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Should You Convert Your Car to CNG?

Convert Your Car to CNG

Why convert to CNG?

Cars are everywhere in Dhaka. A vital part of living in this fast-moving city is transport. Everyday, thousands of people commute in their cars, going about their lives. Our cars quietly (and some not so quietly) serve our needs. It definitely goes without saying that proper maintenance of cars can make life much easier for us Dhaka dwellers.

Concurrently, choosing the right car for you and your family is also a very important decision. To know more about the best selling cars in Bangladesh, check out our article Top Five Most Selling Cars in Bangladesh.

The amount of traffic jams in our country, especially in Dhaka has been overwhelming lately. This means that people spend a lot more time in their cars waiting on the road. Petrol consumption is a matter of concern for anyone that owns a car. Consequently the vast majority of cars in this city are modified to run on an alternative type of fuel known as CNG.

What is CNG?

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is a clear, odorless and non-corrosive gas that is used as a cheaper and environmentally cleaner alternative to the traditional petrol which is produced from fossil fuels. CNG is now a popular source of fuel that drives cars as well as other vehicles in Dhaka. In fact, the implementation and usage of CNG in cars in all of Bangladesh has seen such a massive surge in recent years that nowadays we rarely see a car that is solely petrol-driven.

How to convert from petrol to CNG and how much does it cost?

The process of changing from a petrol run car to a CNG run car is quite simple in our country. The only thing you really need to do is take it to the workshop or garage! The experts there will assemble the parts and components required to make the conversion. The whole process does not require a significant amount of time. If done right, if may take roughly 5 hours or so. The conversion would cost you an average of 60,000 BDT, and this figure can vary depending on where and when it is being done. But this one-time cost is somewhat reasonable if you consider the alternative: running your car on petrol and incurring a much larger fuel cost in the long run. However, petrol can also be used in a way that can save you some money with the usage of correct techniques and tips. To learn more about how you can save fuel cost you can check out our article Ways to Reduce Fuel Cost in Bangladesh.

CNG: The good and the bad

Let’s take a closer look at how CNG affects the life of our cars and vehicles.

  • Expense: Running your car on CNG as opposed to petrol costs significantly less and hence is the more economical option.
  • Safety: Even though CNG is widely used, it is relatively unsafe compared to petrol. It would probably be safer to have the car originally built for CNG, but unfortunately the most widespread method in Bangladesh is third-party installation of CNG on a petrol-driven car, which compromises some of the safety. Pressurized gas can be highly explosive and hence, regular maintenance is of paramount importance.
  • Performance: In general, petrol performs better. However, with proper maintenance you could theoretically achieve the same level of performance with CNG.
  • Convenience: Since you’re stuck with a bulky CNG tank fitted back in your trunk or boot of the car, it can be quite inconvenient and it’s a compromise that most people make.
  • Environmental Aspect: If you are a supporter of the “go green” concept, then a CNG car may be for you! It is much cleaner than petrol and thus has a less harmful impact on the environment. However, CNG still does contribute to carbon dioxide and heat levels in the atmosphere.
  • Supply: The supply of CNG gas is not abundant in our country and excessive use of CNG has led to the shortage in supply of cooking gas.
  • Waiting time: Being the more popular alternative, the waiting lines for CNG refueling can be frustratingly long. In addition to the already overwhelming traffic in Dhaka, be prepared to have additional delays as your car will be stuck in the refueling queue once in a while.

New and upcoming cars with CNG

A car with built-in CNG engine is much better and safer than one that goes through a third-party conversion  Some new CNG cars are being introduced in our country and this can mean something better for people looking to buy a car in 2019. Some of these new cars have been listed below.

  • Maruti Suzuki Wagon R
  • Maruti Suzuki Alto K10
  • Hyundai Santro
  • Hyundai Grand i10
  • Maruti Suzuki Celerio
  • Tata Nano
  • Maruti Suzuki Ertiga CNG
  • Honda Amaze

Conclusion

Buying a car or converting you existing car is always a big decision. For buying a new or used car, visit Bikroy.com and you’ll find thousands of advertisements for cars. Some of these are already converted from petrol engines to CNG engines. Whichever source of fuel you prefer, we hope this article has been able to shed some light on the topic to help you make a more informed decision. If you’re looking for a new car for your family, then you can read our article Choosing the Best Family Car in Bangladesh! And of course, if you happen to be a car enthusiast in general, a more in-depth look at the Car Market in Bangladesh Based on 2018 Statistics might just be the thing for you. So look no further, we’ve got you covered. Check out Bikroy.com for the latest CNG cars and petrol cars and bring home a car today!


Types of Information You Should Seek Before Applying for a Job

Information You Should Seek Before Applying For a Job

So you’re a fresh graduate from university. You feel that your job is not the right fit for you. You wonder what comes next. This is all too common. For most of our adult lives, we strive to get and keep a nice job with good benefits where we can also contribute with our expertise. But the journey of sending a job application to finally receiving that offer letter can be quite challenging, as recruiters look for more than the skill set on your resume. Typically, there is an initial application phase and an interview phase, the latter being a critical stage that determines whether or not you are truly fit for the job. Knowing interview etiquette and how to present yourself is important, but being prepared for an interview with the right information is what makes you, as a candidate, stand out to the recruiters and helps you ace the interview.

This article will provide some useful information to help you prepare for an interview, along with additional tips to ensure the process goes without a hitch.

