Going for an interview is like going for a first date. You want to look and behave your best at your first date/interview, to grab your potential date/employer’s attention. Like in a date so in an interview, you get only one chance to create an impeccable first impression, to prove why you are the perfect match for the job. Interestingly, tips that work successfully in the dating world can be applied in an interview, to get great results.Here are few tips from the dating world which can improve your chances of qualifying for the next round of interview and hopefully help you land your dream job:

Do research – Show interest in your date

pinhopesBe prepared before you land up for the interview like you would do before going out on a date. Learn about the company, industry it deals in, products or services, missions, goals and competitors, to show you are interested in working with them. When you show interest in the company’s values, missions, and goals genuinely, your chances of being considered as a potential candidate become higher.

Pay attention to your personal grooming

You definitely would like to look great on your first date, without trying to look too flashy. Same for an interview, you need to take care of your personal hygiene to look well-groomed and decent. Wear formal clothing and accessories, which are appropriate for work environment.

Be on time – Respect your date’s time

As on a first date, reaching on time is important while attending an interview as well. An interview is your first opportunity, to make a good impression before  your potential employer. So better be on time. If necessary, plan well ahead to reach on time and if you need to cancel or reschedule an interview, inform the employer at least a day in advance.

Think positive and be confident – Impress your date

Like your date, a company too loves a person with positive attitude and great confidence. The key to winning your potential employer’s attention is through your confidence and can-do positive attitude.

Avoid saying anything negative about your Ex

When asked about your past experiences in previous company, you may be tempted to criticize your ex-employer or colleagues. But it’s always better to refrain from saying anything unimpressive about your former employer or others. If you vent out negative comments about your previous employer, the interviewer may view you as unfit for the job.

Don’t pressurize yourself – This is not the end of the world

Even if you like the job profile or think the company is amazing, don’t pressurize yourself too much. As it can make you more nervous and affect your performance at the interview. Remember, this is not your only or last chance to land a job; there are hundreds of companies and job openings out there.

Like in dating, when you are serious about your date and willing to take the relationship forward, you want to show your best self. Similarly, if you are serious about landing your dream job, you need to create an impressive first impression of yourself before the potential employer, to go to the next round of interview.

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A company’s biggest asset is its ’employees’. Without them, a company cannot grow, thrive and expand in new frontiers. Employees with intelligence, confidence, drive and integrity can take a company to new heights and help garner greater business success. Smart employees are generally driven by innovative thinking and result-oriented actions that creates business values for an organization. Here are few benefits of hiring smart people:


Delivers more than their job descriptions:

Smart employees seldom limit themselves within the boundaries of their job descriptions. They believe in performing additional tasks to their current role and are always ready to take up new responsibilities. They realize their most important job is to contribute towards the expansion of the organization.

Requires little supervision:

Smart people often needs very little supervision and tend to learn new ideas and concepts quickly. This helps managers to train them about the project and workflow processes, in less time. They understand their role in the project well and do their work efficiently, helping managers to check their work in no time.

Efficient & proactive – Creates business values:

Smart people often prove to be self-driven, efficient and proactive employees in their work environment. They actively find solutions or innovate ways to deal with workflow processes and challenges. They plan & work strategically and achieve more in less time, creating business values.

Aligned with the company’s overall goals & visions:

An organization thrives on the path of success when its employees are well aligned with the company’s goals and visions. Employees who are a perfect ‘cultural fit’ for an organization, helps to boost work by creating positive team environment hence delivering business excellence.

Challenges existing rules and drives excellence:

When an employee questions the way something is done and offers better recommendations, the company benefits. Employees with problem solving and analytical bent of mind, often encourage people around them to perform better which drives excellence and brings enhanced results.

Hiring smart intelligent people strengthen an organization’s business values and performance. Do you want to see your organization joining the big league? Then hire self-driven, innovative and result-oriented candidates.

