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It’s All in the Mind: 3 Long- term Confidence Boosters to Equip you for that Interview

25 May

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Having fits of nervousness is something all too familiar to us. Be it getting up on stage to talk to a crowd of people or just walking into the interview hall with the HR head staring at you from the other end of the room. Even seasoned public speakers still have their shaky moments right before a big speech.

Where does this lack of confidence come from?

We are born of confidence. Remember when you were a kid, you couldn’t care less if you dance around in your underwear or belt out a Whitney Houston song even if you were completely out of tune. When we were younger, we are not plagued by previous mistakes or reminded of our past failures.

As we grow older, we carry this bag of second-guessing. We gain doubts as we progress. This in return, could have fatal repercussions to us, especially when subjected to high-pressure situations such as a job interview.

Other than the demands we set for ourselves, another factor that contributes to self-doubt is the phenomenon called Fresh Graduate Anxiety. Feeling incompetent, fresh graduates tend to sell themselves short in hopes to make up for their lack of experience and skills. Humility is a great trait; however the excess of it gives off a negative impression on the interviewee.

The 4-minute Window

It takes 7 seconds to make a first impression. For an interviewer to make a final decision about the applicant, four minutes. You might wonder how can it be possible for them to decide in that short span of time? Remember, your resume already did the its job of giving them a snippet of you—your employment background, affiliations, skills and even your hobbies.

In an interview, they are no longer interested in hearing that. Their evaluation will now rely on how you carry yourself, how you speak and look, the way you greeted the interviewer. All these point back to your level of self-confidence.

Lucky for you, self-confidence can be grown from trees. Here’s how:

“I am the best but I am not” paradox

We may rely on cues from the society to validate ourselves. We look from others to establish who we are and appraise our achievements. As cliché as it may sound, no one can tell that you’re not good enough except yourself.

Try this exercise, every morning right after you wake up, tell yourself that you are the best. You may feel a little weird at first, but this repetitive action will soon diminish your doubts and lead you to believe that, yes, I am good enough and no one dictate what I can and cannot do.

But just like any other things, this must be done in balance. This is where the paradox comes in—you are good, you are fit for the job, but you are not perfect.

This can be applied not only in job interviews but on your perception in life: you can never be the best if you are not constantly learning and changing yourself. Remember the Buddhist teaching, “You cannot fill a cup that is already full”. So while you fill yourself up with confidence, leave a hole at the bottom to drain out mistakes, and make space for new ideas.

Know the “Power Pose”

The basic premise of the power pose is that the more space you take in, the more “powerful” the posture is. An example of this may be raising your elbows, fists clenched behind your head and your legs resting on top of a desk; another would be standing up, feet astride with your hands on your hips.

This may look very rude and intimidating to others, but studies show that in effect, the “power pose” increases testosterone levels—a hormone linked to power and dominance; and cortisol, the hormone that controls our stress levels. Another study by Amy Cuddy and her colleagues from Harvard Business School claimed that students who spent time, two minutes to be exact, in power pose before an interview performed better and gave striking speeches.

Action Speaks Louder than Words

If someone talks to you and cannot look straight into your eyes, or is constantly fiddling with something, wouldn’t you feel a little suspicious? He might be hiding something, or worse, lying about it. Now let us reverse the roles, you walk in with your shoulders slouched, chin tucked in and arms around your body—what would the interviewers think?

The interview does not begin the moment you shake hands with your interviewer, it starts soon as you walk in. The way you walk, carry yourself in an air of confidence, your smile, where and how your eyes are fixated—they all say a lot more about yourself than you can put into words.

People also tend to forget that during an interview, it is humans they are talking to and not robots. Be it a phone, video call, or a personal interview, there is a human on the other side and with this, connecting with them goes a long way.

You are engaging in a conversation thus you should also make them feel that you are interested. Crossing your arms or legs is a closed body language that shows disinterest. Instead, you could lean forward, angle your torso towards the person and maintain direct eye contact. Nodding and tilting your head is also a nonverbal way of participating.

You are the Primary cause of everything. British psychologist, Richard Wiseman calls this the “As If” principle —if you act as if you were calm, confident and happy then it’s likely that you will actually start to feel calm, confident and happy.

The mind is much more powerful than we perceive. More than it controls our actions, it can alter our mood, perception of ourselves and our ability to do things. It then turns into a vicious cycle: our body language affects our body chemistry which then affects how we carry ourselves, our level of comfort and confidence.

In the end, it all boils down on how you see yourself. If you think you’re small and incompetent, your body and the people around you will pick up on that and believe it, however if you think you are capable then you will be.

Quoting Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Men and women are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own mind.”

So how do gain confidence? Easy, start believing that you already are.

