Why Should We Hire You? – Best Answers for Fresh Graduates

This question may sound daunting but it actually works in your favor. This question provides you with a clear opportunity to sell yourself! Use this chance to talk about your strengths and qualities and how those make you an excellent candidate. 

Confidence is important when answering this question. Just because you don’t have any work experience doesn’t mean you’re not the best person for the job. Remember that you have character traits that others don’t have and those could be perfect for the role you’re applying for. If not, you still have skills you may have learned from school and that could be extremely helpful for this role.

 Tips:

  • Read and Understand the job description, and tailor your responses based on what the role requires. Talk about technical skills or relevant work experience that qualifies you for what the position the company is looking for.
  • Talk about internship and how it has prepared you for the position by teaching you work-related experiences. Talk about what you did and what you have learned in details so the Hiring Officer see what exactly you’re bringing to their company. 
  • Talk about your winning qualities and positive traits and give examples to support them
  • If you have other organizations in school, like student council, basketball team, dance club, etc., mention them. It will showcase your leadership and time management skills

Best Answers:

  • It is stated in your job advertisement that you need someone who has knowledge in Marketing or Advertising. Although I am a fresh graduate, I had an experience working as an intern for one of the top advertising agencies in the Philippines, and my time with them taught me a lot about the latest trends in marketing, social media and consumer research.
  • As a recent graduate of Education course, and completed my practicum in one of the public schools in Quezon City, I have realized that I really wanted to become a teacher. I will do my best to be the best educator that I can be, and will do what it takes to make sure no student falls behind in my class. Also, with my recent education, I will bring fresh and unique teaching approaches that I am looking forward to share with you.
  • I am a quick learner, passionate and always want to be on top. I have proven this by being a Dean’s Lister for three consecutive years, while being a basketball varsity for my university. I always rise to the occasion and thrive under pressure. I will bring this attitude with me to help me not just reach, but exceed my sales targets and help the company excel.

 Worst Answers:

  • The job location is near my place
  • Because I have nothing else to do
  • I need a work ASAP

12 Positive Phrases to Pull Yourself Out of Depression

 

Depression is fast becoming a national issue. People are now starting to talk about it, how it affects lives, and the steps people need to take to deal with it.

You can choose to go the medical route and rely on depression medications or you can deal with it the old fashion way – through phrases or mantras that can help calm your system and relieve anxiety.

The practice of using repetitive phrases until you feel better has been proven effective for many years. These phrases are like positive hymns and chants that attract both spiritual and psychological healing. Use these phrases to repeat under your breath as a remedy for when you’re feeling depressed.

1. I AM STRONG.

It’s a misconception that only the weak and the needy suffer from depression. It’s also a myth that those who ask for help are actually the weakest because they depend on someone else. On the contrary, many depressed people who ask for help show self-awareness, and that’s a sign of strength. It shows that they want to change their situation.

2. I WILL GET BETTER.

Depression triggers hopelessness. Saying these words over and over promotes positive thoughts despite your emotionally stormy state. The reality is, eventually you will get better because the dark clouds hanging over you won’t be there forever.

3. I AM STILL BREATHING.

Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh believes in mindful breathing and shared a similar phrase in his book “You Are Here.” The practice of concentrating on the breaths you take, while chanting this phrase, helps the mind to unite with the body, thus bringing a sense of calmness.

4. LET IT GO.

There is a lot of wisdom in the famous words from Elsa, the animated Disney character from “Frozen.” If you find yourself in an obsessive state of anxiety, where you worry about things that haven’t happen or won’t likely happen or conflicts that might arise, then simply say these three words over and over.

5. BE NOT AFRAID.

This phrase, and its variation, “Fear not,” is repeated over a hundred times in the Scriptures. Many people, including the non-religious, find comfort in it. There seems to be a healing power in meditating on the words of a Higher Being and repeating the phrase could pacify anxieties. While the fear is still there, uttering the phrase gives you control over it.

6. THERE’S NO DANGER.

Depression can trigger thoughts and feelings that might make you feel your life is under a threat. Saying these words repeatedly should appease your thoughts and open your eyes to the reality that the danger is all in your mind.  This phrase goes hand in hand with, “Be not afraid. “

7. I HAVE INNER PEACE.

“Om Shanti Om” means inner peace and it is the simplest mantra that Tibetan monks often chant. Invite inner peace into your mind and body to relieve depression and its physical symptoms. You will start feeling your tensed chest loosening up by repeating to yourself that you have inner peace.

8. MY THOUGHTS, WORDS, AND ACTIONS CONTRIBUTE TO MY HAPPINESS AND FREEDOM.

This phrase encourages a life of positivity, compassion, and empathy. It implores a person to live as a servant of life who is in harmony with other beings, including nature and the environment. It has its roots in the tenets of Jivamukti Yoga, which shows the path to enlightenment.

9. SOMEDAY THIS PAIN WILL MAKE SENSE.

People who haven’t experienced sadness or pain aren’t interesting because there’s no depth and growth in them. While it seems like life is full of misfortunes now and it’s causing a wave of depression in you, be assured that one day you’ll see the purpose in your pain.  By repeating the phrase over and over, you will find your strength, resilience, and maturity.

