Prepare Yourself To Deal With Difficult People

You like or not, but difficult people are always there in every work environment. They are omnipresent and ever irritating. They can be your colleague, counterpart, or in the worst situation; your boss!

They tarnish your self-esteem; they damage your self-confidence and sometimes hit your professional courage. Well, are the difficult people so dangerous?

Sometimes yes and sometimes no! You create a ‘larger than life’ image of such people and find their behavior obnoxious. You feel that they are just intolerable people who will not change their mindset ever.

You feel that it is very much difficult to deal with them and it will be a loss of productivity if you spend time in correcting the behavior of difficult people.

Yes, it makes sense up to some extent. Correcting their behavior could be a daunting task but what about correcting ‘your own’ behavior to deal with them?

Understand their ‘type’ first!

Don’t put all types of difficult people in one category. Yes, there are several varieties. Some don’t pay attention to what you are telling and keep on talking in an irritating manner. Some want you to listen what they say and expect that you should follow their order without question.

Some feel that they are ‘Mr. Know-it-all’ and anything under the sun that is not created by them is inferior. Some are jealous of you without any reason, and they do not miss a single chance to humiliate or offend you.


Some people always want to remain in the limelight and want to take the responsibility of success; it is not the situation when the team fails. They are the bitterest critic in that case.

Some people wait for the chance of stabbing you in the back. They act like your best friend or the most decent boss, but they carry a different feeling internally. Since you know it very well, the situation frustrates you more.

The list is indicative and not comprehensive. You may get hundreds of other varieties of tough people.

Before you decide the strategy to deal with them, first recognize and understand them thoroughly.

Isn’t it a good idea to ignore them instead of thinking the ways of dealing with them?

Yes, it looks quite fancy but the things won’t improve if these people are left unaddressed. Rather, they become worst. Usually, these difficult people are in such roles that you can’t avoid them. Thus, the conflicts simmer underground and erupt on the surface with a blast.

Moreover, when you ignore; it is treated your weakness. They consider you a coward, and they find new ways of irritating you at the workplace. It may result in you losing the objectivity and emotional control which is not good in a professional environment.

Sometimes, ignoring difficult people gets rebounded. You get the blame for not having the skills of handling difficult people.  People start considering ‘you’ a difficult person.

Hence, don’t let others cause devastating consequences to your career growth. Deal difficult people timely and save your job.

Find out productive and practical ways to address the issue

What do you think? Should you use your Martial Arts skills to correct the behavior of a bully coworker? Or should you shout at a difficult coworker in the boardroom who delays your presentation purposely?

No, these are not good solutions either. At least, in a structured work environment; they are not good indeed.

If at all you use them, there are big chances of you getting fired from the company. Hence, cool down and read these productive (and effective) ways.

  • Retrospect the situation. Make sure you are not overacting to it or giving unnecessary importance to the other person. Hope you are not exaggerating the behavior.
  • Compare the behavior. You should talk to other coworkers about it. Do they also carry the same feeling as you do? Or the other person is reacting to ‘your’ behavior? You believe it or not, but in many situations, the problem is in you and not in the other person.
  • Assess the situation objectively. Do not let the emotions come in between. Legitimate emotions such as anger, frustration, humiliation, feeling of being isolated or fear to make the situation complicated.
  • Are you getting disturbed by the behavior of the difficult people about you? Make sure you are not getting carried away what others say or think. In a situation when we become prejudiced by what others think, our opinion also gets colored like that. Hence, think in a cool manner and then decide the further action plan.
  • Open the dialogue if possible. Try to explain your stand and convey your feelings. If the arrogance is disturbing you, then request the other person to be a little docile. If bossing troubles you, then let the other person know that you are getting affected by the behavior. When you open up, the chances of improvement improve. Always keep the tone polite and normal when you deal with difficult people.  Don’t let them judge that their behavior disturbs you.

What if everything else fails?

Yes, as they say, “hope for the best and be prepared for the worst”; there comes a situation when all your efforts fail.

