Enterprise Data and BI Conference Europe 2014
These are Europe’s foremost co-located conferences featuring Enterprise Data, Business Intelligence and Information Quality. Delegates can choose from over 5...Read More
These are Europe’s foremost co-located conferences featuring Enterprise Data, Business Intelligence and Information Quality. Delegates can choose from over 5...Read More
Building on the success of last year’s inaugural show, Telco Big Data returns in 2014 with a bigger and better programme and more operator case studies than ...Read More
The UK’s largest and most prestigious cross-industry event showcasing the latest insights and innovations for large enterprise organisations. The exponent...Read More
Cyber Security Summit 2014 will bring together over 350 cyber security experts, senior officials and policy-makers from across public sector and industry to ...Read More
The November Info-Crime Summit will provide information security professionals with the most up-to-date information, tools, trends, legislative information, ...Read More
ERP provides an integrated view of core business processes, often in real-time, using common databases. ERP systems track business resources including financ...Read More
According to many theories of personality, we all sit on a spectrum of introversion and extroversion. But some people are further along one end of the curve than others. It's common in the workplace for these personalities to collide and it can be a challenge to work with or manage introverts and extroverts. Introvert traits Introversion is a major personality trait that is identified in many theories of personalities. People who are introverted tend to be inward turning, or focused more on themselves and their internal thoughts. Rather than seeking out external stimulation, introverts are happy in their own company. Introverts feel drained and tired in big groups of people. They prefer their solitude, being very self-aware and happiest in their own company. Rather than working in groups, introverts value their independence. Tips for working with introverts Introverts like organisation and preparation. Sometimes all it takes is giving advance notice for events and projects, and sticking with a schedule to ease their anxiety. They'll feel more comfortable and appreciate your consideration. Go electronic Because introverts prefer one-on-one conversations over group meetings, it's sometimes beneficial to host some conversations online to avoid unnecessary stress. This allows for introverts to provide their thoughts in a setting that is suited for their social abilities. Whether by email chain or conference call, you can make an introvert feel more comfortable by taking things out of the meeting room. Be patient Don't expect introverts to jump out of their comfort zone to share their ideas right off the bat. It takes time for them to articulate their thoughts and warm up to a group before sharing. When discussing projects with introverts, you're unlikely to get lots of verbal feedback. That doesn't mean they aren't listening or that they have nothing to say. An introvert prefers to take some time to process information and respond in a considered way. Be patient and understanding. Sometimes, the best ideas are born independently over time. Provide airtime Once ready, introverts need a chance to speak, and since they likely won't ask for it, you might need to give them a little push. Reach out to them in private or follow up individually after meetings. Provide them with an opportunity to share their ideas without forcing them to present to the entire team. Traits of extroverts Extroverts are often described as talkative, enthusiastic, sociable, proactive, and out-going. On the other hand, they are sometimes described as attention-seeking and easily distracted. Extroverts tend to have a broad range of interests, work well in groups and enjoy talking about their thoughts and feelings. Extroverts tend to spend more time with other people, spend more time engaged in social activities, and tend to have more friends. Research has also suggested that extroverts tend to be happier than introverts as well as being less prone to certain psychological disorders. On the other hand, extroverts are also more likely to engage in risk-taking behaviours. Tips for working with extroverts Extroverts draw their energy from interactions with the outside world. They enjoy working in large groups and are stimulated by interactions with the people around them. When it comes to things like group meetings, team lunches and brainstorming sessions, they are in their element. Let them speak Extroverts aren't shy about sharing their opinions, but will become frustrated if not given a chance to voice them. Make sure they have a forum to express themselves and share their thoughts and views. Be assertive In order to make an extrovert's outpouring of information constructive, you need to be assertive. Carefully control when they can speak and for how long in order to make sure they don't take over a meeting. You need to allow everyone in a meeting to say their piece, not just the extroverts. Ask questions You can further direct the flow of an extrovert by asking them questions. Extroverts love to share their knowledge, so ask the right questions and you'll be able to glean the most value out of them. Managing a team of different personality types Everyone is different, even those that fall in the same social category. Not all introverts are created equally! A diverse team needs a flexible, unique management style. Managers need to recognise the temperament of every team member and delegate tasks in such a way as to highlight specific members' strengths. Weakness should be shored up by the strengths of others, so everyone supports everyone else. For instance, don't ask a shy employee to make a presentation at a company meeting, and don't ask an extrovert to lead a project that demands a detailed, considered approach. Give each employee tasks that leverage their personal skills and character traits You'll get the most out of an introverted employee by giving them clear expectations and a lot of space. As long as goals and deadlines are understood, there's no need to hover over their shoulders and micromanage. Extroverts are stimulated by things like public praise and accolades. Focus on praising the steps your extroverts take towards success and keep negative feedback to a minimum in front of co-workers. Sometimes, as an employee or a manager, you have to work with people who have completely different personalities to you. The secret is to find a way to work together to achieve positive results. At the end of the day, no matter what your personality, we're all working towards success.
