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4 Insanely Tough Interview Questions (and How to answer Them)

4 Insanely Tough Interview Questions (and How to answer Them)

4 Insanely tough interview question and how to answer them


Problem solver. Creative. Works well under pressure.

These are key personality traits employers will be seeking no matter what position they’re hiring for—and chances are, your resume probably already showcases them in some way. But these days, hiring managers from some firms aren’t content to take job seekers at their word—they want to see it to believe it.

And that’s why some companies have turned the interview process on its head. Instead of the traditional questions you might expect in an interview, they’re giving candidates problems to solve—problems which, at first glance, might seem totally random.

Google, for example, has been known to ask, “How many people are using Facebook in San Francisco at 2:30 PM on a Friday?” Hewlett-Packard asks, “If Germans were the tallest people in the world, how would you prove it?”

What? Where do you even begin?

Here’s the secret (yes, there’s a secret): Your interviewer isn’t necessarily looking for a right answer. He wants to determine how quickly you can think on your feet, how you’ll approach a difficult situation, and, most importantly, whether you can remain positive and proactive and make progress in the face of a challenge.

So, if one of these “problem-solving” questions gets thrown your way—relax, be yourself, and tackle it calmly. Talk the interviewer through your internal thought process, so he can gain insight into the way you think and analyze information.

Below are some of the toughest types of questions employers are known to ask—and your guide for how to ace them.

1. Design an Evacuation Plan for This Office Building

(Inspired by Google)

As with any complex on-the-job challenge, the first step to answering a question like this is to clearly identify the problem. If designing an evacuation plan was really your task on the job, you definitely wouldn’t be able to solve it in an hour-long meeting—you’d need a lot more information. So, when an employer asks these types of questions, the idea is actually to see if you can pinpoint and explain the key challenges involved.

For example, in the question of an evacuation plan, you’ll have to know the nature of the disaster before you can answer it. A fire would have a different plan than a hurricane or earthquake, right? You’d also need to know how many staircases, elevators, and people are in the building.

When you’re presented with a complicated question like this, don’t be afraid to answer it with more questions. What the interviewer is really looking for is that you can think through the information you’ll need to reach a solution, and then ask for it—or explain how you’d seek it out—in a structured, logical way.

2. How Many Tennis Balls Can You Fit into a Limousine?

(Inspired by Monitor Group)

1,000? 10,000? 100,000? In these types of questions, the interviewer doesn’t necessarily want an exact number—he wants to make sure that you understand what’s being asked of you, and that you can set into motion a systematic and logical way to respond.

So, just take a deep breath and start thinking through the math. (Yes, it’s OK to ask for a pen and paper!)

For example, start by estimating the cubic inches of a limo and the volume of a tennis ball (also in cubic inches). Pretend the limo is a box to simplify things for yourself, and just make a note out loud that you’re approximating. Divide one into the other, make allowances for the seats in the limo, and move from there. Even if you don’t know the exact measurements, the real goal is to impress your potential employers with your ability to get to the heart of the problem quickly and with purpose.

3. How Much Should You Charge to Wash All of the Windows in Montana?

(Inspired by Google)

Remember that not all questions must have a complicated answer. As a matter of fact, with a question like this, most candidates don’t even provide a correct answer. Employers are simply asking the question because it is difficult to prepare for, and they want to see firsthand how quickly you can think on your feet.

Prepared responses may cut it for open-ended questions such as “Tell me about yourself,” or “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” But, employers want to see that you remain calm when you feel uncertain—and that you are able to think outside of the box if they take you “off-script.”

Yes, this question is especially broad—but you could get around that by naming what you consider to be a fair price per window rather trying to figure out the number of windows in the area. Talk it out. You both know that there’s not enough information to get a completely accurate answer, so relax and see where your mind goes.

4. Explain the Internet to an 8-Year Old in 3 Sentences

(Inspired by Microsoft)

The point of questions like this is to test your ability to communicate complex ideas in simple language.

Whether you describe the Internet as a “complex series of tubes” or as “the cloud,” the key here is to back up your explanation with easy-to-understand logic and facts. What you say doesn’t matter as much as how you can clarify and defend it by answering the most important questions that the employer is looking for: What? How? Why?