Now that you’re ready for your job interview,
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job openings at Infor Manila.

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Social Media and Research Analysts

27 Oct

DMAI — Decision Making, Analytics and Intelligence, is working with a leading online live auction marketplace and it is looking for Social Media and Research Analysts. This role involves reviewing lot inventory for upcoming online auctions and classifying works of art, objects and other items up for sale.  Qualified applicants should have some relevant experience and an excellent attention to detail. A flexible work schedule is available.

For information about the roles and responsibilities, and details about the job requirements, please visit the DMAI blog.

Image by renjith krishnan via freedigitalphotos.net.

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Web Application Developers

26 May

The company: GoAutoDial Inc. is an information technology company that markets and sells various call center products and services to the local and global business community needing IP-based telephony solutions for voice-based customer contact operations.

Job requirement: The company is looking for a full-time developer that will report to their Mandaluyong City branch office in the Philippines. This is a night-shift schedule, nine hours per day between 9:00pm and 9:00am in a five-day work week between Mondays and Fridays (except holidays).

Work site: The company’s work area style and atmosphere in its production center in Mandaluyong City is very casual. It has most of the amenities a typical home would consider, to entice the creative minds of its development team to produce awesome code. Management style in the company is informal and open-door. Camaraderie is casual and very Filipino.

Skill requirements: The applicant must have basic hands-on knowledge and experience in the following:

  • Linux
  • Apache
  • MySQL
  • PHP (LAMP)

The following work experience is considered an advantage:

  • AJAX/Jquery
  • Codeigniter Framework
  • Perl
  • Python
  • Asterisk
  • Freeswitch
  • Vicidial/GoAutoDial
  • Android and iOS apps development knowledge is a plus
  • At least two (2) years of hands-on experience
  • Preferably male

If you believe you fit all of the above skill and experience requirement, please submit your detailed CV/resume with your complete contact information to:

If you meet the GoAutoDial”s qualification, its human resources representative will contact you to report for interview and exam.

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Master Data Manager – Philippines

6 Mar

Job Code: 91373

The Client is a Research and Development Company located in the Cebu Business Park, Cebu City, Philippines.

Qualifications: Must be a college graduate / 2+ years Previous Management Experience, preferably in supply chain or technical role / Has strong people and English communications skills / Ability to work in a team environment with globally dispersed operations / Very process oriented with ability to evaluate processes and develop on-going improvement plans / Ability to develop and publish project status reports, update work schedules, and open issue status reports / Experience working in an ERP environment a plus / Willing and able to work US or Europe business hours as necessary.

Job Description: Overall Management responsibility for a team of analysts responsible for creating and analyzing master data / Master data are those data elements that are managed centrally and then shared across applications to ensure consistency / This provides the company a complete view across geos, divisions, and business organizations in an effort to gain better business intelligence and make informed business decisions.

Please send your Word-formatted CV/resume to jobsbyraffy@pekson.com. Kindly specify JOB CODE: 91373. Your intent to apply and any documents we receive from you will be kept in the strictest confidence and will never be shared or sent to anyone except our clients which we have a contract and obligation to provide recruitment services, including sending documents pertaining to credentials and qualification. If you do not agree to this condition, we cannot process your intent to apply.

IT Manager – Philippines

6 Mar

Job Code: 71665

The Client is a Multinational Manufacturing Company located in Parañaque City, Philippines.

Qualifications: University degree in Computer Science, Engineering or related area / Minimum of 8 years experience in SAP and Cognos space, with at least 5 years in BW/ Cognos Architecture, Senior Developer role / Excellent knowledge of BI and Data Warehouse principles, methodologies and tolls in SAP, Cognos and non-SAP space / Excellent knowledge of SAP BW and Cognos data modeling, objects’ architecture for back and front ends / Experience with SAP Portals is a must / Working knowledge of ABAP is a must / Expertise and business process understanding in one or several of SAP FI/CO, SD, MM, PM, QM, WM is required. Assigned in Alabang Office.

Job Description: Lead IT and project teams and acts as mentor to the developed team, ensuring BI architectural standards are followed and best practices leveraged, leading to the implementation of scalable BI solutions viable beyond project lifecycle / Support the development of the regional BI strategic roadmap and build strong collaboration platforms with key business partners and vendors to enable roadmap implementation.

Please send your Word-formatted CV/resume to jobsbyraffy@pekson.com. Kindly specify JOB CODE: 71665. Your intent to apply and any documents we receive from you will be kept in the strictest confidence and will never be shared or sent to anyone except our clients which we have a contract and obligation to provide recruitment services, including sending documents pertaining to credentials and qualification. If you do not agree to this condition, we cannot process your intent to apply.