You must decide whether the good in the current job outweighs the bad things or it is the other way round? If the good outweighs, then you should not worry about tough people.

If the bad outweighs, then the best thing is to leave your job. Instead of working with a frustrated mindset, it is better to quit. At the end of the day, you should not compromise happiness and peace of mind. It is more important than anything else.

What is the guarantee that you won’t get tough people in the new company? Well, there is a possibility of it, but at least you will have a new set of people to deal with. You can try the ways and methods described earlier.

Life is nothing but an unending trail of trial and error; isn’t it?

Tips For Attending Video Interview

Gone are the days when you were required to go to the workplace for an interview. Yes, advancement in technology brings the flexibility of giving the interview at a place that is convenient to you. It could be home, cyber café, or a restaurant.

The first change was a telephonic interview, and with the rise of video conference services, there is a revolutionary change. Today, an in-person interview is scheduled by the HR and candidates to appear online.

Telephonic and video interviews are quite similar, and in most of the cases, interviewers can judge the person as effectively as they can do an in-person meeting. Hence, it is a cost-effective and efficient way of selecting suitable candidates and weeding out unfit people.

However, for many people, it is a big challenge to appear in a telephonic or video interview. They miss the in-person charisma.

Do you fall in the same category? Experts say that it is not a big deal. One can attend perfection in it by overcoming potential pitfalls. Here are some workable, simple tips to overcome the anxiety.


Here are some tips that can make you successful in the interview.

Make yourself comfortable with the equipment first

You can’t remain aloof with the equipment and technology in the modern era. When you are completely dependent on it during the interview, the first thing you should learn is how the system works?

Arranging the things well in advance and testing the functionality before the interview are good moves. Keep technical assistance ready if you are not a ‘techie’ person.

Don’t forget the Murphy Law! Always have a backup plan if something disastrous happens. An extra webcam, microphone and computer system should be kept handy if the interview is really crucial for you.

Audio and video calls take some time to set up. Therefore, you should be ready at least 15 minutes prior to the interview.

If at all you can’t continue the interview, inform the HR person about it and see if they can reschedule or reinitiate the call.

Beware of the timing

You need to be as prompt and alert in the telephonic interview as you are in the personal interaction. When the interviewer asks a question, you should not take excessive time in responding. It creates a suspicion in the mind of the interviewer. Therefore, you should be alert and conscious.

Beware of the surroundings

Would you hire a candidate who appears in the video interview in a shabby room with low lighting? Or there are pets roaming around in the background or kids screaming near the microphone?

You would not even like to continue the interview. Hence, wear the shoes of the recruiting manager and fix the background before you connect.

It is always better to have it in a separate room. Make it clean, neat and attractive. There should not be anything that is visually distracting. Keep the phone ringers off in the surrounding area.

Don’t arrange it in a restaurant or coffee shop just because the background is attractive. The place comes out to be too noisy and irritating.

Mind the aesthetics

Illumination and background color matter a lot. Don’t use a room that is too shiny or dull. Avoid casting shadows on the face. The source of light should be placed at an angle that doesn’t cause a glare on the face.

Wear a dress that suits the occasion. It is not an exaggeration, but interviewers have seen candidates appearing in nightgowns or robes.  Do not wear casuals (round neck T-shirt and half pants) in any case.

Put a little bit makeup so that you don’t look oily.

See, the approach has to be formal always eve if the interview is not in person. It is always good to appear professional. Shave when you get ready and get dressed in business clothes.

You should hear each and every line carefully. Avoid repeating your statements. It gives a wrong impression.

Have a mock drill

‘Practice makes a person perfect’; the cliché holds good for telephonic or video interview as well. Rather, it is furthermore important to practice for it as there are several technical aspects also.

Some people feel awkward in front of the camera. They should do a rehearsal before the actual interview. You can practice with a friend, record the session and watch the same later. You get a fair idea about it.

In a telephonic interview, you should convey the cheerfulness and enthusiasm in your voice. Smile while you speak and see the amazing impact.