For example, try this:

  • What? Use your first sentence to establish a basic premise: “The Internet is a series of tubes.”
  • How? Your second sentence can describe the first: “The tubes connect information that is stored on computers throughout the world.”
  • Why? Finally, close by summing up the purpose of the Internet: “It helps people to access global information quickly and easily.”

Yes, interview questions like these four can be more than a little intimidating. But, they can also give you a chance to show an employer who you are, how you think, and if your work style is a match for the position.






 9 Phrases That Make You Sound Less Experienced Than You Are

 9 Phrases That Make You Sound Less Experienced Than You Are

9 Phrases That Make You Sound Less Experienced Than You Are

Here are a few commonly used words and phrases you want to avoid since they instantly make you sound more inexperienced—plus what to say instead to ensure you come across as the capable, competent professional you are.

1. “I Don’t Know”

You certainly don’t need to have all the answers all the time. None of us do. But answering your co-workers’ questions with “I don’t know” (and a blank stare) can make you look like you’re not up to the job.

Writer Sara McCord offers some great alternatives in this article, such as offering up what you do know (“Well, I can tell you that the report went to the printer on Friday”) or responding, “That’s exactly the question I’m looking to answer.” Or, if you know you can get the information from someone else, try “Let’s loop Devante in to confirm.”

2. “I Have to Ask my Boss”

It doesn’t matter what level you’re at in your career, there are certain things you’re going to have to run by your boss. (Even CEOs have to ask the board for approval on important matters.) But that doesn’t mean you have to end every conversation letting others know that you’re not the one who can make the final decision.

Instead, try, “This all sounds great—let me just run our conversation by a couple people on the team before moving ahead.” You’ll sound like a thoughtful collaborator, rather than the lowly subordinate.

3. “Is That OK?”

When you do have to run something by your boss? Skip this line, which sounds like you have no idea if your recommendation is a good one or not, and use something like: “Let me know by Friday whether I should proceed.”

4. “I Am the [Insert Junior-Level Job Title Here]”

Here’s a secret—if you have a not-so-impressive job title (and we’ve all had ’em), you don’t have to broadcast it to everyone you work with, particularly if you’re reaching out to potential clients or partners who are higher up than you are.

In your next cold outreach email, trade “I’m the Jr. Marketing Assistant at Monster Co,” for, “I work in Marketing at Monster Co, and I’m reaching out because…” It’s still honest, but it makes you sound a bit more experienced.

5. “Very,” “Insanely,” “Extremely”

It’s Professional Writing 101 to remove unnecessary adverbs from your language, not only because we all want shorter emails, but because these additional words tend to add emotion into what should be straightforward, fact-based communication. Quick: Which sounds like it came from a calm, cool professional: “I’m incredibly eager to get started, but I’m insanely busy this week—could we aim for next week when things will be way calmer?” or, “I’m eager to get started, but booked this week. Could we aim for next?”

6. “Hi, I’m Julie”

In a social setting, it’s perfectly fine (in fact, expected) that you’ll introduce yourself by first name only. But in a professional or networking setting, it can make you sound unsure of yourself, like you’re someone who just happened to walk into the room, rather than someone who was invited to be there. Instead, share your full name and why you’re there: “I’m Julie Walker, from the Marketing team.”

7. “I” and “Me”

As Aja Frost reported in this article: “Reducing your use of the word ‘I’ can actually make people view you as more powerful and confident… a psychologist from the University of Texas who analyzes how people talk for hidden insight, found that whoever uses the word ‘I’ more in a conversation usually has a lower social status.”

Consider these two statements: “I would be so grateful if you would consider meeting with me next month. I’m very interested in your work, and I would love to meet you in person,” and “Would you be available for a meeting next month? It would be great to learn more about your work and meet in person.” The former veers into fangirl territory; the latter sounds like one accomplished professional addressing another.

8. “I’m Available at Whatever Time Is Convenient for You”

Really, are you? If the person you’d like to meet with wrote back and said that 5:30 AM on a Tuesday morning was convenient, I’m pretty sure you’d disagree. (And even if you didn’t, you’d look like you have nothing going on in your professional life.)

Try “Tuesday and Thursday afternoons work well, though I’m happy to be flexible,” which sounds similarly agreeable, but also shows that you have an important schedule of your own.

9. “I Hope to Hear From You Soon!”

Ending your emails hoping and praying that you’ll hear from your recipient makes it sound like you think there’s a good chance you won’t. Instead, project confidence that the conversation will continue, with something like, “I look forward to discussing,” or “I look forward to hearing from you.”






