How I Helped current students of my Alma mater in Interview preparation!

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Connecting back with one’s alma mater is always nostalgic and full of pride. But, it becomes difficult to take up such extracurricular activities in today’s fast-paced life. I was deeply interested in reconnecting with my college’s students and faculty and wanted to contribute to the betterment of my alma mater.

It is in this context, that I stumbled upon Opentalk app that makes you connect to student from your own university. On Opentalk I got connected to a few students of my college and with the help of one of the great feature of Opentalk app I made a talk circle to which I added the students. It was a pleasure to help the final year students prepare for their placement interviews. Given my engineering background, I connected with the engineering students and gave them some tangible action points based on my interaction with them.

The interview has two specific parts – one judging your technical skills and the other judging your soft skills.

Most of the engineering students lack in their soft skills so my first set of advice to them was:

  • Groom Yourself Well
  • Practice in front of the mirror to get direct feedback
  • Maintain a decent smile on your face while interviewing
  • Avoid repeating sentences
  • Maintain a good Body language
  • Be a good listener and answer confidently

The second area where I advised students was in preparing for the most frequently asked soft questions which give the candidate’s first impression to the interviewer and also sets the direction for the rest of the interview.

  1. Tell us something about yourself

When an interviewer asks you to tell something about yourself then you should not talk about your family history etc since those details are already on your resume. You should take this opportunity to tell them about your strengths which are not mentioned in the resume. This will help you guide your interview towards your comfort zone. Reply with confidence and maintain an eye contact with interviewer throughout the interview.

  1. Talk about your Hobbies, Project, and Achievements

This is your chance to prove that you are better than other candidates who are sitting outside the room. Tell him about the projects you did in college and your learning from the same. Elaborate on your hobbies as well and help the interviewer understand you as a person and your general interests.

  1. Things you want to accomplish in few years

It’s a knockdown version of “Why we should hire you”. Your goals for next few years help the interviewer understand your interest areas as well as your hunger to succeed. He would judge your potential and utility for the organization through this question.

Well, while explaining the questions and tricks to the students, I felt like why there were no facilities like Opentalk in my time. It felt so good to share my knowledge and experience with all of them. Opentalk became a medium that actually helped each student to connect with me according to their topic of interest.

During the interaction with the students, I got so nostalgic that I remembered my college days and shared my feelings with them. There were no apps like Opentalk at that time. We could not get any guidance from our alumni. But now the time has changed and so has the technology. The best part about the app is that the calls are free of cost and only the mobile data is used to make the call. Thus, it was pretty affordable for students to get in touch with me.

On Opentalk, I interacted with 8 students and could feel that I was able to add value to their preparations while I was having multiple interactions with them. I am generally very busy on weekdays, thus, I tried to take out 1-2 hours during the weekends for the scheduled time on the Opentalk app and helped the youngsters in creating a better life for themselves. I have received a call from all of them as they got placed during the campus placement and there is a special emotional connection with all of my students. Hopefully, the relationship would stay forever. Thanks to Opentalk for opening up the world of possibilities for me.

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Life Hacks of talking!

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  • Learn Something New From Every Person You Meet – With every interaction we have with people, there are takeaways we can get. Sometimes we can get too comfortable in our own world. It’s good to hear differences in opinion and other perspectives. It’s amazing the wisdom that is out there! Tap into it. Learn from others!


  • Enhance Your Communication Skills – When you interact with people of diverse backgrounds, it gives you the ability to practice your verbal communication skills. The more comfortable you get communicating, this can open up many possibilities for you in your personal and professional life.


  • Gain New Friendships – It’s amazing the number of quality people that I have met by just starting a conversation! Keep yourself open to great opportunities. And it’s always great to make a new friendship!


  • Acquire New Clients – Opportunities for new client acquisition is everywhere. By starting a conversation with people, you get to listen to what their hopes and dreams are in life. And you just never know, you might gain a client out of it all. Keep your eyes and mind open!


  • Get New Fresh Ideas – We all get stuck sometimes in life. Our ideas for our personal and professional life might appear to be good to us, but when you get around new people, you can come alive with new creative ideas to get you pumped up about your life.


  • Have a Quality List of Resources – Successful people have great resources in life for themselves and to provide value to others. Having a strong network of people in your inner circle that are experts in different fields is an awesome thing to have! Because when you need something, it’s always a good thing to have trusted people to lean on. The person next to you might be the resource you need right now or at a later time.
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How Talking makes one feel good

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If you or someone you know is going through a tough time, talking to someone might sound like a simplistic solution, but it is one of the best possible things you/they can do.

Sorting through your feelings

Talking out loud about what’s going on in your head and explaining it to someone else, even if you think it doesn’t make sense, helps you to clarify the things that are worrying you. Saying things out loud, often makes them less scary, and at least by having to sort through your feelings you know a bit more about you’re dealing with. Keeping things inside only lets them build up and get confusing.

