Officer.