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Reaching your work goals may look like a daunting task at first. With careful planning and implementation of right strategies, you can step up the career ladder quicker than you thought of. Here are few tips on how to get promoted at work quickly:

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Continue learning

Learning is a lifelong process. To grow in your career, it is imperative that you keep accumulating knowledge across industries’ trends, challenges and insights. Staying updated about your domain knowledge enables you to tackle challenges at work more efficiently and higher your chances of getting noticed by employers.

Lead when required

To take charge in a work environment doesn’t always require you to be in a top position. You can assume a leadership role when circumstances demands at workplace. Exhibit your leadership skills while solving a critical problem at work by effectively communicating, motivating and working in coordination with other team members. Also start taking responsibilities a level in advance to show that you are ready for the next role.

Give your best

When you give your best in your work, you stay visible for your passion and performance. If you want to add more value to your work, then go the extra miles by introducing innovative ideas and smarter ways, to deliver greater results. By contributing more towards the improvement of your organization, you stand better chance of being recognized and promoted to the next level.

Ask Questions

Asking right question is an attractive trait which organizations love to see in their employees. When you ask appropriate questions at the right time, you show your willingness to learn new things and confidence to express your ignorance about something.

Work towards company goals

Employees, who are more aligned with the organization’s long-term goals & dreams and works towards fulfilling them, grow quicker than others. Build your plans and innovative strategies at work in alignment with your company’s visions and future goals, to become an indispensable resource for the organization.

If you are serious about taking your career in the upward curve faster, the tips could be very helpful in achieving your career goals.

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Today employers face multiple challenges with traditional online hiring portals such as:

ü  Escalating cost of accessing candidates database which is largely unused

ü  Time-consuming candidate search and review process

ü  Hard to zero-in on the right resource

ü  Limited branding options

Needless to say, all the above factors slow hiring online which delays bringing candidates on-board. To help employers tackle these online recruitment problems, Pinhopes – a new-age online hiring destination, has introduced innovative profile filtering features, video based online hiring process, multiple branding avenues combined with cost-effective payment option. Here are the key differentiators which help employers hire 3x faster:

Get relevant applications from interested candidates – Every time

Unlike existing online recruitment portals Pinhopes doesn’t deal in database business which means employers are not required to search for right candidates, in a database which is largely unused. Instead employers get relevant applications directly from active job seekers for a job opening, without putting much effort.

No tedious candidate search process – Advanced built-in search bubbles best talents at top

On Pinhopes, employers are no longer required to go through time-consuming candidate search process rather they are approached by interested candidates. Pinhopes’ advanced built-in search throws the best profiles based on multiple parameters at top listing, which makes finding suitable candidate a lot more easier and quicker.

Video based online screening & interview – Enables you to zero-in on best talent quickly

Searching for the right talent requires employers to sort CVs, conduct telephonic rounds and schedule face-to-face interview. Even after going through all these filtering steps, they end up meeting a candidate who doesn’t exactly fit the specific role. To enable employers zero-in on the right talent in reduced time, Pinhopes has introduced 1 min USP video profile and video interview feature. The 1-min video profile gives employers the opportunity to gauge a candidate’s personality and soft skills match for a role. And the video interview feature helps employers to check a candidate’s skill set suitability for a job profile.

Promote your brand via multiple avenues and increase visibility


Employer branding is the crux of successful online hiring strategies. In a world where there is dearth and intense competition for highly-skilled candidates, companies need to stay visible to bring on-board the best candidates, before their competitors. With Pinhopes branding services, employers get multiple branding avenues – Brochures, Corporate Video, Presentations, Links, Press Releases, which help them to stay visible to a host of potential job seekers. One of our clients ‘Happiest Minds’ has utilized Pinhopes multi-branding services successfully and draws thousands of job seekers’ attention every day.

Pay Per Post Model – Cost-Effective & Flexible

Pinhopes believes in making online hiring cost-effective. With our tailor-made recruitment packages based on flexible pay per post model, organizations can bring down and manage recruitment costs.

If your organization is looking to hire top talent in 3 times faster with a host of other benefits and get real online hiring results, then look no further than www.pinhopes.com. Contact us at: +91 – 9243777966 or email at: sales@pinhopes.com.