Speak clearly and softly. Keep the tone medium and beware of the modulations. Let your professionalism get reflected from your voice.

If you practice for the interview well, then it is guaranteed that you will get success. By practicing for the interview, you can get a good grip over the subject.

Don’t ever cheat

Whether it is an audio call or video call, do not use unfair means while you appear in the interview. Don’t read from a prepared script. Don’t seek help from a specialist or friend.

Unfair practices can be judged by HR experts easily. It shatters your image and creates a negative feeling about you. Even if you are the best-fit candidate from other aspects, you will not be considered for the vacancy.

Video and audio interviews are becoming increasingly common nowadays. Statistics says that six out of ten people get selected through this channel. Hence, it is furthermore important to get mastered in it. By taking a few precautions, you can achieve grand success.


In brief, there are six important tips that make your telephonic or video interview successful.

  • Keep the backup plan ready.
  • Practice by taking a dummy video interview with a friend.
  • Prepare well before the session begins.
  • Look professional, behave in a professional manner and talk professionally.
  • Dress in the proper manner.
  • Look at the camera and not at your screen.
  • Pay attention to the interviewer and do not repeat statements.
  • Make the surroundings suitable for the interview.

All The Best!

“Stay Connected” – Sure Way To Success

What do we mean by networking? Well, it has nothing to do with the array of computer systems connected to each other using some network protocol. It is all about connecting with other people within and beyond the organization.

In the professional world, networking is critically important if you want to reach new heights in the career.

When you want to get promoted in the same company, you have to establish a fantastic relationship with your boss, colleagues, and your team members.


If you are looking for another opportunity, then you should be in touch with your friends working in other companies or few good recruitment firms.

Statistics says that those who build an excellent network in the professional world grab good jobs than others. They climb the organizational ladder quickly and capture the key positions. Nobody denies the importance of caliber here, but networking gives a boost to the career for sure.

When you build a network, make sure it has a good reach. It means, there has to be the right proportion of depth and spread.

What makes a network effective?

When your aim is to grab exciting career opportunities through networking, it is very much important that you build it well. Here are top ten tips to achieve success.

  • Don’t join groups for the sake of joining if you want to use networking to search the job opportunity. Many people commit the mistake of joining groups that do not add any value in their mission. Thus, they don’t get expected results.
  • Spend adequate time in research and homework. Look for the groups that are relevant. If there are people who know you personally, then it is good to join such group. You can expect some help in future.
  • When you start networking, begin with a small group. Try to be in touch by posting regularly. Comment and likes are important to show that you read the posts of others. It is relatively easy to be active in a closed group than a large, open group.
  • Create a profile that describes you the best. If your aim is to use it for professional benefit, then make sure it displays your competency and caliber. People jumble up with personal and professional networking and end up with making pathetic profiles.
  • Classify the groups and tag them formal and informal. For job seeking purpose, you should focus on formal groups. Make sure your posts are neutral, balanced and do not show any political inclination. People should perceive you a thoroughly professional person. Show positive attitude and openness in views.
  • Try to be focused on your field of profession only. Tag yourself to the groups of like-minded people. For example, if you are banking professional, then the groups you are part with should contain people from the banking industry. Comment on the latest happenings in the banking structure and forward posts that are valuable and important. Remain focused to the subject.
  • Since the people in your network are people of high stature, e.g. business leaders, marketing executives, CXO’s, and directors; you should position yourself well. Seek the help of professionals if you can’t handle social media. Nowadays, it is possible to get experts for managing it.
  • Do not build social networking from a short-term perspective. Consider it as a tool that is going to work perpetually. You should start it early and work on it continuously so that when you are in need, you reap the benefits. When you help others when they are in crisis, you will get help when you are in a troublesome situation. It is a ‘Give and Take’ relationship always.
  • Stay connected by pinging others frequently. When you ping someone, others feel that you remember them. Believe it; the feeling is just awesome. Experts say that those who keep in touch with others get the best benefit of networking. They get the response when they seek it desperately.
  • Keep the number of contacts as many as you wish, but manage them well. When you want to leverage networking, quality always matters. Each one in the contact list should be able to extend help if required.

