Statistically Perfect Interviews

It has been written that less than 10% of communication involves actual words, approximately 50% is visual and the remaining 40% is vocal delivery. These stunning figures are used to emphasize the importance of visual presentation when communicating with another human being. Especially during an interview when you are trying to put your best foot forward.

We have long known that interview attire is critical to the delivery of a great first impression. Some experts tell us that an interviewer will form his opinion within the first 10 minutes and spend the remainder of the interview justifying his position. Of course, 10 minutes is not much time to regurgitate your pre-prepared content. Between the meet and greet, a position brief and the complementary company spiel your crucial 10 minute period is just about up.

So you could conclude from these figures that your interview attire together with your introduction manner you may well rack up sufficient points to get over the line. Provided, of course, that you introduced yourself with perfect vocals such as pitch, tone and volume.

Furthermore, it is statistically probable that your interviewer is an average person which means his listening skills may leave a little to be desired. Studies show that we remember between 25% and 50% of everything we hear. So even if your content is a little thin on detail, much of it will probably be forgotten anyway.

The moral of the story is that interviews are not designed to grill the poor chump into the firing line. It is a social interaction between prospective colleagues. The visual and audio queues are indicators as to the intent and energy behind your content. Most interviewers are not trained in this phenomenon; it is a normal part of human interaction that we compute subconsciously and involuntarily.

The best way to appear genuinely interested is to actually be interested. But don’t confuse interest with ‘want’. You may desperately ‘want’ the job for your personal development and hold no interest in the career itself. These candidates don’t appeal to employers because once the honeymoon period ends enthusiasm tends to go with it. On the flip side, a candidate that is interested in the career path regardless of his current position will tend to stay motivated and develop with the role. Showing genuine interest in a career can be most effectively achieved through a prolonged history of relevant jobs, home projects, studies, memberships and/or certifications.

It seems that you can statistically show just about anything these days. But they say statistics don’t lie. History tells us that interview attire has been at the forefront of career development for hundreds of years. Your presentation and manner during your interview will be a heavily weighted unspoken criterion.

Most of all, you should know that 32% of article reader take their figures literally whilst the remainder are sensible about it’s interpretation. Thanks again to all my proofreaders – 64% of you were very sensible.

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Scary Cyberbullying Statistics To Know

In times gone by it was probably disguised as some other name however bullying has always existed in one form or another. There used to be a time however, not so long ago, before the explosion of technology and social media applications, when bullying and the need for dealing with bullies was only limited to when the victim was actually in the physical presence of the bully.

Once you made it back to your fortress of solitude (your home) and away from the bully at school or work, you were “safe!” The bullies couldn’t touch you in any way whatsoever aside from the phone and you of course had a choice to answer that and you could just hang up if you wanted to! Now, unfortunately we have Cyberbullying and it is a form of bullying that far extends beyond the scope, reach and influence of a physically close, in person bully.

Many people would hold the opinion that bullying is actually a normal part of growing up, a right of passage that builds character if you will. Today’s form of bullying however has become something very different and has far more tragic consequences.

Cyberbullying allows those nasty and damaging comments and actions from the school yard or your workplace and then via the supposedly helpful technology of today’s must have cell phones and the Internet, to infiltrate the lives of bullying victims which makes them vulnerable 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

We cannot scoff or sound false alarms about this as the potential dangers of cyberbullying are indeed very real and affecting massive amounts of our kids and each other every single day. The impacts can range from seemingly low self-esteem issues, all the way to the ultimate consequence – suicide.

A survey was compiled of 4441 random children and teenagers from nearly 40 schools in the US in February of 2010, regarding cyberbullying and technology. These children were aged between 10 and 18 years of age. Below are some of the statistics out of that survey.

Use of Technology

• 83% of the kids use cell phones

• 47.1% use cell phones at school

• 40.5% take pictures with cell phones

• 31.5% go online with cell phones

• 50.1% use Facebook

• 37.7% use MySpace

• 11.5% use YouTube

• 6.5% use Twitter

Cyberbullying Victimization

• 20.8% of the kids have been cyberbullied in their lifetime

• 17% have been cyberbullied at least once in the previous 30 days

• 13.3% have been cyberbullied by rumors online

• 14.3% have been cyberbullied by mean or hurtful comments online

• 7.2% have been threatened online

By being aware of these statistics and drilling down in your family, you will begin to understand the reality of cyberbullying and its potential dangers to kids’ mental health and well-being. Having this knowledge on hand if a great help when it comes to protecting your children.

Sad but true, cyberbullying is here, and probably to stay. Also, its reach is so deep and the effects can be so tragic however we can and will fight this dreadful epidemic!

Be there for your children and or friends and let them know you love them and that they can always rely on you. Monitor Facebook, Twitter and mobile phones. It is not an invasion of privacy, it is concern for their welfare!

Also make sure you are aware and also take necessary action regarding the above cyberbullying statistics. Knowledge is power but only if used…

Our children deserve us as parents and guardians to do all we can and learn as much as possible about bullies and bullying.

Our support, education and love will ensure they get through any issues of bullying confidently and more importantly, safely.

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