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We all struggle through a myriad of emotions when it comes time for a job interview.
Anxiety, excitement, stress… We get nervous just thinking about it.
Among all of the emotions we may feel during an interview, enthusiasm is the most important one to harness and showcase while you and the hiring manager decide if the job is a right fit for you.
It’s completely natural to feel a mixture of nervousness and anxiety during an interview.
Nervousness can at times even have the power to psyche us out. It can take on a life of its own, even causing us to become more nervous simply because we are nervous about being nervous.
Whatever you do, don’t fall for this nervousness overload!
Remember that it’s natural to be nervous. The emotion actually makes your body release adrenaline, and this can be put to good use in your interviews. Once you recognize that it’s natural to be nervous before and during an interview, you can use the nervous energy (or adrenaline) to stay sharp as you answer every question.
| “Make the butterflies in your stomach fly in the same direction”
When I was practicing karate in my teens, I would often compete in tournaments around the state. My sensei noticed I’d get a little nervous before I stepped onto the mat, and he said something I’ll never forget, “make the butterflies in your stomach fly in the same direction.”
Don’t fight off nervousness. It’s natural. Use the energy it creates to be the best, most enthusiastic version of yourself in your next interview.
Focus on the current discussion, participate, ask questions, show involvement in the process, build trust with the person interviewing you, so they know you are in the moment, and your nervousness will fade away!
Enjoying what you do is crucial to showing effective enthusiasm in an interview. Hiring managers love a candidate who can speak about their favorite aspects of an industry. It shows them you care about what you do.
You shouldn’t be afraid to speak about the coding languages, tech, and apps that you like the most. These topics may seem trivial, but they give the hiring manager insights into your sincerity and passion for your work.
When you like what you do, speaking enthusiastically about it comes easily.
There are so many opportunities out there. Especially for developers. This gives candidates the freedom to find the right fit for them in a company. Remember, during the interview process, the interview goes both ways, you need to be as impressed by the company as they are by you.
It’s great to come prepared with questions about the company culture, what the people are like on your potential team, and what a typical day is like. Hiring managers will be happy to answer these questions, and it’s another great way to show your enthusiasm for what you do and how seriously you take your career.
We try our best to educate our candidates and get as much information as we can about the role, the project, the team and the overall vision for the role. We also do live pre-interviews for our candidates with our Akvelon Subject Matter Experts, which are a type of mock interview. This process helps to diminish the anxiety quite a bit.
Before you interview with the client you will interview with us, and we will make sure you do your homework about the client; download their latest app, learn about the vision for the company, their mission statement, learn about how they are getting into newer technologies, and what direction they are taking in terms of growth. The more you read and know about what is to be expected, the less anxious you will feel.
To learn more, check out our open positions and work with an Akvelon recruiter today.
Home Management Automation is huge in today’s busy world. Concepts like One Touch, Checking-In On Your Home, and Virtual Home Management have become staples for our fast-paced world. So naturally, technology that can manage communication to and from devices and services seems a perfect fit for maintaining safety and smooth running of the place you go to relax and refresh! How did we develop our unique take on this exciting tech notion? Glad you asked…
At Akvelon, we are constantly working on a variety of Internet of Things (or simply IoT) projects! Recently, we demonstrated how easily you can create an app to control AllJoyn powered devices. Now, we will take our ingenuity a step further by enabling more natural interaction with AllJoyn powered devices – via the power of machine-based AI and intelligent services provided by Microsoft Cognitive Services and Cortana Intelligence Suite.
Microsoft introduced the Bot Framework (part of the Cortana Intelligence Suite) a few months ago, so that everyone can easily build and connect intelligent bots to interact with your users naturally. This means the user could be anywhere, using any popular service – from text/SMS to Skype, Slack, Office 365 mail or virtually, anywhere. We believe this same approach is applicable to home automation scenarios as well. Just as you connect services and interact with other users, you can now interact and manage your Smart Home via intelligent bots.
Check out demo below:
The scenario above demonstrates a very simple case (treat it as proof-of-concept). You can also target complex and intelligent scenarios using another Cortana Intelligence Suite component called, Language Understanding Intelligent Service (LUIS). LUIS offers a fast and effective way of adding language understanding to applications by using pre-existing, world-class, already-built models from Bing and Cortana. (try examples). And when you need specialized models, LUIS guides you through the build process, in a fast and easy way!
LUIS is well integrated and fully supported by Microsoft Bot Framework. Watch Building a Conversational Bot: From 0 to 60 to learn more about Microsoft Bots and LUIS support.
Below is proposed architecture to use intelligent bots to control your home.
Step 1 = Set up your Local/Home network
1. Use the following instructions to create Windows10 UWP app to control your home smart devices using AllJoyn: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/windows-10-alljoyn-make-your-iot-devices-apps-speak-sergei-grebnov-1
2. Install created app on Windows 10 device (for example, Raspberry PI 2 or 3 with Windows 10 IoT Core)
Step 2 = Create the Bot
1. Use Bot Framework Getting Started to learn how to create new bot.
2. Learn how to integrate LUIS to your bot: http://docs.botframework.com/sdkreference/csharp/dialogs.html
3. Register the bot and add communication channels: https://dev.botframework.com/bots/new
Step 3 = Connect the Bot (cloud) and Windows 10 App (home)
Taking into account that the Bot is ASP.Net web application with REST API, we can use SignalR as communication channel between the Bot and home Windows 10 app.
1. Bot (SingalR Hub): add hub functionality to push content to the client (tutorial, sample code).
2. Windows10 UWP app (SignalR Client): add logic to connect to the hub and process incoming commands (tutorial, sample code).
That’s it!!! You are all set! Now, you can use your preferred client app…like Skype, Slack, etc. … on your favorite mobile or desktop platform to interact with Smart Technology in your home. Whether you are in a local network or outside and remote, you stay connected and keep your Home running the way you want.
1. Visit AllSeen Alliance to learn more about AllJoyn or meet local community (AllJoyn Ambassadors).
2. Learn more about Windows 10 and AllJoyn and how to create your first AllJoyn application for Windows 10 device.
3. Visit Bot Framework Getting Started to create your first bot.
4. Reach us if you have any question.
Check out all the cool stuff we are doing in the video below.
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