Posted by Ashram News Reporter on August 30, 2004


In the Gujraat Education Program (GEP) at Prajaapati Vishva Aashram Foundation (PVAF), two students have graduated by 2004. 5 more students will be graduating by 2006 with the assistance of  PVAF GEP next year. All these students would have degrees in engineering in various fields such as computer science, mechanical engineering, electronics engineering, Mechatronics engineering and civil engineering. 

The assistance provided to the above 7 students from PVAF GEP is as follows:

  • Full financial assistance for the 4-year degree study of 8 semesters;
  • Financial assistance for each semester for full tuition fees, food and hostel costs, travel costs, books and supplies, internet connection fees and any other miscellaneous expenses related to the study and being in the university;
  • Weekly mentoring and guidance is available to all students through email and telephone as follows:
    • to study effectively so that the student can score top marks;
    • to build character and personality through participation in social and extra-curricular activities;
    • to learn  how to live a life of wellness physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually so that the student can perform at peak efficiency levels
  • Learning about job search and preparing resumes for job applications;
  • Learning how to plan for future life as professional and an adult with a wife and children and supporting parents as per one's DHARm.
  • Learning about performing community service as per one's DHARm;
  • Learning about helping all members (father, mother and siblings) of student's family to have education and skills training which will make them earn in current industry and also be better father, mother and community citizen;
  • Financial assistance to father, mother and siblings of the student's family in getting education to break of poverty which has been there simply because of lack of education and skills training.

Under the PVAF GEP, students and family have been provided with information around the world from professionals who are experts in various fields and in the various categories of assistance that the student and their families need from PVAF GEP....

PVAF is a volunteer based organization....And at the present time PVAF does not have experienced volunteers experts in any of the above noted fields and hence assistance is sought from all possible sources....Please contact PVAF by email at VOLUNTEER FOR PVAF GEP  by clicking on the help in any field the students and their family suffering in poverty and who badly needs the above noted services....    

Today, PVAF presents another information article for all PVAF web site visitors and especially for students and their families in PVAF GEP.....regarding job search......Enlighten yourself on:

Tips for a successful interview
for an executive-level job

from career coach Sharon Graham

by clicking on the next line  and PVAF prays for your success in your employment seeking and employment itself....

How the executive job interview has changed
What firms are looking for in leaders has shifted....
.....Be prepared

Canadian Globe and Mail: Saturday, August 28, 2004 - Page B9

How to clinch that interview:
Tips for a successful interview for an executive-level job,
from career coach
Sharon Graham:

  • Prepare a brief career summary to introduce your background to your interviewers.
  • Research the industry, current market and prospective employer thoroughly.
  • Memorize your timelines so you can clearly recite when you did what you did.
  • Impress everyone you encounter, including the receptionist, assistant and recruiter.
  • Display confidence by speaking authoritatively but without appearing arrogant.
  • Highlight your value using examples that relate to your prospective employer.
  • Use the "situation, action, result" formula to articulate clear and concise accomplishments.
  • Emphasize your personal qualities, values and behaviours that demonstrate your corporate cultural fit.
  • Show how you can exploit appropriate technological advances for the company's benefit.
  • Demonstrate your ability to transform your new organization and achieve immediate bottom-line results.
  • Explain how you create organizational synergy to adapt to the changing market.

Malcolm Eade always asked the questions in job interviews during his 15 years as a manager. Now that he's on the job hunt himself, he finds he's having to practice answering questions in job interviews.

Mr. Eade, 40, who is in the job market after a restructuring eliminated his position as general manager of a Toronto division of Montreal-based Johnson & Johnson Inc., says he finds candidates for executive-level positions are facing more probing questions than ever about what motivates them and how they react to challenges.

While he is confident he will be able to impress a search committee, "the one I roll around in my mind is the question 'What are you weak at?' . . . I'll rehearse that answer a great deal," he says.

