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Job Interview with a Writer



Once Upon a Time there was a very clever writer who had her own blog, her own diary and her own followers on twitter. She wanted to apply for a job as a real WRITER.

She went to an HR office that was responsible for magazine recruitments.

Interviewer: Would you prefer to work in an online or offline magazine?

Writer: I already have my own established blog, and I am experienced in online publishing.

Interviewer: Everyone now has a blog dear. It is because your writing is not worth the print expenses maybe?

Writer: You shall see yourself, please google my name!

Interviewer, after googling her name: Well here you go. Many selfie pictures you got! UMMM oh here is an article!

He reads the article and gives no response.

Writer: I would love to experience something different; to have my own article in a magazine that can be touched.

Interviewer: So you want to publish offline just to be able to touch your own article?

Writer, feels weird: Well that’s not the only reason. Although having my own tangible article means so much to me!

Interviewer: Care to elaborate?

Writer: I was a columnist in the university magazine; I have a copy here with me. She shows him the copy.

Interviewer: Interesting.

He spans through it.

Interviewer: Okay. He hands a piece of paper to the writer and a pen. Here is a little exercise for you. Can you make me a quick comparison between online and offline publishing in 2 minutes.

She starts working fast and hands him the paper.



Recognized by Google. Recognized by People.
Hey Mom I published an Online Article! Good luck dear. Hey Mom I published a new article; check it out wow that’s my child!
Immortalize your article, Maybe your grandchildren can read it someday! Of course if the link wasn’t dead by that time! When Copies are limited or out of Print, it’s like you don’t exist at all: D, but when you are granted extra copies, all your friends want to take them, it’s an amazing feeling.
It’s nice when you share your own article and people start liking and sharing it all around, but no matter how many times it is shared, it shall be forgotten soon, because people will always find something to share! I feel better when my friends, and friends of friends take turn to borrow the last remaining issue of my magazine, and it comes back to me carrying all the energy of all those readers!

Interviewer: Thank you. Oh, one Last thing.

Writer: Aha!

Interviewer: Do you prefer your salary cash or electronic?

Writer: Do you prefer dedicating an online donation or handing the person in need the money hand to hand? In a virtual world, and I would love to go against the flow as it is part of my journey into the world of print media. I would try and apply it in my personal life too. Do the right balance, the smart balance!

Interviewer: Thank you for your time.

He stamps ACCEPTED on the recruitment papers.

By: Mahmoud Mansi

Photography: Mahmoud Mansi

Model: Maren Muth

EDITOR: Nada Zeyada


14 Lessons Learnt from Anisha Valli, TEDxGSLMedicalCollege 2019 in India



TEDxGSLMedicalCollege was organized on the 14th of September 2019 in Rajahmundry, India by Anisha Valli – a student and the founder of this TEDx event. Aisha gracefully shares the management lessons she has learnt through organizing the experience:

1) It’s terribly difficult to manage unmotivated people.

2) Give help/feedback frequently and directly, not in a Whatsapp group. Better call that person.

3) Communication is the most difficult thing you’ll do. Spend a lot of time on it, both on your own communication and improving the communication of the folks on your team.

4) Don’t underestimate the effect bad team members have on good team members. So, learn to fire the bad people gently and smartly.

5) People need to feel like they’ve been listened to, not to make the final call. Take the time to listen (you might be wrong), then make a decision and explain the decision. Change your decision accordingly.

Providing context for why you made a decision is a way to scale your decision-making process. A major mistake I made in the last few days of the event.

6) Hiring friends or people you know very well can be very useful because communication will be easier, and your friends are probably smart and talented. Hiring people or having a team of 20 that you don’t know is not a good decision (sometimes) but you also meet incredible people that you never thought of meeting. So, it’s all about luck I guess.

7) If you add one person to a new group or task, make sure the rest of the team understands why that person was added and what needs to be done to achieve the same.

8) You’re more likely to lose by not recognizing your weaknesses than from the presence of weakness, so aim for self-awareness.

It’s okay to send rejection emails to speakers whose transcript you didn’t like instead of keeping it in the hold. Learn the art of saying NO

It’s okay if you feel hopeless and burn out. It’s okay if you feel like you are doing a bad job. Create narratives for good. Allow yourself to tell the story of how you changed to become more like the you that you would like to

9) Where you spend money (and where you don’t) communicate what you think is important.

10) Sometimes people talk shit. Sometimes people have bad days. Don’t take either personally.