Putting things in perspective

If you have been keeping things to yourself, a situation can seem way more overwhelming than it is. The person you tell might help you see the case in a new or different perspective.
Someone outside the situation will be able to be more objective about what’s going on and might have solutions you hadn’t thought of.

Releasing tension

You mightn’t even realize it, but carrying a worried head on your shoulders every day, full of pent-up emotions, creates a lot of physical stress too. You’d be amazed at what a release it can be to get things off your chest. Your muscles can relax a bit, and you can feel like a weight has been lifted. Feeling good physically makes you feel better mentally. It’s all connected, see?

Deciding who to talk to

Choosing who you want to talk to is an essential first step. You need to trust them, and to feel comfortable opening up to them. The possibilities include close friends (who might relate to what you’re going through) family members (who can sometimes give you great support), teachers or youth workers (who are often good listeners and trained to deal with loads of issues), or going to talk to a counsellor who’s outside the situation (sometimes the best plan).

Talking to someone outside the situation

One of the advantages of talking to someone like a counselor who’s “outside the situation” is they don’t know your friends or your family and don’t have opinions about how you should be living your life.
This means it can be easier to open up and tell them things you might not tell other people. You don’t have to worry about them being judgemental. What you say to them won’t leave the room, except for very particular situations where they fear for your safety or are legally obliged. Check out confidentiality for more information on this.

They also have experience dealing with loads of different problems and are pretty unshockable. If you have particular concerns, there are also counselors who specialize in specific issues.

Some of these specialty areas includes:-

mental health issues
addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling)
sex and sexuality
family issues
eating disorders
family issues
money and housing worries
school and careers

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The Online World

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On the Internet, socialization refers to the ways that people communicate and the methods they use to do so. Socialization describes the customs, quirks and language unique to a particular culture. The Internet, while involving millions of people from countless different countries and backgrounds, has developed some cultural quirks all its own.

The Internet offers many different ways to socialize. Email is a simple form of one-to-one communication. Instant messaging programs offer more immediate forms of chatting, while video call software allows users to socialize visually, not just through text chat. Evolving technology means that new ways to communicate online are constantly developing. For example, Facebook — the world’s largest social network at the time of publication — includes elements of text-based, photo sharing, private message and instant messenger forms of communication.

Online socialization requires a computer or Internet-enabled device such as a smartphone. Online socialization doesn’t necessarily lead to fewer real-world relationships. Some evidence suggests that Internet users are more likely to belong to a group and be actively involved. For example, 69 percent of Internet users attended an event or meeting in the previous month compared to 54 percent of nonusers, according to Pew Research Center data.

Like the offline world, Internet socialization involves its own culture and subcultures. Internet “memes” occur when an image, phrase or video is shared rapidly through the social Web. The meme then becomes a reference point for Internet users. Other forms of Internet culture include the shorthand expressions used in chat rooms and social networks. The term “LOL” for example — meaning laughing out loud — developed from Internet socializing in forums and instant messaging.

Facebook has more than 800 million active users in 2012. The microblogging platform Twitter has 100 million, while the business communication network LinkedIn claims 64 million users. Internet socialization involves a huge number of people worldwide. Many American users consider Internet socializing as having a positive impact. For example, a 2010 report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that around 85 percent of respondents to a survey considered that by 2020 they see the Internet as a mostly positive influence on their social lives.

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Simple Art of Talking and listening

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  • Set aside time for talking and listening to each other.
  • Listen to your children when they want to talk, have strong feelings or have a problem.
  • Be open to talking about all kinds of feelings, including anger, joy, frustration, fear and anxiety. Talking about feeling angry is different from getting angry, though. Learning the difference is an important step for a child learning to communicate.
  • When talking to your child, try to remember how it was when you were a child and how you were generally attracted to those people who really listened to you. After all, children think differently from grown-ups. There are a lot of things they don’t know and a lot of things they don’t have the words to talk about.
  • Let your child finish talking and then respond. When listening, try not to interrupt or put words in your child’s mouth – even when your child says something ridiculous or wrong or is having trouble finding the words. Children appreciate this as much as grown-ups!
  • Use language that your children will understand. Sometimes we forget that children don’t “get” everything.
  • Watch your child’s facial expression and body language. Listening isn’t just about hearing words, but also trying to understand what’s behind those words.
  • To let your child know you’re listening, and make sure you’ve really understood, repeat back what your child has said and make lots of eye contact.
  • Show your interest by saying such things as, “Tell me more about …”, “Really!” and “Go on …”. Ask children what they feel about the things they’re telling you about.
  • Avoid criticism and blame. If you’re angry about something your child has done, try and explain why you don’t want them to do it again. Appeal to their sense of empathy.
  • Work together to solve problems and conflicts.
  • Be honest with each other.