5 ways to save a bad job interview

5 Ways To Save A Bad Job Interview

5 Ways To Save A Bad Job Interview

Words once spoken in a job interview cannot be taken back but can be fixed in the right way

If you’re a fan of veteran actor Robin Williams and thoroughly enjoyed his sense of humor, then his comedy flick, Mrs. Doutbfire must have left you in splits. Remember what Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) said when he was asked about his special skills for the role of a housekeeper during an interview? He said, ‘Yes, I do, I do voices.’ Well, after Daniel realized that his ‘special’ skill did not impress the interviewer, he apologized and expressed his desperation for the job. The chances of being vulnerable to mistakes are extremely high if you are unemployed and are desperately looking for a job. While rewinding or redoing the job interview is not possible, there are a few things that a job seeker can do to make up for goof-ups and fix the employer’s impression.

1) It is human to err, therefore laugh it off

    It is not uncommon to make mistakes while attending a job interview. However, what is required of you is to do sufficient research about the company and be confident about the role you’ve applied for. On the chance that you are stressed out and are unable to give an answer or you give out a wrong answer, instead of getting panicky, admit to your blunder and laugh it off. But also admit to not knowing the answer and ensure that you will go back and do the required research. This will give an impression to the interviewer that you are a good sport and are also confident and ready to learn.

2) Admit and apologize

   No matter how hard you try, you can’t have control over everything. An emergency might come up or you might be stuck in traffic, inform your interviewer and keep them in the know. Apologize sincerely and admit your fault. This will give an impression to the employer that you value your time as well as their time.

3) Apologize for specific slip-ups

   During an interview, there are chances of certain slip-ups. For example, you may stumble, slip or may spill a glass of water. Make it a point to offer an apology immediately and don’t forget to laugh it off. It shows that you know how to take control of the situation and know how to see the lighter side of things.

4) Do not end in a debate/ argument

   If the interviewer asks you to give your opinion on a particular topic, and, at the same time disagrees with your point of view, ensure that the conversation does not end in an argument. Be humble and acknowledge the other person’s point of view but don’t stray away from your views. Agree to disagree with your interviewer.

5) Address the elephant in the room

   If in a career span of five years, you may have changed multiple jobs or have experienced a break in your career, be ready to talk about it. State your reasons matter of factly and refrain from whining. Acknowledge it head on and if nothing else, you at least get to walk out with your head held high by making an attempt at speaking the truth.




185 Powerful Verbs That Will Make Your Resume Awesome

185 Powerful Verbs That Will Make Your Resume Awesome

185 Powerful Verbs That Will Make Your Resume Awesome





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Most resume bullet points start with the same words. Frankly, the same tired old words hiring managers have heard over and over—to the point where they’ve lost a lot of their meaning and don’t do much to show off your awesome accomplishments.

So, let’s get a little more creative, shall we? Next time you update your resume, switch up a few of those common words and phrases with strong, compelling action verbs that will catch hiring managers’ eyes.

No matter what duty or accomplishment you’re trying to show off, we’ve got just the verb for you. Check out the list below, and get ready to make your resume way more exciting.

If you were in charge of a project or initiative from start to finish, skip “led” and instead try:

  1. Chaired
  2. Controlled
  3. Coordinated
  4. Executed
  5. Headed
  6. Operated
  7. Orchestrated
  8. Organized
  9. Oversaw
  10. Planned
  11. Produced
  12. Programmed

And if you actually developed, created, or introduced that project into your company? Try:
  1. Administered
  2. Built
  3. Charted
  4. Created
  5. Designed
  6. Developed
  7. Devised
  8. Founded
  9. Engineered
  10. Established
  11. Formalized
  12. Formed
  13. Formulated
  14. Implemented
  15. Incorporated
  16. Initiated
  17. Instituted
  18. Introduced
  19. Launched
  20. Pioneered
  21. Spearheaded

Hiring managers love candidates who’ve helped a team operate more efficiently or cost-effectively. To show just how much you saved, try:

  1. Conserved
  2. Consolidated
  3. Decreased
  4. Deducted
  5. Diagnosed
  6. Lessened
  7. Reconciled
  8. Reduced
  9. Yielded

Along similar lines, if you can show that your work boosted the company’s numbers in some way, you’re bound to impress. In these cases, consider:

