Here at DGG Week Peek, we condense 3 valuable articles we’ve found on the web every week. We provide you with key insights from each article, and some personal takeaways we’ve gathered. Read on to find out more about careers, lifestyle, personal development and more, all in one place!
Google Employees Weighed in on What Makes a Highly Effective Manager (Technical Expertise Came in Last)
After analyzing a large number of managerial-level employee data, Google found that technical abilities were less important than they expected.
They found other factors that were much more crucial in an effective leader:
1. Calm and collected leaders, especially during challenging situations:
Employees appreciate the leadership and patience from strong bosses especially in times of crisis
2. Collaboration with employees and personalized involvement:
Collaborative leadership and involving employees deeply in the work process is a long term investment for both the employee and the organisation
3. Empathy and care for employees’ personal lives:
Sincerity will be appreciated and reciprocated, and showing real concern creates significant impact in the long run
Despite much emphasis about the different hard and soft skills top leaders should have, it seems that the best characteristics a great leader should possess are those that simply come authentically and naturally from the heart.
With experience of interviewing over 1000 people, this writer found that it is essential to hire for cultural fit.
He offers four questions that hirers can ask to make it easier for the them to evaluate the cultural fit between the potential employee and the organisation more accurately:
1. How did the culture at the last company empower/disempower you:
Reflects how candidates think about the importance of culture, and their work motivations at the last company
2. What were the characteristics of the best boss you’ve ever had:
Reveals what kind of leadership the candidates thrive under, and helps bring to light whether the candidate will be able to succeed in the new company’s leadership
3. Describe how you handled a conflict with one of your co-workers:
Shows the character of the candidate and how he/she perceives as a reasonable way to resolve a conflict
4. What kind of feedback do you expect to receive in this role and how often do you expect to receive it:
Reflects the candidate’s receptiveness to feedback, and in turn shows his/her inclination towards personal development and growth
Culture is extremely important for every organisation, serving as a binding thread between members of the team. It also provides intangible value as a guiding light and purpose. Jobseekers, do consider your own personal characteristics, what kind of culture you would thrive in, and how you can contribute to a company’s culture.
Body language tips for job interviews
Many nonverbal body language cues during job interviews are very telling of our true emotions and personalities.
This human behaviour investigator offers 5 tips to prepare for job interviews. Jobseekers can use these tips to present themselves in the best light:
Give a handshake at the beginning and at the end of each interview, to have a good first and final impression
2. Confident body posture:
Helps to avoid looking insecure, and shows the readiness for the interview and the job
3. Fronting the interviewer:
A nonverbal sign of respect to the interviewer and the interview process itself
4. Authentic and natural smiling:
Shows good passion and chemistry in the topic of discussion
5. Appropriate eye contact:
Recommended to be around 70% of the time, reflecting strong interest and respect
We may all have our natural habits and tendencies, but practise makes perfect! These body language cues are definitely hard to perform naturally. Practice in front of a mirror/friends to exude confidence without looking staged.
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