Executives hunting for a new position should be aware of a shift in what interviewers are looking for in candidates for management jobs, says Sharon Graham, executive director of the newly formed Career Professionals of Canada, an organization of career coaches and résumé specialists.

"Things have changed. Even a few years ago, leaders were hired for their abilities to build solid teams and strategies that would produce long-term value for the organization," says Ms. Graham, principal of the Graham Management Group, a consulting firm specializing in résumés and management coaching based in Milton, Ont.

"Now, executives are more likely to be brought in to rebuild and redefine an organization. So the skills an executive-level person should be portraying are flexibility and the ability to make change happen quickly," Ms. Graham says.

Increasingly, executive candidates have to face an additional interview -- the behavioural consultation, Ms. Graham adds. In these interviews, candidates are asked to describe how they respond to particular situations.

"When you walk into the interview, you should have a whole series of strong accomplishment statements that relate directly to what the organization is and what they are looking for," Ms. Graham advises.

She says answers to interview questions should focus on three key qualities that organizations value in an executive:

Your ability to get something done immediately and instantly makes a difference to the organization.

Your ability to deal with constant change and to keep an organization flexible.

Being able to achieve a major transformation that, in the longer term, will set up the organization to meet future needs.

"For instance, if you have been involved in mergers, acquisitions, centralization or decentralization, downsizing or expansion, you need to outline what you did and how you did it and how successful it was for the organization," Ms. Graham advises.

Her advice is to develop a series of high-impact stories that are very concise. The plot should move from problem to solution, Ms. Graham suggests. For instance, "I came and saw a challenge, I took action and developed a new vision, and the result was a 20-per-cent increase in sales."

Everything you've done in your career should be rehearsed and reviewed in advance of the interview, Ms. Graham advises.

She says that, in coaching senior-level people, she often finds they have so many diverse experiences in their careers that they can forget times and specific details.

"If they haven't reviewed and memorized their dates, they may start fumbling or have to change their story in the course of the interview. That may be just a simple mistake, but it might not appear that way to interviewers," Ms. Graham points out.

However, being too pat or too assertive with your answers can also be a pitfall. "It's important to appear confident you can do the job but you don't want to turn off the interview panel," Ms. Graham says. While it's great to walk into an interview with supreme confidence, in some people that can come across as arrogance.

The first thing to do is to respect everyone you meet, she says. "Make eye contact with everyone in the room regardless of what their position is."

And let the interviewer run the show. Don't answer a question before it is asked or try to dominate the interview, which can be taken as a sign you would try to put your ego needs ahead of the good of the company, Ms. Graham advises.

Ego and the exaggeration and bragging that come with it are major interview killers, she adds. "When you emphasize 'I' too often, it can appear you are trying to come on really strong. Some accomplishments are certainly your own and you should make those points, but if something was a team effort, talk in terms of 'we.' "

Ms. Graham says that stating you built an organization from the ground up is great on a résumé "but it really doesn't sound very nice when you verbalize it." Instead, emphasize how you motivated employees to support your vision, she suggests.

And it's never a good idea to make highly negative statements about companies or people. You never know when you might be offending an interviewer's friend or former employer.

Finally, be careful with name dropping. "Only do it if there is a valid reason that is on-topic to the discussion. You can even mention the name of a competitor but be tactful," Ms. Graham says.

To prepare candidates, Ms. Graham uses role playing exercises. They are coached on traditional interview questions about abilities and goals but particularly to think about the final, behavioural round, where interviewers are really asking "tell me a story," she says.

Answers should always highlight how you fit the needs and corporate culture of the organization, Ms. Graham says. To prepare for that requires doing in-depth research that should go far beyond a look at the company's website, she says. A senior-level person should be researching the entire industry and talking to people in related associations about current trends and perceived weaknesses, she says.

If you believe in yourself it will show in the interview, she adds. "There's no doubt as a business leader today you've got exceptional ability. By effectively and creatively presenting your qualifications, you can open the door to the next level in your career."

Source: Graham Management Group, Toronto


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