11) Check on everyone as the event comes closer. Ask team members if they are facing any problems. Don’t assume that they will be telling you without asking.

12) Learn how to use the other talents inside and out of the room to create the best output.

13) One of the most helpful things you can do is remind the team of the bigger picture. Knowing what’s important will help cut through the bullshit.

14) Every relationship should bring you peace. The good things all have trade-offs. It is better to think in trade-offs than in dualities: there is not a best lens. How do you maximize the good parts while cushioning the bad parts of one particular lens? And then what do you get from another lens altogether? There is rarely one lens that will get you where you need to go, but each lens will bring you to a different place.

Separate your identity from your project on macro level. When you start something (or do anything that feels important), it can feel like it will become you. This was a difficult barrier to get over: is this the thing that can define my life? But that’s not how it works. This next project might take one year, five, or twenty, but it is not you. You are a super-set of what you do, not a subset.

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The 5 DYSFUNCTIONAL Relationships in Recruitment (and how to fix them for a better hiring process)



Technology alone won’t bring about digital transformation of recruitment; we need group therapy and a major shift in mentality.

Written By: Basil Fateen

Four years ago, I walked into a battlefield.

Prior to starting HireHunt, my work revolved around coming up with solutions to different problems and building the software to make it happen.

So when I decided to step out and start my own business, the most recurring piece of advice I received was to find a real problem to solve.

And oh boy, did I find one.

It was a problem so complex and fascinating that it lured me in, like a blue light attracting a fly. It’s now years later and I’m still mesmerized by the enticing glow as it electrocutes me again and again. Hey that smells great, is someone cooking something? Oh, that’s me.

HireHunt came armed with a different approach, advanced technologies and an outsider’s mindset.

Naturally, I expected that there would be opposing forces to what we were doing.

I expected to be in a western style shoot-out with the traditional job-boards. What I discovered was a royal rumble in a clown car at a traveling circus.

This tragic ‘comedy of errors’ stars the HR department, hiring managers, job-seekers, the Upper management executives and recruitment software vendors.

It’s my humble opinion that addressing the issues plaguing these relationships is the final key to catalyzing the full digital transformation of HR that is so desperately needed.

Until then, the technology is ready and waiting.

1- Hiring Manager vs. HR Team

Like a spark in a womb, it begins with the job requisition request from a hiring manager.

In no time, that cute little spark will become a dashing employee in a suit (or pantsuit) who comes late and spends their time looking busy while they’re actually looking for their ‘next opportunity’ online. Aww. They grow up so fast.

But that spark is sometimes doomed from the start, because the hiring manager and internal HR team are at odds and start off on the wrong foot.

Inability to articulate who can do the job and what skills they need to have is the first major friction point. Sometimes they may fall back on a similar job description with little insight into the conflicting and absurd requirements and perhaps the train-wreck it caused when used in previous job posts because they’re not even tracking that data.

So the hiring manager puts pressure on the HR who may not understand the role as well as they do and will inevitably send irrelevant candidates their way and start the ping pong game of approved/rejected email threads that everyone loves so much.

The HR feels the manager is being unreasonable with their expectations and the manager will feel the HR is not doing their job by providing great candidates for the role. The more time passes, the more lost revenue for the manager, the more stressed he gets, the more snide he becomes with communication and feedback and the more the HR becomes unwilling to exert effort for the vacancy and starts praying for the manager to develop arthritis. And so on.

Solution: reduce unnecessary communication problems, time lost, objectivity and bias from the initial shortlisting process and allow the hiring manager to access talents directly with HR monitoring and facilitating.

2- Job-seeker vs. Employer

This one is pretty straightforward.

Who here can really say that when they start applying they are embarking on a positive experience and hear back soon with relevant feedback after applying? And which hiring manager is not whining about ‘shortage of talents’?

Most of the time it’s a frustrating nightmare for everyone involved.

Putting applicants through a long strenuous process where they are inputting the same things over and over (which are already in their CV usually) or solving mind-bending psychometrics when you have no intent on even reviewing them because you hire by referrals mainly? Or you only hire from select universities? That’s pretty cold.

Accepting interviews and then not showing up without even an excuse? That’s borderline evil.

For a more comprehensive breakdown watch this:

Solution: there must be a system of accountability in the job-hunting process. Everything positive you do should transfer and help you move forward, without bias.  Abusers (both applicants and employers) should be warned and then flagged publicly.

3- HR vs. Upper Management

The HR department is under more pressure than ever to achieve so much, yet they are usually the most ill-equipped department without the necessary tools, budgets and resources to meet their targets.