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World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated worldwide on 5th of June every year. Run by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the celebration raises awareness on the importance of taking positive environmental measures to save our ‘Mother Earth’. The United Nations General Assembly has declared the theme of WED 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), raising awareness of their unique development challenges and successes. We believe in doing our bit and contributing positively towards the common cause of saving the environment.

Saves Trees – Reduce Paper Waste

Hiring in the traditional method involves a lot of paper work such as printing question papers, resume, HR form and others. Pinhopes’ online recruitment process hardly requires candidates to print a call letter, his/her resume, fill long forms and others, thus saving trees by reducing paper waste.

Green Approach – Reduces Carbon Footprint

Generally interviews require shortlisted candidates or employers and sometimes both to travel increasing carbon footprint. With Pinhopes, employers can screen a candidate’s 1-min USP video profile online and conduct a video interview to judge his/her suitability for a job anytime, without travelling anywhere. This helps save time, travel expenses and reduce harmful carbon emissions.

Lower Logistics Requirements

Organizing an interview requires employers to take care of the candidates’ stay and transport facilities, booking a conference room in advance, scheduling an interview with hiring manager and senior management, depending on the role. With Pinhopes’ video based online hiring process, companies can screen candidates online, request a video interview, check skills and personality match for a job and almost meet the candidate in person virtually. This gives employers all the benefits of traditional hiring method along with the additional advantage of minimizing logistics costs.

With Pinhopes whether you look for a job or for the right talent, you can always contribute towards saving the environment with our go green approach.

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Multitasking often gives us the feeling of being productive, doing numerous things at once. But does it really works? Studies revealed multitasking can actually result in losing 20-30% of your productive time. The simple reason, why multitasking doesn’t work? Because our brain cannot focus on multiple things at one time. Given below are a few negative effects of multitasking:

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Slows you down:

Contrary to popular belief, switching between tasks doesn’t save time rather it slows you down. Different task requires different mindsets and when you jump from one task to another, you fail to give 100% focus on any of the tasks. As a result, you complete lesser amount of work.

You make more mistakes:

When you work on different tasks at the same time, you tend to err more which reduces your productivity by up to 40%. The human brain is likely to deliver best when it works on a single task. To a certain extent, it can deliver decent performance up to two tasks. However, if the number of task exceeds more than two, chances of committing mistakes increase by three times.

Stresses you out:

Working on a number of critical tasks simultaneously demands greater efficiency failing which can stress you out. It is not the physical efforts you are pumping in to complete multiple tasks that put high level of stress on you but the end results if not good enough. In the long run, piling up of stress can affect your health adversely.

Affects your memory:

When you keep switching between tasks, you can suffer from short term memory loss. A study found as we grow older our memory becomes weak and jumping from one task to another makes it hard to remember things clearly.

If you want to increase your productivity at work, try working in batches rather than multitasking. It can help you to work more efficiently, do fewer mistakes and achieve more.

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Traditional online hiring methods are time-consuming which need employers to search for CVs, review profiles, shortlist and schedule an interview, taking up to 45-60 days to hire a new resource. Often times, the details in a CV and candidates whom the employers have interviewed on phone, don’t meet expectations when they meet them in person. As a result, employers end up failing to find the right talents. To solve these real-time recruiting challenges, Pinhopes has introduced a video based online hiring process which reduces time to recruit and help employers hire the right resource. Here are few advantages that Pinhopes’ video based hiring process offers to employers:


Video Based Profile Screening:

Pinhopes’ introduction of 1-min USP video profile option for candidates has helped employers screen a prospective employee’s soft skills and personality, at a quick glance. The 1-min video profile of the candidate can be shared securely with the hiring manager. It also gives employers the flexibility to review it anytime anywhere.


Video Interview:

Video Interview is a web based interview with customized questions and fixed time slot which allows employers to judge a candidate’s skill sets and suitability for a job profile. This enables an employer to review hundreds of profiles and assess the suitability of candidates for an opening and zero-in on the best talents quickly.


Video Application Saves Time, Money and Expands Reach:

Inclusion of video technology has reduced ‘Time to Recruit’ for employers by cutting time spent on scheduling, co-ordinating and organizing interview meetings. With video application, employers can reach out to a wider base of candidates across the country, without having to bear the expense/time.