  1. Accelerated
  2. Achieved
  3. Advanced
  4. Amplified
  5. Boosted
  6. Capitalized
  7. Delivered
  8. Enhanced
  9. Expanded
  10. Expedited
  11. Furthered
  12. Gained
  13. Generated
  14. Improved
  15. Lifted
  16. Maximized
  17. Outpaced
  18. Stimulated
  19. Sustained

So, you brought your department’s invoicing system out of the Stone Age and onto the interwebs? Talk about the amazing changes you made at your office with these words:

  1. Centralized
  2. Clarified
  3. Converted
  4. Customized
  5. Influenced
  6. Integrated
  7. Merged
  8. Modified
  9. Overhauled
  10. Redesigned
  11. Refined
  12. Refocused
  13. Rehabilitated
  14. Remodeled
  15. Reorganized
  16. Replaced
  17. Restructured
  18. Revamped
  19. Revitalized
  20. Simplified
  21. Standardized
  22. Streamlined
  23. Strengthened
  24. Updated
  25. Upgraded
  26. Transformed

Instead of reciting your management duties, like “Led a team…” or “Managed employees…” show what an inspirational leader you were, with terms like:

  1. Aligned
  2. Cultivated
  3. Directed
  4. Enabled
  5. Facilitated
  6. Fostered
  7. Guided
  8. Hired
  9. Inspired
  10. Mentored
  11. Mobilized
  12. Motivated
  13. Recruited
  14. Regulated
  15. Shaped
  16. Supervised
  17. Taught
  18. Trained
  19. Unified
  20. United

Were you “responsible for” a great new partner, sponsor, or source of funding? Try:

  1. Acquired
  2. Forged
  3. Navigated
  4. Negotiated
  5. Partnered
  6. Secured

Because manning the phones or answering questions really means you’re advising customers and meeting their needs, use:

  1. Advised
  2. Advocated
  3. Arbitrated
  4. Coached
  5. Consulted
  6. Educated
  7. Fielded
  8. Informed
  9. Resolved

Did your job include research, analysis, or fact-finding? Mix up your verbiage with these words:

  1. Analyzed
  2. Assembled
  3. Assessed
  4. Audited
  5. Calculated
  6. Discovered
  7. Evaluated
  8. Examined
  9. Explored
  10. Forecasted
  11. Identified
  12. Interpreted
  13. Investigated
  14. Mapped
  15. Measured
  16. Qualified
  17. Quantified
  18. Surveyed
  19. Tested
  20. Tracked

Was writing, speaking, lobbying, or otherwise communicating part of your gig? You can explain just how compelling you were with words like:

  1. Authored
  2. Briefed
  3. Campaigned
  4. Co-authored
  5. Composed
  6. Conveyed
  7. Convinced
  8. Corresponded
  9. Counseled
  10. Critiqued
  11. Defined
  12. Documented
  13. Edited
  14. Illustrated
  15. Lobbied
  16. Persuaded
  17. Promoted
  18. Publicized
  19. Reviewed

Whether you enforced protocol or managed your department’s requests, describe what you really did, better, with these words:

  1. Authorized
  2. Blocked
  3. Delegated
  4. Dispatched
  5. Enforced
  6. Ensured
  7. Inspected
  8. Itemized
  9. Monitored
  10. Screened
  11. Scrutinized
  12. Verified

Did you hit your goals? Win a coveted department award? Don’t forget to include that on your resume, with words like:

  1. Attained
  2. Awarded
  3. Completed
  4. Demonstrated
  5. Earned
  6. Exceeded
  7. Outperformed
  8. Reached
  9. Showcased
  10. Succeeded
  11. Surpassed
  12. Targeted

So next time be sure to make those fine adjustments in your resume…

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Top 10 Questions You Should Never Ask At The End Of A Job Interview

Top 10 Questions You Should Never Ask At The End Of A Job Interview

Top 10 questions you should never ask at the end of an interview


The competition in the market has increased considerably. Every interview attended by a job seeker is very important from his/her point of career aspect. Towards the end of an interview, almost every employer will ask, “Do you have any questions for me?”.

Ask questions, but make sure that they’re the right ones as it can leave the interviewer with a bad impression of you. There are so many do’s and don’ts for all kind of interviews irrespective of the domain. Especially, when it comes to the end of the interview where the job seeker gets a chance to speak out, it is very crucial to know how to take the end smoothly. An interview should always have a positive ending.


