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Hi

I am looking for a change and i have gone through 5-6 interview.

I have cleared technical round in almost all, but when manager round comes, i really dont find any good answer for these funny question

1 What is your strength
2. what is your weakness
3. tell me about your skill, which you need improvement
4. why are you looking for change
5. how your manager will explain about you

etc etc

One HR told me-> your communication skill is not good.

I am really frustrated and depressed.
Can anyone help me to cope-up with these type of question and tips to improve communication and presentation skill

waiting for response
 
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Hi Gunjan,
My suggestion is try to speak in english as much as possible.Refer some communication skills books.I dont know any of them but i will try to find out and let you know.Take it as a challenge.You will surely get a job and the HR will say that you have got the best communication skills.So, move ahead and improve your communication skills.All the best .

"Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough".
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Regards,
Nik
[ September 04, 2007: Message edited by: Nik Arora ]
 
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These are fairly common questions, alas. I've seen one or two articles published on how to answer them, so perhaps you can Google for the recommended responses.

As far as communications go, your posting, while too short to draw absolute conclusions from, seems to indicate that you're capable of doing at least as well as some native English speakers. Though I would caution you that the English pronoun "I" is always capitalized, unlike the other pronouns (assuming you're not referring to deities, anyway). And whatever you do, avoid the "SMS" trap (u, ur). It's not nearly as clever to use misspelled words as the people who do think it is.

So the question is "what kind of communications skills do you need to improve?" Written? Verbal? both? And what flavor? Business, technical, or conversational? The answers to these questions will help you focus on the issues that seem to be holding you back.

I need to point out that while there are some minor problems with word usage and syntactical nuances in your posting, there's a significant difference between being grammatically correct and good communications. Grammatical issues can annoy and distract the person doing the reading, but if the message fails to be understood, even the most flawless spelling, punctuation and grammar won't help. At least, unless you're being considered as a technical writer or something like that.
 
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I don't think grammatical imprecision or inability to convey what you intend to say is your problem.It appears from your post that repetitively failing to articulate convincing answers to those 'funny' questions typically asked in any ,in your words,'manager round' is the real problem you are facing.

Before facing the next interview ,I'd suggest that you do some introspection and reflect on these questions.Jot down your thoughts as bullet points and try to formulate an answer to each of these questions.Believe me, it's not as difficult as it sounds.Then ask yourself if those answers truly describe you or at least whether you can convincingly convey the same to your interviewer.If not,do some more brainstorming and you would certainly come up with some better answers.

Last but not least, don't dismiss these questions as 'funny' or redundant. They are equally important evaluators of a complete professional.How can somebody hire you without being convinced on your self-awareness? Hard skills are just a part of the package that you need to market in the job world.

Hope that helps

[ September 04, 2007: Message edited by: san ban ]
[ September 04, 2007: Message edited by: san ban ]
 
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Q 80:What are your strengths and weaknesses? Can you describe a situation where you took initiative? Can you describe a situation where you applied your problem solving skills? FAQ
A 80:[Hint]

Strengths:

Taking initiatives and being pro-active: You can illustrate how you took initiative to fix a transactional issue, a performance problem or a memory leak problem.

Design skills: You can illustrate how you designed a particular application using OO concepts.

Problem solving skills: Explain how you will break a complex problem into more manageable sub-sections and then apply brain storming and analytical skills to solve the complex problem. Illustrate how you went about identifying a scalability issue or a memory leak problem.

Communication skills: Illustrate that you can communicate effectively with all the team members, business analysts, users, testers, stake holders etc.

Ability to work in a team environment as well as independently: Illustrate that you are technically sound to work independently as well as have the interpersonal skills to fit into any team environment.

Hard working, honest, and conscientious etc are the adjectives to describe you.

Weaknesses:

Select a trait and come up with a solution to overcome your weakness. Stay away from personal qualities and concentrate more on professional traits for example:

I pride myself on being an attention to detail guy but sometimes miss small details. So I am working on applying the 80/20 principle to manage time and details. Spend 80% of my effort and time on 20% of the tasks, which are critical and important to the task at hand.

Some times when there is a technical issue or a problem I tend to work continuously until I fix it without having a break. But what I have noticed and am trying to practice is that taking a break away from the problem and thinking outside the square will assist you in identifying the root cause of the problem sooner.


These behavioural questions are Situation Action Results. Google for "Situation Action Results interview"

More of tese Q&A can be found at http://www.lulu.com/java-success
 
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Hi All,

Thanks to all of you.

I will try my best to get the result
 
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Gunjan

There are no standard answers for those questions. If you do a google search, you should get some answers that people have posted. There are some interesting articles on how to answer those.

First Exercise
The best thing probably is to think about yourself for an hour, put down your strengths and weaknesses, the occasions with which you can relate them and how you plan to improve upon them on a piece of paper. Once you have the list ready, filter out the statements that (probably) you shouldn't say to the interviewer - like a weakness say - I�m too lazy to wakeup from bed at 8'O clock

Second Exercise
Now that you know what your strengths, weaknesses and the occasions where you have displayed them, write a few sentences for yourself again on a paper so that you can cover the same to the interviewer. Just use simple english so that even under pressure you can utter those words in an interview.

Third Exercise
Now in front of a mirror, repeat the statements you have written down and practice until you feel comfortable.

The final point is don�t be afraid of interviews. That would help you in expressing yourself in a better manner.
 
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