Pinhopes has made online hiring more efficient, time-saving, cost-effective and less stressful for both, employers and job seekers. Now employers can invite a candidate for an interview if found suitable, after reviewing his/her video profile.









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Pinhopes - ModiThe sweeping victory of National Democratic Alliance led by Bharatiya Janata Party in the 2014 Lok Sabha election has set the right financial sentiment in India. With Mr. Modi’s core policy focus on development and economic growth, the country is likely to draw more foreign investments, curb inflation, and spur economic activities in different industries, thus creating higher number of jobs. Looking into the positive growth prospects, experts are expecting higher growth in the job market, particularly in the manufacturing industry.

According to a leading HR consultancy firm, the Indian job market will grow at least by 30% under Mr. Modi’s rule and up to 15-20 million jobs are likely to be created. Manufacturing and infrastructure are the two sectors that are likely to have maximum job growth, creating up to 30-40 million jobs in the next decade. Other sectors where hiring will increase are banking, tourism, healthcare and IT. HR Analysts also predicted uncertainty in the retail sector, since the new dispensation has not yet made it clear about its stance on FDI in multi-brand retail segment.

The verdict of 2014 Lok Sabha election has put Narendra Modi at the helm of affairs raising hopes among investors, economists, investors and experts alike. With Narendra Modi designated as the 15th PM of India, the nation in general is optimistic about policy changes for overall economic growth and immense employment opportunities.

And if you are a job seeker looking for a change in your career, this year could be a year of great opportunities for you. Make your move and land your dream job while the job market is booming.


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A cover letter gives you a chance to make a case for yourself, and cover everything you cannot express in your resume. It affords you an opportunity to come across as real people and explain your suitability for the desired position, to potential employers. Companies often look for thoughtfully written cover letters, as a method of screening applicants who lack the necessary skills or interest for the said position. Cover letter can thus form into a marketing vehicle for any prospective job seeker.

A modern day equivalent of a covering letter is the Video Application like the one found on Pinhopes! As a job seeker, you can highlight your strengths, make a case for yourself, and introduce yourself in person (almost). With a bit of thought, the video application could turn into a key differentiator, and draw the attention of the interviewer/hiring manager to your profile among the sea of resumes. Video Application could be one of the most beneficial features for a fresher who has no previous job experience to showcase their suitability for a job.

With the advent of new media technology, the traditional cover letter is losing some of its sheen. Employers are now looking for interactive and effective medium like video, to hire the best talent in reduced time, cost and effort. If you are ready to land your dream job, switch to video application and stand greater chances of getting noticed by potential employers.

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PinhopesVideo interviews are becoming immensely popular in today’s workplace. Today, companies are increasingly catering to global clients with diverse resource requirements, therefore hiring via video interview online, is the need of the hour. Video interview expedites the online hiring process, saves time, reduces cost and enables meeting potential job seekers virtually. It also helps employers screen more candidates and zero-in on the best matched profiles faster from any location. Check how our new video questionnaire feature helps employers recruit the smarter way:

Consistency: Using video technology for interviewing candidates assists employers to set customized interview questions for specific job roles and levels within a time frame. A set of pre-determined script and format can get employers a great deal of consistency, as job seekers are asked the same set of questions.

Flexible & Saves Time: Video interviews give employers the flexibility to review, share and rate a candidate’s profile in real-time easily. It also helps them to interview a host of applicants online at a time, reducing time to meet each one of them in person.

Reduce Recruitment Cost: Time is money for HR departments. Through video interviews, employers can screen a pool of candidates within a short span of time. This new media recruitment technology is very useful, when the resource is staying in a different location. It can help employers reduce hiring cost by up to 50%.

Select Right Talents Faster: Video interview allows employers to gauge soft skills and personality of a candidate. It also helps employers pick the best suited candidates for an opening quickly.

Pinhopes believes in making online hiring process effective, economical, time-saving and result oriented. Our one-way video interview feature helps employers hire top talents online in a simple and swift manner.

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