1.) Did I get the job?

– This question makes the interviewee appear impatient.

2.) I heard this rumor about the CEO. Is it true?  

– You should never bring gossip into the job interview. It’s highly unprofessional.

3.) What are the benefits like?

– It’s better to save this question for the end of the process when it’s more clear that you’ll receive a job offer.

4.) What does your company do?

– Questions like this will make you look unprepared. These questions demonstrate that you have not done your research beforehand on the company.

5.) Do you monitor emails or internet usage?

– This question will raise red flags, something you don’t want to do in the interview.

6.) Do you check social-media accounts?

– Asking whether employers will check accounts, raises huge red flags for the company, who may wonder if a candidate will be a threat to the company’s image.

7.) Will I have to work long hours?

– Questions about hours and extra work imply that you are hoping to work as little as possible.

8.) What happens if I don’t get along with my boss or coworkers?

– The interviewer may assume that you’re difficult to work with.

9.) How quickly could I be considered for a promotion?

– This question implies that you are not interested in the position for which you are applying and that you are merely waiting to move on to something better. Focus on the job at hand.

10.) How soon can I take a vacation?

– Asking about time off before getting a job offer implies that you are not going to be a fully committed employee.

Since now you know what not to ask, wish you all the best for your next interview.

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Mistakes To Avoid When Searching And Applying For A Job

Mistakes To Avoid When Searching And Applying For A Job

Whether you are a fresher or a seasoned professional, there’s always room for improvement, especially during an interview. Because of the mistakes one commits during his/her interview, employers often don’t turn up with a positive response or a job offer. Communicate well, don’t fabricate information on resume during an interview. Find out how to avoid the mistakes while looking for a job of your choice.

Poorly Written Resume

In order to stand out among the thousands of resumes that recruiters receive every day, a candidate’s resume must represent the best that he/she has to offer and why they are right for the job. However, most job seekers spend tremendous energy, time, and effort to create an impactful resume, but send out multiple copies of the same to various recruiters instead of customising it for each position. For every job application, one should send a customised resume highlighting key strengths and capabilities that are suitable to the position he/she is applying to. Also, a job seeker must always proof-read the resume and cover letter to avoid typos and grammatical errors.

Avoid ‘Trash’ Talking About Past Employer

It may seem like a common sense not to say negative things about previous or current employer during an interview, but candidates make this mistake frequently. People are often upset about recent on the job incidents and feel the need to make their feelings known. This is one of the most often stated things that decision makers site as a reason for not hiring someone.

Jumping Right Into Salary Negotiation

Bring up the salary issue early in the conversation. There are two common mistakes that candidates make during job interviews when it comes to salary negotiation. The first mistake is bringing up the topic of money too early. Most interviewers are turned off by candidates who approach the subject themselves, particularly early in the interview. People must earn the right to talk about this topic.

Not Sure About Reasons To Leave

Whenever Gen-Z hear of a role or job that excites them without evaluating readiness such as why, how, what and when, they choose to apply and let go of growth opportunities in their current role. It’s pure shift of focus versus a real reason to leave. Hiring managers most often hear reasons like better career opportunity, but in essence candidates are not sure of what the real gain is.

No Online Presence

Most resumes claim that the job seeker is an accomplished professional and a leader in his/her field, but when you put the name in a search engine, either nothing comes up or you find others with the same name and can’t distinguish the job seeker from the others listed. Make it easy for recruiters to find you by creating customised online identity, business, and social networking profiles.

Providing Incorrect Information

Candidates must never provide fabricated or false information during an interview, all the information given must be correct and verifiable by the employer. An interview is a very short process and it is important for a job seeker to come across as honest and trust worthy. A job seeker therefore, must honestly answer any questions raised during the interview, for instance questions pertaining to break in employment.

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Tips To Ace Your Interview In Hospitality Sector

Tips To Ace Your Interview In Hospitality Sector

The hospitality sector today is open to young graduates with a number of Job offers. The sector being highly diverse, skilled professionals is the requirement of the industry today, corporates do not want to spend too much time in training manpower and battling with attrition at the same time, skilled resource is the need. Educational institutes are working towards providing the required knowledge and skills to students to suit the need.

Good communication is the key, proficiency in language, command over English, and a pleasing personality is step one to becoming a hospitality professional. In this customer focused industry good communication skills enhance guest experience, make them feel important and attended to, leading to customer loyalty, become the preferred hotel, earning better revenues.