10. I NEED TO BE KIND TO MYSELF IN MY SUFFERING.

Kristin Neff in her book “Self-Compassion” had a similar mantra for handling negative emotions. She said that it’s important to acknowledge your pain and suffering, so you can treat yourself with compassion in moments of difficulty. It follows the same advice as famed teacher Pema Chödrön in the book “When Things Fall Apart,” where she instructs followers to face their problems, not run away from them. Feeling depressed should help you see what’s vital to your life and it should trigger your drive to overcome it. After all, life is about surviving.

11. ONE STEP AT A TIME.

Depression may spike because you feel a loss of control over a situation that’s causing stress. This phrase helps to remind yourself to beat that depressed feeling slowly but surely. When life drags you down, your best choice is to take a moment to help lessen the weight of your burden. One day, nothing will hold you back.

12. TRUST IN THE PROCESS.

Obstacles are part of life, but depression sometimes leads you to ask questions like, “Why me?” or, “Why does this keep happening to me?” or, “Why is my life so challenging?” It’s hard to see the right path clearly during your most troubled times, but with this phrase, you can condition your mind to see obstacles as part of a learning opportunity. They’re not there to make a victim out of you. You have to trust in the process.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Depression can be crippling but it’s an emotion you can help control with positive thinking. The choice is yours – you can either let either let this pain hold you back or let this feeling enlighten you. Hopefully, one of these suggested phrases will help you find peace.

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How to Lose Weight While at Work?

 

Admit it, spending most of our time in the office is definitely a surefire way to pack some excess pounds.  If you feel that your office job is giving you extra fat on your bellies and making you feel heavy, chances are, you’re right! So how do you lose those ugly flabs? Follow these helpful habits:

 

1. Prepare Your Lunch – Restaurants and fast-food chains often serve large portions and high calorie meals. You can eat healthy and save money if you pack your own lunch.

 

 

2. Drink Lots of Water – Water keeps your mind off soda and coffee. It may also help you fight off food cravings in the afternoon, because water keeps you full.

 

3. Always Have a Fruit on Your Desk – Instead of eating chips, cookies and donuts when you are hungry, eat fruits like apples and bananas.

 

 

4. Avoid Sugary Food and Candies – They taste good, but they don’t satisfy your hunger and are not digested quickly so they stay where you don’t want them to be – inside your body!

 

5. Stand As Much As Possible – Standing, compared to sitting, is better because it is good for your back and burns more calories. Try talking to someone over the phone or using your computer while standing, you will feel better after an hour.

 

6. Take The Stairs – Skip the elevator and take the stairs every morning. This is a good cardio and leg workout, that will keep you all pumped up to face the day.

 

7. 8 Hours of Sleep – Getting enough sleep will prevent coffee cravings in the morning plus you will look fresh and radiant the whole day.

 

 

8. Do Not Email – If your officemate is just a few steps away, walk to his/her desk to ask something, instead of sending an email. You will enjoy having a quick chat and at the same time you will get to move around a bit more. Use every possible opportunity to burn calories.

 

9. Park to Walk – Choose a parking spot furthest away from the office. This will force you to add extra steps throughout the day.

 

 

10. Inspirational Quote/Photo – Put on a health and wellness quote or an inspirational photo on your desk to remind you of your fitness goals.

 

 

 

There you go! Stick to these tips and you won’t have any problem burning those calories and keeping fat at bay.  Got more tips? We’d love to hear about them. Use the comment section below to share us your own fitness tips!

 

 

7 Benefits of Working Remotely

Working remotely is perfect for people who doesn’t want to spend hours working in an office. It’s not for everyone but those who do find remote work swear by its benefits.  Here are a few of them:

  1. You Can Design Your Own Office

Being able to work remotely means working from home so you can decorate and design your office based on your own preference. There’s no pressure in ensuring you only put up work-approved décor so you get to go crazy with however way you want your space to look like.

  1. You Can Work Anywhere

You’re not limited to work in a certain place; you can still do your job even if when you’re travelling! The world is basically your workplace and who doesn’t want that?!

  1. You Can Decide On Your Own Schedule

You can fix your schedule as long as you meet your work deadlines. Most of the time, working remotely comes with the benefit of flexible work hours so as long as you get the work done, you’re good to go.

  1. You Can Minimize Distractions

The office can be a venue for endless chitchats and other distractions. Working remotely allows you to choose a place and time that’s conducive for disruption-free work place. Oh, you can even play mood music to help you focus more on your task.

  1. You Become Independent

Since you’re on your own, there is no one you can depend on but yourself. That’ll teach you to work well under minimal supervision, help develop your self-confidence, and slowly build trust on your own capabilities.

  1. You Can Avoid Office Politics

There’s no need to get involve into office drama so there’s less stress. The office can be a breeding ground for nasty gossips and back stabbing. Working remotely will save you from all the negativity they bring.