Even if you are not an Internet crazy person, it is very much possible to get the best benefit of keeping a large group of contacts. Don’t think just from the job perspective, but it is a good thing from the professional perspective.

It is like popularizing your profile across the world. When others across with any requirement where you can be fit in; they will contact you. Consistent and regular interaction makes you visible in the virtual world, and visibility is the key to success today.

Share your thoughts and ideas with others and get benefited from their viewpoint.  It is a process of mutual development.

Be Prepared For A TRICKY Interview

When you attend the interview, the situation is quite tricky. Undoubtedly, you are at the receiving end because you are looking for a job. However, the employer is also not in a very good condition. He is also looking for a good resource that the company can rely upon.

Once the interviewer finds you amongst the top talents suitable for the post, he or she doesn’t want to lose the opportunity of hiring. If the attempt goes unsuccessful, then the company will have to undergo the whole process once more.

With the surge in hiring becomes a challenge, on boarding process becomes difficult day by day. Business owners and HR managers are forced to offer more than monetary compensation when they want to acquire top talent.

Here is the point when HR experts are sitting in the panel come into action. They use their expertise and put so many compelling reasons on the table that you get impressed with it.

Why do HR managers try to impress you when they find you suitable?

There are two things. First is, they find you the most suitable person for the vacancy. Hence, they want to take you onboard anyhow. Secondly, they know that for the top-talent like you, they are supposed to ‘sell’ the vacancy.  When you want to sell something, obviously you should underline the product qualities.

Since here the product is the company itself, HR manager and others try to convince you about why you should consider the job offer and organization.

Moreover, top talents are already well-paid in their current job. Hence, remuneration is not the most attracting factor for them. Hence, HR managers need to use their selling skills in convincing that the new company has several superior aspects.

Here are some compelling reasons that HR managers give

  • Our company has revolutionized the market by offering XYZ service or product. Not only it is unique, but it is far more superior to others as well.
  • Our company exists for XYZ years. It is valued by customers and employees a lot. In fact, it is the best employer in the niche.
  • Our culture is the best in the class. We are flexible and give utmost preference to work-life balance. We believe in environmental and social accountability. We have educational reimbursement program. We spend heftily on training and development of our team.
  • Additional facilities are the best in our company. We provide gymnasium, entertainment, sports facilities, club membership, subsidized (or free) lunch, etc.
  • We offer onsite daycare (it is a quite attractive reason for women).
  • When you join our company, we offer fixed and variable income. Sometimes, the variable income goes higher than the fixed salary.
  • Our company has won a new contract (or acquired another company), or it has been recognized as ‘the most promising company’.
  • We offer a lucrative career path. Our succession planning is incomparable.
  • We value your opinion or voice. We encourage openness. We have 360 Degrees valuation process and continuous appraisals.
  • We have matrix organization where the reporting structure is flexible.

Reputation of the company becomes an issue sometimes

When you are a top talent, you don’t accept the interview call if the company doesn’t withstand your expectations. You heard about the organization culture a lot and you know how badly they treated their employees during the last recession.

However, you decide to go for the interview because there is a massive follow-up by the recruitment agency. Do you think the HR manager is not aware of all these aspects?  Of course, he knows everything. It is the reason he tries to draw a rosy picture during the interview.

Information travels faster than the speed of light in the modern world of social media. Smart people read reviews and opinions about the company before going for the interview. Hence, it becomes inevitable for the HR managers to defend the same.

What should you do?

Gentle prodding is the normal thing that HR manager should do while pursuing you to join the organization. However, it should not get converted into pressurizing you. Remember, there is a delicate line between the two.

If you feel that they are pointing out the good things about the company and highlighting the benefits of accepting the opportunity, then you should listen to your inner conscious about joining or not joining.

When you feel that you are being pushed hard and you are still on the fence, do not get pressurized. If you need some more time to think about it, then tell it explicitly.