Passion and commitment towards the job, hospitality jobs are more like” reality shows” where it is required to perform all the time on the job, One needs to understand the urgency, mindset of guests to keep them happy. Positive attitude is that leads a stressful hospitality professional’s routine to be a pleasurable experience.

Some hotel chains look for people, who would adapt to change, can mould themselves as per requirement of the organisation, mindset to accept change and move ahead. Unlearn and learn the processes, practices, and follow the culture of the organisation, mould into the brand values to determine ultimate employee relation with the Brand.

Smaller companies will look for hands on people with skills, should be able to multitask, juggle many things simultaneously, while one should also be able to complete each task on time as assigned, the key for an employee here is to master the skills as soon as possible. Students can consider getting a job while studying to acquire such skills, Employers welcome such skilled personnel and would go a step ahead to retain you. Train the unskilled for hospitality, with high attrition levels smaller companies.

Retail and Hospital sector is today looking at hospitality graduates with good communication, people skills.

Sales and marketing skills, human resource skills are looked at by some hotel companies to market their product with over all knowledge and understand the need for training, employment process is driven through technical knowledge.

Renew, rethink, innovate, ideate leads to enhancing customer experience, A well-known hospitality company believes in empowering their front line employees to take charge, make the right decisions, and deal with guest situations independently, not waiting for management approval.

To be different in providing service, another hotel company believes in avoiding customer service which practices scripted language, Today’s well travelled guest wants to be at home in a hotel, sometimes the scripted language can be a turnoff for guest, employees passionate about their job will do better communication with guest with empathy, and genuinely make the guest comfortable at the hotel naturally.

The can do attitude is a trait hospitality employers are looking for, that will make everyone feel at ease with you. A great tip is to remember that feeling enthusiastic about your job, instead of being sour, will help everyone feel happier. There are lots of tricks you use to help you stay positive, but the most effective one is to make your own personal rewards system. That will help keep you going even on days when you don’t really feel like catering to anyone’s needs.



Charity Fundraising Ideas – Plan A Great Event

Charity Fundraising Ideas – Plan A Great Event

This post shares fundraising event ideas and then deals with the harder part – running the event so that it actually works! Discover how to execute these charity event ideas effectively even if you are a small charity with a limited budget.

Fundraising events are a staple for large charities like Macmillan and Oxfam but how do you run successful fundraising events as a small charity? That’s what we address in this post. We cover a range of the most popular types of fundraising events:

Sponsored Events

This is the easiest way to get started as a small charity. Many of our small charity clients raise significant sums through sponsored events like walks, runs or bike rides. If you want to integrate sponsored events into the fabric of your charity there are two stages:

  • Support individuals at other events

  • Organise your own events

Supporting Individuals At Other Events

You may have supporters who are already considering fundraising ideas like marathons or bike rides. If you want to get started then research a few upcoming local events and email your supporters to ask if anyone is considering attending. If so they might like to do it as a sponsored event to raise funds for your charity. This takes very little effort and you have nothing to lose.

As you build momentum with this approach here are some practical tips:

Segment: Create a segment within your list of supporters for those who engage with raising money for you through sponsored events.

Blog: Create a blog post or news story about the event. Name, thank and praise your fundraisers before and after the event.

List Event: Publish upcoming fundraising events on your website with clear instructions on how to get involved.

General Info: Add a page to your website on how to fundraise for you. Include resources like brand assets your supporters can use to represent you.

Choose A Platform: Review the choice of fundraising websites and register with one. You want to make it a frictionless process for people to raise money on your behalf!

Organising Your Own Charity Events

If you want to be more ambitious you could consider running your own sponsored events. You stand to raise a lot more money and awareness as everyone who attends will be doing so for your cause alone. The downside of this approach is obvious – lots of work. But the upsides are significant. You get much more exposure for your charity brand and build a sense of team and comradery between your supporters.

The easiest way to organise your first event is to copy the model above. Local bike rides, walks or runs are relatively easy to organise and you can often get sponsorship from businesses whose products or services might be relevant. If you want to organise a bike ride, get the local bike shop to offer their maintenance services on the route. This delegates an otherwise daunting task and builds a relationship with a local business who will promote your event.