  1. You’ll Save More Money

Yes! No more worrying about being late, or getting caught in the traffic. You save money not just from the travel expenses but also from food and clothing. There’s no need to buy new clothes each week and no more need to go on expensive lunch outs and after work dinner.

So, how about you bes? Have you ever considered doing remote work? Would you jump at the chance at working from home? Share us your thoughts in the comment section below.

Making Commute and Being Stuck in the Middle of Traffic More Productive

It’s easy to think of commuting and being stuck in the middle of traffic as a total waste of time. Whether you’re standing inside the MRT/LRT platform waiting for the next available train, sitting inside your car or in a cab waiting for the traffic light to turn green, or standing up drenched in sweat inside a bus, every minute that ticks by is a minute lost from an already jam-packed day at work. Good news, though, because there are still things you can do to spend that time more productively. Continue reading “Making Commute and Being Stuck in the Middle of Traffic More Productive”

Five Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Add Your Boss on Facebook

Hello mga bes! You probably debated about whether or not to send your boss a Facebook friend request, or perhaps accept his/her friend request.  Our advice – don’t! Here’s why. Continue reading “Five Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Add Your Boss on Facebook”

Five Ways to Make Your Professional Life Better

The corporate workplace can be both unfair and cruel but at the same time exciting and bursting with so much life. Contrary to what you believe, there’s more to professional careers than just endless survival and brutal competition. The more you learn to sit back, relax, and just let excellence autograph your work, the less you’ll hate how mundane and trivial it becomes. Take these small steps to changing how you perceive your professional life and you’ll be surprised at how light and less stressful it becomes.   Continue reading “Five Ways to Make Your Professional Life Better”

Five Tips to Set You Apart from Other Candidates in a Job Interview

You know bes, interviewing for a job is just like courtship.  You need to put your best foot forward and convince the interviewer that you’re the perfect candidate for the job.  With that being said, it’s important that you not only size up the competition but also stand out. How do you do that? Check out these tips: Continue reading “Five Tips to Set You Apart from Other Candidates in a Job Interview”

FIVE TIPS TO STAY MOTIVATED DURING MULTIPLE REJECTIONS

Rejection in any setting is an unpleasant feeling. It has a tremendous impact in your life – starting with your self-confidence.  Rejections can either make or break your character and of course, we always want it to be the former rather than the latter.

In this blog, we are going to offer you several tips to help you deal with rejection. In the end, we want you to transform the negative experience into something positive. Are you ready na mga bes? Here you go: Continue reading “FIVE TIPS TO STAY MOTIVATED DURING MULTIPLE REJECTIONS”

What not to answer to the question: Where do you see yourself five years from now?

 

How to Answer Common Interview Questions:

In this series of posts, we will talk about how to reply to common interview questions.  We will feature one (or two) questions per post and offer valuable tips to help you get that job.  Feel free to send us questions you want answers in the comment section below.

 

Today, we will answer the question: “Where do you see yourself five years from now?”

 

Hiring managers will always throw this question in an interview, and sometimes jobseekers find it difficult to answer because no one can envision what will happen 1,825 days from now. What the hiring manager really wants to find out with this question is:

Could I expect this person to stay with the company for a long time?

Here are a few tips from Mr. Paul Sandoval, a recruitment professional for more than ten years, on how to accurately answer this tricky question and get the job.

 

TIPS:

  1. Tell the interviewer about your long term career goal- it has to be clear and realistic. Interviewers hear the responses to this question every day, so they will definitely know if your answer is good, well-rehearsed or not true.
  2. Explain how the job you’re applying for is in line with your career goals. The interviewer wants to know how interested are you in getting the job, and that you are willing to learn and grow in their organization.
  3. If you want to step up to a management role, explain your plans and how will intend to get there. Talk about how this job will help and prepare you in getting that promotion. You can discuss about the daily tasks, seminars and trainings offered by the company, which can be very helpful to your advancement.
  4. Tell the interviewer that career advancement is very important to you, that you are excited to be an expert in the position you are applying for, and that you are looking forward to sharing what you know by, coaching other employees, and taking on more responsibilities after five years.

 

RIGHT ANSWERS:

“My career goal is to work in an organization where I’ll have daily challenges and opportunities to develop my skills as a software developer. I want the responsibility of taking on interesting IT projects and collaborating with people that can truly help me learn.”

“Although my real focus is to be the best sales executive of a reputable company, I would very much like to be promoted into a sales supervisory or management position in five years. I enjoy supporting my team members, train sales executives to become achievers, and to bring more clients to the company.”

WRONG ANSWERS:

  • I don’t have a plan/ I don’t know.
  • If you are applying for a sales job, don’t answer that you want to be a full time highschool teacher someday.
  • I see myself working in this company.
  • I want to be successful someday.
  • I want your job some day.
  • I want to be the CEO of this company, with a salary of 1M pesos and a company car.
  • As high as I can go.
  • I want to own my own company someday.

 

If you want to be a business man, wants to travel a lot, transfer to another city or change of career someday, keep them to yourself for now.  Remember, you are being interviewed to know if you can help the company grow, excel, solve problems and become an asset. Your answer to this question will determine if you will get the job, or you will apply for another one.