Women in tech are making their voices heard. Over the last few years we've seen a surge of programs and initiatives designed to help more women get into STEM fields. We had the opportunity to talk about women in technology from the unique perspective of a tech recruiter. Here's what Amy Harris, Senior Contracts Consultant at Montash has to say about what she has seen in the tech world today. Did you always know that working in the recruitment technology was what you wanted to do? Not at all. At university I studied English Literature and Spanish. I went to work abroad for a while and originally I wanted to do something with my language skills. When I came back, a friend suggested recruitment and I haven't looked back. Can you tell us a little bit about your career path? Today I work in corporate delivery, which is a mix of account management and what you'd think of as traditional recruitment. My job is to deliver candidates to clients that have roles and keep maintaining our existing client relationships. I've been working at Montash for three and a half years and this is my second recruitment job. As I develop further, I'd like to move into a mentoring or management role. Do you feel this has changed over the course of your career? I started working in the retail technology space. Back then, there was a big focus on ecommerce competition and supply chain processing. But today it's all about data. Analytics and data collection into consumer behaviour is at the forefront of tech right now. The Cloud and the Internet of Things movement give businesses more access to data than ever before and they are crying out for ways to use it and gain new insights. Do you feel that being a woman affects the way female professionals are perceived or treated? Have you ever been in a situation like that? I think in general you're perceived to not really know what you're talking about. I've never been in a situation like that myself, but you see it in a lot of situations. But, I think there are a lot of advantages in being able to see a situation from a female perspective, especially in tech. Do you notice a lack of women in RECRUITMENT? If so, why do you think that’s the case? Yes! I think the reason for this is that there isn’t enough encouragement to get into tech at a young age. When I was growing up, IT was never really a focus, least of all for girls. But today, kids find technology more relevant than we did - they live with it every day. So I'm confident that we'll see a change over time simply due to how children are more exposed to technology. It feels more natural for girls to get into tech when they use it every day. What do you think is the best part of being a woman in the RECRUITMENT tech industry? For tech recruitment, it is easier to be softer and more empathic in your approach. You don't have to be salesy and aggressive in your pitch. The soft sell feels more natural to me and it allows me to get to the crux of the issue faster. That way, you can solve the problem or meet the need. For tech specifically, I think that empathy is important for maintain a cohesive team. Plus, a new perspective on a project could help devise new approaches and solutions. It's always important to have a variety of views. What advice would you give to a woman considering a career in the tech industry? The one thing I would say is networking and learn from those around you. Go to women in tech events, get inspired, go meet people. There's a movement to help get more women into tech, so get involved and learn new topics and develop your skills. The industry is crying out for more women and more female brains in tech! What do you wish you had known when you first got into RECRUITMENT? I wish I had known just how many opportunities there are out there! If I had known that when I started thinking about my career, recruiter I definitely would have explored tech. There are so many different options out there in the tech field for all kinds of skillsets - UX/UI, DevOps, Big Data analysis - there's a whole world out there.