If you’re feeling more ambitious you could organise a group adventure. Trekking in the Andes or climbing Kilimanjaro is a significant enough challenge for most people that they will want to spread the word far and wide to attract sponsorship. When planning a group adventure, here are a few things to consider.

Challenging: If it’s a challenge, your supporters are more likely to raise significant sums.

Exciting: If it’s exciting they are more likely to talk about it with their friends and raise awareness.

Connected: If there is a clear connection to your cause it will be much easier for people to mention you when they talk about the event.

Group Size: Plan the group size carefully. It will be much smaller than an easy-to-access local event. Consider a minimum sponsorship level to enter to ensure you make good returns.

Community Events

Here are a few examples of popular community events:

Bake Sale

Some people love an excuse to bake. Some people love an excuse to eat cake. A bake sale taps into the basic human need for eating and makes it fun, accessible and very low effort. Part with a few and help our cause, easy. If you have a physical building with decent passing traffic you could do this on the street outside if it’s decent weather (remember to get permission).

Jumble Sale

People who would never give to charity will happily pick up a bargain at a jumble sale or car boot sale. These kinds of events can also be great for bringing the community together and exposing more people to the cause of the charity. If you hold it in a local school, community centre or church it can also be the first step toward a new local partnership.

Christmas Fayre

Christmas can be a great focal point for you to bring together local talent and Christmas shoppers. Think carefully about how you pitch the event and ensure the quality of the products. You may consider partnering with local artisan businesses who may see it as a good opportunity to promote their products and in return would be happy to give a certain proportion of sales to your charity.

Charity Fundraising Dinners

The main strength of the fundraising dinner is that it’s a great social occasion. It is a good opportunity for the charity to explain what they do in a relaxed but formal setting. It’s also a great way to thank existing supporters, build a sense of community around the cause and allow existing supporters to introduce the charity to their networks.

Here are some practical tips on how to run fundraising dinners well:

Venue Choice: Fundraising dinners rely on supporters inviting their network so the venue needs to be easy to get to and well suited to the demographics of your audience and their guests.

Delegate: Get professional caterers to manage the food logistics. In time you may want to branch out and build a volunteer team to help with this but it’s a very challenging task so don’t bite off more than you can chew!

Group Tickets: You want your existing supporters to invite their friends and colleagues. Selling tickets by the table or half table can make it much easier to fill the seats.

Agenda: Publish the agenda before you promote tickets. Supporters need to know what they should expect so they can confidently invite others from their network.

Account For Your Time: Don’t underestimate the amount of work involved. Make sure that you factor in staff time when you consider your overall costs to help make sure that you are making a net profit, not a loss.



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Skills All Students Need To Be Successful

Skills All Students Need To Be Successful

The jobs market changes in every few years and the educational changes flow with it. However, there are few essential skills that every student (graduate and job candidate) needs to have to give him the best chance at landing a job.Below we have top 10 skills that students need to succeed:

Adaptive Thinking

The ability to adapt to change and a positive attitude about the change, go a long way towards growing a successful career. Employers need workers who can adapt to industry shifts and keep the company running.


Effective communication is about openly and honestly sharing information in a way that creates mutual understanding between all parties involved about the other’s thoughts, intentions and ideas, whether they agree or not.

Collaboration Skills

Future employers will need to quickly adapt to a culture of collaboration. They will need to collaborate with others within and outside the organisation, often using a number of new technologies.

Critical Thinking And Problem Solving Skills

Decision making and problem solving is another skill that is high in demand. The ability to identify complex problems and review related information in order to develop and implement solutions, can distinguish one employee from another. In a rapidly changing world, employers need employees who can solve problems, provide ideas and help improve the organisation.


This includes the ability for employers to independently plan, organise, create and execute rather than wait for someone to do this for them.

Inquiry Skills

The ability to ask great questions, however, is a critical skill that is desperately needed in a culture which requires constant innovations. If the thought of asking makes you break, try practicing in non-work related contexts.

Technology Skills

It goes without saying that this generation of students is the most tech savvy ever. Be sure and utilise all the tech you can. While the basics like Microsoft Office are required just about everywhere, having a knowledge of computer security, HTML, and other tech practices can help you stand out.

Creativity And Innovation

This skill correlates the ability to ask good questions and the ability to solve problems. Employers will be looking for employees with more and more creative and innovative solutions to the existing issues.

