How to Shine in a Group Interview

 

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Group interviews have become a norm for many companies and organisations that wish not to spend too much time carrying out single face to face interviews for their candidates. It’s with this narrative that majority of them have a preference to grouping applicants and randomly hurling questions at them. So how do you emerge victorious in such a situation?

  1. Be aler

 

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The alertness here involves being aware of your immediate surrounding ie the company itself, the type of job you had applied for, requirements of the job and the necessary roles you ought to play. In this case, when they ask about what your roles are at the company, you will be quick to respond without fidgeting.

 

  1. Avoid distractions

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Getting interrupted while answering a question in a group can lead to terrible outcomes. Interviewers will get offended when you have to get into the pocket just to mute that incoming call. For this reason, switch off cellphones, tablets or any electronic device you have with you that you think will create a disruption.

 

  1. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer when answering queries

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Sounds simple when described but some people find it difficult to look directly at the one asking questions, maybe because they are shy or not sure of the answer they are giving. Locking your eyes with the interviewer’s will show you are confident hence sure about your response.

 

  1. Avoid using uncertain phrases and words

Uncertain words and/or phrases here include; ‘…I think my role is to…’ or ‘…maybe ‘ or ‘…I’m not sure but…’. Such phrases and words create an atmosphere that the applicant is not well-versed on the subject at hand.

 

  1. Give room for other applicants to respond

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When you have the right reply to a question posed, and the interviewer signals another candidate to answer, don’t jump in and give your answer because the question isn’t directed to you. Have some antiquate. Let the designated candidate respond.  

 

6. Ask relevant questions 

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   There’s a moment allowed for each candidate to ask queries in every interview and this could be an opportunity for you to get ahead of everybody in a group. Therefore, ask questions related to the job and try to be as vibrant and wide as possible in your sentence structure. Don’t ask unnecessary questions like , ‘ How far is this place from town?

 

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Trendsetters; Millennials’ demands at the Workplace

 

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  Quit the boss role and act as a mentor

Millennials want to work in an environment where their boss is a typical guru, a great adviser and not a strict employer. No college or campus graduate wants to be yelled at in the office. A working environment that’s adjustable to amicable relationships with your boss is what the young generation looks for. A boss who guides rather than instructs on how work is to be done will be liked most by Millennials 

  Communication is done through digital media 

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Remember when people used to write letters? Well, that stage was buried and forgotten by Generation Y and any sense of it won’t be accommodated anywhere in their lifestyle. With the emergence of the internet and social media platforms, all cross communication among Millennials is through their smartphones and laptops. And they have fully embraced it. You won’t find guys in the office writing letters, instead, that information is sent electronically through e-mail, direct messaging i.e. WhatsApp

   Forget about working for a long time at one place

 This new breed of workers has an element of not being sedentary at the workplace. Earlier, people could work for a company for more than five or ten years but this is different. Millennials have goals and expectations lingering in their minds and what they seek to find are the means to achieving them. They don’t want to be in one place for more than three years unless that job that is really hefty in its salary allocations; a consideration which I find doubtful looking at the economics of this country.

  Millennials have a preference of free working space  

An office layout with minimal disruptions, and that includes noise from other colleagues, continues irritating movements, is a perfect match for Millennials. Traditional cubicles where employees seemed ‘masked’ in their line of duties have been replaced with open working spaces, where they have their own desks.

They can work from anywhere, office not mandatory

Millennials have a diverse network of grouping where they can timely complete their assigned works, submit them and still get extra time for other essentials. Remember, unlike in the past, they are not tied down to one job. Work that involves constant presence is given thumps down by Millennials.  

Suzziah Clinches Ksh.1M On KissTV’s, The Search

 

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The Search, Kiss Tv’s new music show, which airs at 8 pm every Sunday has come to an end with the winner not being a surprise at all. The show is a music talent evaluation platform where aspiring singers showcase their prowess in singing different genres of music. Top on the list was the Ksh.1M prize which saw many of the 15 original contestants sign up for in the onset.

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The four finalists on the show were Moonboy, Elvis, Suzziah and Ythera. Each of them put their best foot forward in the final episode but the majority votes landed on one, Suzziah. Well, you may remember her from the new RnB hit, Number One, where she featured Le_Band. The songstress with a superior vocal capability whose music has topped charts in the East African zone promises to be a perfect entertainer once invited for a session

The prize

She has plans for the cash already, majorly focusing on investing much of it in her music. With her album, R.E.B.E.L in play, she hopes to make lucrative deals in the country’s flurry music industry. When asked about the recording contract with a renown stable in the country, she gave a simple expression of the best gratitude ever in her life.