Successfully navigating your way through a job interview requires more than knowing how to answer the hard questions. Researching the role and the organisation that's interviewing you can potentially give you a big advantage on the competition. Company research is one of the best ways to learn about what the company does and what they're looking for in a candidate. You’ll also be better prepared to answer questions relating to the company itself. This positions you as a diligent, forward-thinking candidate. How to Research Companies Before Job Interviews Visit the company website Start by visiting the company website. There, you can review the organisation's values, history, products and services. You'll get a feel for the company's culture and potentially an idea of the management structure. You should also read the company’s blog, case studies, and white papers to give you a better idea of their accomplishments and the aspects they value. Browse social media LinkedIn company profiles are a good way to find more information on a company you're interested in. You'll be able see your connections at the company, new hires, promotions, jobs posted, related companies, and company statistics. If you have connections at the company, consider reaching out to them. Networking is very important to many industries, including tech. Not only can your connections put in a good word for you, but they may also share their perspective on the company. Like or follow the company to get updates. The company's Facebook, Google+, Instagram, and Twitter pages each reveal something different about the business. This will give you a more well-rounded sense of the company culture and how the public interacts with it. Use Google and Google News Search both Google and Google News for the company name. This can be really invaluable. You may find out that the company is expanding into Asia, for instance, or received a round of start-up funding. This knowledge can help shape your responses to interview questions. Get to know the industry and competitors As well as researching the company, it makes sense to review the overall industry. If you're interviewing for a SAP role, for instance, it's important to be informed about the latest trends and innovations. Get to know the company's biggest competitors and identify their successes and flaws, too. Insight into the company's industry and rivals demonstrates that you're invested and care about the role. 7 Useful Things to Research About the Business 1. The company’s culture and values The value of a good culture fit cannot be overstated. Whether you're interviewing for a project or a full-time role, you need to make sure that your way of conducting business aligns with theirs. You want to be able to confidently say you're a good fit for the company’s culture during any job interview. As you research the employer, pay attention to what’s written on their website regarding the company’s values and mission. You can also learn more about the company culture by following the organisation on its social media networks. 2. The company's clients, products, and services It's important to have an idea of the type of work you’ll be doing once you're successful in your interview. Having a good idea of who the company’s clients are and the types of products and services are offered will allow you to prepare answers to questions that have relatable context to the interviewer. Demonstrating your strengths within the context of the interviewer's frame of reference will make it easier for them to understand how you will best fit into their organisation. 3. News and recent events involving the employer When you go into a job interview, it’s always a good idea to be knowledgeable about the company’s latest news and updates. Most companies have a page on their website dedicated to press releases and events. This is a great source for you to find out information regarding the company’s latest news and updates. 4. The skills and experience the organisation values You need to know what the company looks for in a qualified candidate. You should have a good idea of this already if you tailored your CV specifically for this role. You need to continue focusing on these skills in the interview stage to back up what you've written down. 5. Key players of the business The key players within an organisation are those employees who hold important positions in the company. These individuals can be managers, department directors, and especially the CEO or director of the company. You can find out who the key players of the organisation are by reading the employer’s “About” page and employee bios. It’s also a good idea to check out what these individuals say on Twitter and LinkedIn. Additionally, it's helpful to discover who the interviewer will be. This will give you an advantage during the interview because you’ll have a better chance of connecting with them and sparking a meaningful conversation. 6. The inside scoop To ensure you’re fully prepared for the job interview, our recruitment consultants will give you the benefit of our knowledge. We cultivate long term relationships with our clients, so we can give you inside details about the role and the company that you can’t find online. 7. Where the interview will take place This seems like a simple one, but you'd be surprised by the number of people who get lost on the way to an interview. You want to make the best possible impression and being late doesn't help that. Don't just rely on the sat nav, take a trip up to the interview location before the interview day to get accustomed to the area, find parking and know where you need to go when you get out of the car. How to use this research in your interview During a job interview, your interviewer will ask questions designed to help them get to know you. But their main goal is to determine whether you're a good fit for the position and company. Your company research will make your responses to questions compelling and show that you'll be a valuable asset to the business. Plus, your knowledge will help you give a specific answer if you're asked why you'd like to work for the company. You can share details about things you find admirable about the company, its mission, or its culture. Success in an interview is all about the preparation. Know all the questions, know all the answers and you'll sail through.