When there is not a strong HR C-suite leader representing the best interests of the department, they are trapped in a web of under-appreciation and consistent feeling of underperforming.

Solution: The biggest shift that can happen here is for the upper management to understand that HR should be a strategic department, not an administrative one. So provide them with the tools that handle the time consuming administrative tasks so they can focus on the high impact strategic ones that will ultimately impact everything from the revenue to the reduced turnover and quality of hire.

4- HR manager vs. The Recruitment Team

I once demoed HireHunt for the manager of a manger bank, who after seeing all the levels of automation snidely exclaimed, “Wel bahayem dol ana me3ayenhom leh?” (And so what do I do with those mules out there?) He was referring to his recruitment team.

It was hard not to reply ‘you won’t need as many mules’. But the reality is, I was thinking that this guy was a major mule. If he viewed his team in this fashion, then you can imagine the cycle of abuse that occurs and why every person who comes in for an interview will end up hating this company before even working there.

Solution: when automations can enable the team to be more effective and the data/reports is presented accurately the HR manager to streamline the entire process then efficiency increases drastically.

Go from a mentality of sheep-herder herding sheep to a maestro leading an orchestra.

5- HR vs. Recruitment Platforms

That’s right. As someone who started a recruitment software startup I can tell you with certainty that the trust between organizations and the people who sell them software solutions is severely eroded.

Why? Because so many “solutions” are full of crap and have promised them the world and then under-delivered.

Traditional job boards claim they have “millions of CVs” yet they know that most of them are outdated and irrelevant and only a small fraction will hire from them. Often they take part in the bias instead of countering it, because that’s how they make money.

The “smart AI powered solutions” claim that they can replace recruiters entirely and they can know candidates better than they know themselves. Nonsense. Most of these solutions don’t even use AI.

So in the middle of all these con artists and opportunists, any new B2B software claims will be met with a high degree of skepticism. The more grandiose the claim, the more skeptical they will be.

At the same time, I can’t tell you how often I see HR leaders get on stages and talk about ‘Digital Transformation’, yet when it comes time for them to try a new technology they get agitated and make excuses.

Solution: There will be a lot said for authenticity in product, sales and marketing in the coming phase to differentiate the innovators from the scammers. User experience should be at the core of the product, not the features and smart technology. Stop hiding behind ‘contact us for demo’ and let organizations really test your solution so they can know if you are the real deal. Software vendors need to make it easy for organizations to use the software, not just be impressed in the demo. Transparency and real success stories based on quantitative results is the only way to earn back the trust.

There will never be a one-size-fits-all solution to recruitment. Just like there will never be one solution for “medicine” or “good health”. It’s a complex ecosystem that requires true collaboration between all parties and technologies. I believe the digital transformation of how talents and opportunities connect will be one of the major inflection points in our current age that will have a massively positive domino effect on society at large.

At HireHunt, we’re focused on continuously innovating our online solutions to be a force pushing this transformation forward, supported by our hyper-realistic, anti-inspirational online content. Now screening applications in 9 global markets and with millions of views, so far so good, but the real transformation of mentality is just getting started.

Until then, join me. I’m heading towards this amazing blue light.

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عشرة خطوات تخليك مستعد لأي فرصة تدريب صيفي، منحة، شغل، أو تطوع



1 ) بيان الغرض

Personal Statement

أول حاجة تجهز بيها للفرص ولازم تشتغل عليها من بدري هي بيان العرض. حاجة بتيستخدم في التقديم على منح. ولكن له استخدامات تانية تطوعية لو هتقدم في منظمات دولية زي ال UN وغيرها. لأنه بيتطب منك تتكلم عن نفسك وأنت مين وبتعمل ايه وخبراتك وليه شايف نفسك مميز وهتضيف ايه للمكان جديد. جهز واحد صغير 250 كلمة. وأفضل كبر 500 – 750 – 1000 – 2500 كلمة بحيث تبقى شملت كل أنواع الطلبات اللي ممكن تطلب. اكتبه و خلي معاك نسخ WORD و PDF جاهزة .

2 ) السيرة الذاتية


90% من الفرص دلوقتي بتطلب CV. سواءً كانت منحة أو تدريب صيفي أو شغل أو أي أبلكيشن. عشان كدة لازم تبقي جاهز ومستعد. خلي عندك أكتر من نسخة لأكتر من حاجة. التغيير فقط هيكون في ال Career objective. أعمل General CV بيتكلم عن الرؤية والرسالة بتاعتك وأهدافك في الحياة والمجتمع فايدته. و CV تاني للمنح تتكلم فيه عن السفر والتعليم والتأثير. وواحد للتدريبات الصيفية والشغل بتتكلم فيه عن مجال معين وهتضيفله إزاي. وخلي عندك resume صفحة واحدة تفلتر منه الزيادات لأنه ساعات بيطلب.