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Finalist, Elvis

‘ Countless hours of practicing, little time for a break and an all time competitive nature of those around you ( of course she’s talking about the other three finalists) was what characterized the entire show. But thank God I won,’ she adds.

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Finalist, Ythera

With one million shillings and a one-year recording contract under her belt, Suzziah, now at 24,  remains futuristic that her upcoming albums will be massive with some of the challenges (lack of startup financial capital and proper management) many young artists face at the primary stage having been eliminated on her side. Thus the need to thank her fans who voted for her.

And in pictures…

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Finalist, Moonboy

 

 

Infrastructure;a Key Player In Achieving Vision 2030

 

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Infrastructural development is crucial not only for the immediacy in service delivery but also the foreseen enhancement regarding the much anticipated, Kenya’s Vision 2030. Moreover, the ease with which domestic markets are accessed is going to be intensified with a rather more accessible road network.

Kenya’s renown Thika Superhighway, a magnificent road network that seeks to increase entry to the majority of marginalised places in the country, nails it with a direct route interconnecting counties of Kiambu, Nairobi, Othaya. 

 

The Link

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It’s evident from the way these areas are linked with the highway, and are important in supply of the very needed agricultural products to the capital. Statistics from KEBS indicate that between the period of December 2016 and March 2017, more that a quarter of supplies in the city originated from the surrounding regions of Kiambu, Nyandarua, Sagana, Nyari .

 

This boost in crop production was associated with the fact that the city holds more than 3 million people, a perfect site for market leverage for many producers. A greater indicator of the efficiency in transport sources.

 

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In addition to the mega highway, a number of bypasses have been built with a sole purpose of lessening inaccessibility to the city, specifically the CBD, a move that has seen the evolution of ‘distant-access roads’. These bypasses include the Northern, Southern and Eastern bypass. They connect surrounding city regions that have a direct impact when it comes to traffic in the city.

‘They were incorporated in the achievement of Vision 2030,’ says one of the visuals at the display site. As I rummage through the manuals of the Vision’s key proposals, an idea strikes out- its a quick search through one of the newly generated government portals. Simply, delivery.com 

 

 

 

5 Most Exciting Features in Windows 10

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Software evolution seems not to be stopping for Microsoft company, which has been in the spotlight for Operating Systems like; Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and now 10. A revolutionary OS that dwells to bind the truth and fiction in a single realm of infinity- its inward complexity is absolute simplicity for an average user.

Just in a measure of optimism, what draws one most to this eye-catching software include the following new elements;

 

  1. Cortana

 

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Cortana

    This feature lets you make quick searches without necessarily clicking through the desktop icons. With a search space ready, Cortana is simply a ‘let me go’ unidirectional director. It direct access to the web with a single command voice. With it, one can easily manipulate(for positive purposes) in-built basic arts like the calendar, time, and even set reminders!

 

  1. The Start Menu interface

 

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     Colors bring out beauty once you get hold of this item. Blue, in particular, creates an ambiance of comfort and readiness, a fact which is fully sedentary when you open Windows 10. Earlier versions like Windows 8 denied us the Start Menu . But it came back in Windows 10 , better and a lot better.

Once clicked, a window appears with two separate distinctions in the middle, to the left, there’s a panel (alphabetically arranged) with applications in an up-down scroll menu.

Attached to this drop down menu is a 40% widescreen with a number of applications represented in square boxes which can easily be adjusted to suit one’s best orientation.

 

  1. Microsoft Edge

 

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    Have you ever wondered what Internet Explorer was all about with its non-changing, non-exciting interface? It’s a done deal and I don’t think we are going back again. Ms Edge, a new search engine, or browser, has replaced Explorer, the old version.

Appealing is the simplicity and so is this new version. With support of BING, Ms Edge is more secure with filters which warn you about the kind of content(graphic or explicit) you are searching.

Temporary and permanent closure options are available in case you wish to change them. This is a greatly protective security feature especially when one shares one’s computer with his/her kids.

 

4.The central notification center

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 Located to the extreme right corner of the screen on the task bar is this new feature. And its complete! Trust that everything I’m about to mention is there; controls for brightness, Wi-Fi, Tablet mode, settings, Current Location and note  pad. This menu can be collapsed if you don’t want to see it or expand to make changes. Think of it as your new control panel.

Apparently one can switch between the Tablet mode and the Windows mode, this action comes handy where you have a touch-sensitive monitor.

 

  1. Multiple desktop functionality

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     Previous versions of Windows gave no permission to this new feature. But now it’s here with us. Switching between/among 2 or more applications is more sufficient. I know average consumers of computers won’t find this feature related to their handheld mouse tricks, but savvies with multiple live works will find switching in between apps and desktop an essential gain. 