Of course, you have come for the interview because you are interested in the job profile. However, let you decide about it and not the HR manager who is sitting on the other side of the table!

“HOT CAKES” of the Job Market

Well, the job scenario is changing with incredible speed. Jobs that are relevant and inevitable today become redundant tomorrow. It doesn’t matter whether you are a recruiter or a job seeker; the challenge is equal at both sides. You are always required to be ready for the unexpected situation.

As career options become more and more dynamic and volatile, it is not sufficient to follow the conventional, prototype thinking. You need to be ready for tomorrow by reading the pulse of the market today. Those who can do it well, secure a great future. Those who fail to understand the severity get sidelined. The choice is yours!

The success stories of conventional profiles is a past now

Certainly, old-styled profiles performed well in the earlier times, but today it is not possible to survive with it. Technology is taking new shape every five years, and the operational processes also undergo a tremendous change accordingly. Some occupations phase out and some new ones appear in the scene.BrowniesIt is undoubtedly true that the ‘Generation Y’ will have the upper hand because it is sharper and smarter. However, those who have spent considerable time in the professional field can also sail through well if they identify the dynamism of the situation.


Some careers that will rock the job scenario

As you read the article, you get a deeper and more profound understanding of what are the job profiles that will rule the professional world.

  1. Web developers: Every business, big or small will require having the online presence tomorrow. Thus, there will be a great demand for seasoned web developers. Not only the job is lucratively paid, but there is a lot of excitement into it.
  2. SEO experts: It is not sufficient to make a fancy website, but it is equally important to make it sufficiently visible to the viewers. Search Engine Optimization or SEO is the science behind it. If you are an SEO expert, then get ready for a fantastic future. There is going to be a huge demand for it.
  3. Data scientists: Do you know that the data volume generated in last 10 years is more than the data volume generated in the entire 20th century? It is needless to say that the volume is going to increase manifold. To manage such a humongous volume, every industry will recruit seasoned Data Scientists. They will be responsible for the data collection, data processing, backup, and security. Proficient scientists will get handsomely paid.
  4. Engineering design, research, and development: The importance of core engineering design, research and development will not diminish in the coming years also. Yes, the ways and means will change, and the things will be more system-driven than today. R&D will be the backbone of growth and success of every business.
  5. Medical assistance: Healthcare is an ongoing field. This multi-billion dollar industry will take a new shape worldwide. With the increasing globalization, there will be more job opportunities for medical assistants. Increasing standardization will open the global market for people. Paramedical staff, technical assistants, helpers, and managers will be preferred by employers.
  6. Financial advisors, auditors and account analysts: Wealth management will be taken seriously by entrepreneurs because of increasing pressure on the bottom lines. Hence, financial advisors and account analysts will get more respect. Similarly, auditors will also get tremendous importance because they will control money matters.
  7. E-education: Education sector will undergo a tremendous transformation tomorrow. E-learning, distance education, and computer-based learning will be the buzzwords. Educational experts who will earn a command over these new-age techniques will enjoy a great time. It is critically important to have a grip on the futuristic educational methods.
  8. Management analysts: If you are a management student with excellent analytical skills, then the progressive and challenging job of Management Analyst opens new avenues of growth. Recruiters will be interested in recruiting people who can analyze and suggest solutions quickly.
  9. Actuaries and statistical tools: As discussed earlier, the dynamic business scenario will put tremendous pressure on top and bottom lines. Business managers will have to be alert always. The perfect use of advanced mathematical and statistical tools will reduce the financial exposure and risk. Every industry will look forward to recruiting experts either in-house or hire a consultant. In both situations, expert people will get fabulous opportunities. There is a huge scope for the young and dynamic professionals who know Actuaries and other statistical tools.

Thus, job scenario is pretty exciting tomorrow. With the focused approach and dedication, one can achieve incredible height in the company. It is very much important that one develops skills and proficiency in the fields that will have a great demand tomorrow. It is the secret to success in a volatile and uncertain job market.