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Some thoughts for young entrepreneurs

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Having some memories from my participations in interviews and interactions with bosses and with the help of the vast library of XAGE HR Consultancy from Vietnam which among recognized books contains MBA lecture notes here are some easy to understand and apply technique which can be helpful to the diverse public among which are some young entrepreneurs I am very excited to talk to.

When conducting an interview:

1. Walk the person to the door. Call the candidate by name. Calling people by name causes sympathy.

2. Bring a glass of water to the candidate or something else for drinking during the interview. When the candidate has a hard time answering a question point to the glass of water to give him some time to think on the question while drinking water and later ask a different question instead of waiting for his answer. This will cause comfort for the candidate and you will spot the areas where the candidate is not confident. Say you will test the candidate’s English speaking and ask in the conversation in English the questions you consider as most threatening to the candidate.

3. Open the interview with introduction sentences like “We are interested in finding out about you as an individual and we will give you information about our organization”. Acknowledge that you have something in common.

4. The candidate is supposed to speak about 80% of the interview. Feed back what you hear to the speaker, by way of re-stating or paraphrasing what you have heard in your own words, to confirm what you have heard and moreover, to confirm the understanding of both parties (a technique known as active listening). Do not take notes while he/she is speaking. Tell candidates that you will be taking notes before you begin writing. Assess the candidate’s personal qualities: leadership, problem-solving, communication, teamwork, and motivation.

5. Use “we” and “our” to address the company, e.g. “we have a policy here about …” and “our way is …”

6. When calling candidate references call them at their lunchtime when it is likely to reach an assistant or voice mail. Leave a simple message “Please call me back if the candidate was outstanding”. If the reference responds quickly they were considering the candidate as outstanding.

The Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) technique of Context reframing can be used for indirect transformation of a known bad impressions from the real perpetrator to someone else and consequentely to less negative impressions. Since there is no guarantee of not wrong doing at work and in case wrong doings can cause bad impression or even insult one or more employees, covert reframing of the experience is a good approach to handle the problem in its post-factum phase. Even in a job interview an HR can reframe a freshly formed bad impression by an incorrect question by repeating the letter with an underlined and more powerful bad attitude aiming to take the negative impression on himself/herself. When the problem is not a concrete issue but the attitude it can be simply repeated with something more desired by the victim of the bad attitude aiming to make the victim accept the attitude as something normal or at least not personally against him/her. Any event depends upon the “frame” in which we perceive it. When we change the frame, we change the meaning. This is called reframing: changing the frame in which a person perceives events in order to change the meaning. When the meaning changes, the person’s responses and behaviors also change.

Employees will not stay in a company neither for the pride in the organization, nor for being lead by a respected supervisor, but will look for a place where to be valued and a place with a financial security. Part of the compensantion is offering a role where the employee will gain experience. Younger employees, like me, will look for place to gain experience and will be thinking whether will be able to support a family with their work.

Young employees are attached to their work and feel bad if they need to revert it or if the work will not get in use.

How to spot a sincere smile: A natural smile produces characteristic wrinkles around the eyes – insincere people smile only with their mouth; A false smile often appears stronger on one side of the face than the other, as both sides of the brain attempt to make it appear genuine. The half of the brain’s cortex that specialises in facial expressions is in the right hemisphere and sends signals mainly to the left side of the body. As a result, false facial emotions are more pronounced on the left side of the face than the right. In a real smile, both brain hemispheres instruct each side of the face to act with symmetry.

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Written by garabedyan

November 24, 2012 at 14:31

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