 

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Adverse Changes in Bank Rates a Hindrance to Economic Prospects

 

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The recent capping of the interest rates by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), pictured above, which limits commercial banks’ lending rate at 14% or 400 base points above the CBK rate of 10% sets a rather bleak future for domestic investors in the country. A turn down of loans to borrowers with the major decision settling at the government’s side, as a borrower, was the most immediate reaction banks had when the law was put in place.

With borrowers in a prompt move to secure the never to be ‘ cheap loans’, despair was experienced by majority of them as banks locked the lending ‘doors’ citing non-profitability on their side; a fact which was to be announced later by all banks.

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But on a rather different twist of events, some banks, including Kenya’s largest bank in terms of asset accumulation and profit margins, Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) opted to proceed with the law, only to reap as low as 0.5% growth in its first quarter returns(December 2016- March 2017). The CBK Governor, Dr. Paul Njoroge, pictured above to the left, more adamant on the implementation of the new law , was met with a faint heart towards the sink in the prolonged profits made by commercial banks.

The anticipated reduction in profits by banks saw many of them opt not to lend to ‘small borrowers’ but direct their loans to large firms and the government, who have much higher returns and default-free, As earlier explained, the intention of this law was to stimulate the economy by increasing credit accessibility to customers. This was , however, thwarted by the banks when they ceased lending to individuals and chose credit-worthy corporate and government agencies in general.

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If the later is true, then the sole reason for the passing of the bill was not achieved as expected. Lawmakers will have again to make considerations on whether to wither the law away or make amendments to it. As this continues to unfold, politicians took  in the issue citing improper gauge in reference to the reaction of the commercial banks. Our eyes remain open to see whether these changes will be effected or not.

 

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Want to ask for a salary increment? Here is the polite way to do it.

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Several circumstances, at some point in your career, could compel you to ask for an increase  in your monthly payment. These factors vary and their magnitude is as often insatiable as their impact on you. However, at workplace, considerations have to be made on the approach one should take when asking for that increment.

Your relationship with your employer, assuming that the longevity of your work at the company is still minute, will seldom jump into many employees’ minds before they make this move.  During this difficult economic times, employees who wish to have their salaries raised ought to consider the following determinants before they jot down that request letter.

1.The company’s current performance : 

 

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This is one crucial element to be put into consideration before asking for an increment. The prevailing performance of the company will help you know when the time is right or not. Where the company is undergoing tough economic pesters , don’t bother to ask for the rise regardless of how polite your request will be.  It’s a guarantee that you won’t be fruitful in your quest. Solution?

Wait for the appropriate time when the company is making good returns, with its profit margins depicting an excellent surge. This moment, the manager will gladly have a conversation with you.

2.Longevity of your work at the respective company

 

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How long one has worked in a particular organization will be important when asking for a pay rise. Conventional track-lines of workers are seen as reserves for leverage towards making gains in a company. So, have a clear mind on this because many employers will look at this a factor on its own when gauging whether to award you that increment or not. To be more specific on this, no company will make salary increments for employees who have been in the workplace for less than three years.

3.Your relationship and track records

 

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Have you had a perfect relationship with fellow employers? How do you relate with your colleagues at work? And more importantly, how is your relationship with your boss? They said small things do count, and these are the tiny details that can hold you back from accessing that increment.

Your track record in terms of contribution to the performance of the company must be good and visible. You don’t want to have a lengthy conversation with the boss explaining how you have assisted the company in its growth curve for the time you’ve worked there. Having to explain to your boss how much effort you’ve put in your work means your performance is not visible and at the same time unimpressive.

 

 

The newly completed SGR is the ‘Ultimate Game Changer’

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A section of the newly completed Standard Gauge Railway project

A quick browse through the newly launched government website, http://www.delivery.go.ke, reveals a rather futuristic overview of just how the current leadership has foreseen the very nearing Vision 2030. With just about 12 years to the finish line of the so deemed and highly lauded development space of Vision 2030, a whole display of the branch projects , including the Standard Gauge Railway, is already on site.

The SGR, a multi billion shillings project, whose target is to improve and at the same time promote efficiency in transport service delivery between Kenya and the rest of East Africa, has a network of diverse projections at its peak. The project alone cost the government approximately Ksh.327B, but these are simply average figures.

Deeply engrossed in this one amazing yet controversial project is the absence of what many would call ‘affirmative action’ in regard to the contradiction that ensued between the environmentalists/conservationists and the government on whether the project should have a share of the re-known Nairobi National Park.  The standoff went on and on till a recent revelation from unconfirmed sources citing the continuity of the project as stated earlier, with its original route set to be fully adhered to.