Knowing how to answer a difficult question during a job interview is a valuable skill. It's important to come across as both honest and confident without appearing too self-assured. You need to be ready for anything and be able to think fast. As part of your interview prep, you should plan the answers to the standard questions and try to anticipate what you will be asked. With the right preparation, you can turn a tough interview question into a chance to show off your best qualities. 1. "What is your biggest weakness?" This question can go one of three ways. Either you choose a weakness so perfunctory it doesn’t offer anything of value ("I really find it hard to stop working"), or you'll jeopardise your chances of getting the job by saying you don't know how to do it. Ideally, take the third option: Identify a credible weakness, but elaborate specifically how you overcame it. This demonstrates your problem-solving skills and makes you appear optimistic and pro active. 2. "Give me an example where you completed X or give me an example when you did Y" When giving examples in a competency-based interview, remember to be clear and detailed. Giving examples is like telling a story — you have a start, middle and end with a clear order. Focus on staying on track and don't get sidetracked during your explanation. Most importantly, use "I" rather than "we". In competency-based interviews, interviewers are looking for your competencies, not your team's. Interviewers will fail candidates that don't demonstrate their direct input into a project. 3. "Why are you leaving your current job?" This is a very telling question that reveals more about you than you might think. A negative response, like "I wasn't challenged" or "My co-workers and I didn't get on" doesn't tell the interviewer anything valuable. Embedded in these responses is that someone or something in the company was wrong. These types of answers demonstrate a negative mindset. Be positive about your current position and your future prospects. Talk about how a change will empower you and enable you to flourish. 4. "What sort of salary are you looking for?" You want to aim high, but don't put yourself out of salary range? On the other hand, if your target salary is too low, you leave the employer room to go even lower. During an interview, you could try to skirt around the question with a broad answer, such as, “My salary expectations are in line with my experience and qualifications.” Or, “If this is the right job for me, I am sure we can come to an agreement on salary.” But if the interviewer is after a specific number, make sure you've done your research or discussed this question with your recruiter to get a feel for what the employer is expecting to pay. 5. "What is your most significant achievement?" This question is designed to assess your values and attitude as much as your achievements. You're more likely to come across well if you choose to discuss something you're genuinely proud of, which could be because it involved leading others, overcoming obstacles or persisting in the face of the odds. 6. "Why should I hire you?" To best answer this question, go back to your CV and look through it for the three to five things that make you outstanding. These qualities should accent your work ability, such as problem solving and tenacity. Remember, the notion is that past performance is always the best predictor of future performance. 7. "How would your friends describe you?" This is another question that is best answered with an anecdote. Context for why you think your friends would describe you in a certain way adds credibility to your claim. But be humble, not arrogant. Telling them that you are amazing and loved by everyone is more likely to be a red flag to interviewers. 8. "Explain a complex database to your 6 year old nephew" Explaining complex systems or processes shows the interviewer that you have a solid and adaptable understanding of what you do. Particularly in tech, where not only do you have to work with complex systems, you are often required to explain things to non-proficient stakeholders. Make sure you are able to describe what you do in simple terms, using comparisons that most people can understand, and concepts that are easy to grasp. 9. "Where do you see yourself in five years?" Hiring managers want to know that you’re setting realistic goals for your career as well as gauge your ambition and whether or not the role aligns with your goals and your plan for growth. It’s critical to have your own vision for where your career is going and how it will fit with the employers’ strategies going forward. It's in companies' best interest to make sure they're making their workers' skills, experience, and interests a priority and to help them navigate and nurture a growth and development plan. 10. "Tell me about a time when you had to work with a difficult person" This question gets to the core of what you're like to work with. The hiring manager needs to know what type of co-worker you struggle to collaborate with and whether you know how to find a way to work together successfully with that type. This is especially important for project work or short term contracts. You may be jumping into established teams or even leading them. You will be paid to do a job, and that means getting along with all types of people, even ones who don't work like you do.