3 ) خطاب التوصية

Recommendation letters

بيستخدم غالبا في المنح. بس ممكن يطلب منك برضو في بعض الشغل والتدريب. روح لدكتور / معيد في الكلية عندك أو رئيسك في الشغل / العمل التطوعي. أطلب منه يعملك خطاب توصية بس ميكونش موجه لجهة معينة. يعني حاجة عامة بيتكلم فيه عن فترة إشرافه ليك وليه أنت مميز. خلي معاك 5-6 خطاب توصية. بحيث أول ميطلب منك يا ترفعهم على طول يا تعدل بس الجهة المخابطة. وحولهم كلهم على Word لسهولة التعديل.

4 ) بيان القيد / شهادة التأمين الصحي / بيان الدرجات

/ مفردات المرتب للوالد / إيصال كهرباء

School Enrollment / Health Insurance / Transcript

/ Salary / electricity receipt

روح لكيلتك وأطلب البيانات دي من شئون الطلاب. بيان الدرجات طلعه كل تيرم. ومعاها الشهادة الصحية. وبيان القيد طلعه وخلي الجهة المخاطبة عام ( للمنح الدراسية – للتدريبات الصيفية وهكذا ) . مفردات المرتب بتطلبها من والدك وبتصورها سكان عندك. صور آخر وصل كهرباء لشقتكم بيطلبوه في المنح.

5 ) الباسبور والبطاقة الشخصية

Passport /National Identification card (ID)

الباسبور الطلابي اجراءاته سهلة وبيطلب حالياً في كل التطوع في الجهات الكبيرة. هتروح لأقرب قسم التابع لمنطقتك، وإسأل على الإجراءات هتلاقيها بسيطة. كام صورة على بطاقة على بيان قيد والتكلفة من 100 ل 200 تقريباً وبيطلع بعدها بأيام وبفترة صلاحية لسنين طويلة. وتقدر تطلعه لوحدك من غير ولي الأمر.

6 ) اختبار تحديد المستوى / شهادة دولية في اللغة الانجليزي / لغات اخرى

Placement test / IELTS TOEFL /

كل فترة روح أعمل اختبار تحديد مستوى في Amideast وخصوصاً في شهور فتح المنح ( شهر 10 و 11 و 12 و 1 ) . خلي النتيجة عندك. لو دخلت امتحان دولي زي ايلتس أو تويفيل صور السكور اللي اخذته ( الامتحان مش ال Preparation ) . ولو عندك امتحانات في لغات تانية زي DELF وهكذا

7 ) موقفك من الجيش

Military Status

لو اخد شهادة إعفاء مؤقت أو دائمة خليهم جاهزين متصورين على جهازك عشان في جهات بتطلبهم

8 ) طباعة الصور

Scanned Pictures

روح اطبع كل اللي فات ألوان من أي مكان كويس وخدهم على فلاشا وخليهم في فولدر عندك اسمه Opportunities folder بحيث يبقوا سهل الوصول.

9 ) بريد إلكتروني مخصص للفرص

Specific Opportunities email

أعمل ايميل جديد سميه بإسمك وجنبها كلمة مميزة مثلاً Opportunities ، و سجل بيه في كل مواقع المنح، وكل مواقع شركات التوظيف وسيبه في مكان على السوشيال ميديا بينزل حاجات فيها فرص ممكن تفيدك، وافتحه كل شوية وشوف ايه الجديد فيه هيساعدك في عملية التجميع.

10 ) قائمة السوشيال ميديا

Social Media list

خليك متابع جيد لكل الناس الايجابية على السوشيال ميديا . اعمل قايمة حط فيها كل الناس المؤثرة اللي بتنزل داتا للفرص، الصفحات الكبيرة، المجموعات، ومتتأيدش بالفيس بوك بس. تابع على LinkedIn ومواقع التوظيف كمان ومواقع المنح زي مرجع،


وبكدة يبقي بنيت مجتمع جديد بيجمع الفرص ليك لحد عندك.

وبقيت مستعد بكل البيانات الرئيسية اللي ممكن تطلب.

بقلم: أحمد مصطفى المحلاوي


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