Soft Skills

Soft skills are key to building relationships, gaining visibility, and creating more opportunities for advancement. These skills are not specific to one career but are generic across all employment sectors.

Empathy And Perspective

Although this skill has always been important, it seems to be another one that is slowly disappearing. It is the ability for our students to put themselves in someone else’s shoes, to understand their feelings, and to help solve their problems. 



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Charity Membership Rules – What Is A Charity Member?

Charity Membership Rules – What Is A Charity Member?

Charity membership is a powerful model. By empowering a wide range of people around a specific cause, the membership model enables charities to grow stronger, impact society and have sustainable funding.

By explaining charity membership rules and their practical implications, this post will help you unlock the potential of membership for your organisation.

What Is A Charity Member?

In most charities, members are the foundation of the legal structure: the charity must have one or more members in order to exist. However, the nature of this membership varies dramatically.

The role of members in UK charities falls into the following three broad categories:

  1. members are the same people as the directors/trustees
  2. members are a wider group of people on whom the charity typically relies for revenue or for the carrying out of its work
  3. members are a small group of one or more people who set the charity up and wish to retain strategic control (rare)

The new charity structure called the Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) calls the first category Foundation CIOs and the second category Association CIOs.

To the public, charities in which a wide group of members play a significant role tend to describe themselves as membership organisations, associations or societies. Prominent examples of charities with a wide membership are The National Trust, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and The Scout Association.

Rules – Joining And Leaving

The core provisions for appointment of members and their relationship with directors/trustees will be contained in the charity’s constitutional documents (e.g. the Articles of Association for charitable companies). For charities with a wider membership, they are likely to also have a separate document governing the terms of membership. The terms of membership should include reference to the following items, some of which are discussed more in the remainder of this post.

  • Who can join? If membership is not open to the public, what criteria must be met?
  • What fees are payable?
  • What benefits come with membership?
  • How long does membership last and how is it renewed?
  • In what situation can members be barred or removed?
  • How are membership terms reviewed and amended?

What Role Do Charity Members Play?

The details of a member’s rights vary depending on the legal structure of the charity and the charity’s membership rules but in general members have the following powers:

  • remove and replace directors/trustees
  • amend constitutional documents (subject to Charity Commission consent)
  • approve certain transactions between the company and its directors/trustees
  • in some cases, control the destination of any remaining assets when the charity is wound up

It is the trustees who have day-to-day control over the charity’s operation so the membership power with the most impact is the election of charity trustees. The High Court recently clarified that this right must be exercised in the best interests of the charity.
Practically, these rights often boil down to an invitation to attend, and vote at, the charity’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Charity Membership Fees & Benefits

For charities seeking to engage with a wider membership, it is often necessary to incentivise prospective members with additional benefits. This is even truer if a membership fee is required.

A compelling membership offering may include:

  • a meaningful role in the running of the charity
  • participation in a like-minded community
  • practical benefits, such as exclusive discounts and offers

However, charities should be mindful of some restrictions in this area.

Public Benefit Restrictions

If you set up a charity with a wider membership, it mustn’t be set up only for the benefit of your members unless:

  • a sufficient section of the public can access those benefits by becoming members – for example, anyone can join
  • the membership structure is a suitable way of carrying out your charity’s purposes for the public benefit – for example, members of an amateur sport club

HMRC Gift Aid On Membership Fees

The gift aid scheme allows charities to claim extra money from HMRC on donations from taxpayers. While it can generally only be claimed on gifts, it can in certain circumstances be claimed on membership fees.

To claim gift aid on membership fees you must demonstrate that the member does not benefit significantly from the fee they are paying. The rules on this are complex and you are best seeking expert advice if this is a question you are facing. Many of the large membership charities like The National Trust and English Heritage successfully claim back gift aid on many of their membership fees despite the fact that these membership offerings provide clear and desirable benefits.

Supporters Who Are Not Officially Members

Many charities seek to draw on the benefits of a membership scheme while maintaining the simplicity of a ‘foundation’ model of charity (where members are the same as trustees). In these situations, the scheme is sometimes referred to informally as a ‘membership scheme’ but care must be taken in setting this up. One way to avoid confusion is to call unofficial ‘members’ by a different name, such as ‘friends’ or ‘sponsors’.

Whatever such schemes are called, the same restrictions about benefits to members and gift aid still apply and it is prudent to set out the terms of the scheme clearly in written form.



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