 

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A section of SGR through Nairobi National Park

Perhaps a more thrilling spotlight on this railway is the significance it possesses not just on the community around but to the government as a poised entity. In the views of the public, the ease with which transportation of products to the closest market is to be enhanced is what captures their hearts most. We understand that majority of Kenyan residents are agriculturalists, so this must have been thought of deeply.

Another area that ought to be mentioned openly is that of the fast development that comes with a sudden change in infrastructural development. Businesses that pop up in the areas linked to the railway are massive and their profit margins, if not overlooked, could double in a matter of time, provided the operational environment is conducive.

‘ It takes more than eight hours to get to the Kenyan Coast, but now that time has been halved.’ Adds one of the proponents behind the railway logistics. For a normal train, in this case the traditional trains, it used to cost a lot in terms of time to travel to Mombasa. But with new modern trains, cargo and passengers will find themselves spending less than four hours on the tracks. 

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It’s bye bye for Windows Vista as Microsoft brings its use to an end

 

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Users of the decade-long operating system, Windows Vista, will be compelled to make a quick substitute for their computers’s operating systems (OS) after the manufacturer opted to end its existence. The 10-year-old software which has been in use for the majority of computer gadgets that were manufactured by 2006 has been held as inheritance for many users.

A brief delve into the OS and its functionality reveal a rather user-friendly software with multiple features that had been formulated and carefully aligned to suit any intended consumer. Perhaps one of the most striking features is the interface design, which de-links truly well from the previous versions.

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The maker, Microsoft Inc., gave the new look with the speculative aspect of attracting more potential computer lovers, a narrative which came into reality when the sales margin of the new version more than tripled! With statistics indicating that it runs on more than 75% of gadgets.

In addition to the new 3D feature that would give a three-sided dimensional look of content, a sidebar to quickly switch between widgets, and the ‘Window’ Start Menu option to enable one move with ease, Vista presented a whole new dimension of  file arrangement system that to some extend didn’t match what other PC makers had put into consideration.

However, with a good reputation comes criticism, especially for a product whose use was conventional. It should be noted that Microsoft came up with Windows Vista at a time when the company was facing, what many economists will term as a ‘competing effect’. The fact still remains that Windows Vista was a hurried product and the manufacturer didn’t know the right environment and proper timing when to introduce a new product in the market. This is explained by the company’s need to remain relevant in the dynamic market and have a strong grasp of its Windows product.

Some of the criticism of the product ranged from the intensity of the much spot on interface, sluggish video games, Account Control Prompts (ACP) and disc protection for Blue-rays. Much of these critical issues were explained with much incompleteness for fear of ruining the company’s already dented image. A further understanding of this version of Windows shows a gradual evolution from Windows Vista, Windows 7. 8, 8.1 and now 10.

The fact that Vista has come to an end doesn’t mean that your computer will stop working! No. For those Kenyans still stuck with that old version of Windows (and I doubt if many folks use it anymore), don’t worry about its working. However, what lies ahead of you are security risks like malicious coding, viruses especially when linked to the internet and when you connect your computer to devices like cameras, printers, scanners etc.

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Prison Break season 5 ; A thump up or a complete flop?

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The earnestly awaited season 5 of the popular TV show, Prison Break is finally out and gracing our screens. The show which features a storyline based on a brother’s attempt to free his elder brother from prison after he was jailed for the murder of the Vice President’s brother, had a lively welcome during its inception, but at the moment the statistics indicate otherwise.

Prison Break began airing on 4th of April on Fox with the new episode carefully reviving its everyday characters. The four major players in the show since its inception, Michael Scofield, Sarah Tancredi, T-Bag ( Theodore Bagwell) and Lincoln Burrows, remain on the gauging scale with only the plot having a different outlook this time.

For lovers of the show, what triggers their appetite for more of it is the presence of these four characters. Which means once one among the four is eliminated, the show is likely to lose that grand support of fans thus end up fetching low on the show scenes, a fact that was replicated in the new season of 24; Legacy. Character death is a key contributor to the perpetual demise of many TV shows.

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However, with a massive number of fans who have for more than seven years accommodated Prison Break in their minds, a repetitive narrative is a boredom ‘enticer’.   For a series with such huge investment, many fans opted for a totally different script keeping the characters constant.

What Fox did with the new script regarding the execution of this much-loved show was to retain the key characters but have a not-so –different story-line. The show just aired its first account and fans expect a dissimilar turn or twist in the subsequent episodes. Whether this production was a thumb up or thumbs down, let me know.

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