Monday, 18 November 2013

Tips for JAM sessions

Just-a-minute (JAM)

In the present professional world a candidate’s ability and worth is assessed by using different recruitment tools such as – group discussions, debates, personal interviews and JAM presentations. JAM presentation will not last long, though it lasts only one minute duration it has become an important means of evaluation in the recruitment process now-a-days. Through the JAM session, apart from the language skills of the candidates, the MNCs would like to assess the over-all personality of the candidate. Hence, the professional candidates at present should know how to perform well during the JAM.

Important points for effective participation in JAM:
  • A candidate should have a lot of imagination and presence of mind as the JAM sessions are short.
  • You must be creative, prompt, relevant, and witty enough to capture the idea in an arresting and emphatic manner.
  • Come to the point immediately; avoid long introductory ideas.
  • Stay focused on one point; try to avoid digressions to the extent possible.
  • Avoid examples and instances to substantiate.
  • Always use vivid language; don’t leave the audience guessing what you have said.
  • Avoid great expectations from yourself as a speaker.
  • Avoid being nervous instead be confident enough.
  • Forget not to manage your time well.
  • Do not repeat the same points/views again and again.
  • Take care of your body language – stand straight, maintain proper eye contact, use proper gesture and hand movements.
  • Take care of your grammar mistakes.
  • Use only the following structures: * Simple present tense * Present perfect tense * Simple past tense  * Simple future -will/shall can be used. * Model auxiliary verbs (can, should, could, would)
  •  Content should be good and simple.
  • Fluency and Pronunciation should play a crucial role in your presentation.
  •  No breaks and pauses in your sentence. It should be continued.
  • Suggestions must be given at the end of the conclusion.
  • Conclusion can start with the words: Hence, Therefore, Overall, In short, In brief, In a bird eye view, I conclude that
  • Concentrate on what you are saying rather than how you are saying it.
  • Maintain a steady pace, not too fast, and don't get in a hurry to "get it over with."
  • Make sure that your voice is audible.
  • Don’t use high sounding words.      

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