Knowing what the job entails

First and foremost, before sitting for an interview you probably should know the details about the job you’re applying to. Many job postings include a Job Description that lists what skills and requirements the employer is looking for in potential candidates, as well as what type of tasks will be assigned under the position. As a potential candidate, you need to do a thorough research into the job description as a first step. By going through the list of requirements you can do the following:

Match skills to the job

After looking through the required skills needed for the job position you can then list down your personal skills and experience to match them to the requirements. By doing so you can determine whether or not you have the skill base needed to successfully perform tasks that will be assigned for the position, and it will also help you determine whether or not the job is an appropriate choice for you. Nowadays recruiters look for more than just the quantitative skills or the “Hard Skills” mentioned in CVs, there is now more emphasis on the “Soft Skills” of individual candidates, especially in the service industry. Find out which soft skills are most desired in the customer service sector.

Determine strengths

After matching your existing skills to the requirements listed in the Job Description, you can narrow down your personal strengths that are most suitable for the job. For example, if the job you are applying for requires you to be good at managing employees, you can put relatively more emphasis on your leadership skills during the interview than on other strengths you might have. By determining the right strengths to mention, you can stay focused on only the most relevant points while answering interview questions.

Prepare examples of accomplishments

It is common for interviewers to ask follow-up questions after you mention your strengths. In many situations, interviewers will ask for a practical example of when you successfully used your strengths to tackle a difficult situation. Under these circumstances, it is important to have good examples or “success stories” prepared beforehand that you can mention to interviewers. By keeping these examples in mind before the interview, it will help you paint a more interesting picture of yourself with confidence to engage the interviewer. To create a compelling response, you can use the STAR approach:

  • Situation
  • Task
  • Action
  • Results

Knowing what the company is

One critical mistake that many candidates make when applying for jobs is that they don’t research the company beforehand. Although it may be a priority to some to look up information on the company, it is often something that comes up during interviews. Many employers do ask questions to test your knowledge on their business, and if your response to these questions are less than satisfactory, you will risk the chance of falling behind other candidates. Knowing a bit about the company before the interview can help you to ask some good questions at the end of the interview as well.

Doing your homework on the company will not only benefit you at the interview, but can also give you a better idea about the company which will help you decide whether you actually want to work for them. Information about pay range, fringe benefits, HR policies and overall organizational culture can either make or break a prospective job opportunity for candidates. Company research can be done through the following methods:

  • Searching through the Organization’s website – the Home page and “About Us” Section
  • Going through Company’s social media accounts – Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.
  • Using Search Engines like Google and Bing to find articles and news/announcements about the company
  • Reading through reviews to see how people feel about the organization and its products

Additionally, you can also look up names of people working at the organization (without invading their privacy, or course) to find out if you have connections with anyone who can give you a boost during the interview.

Knowing what the industry is

To take the company research one step further, it is advisable to conduct industry research as well. In Bangladesh, you can find jobs in many different industries, but every industry might not be suitable for you.

Doing overall industry research can also give you information about other competing organizations and their policies and culture so you can compare to find jobs that are best suited for you. It will also help you determine the market salary range for the specific type of job, which will aid you in salary negotiations, something commonly talked about during the interview.

Additionally, industry research can also tell you which sectors are doing well and which are not, here is a list of Top 10 Most In-Demand Jobs in Bangladesh to get you started.

Knowing the location of the interview

When you have been called for an interview, it is absolutely essential to arrive on time. Punctuality is one of the key things interviewers will look out for, and being late to your interview is a bad sign. Even if you show up a mere 10 minutes late, your interviewers may already be questioning whether you should be considered as a candidate.

To avoid this situation, it is best to look up the interview location beforehand using Google Maps or any other location apps so you know exactly where to go and how to get there. It is advisable to go to the location a day or two in advance (if you have the time) to get an estimate of how long it takes to reach there. Traffic congestion is a big issue in Dhaka city, which is why many people are rarely on time for their appointments, so it is best to start early on the day of the actual interview.

If the interview takes place at the company itself, commuting to the location beforehand can also tell you on average how long it will take to travel back and forth from the office to your home, and give you a rough estimate of how much travel cost you may incur at this job. Working at an office that is very far from your home can be a huge inconvenience for you in the long run, so if you are determined to work at the company you are applying to, it may be best to look for a home closer to work. Here are a few reasons why shifting closer to your work is a good idea

Additional preparations

After you have done thorough company research, industry research and gone through the job description, it is time to take further preparations for the interview. After all, if you want to get the job of your dreams, preparation is key. Here are a few interview tips to keep in mind so that all the information you gathered so far gets put to good use! Have a look on it Pursue your dream to get hired.

Practice interviewing

The old saying goes “Practice makes perfect” and interviews are exception. Before the big day, it may help to first master some basic techniques to help make a great first impression. Check out our article on Interview Do’s and Don’ts to know proper interview etiquettes. It is also advisable to do a practice interview with friends or family to better prepare you for the real thing! For this have a look at our another article on Interview Body Language Do’s & Don’ts for better idea.

Prepare answers to common questions

Most interviews consist of very common questions such as “why do you want this job?” or “where do you see yourself in 5 years?” It’s best to prepare your answers for these types of questions beforehand, to enable you to answer confidently and avoid getting nervous trying to find a good answer.

Additionally, you should prepare a few questions to ask the interviewer at the end so you can find out more about the job position.

During the interview

For the final step, which is the interview itself, you need to carry a few hard copies of your CV to provide to your interviewers, as well as keep a copy to yourself for reference if a question arises about your resumé. Additionally, it is advised that you keep a list of references and their contact information so it is easier to verify your background information. If you have any last minute emergencies for which you might be late or not show up for the interview, informing your relevant contact person for the interview ahead of time (with proper explanation) may help you avoid looking unprofessional and help justify a rescheduling to another day.

Concluding remarks

One last thing to keep in mind, perhaps catching up on the latest news about the company just before the interview is a great way to catch up on any significant changes in the company. If you provide this information during your interview, recruiters will definitely be impressed by your level of awareness about the company. With these tips in mind, you are sure to be best prepared for your next interview. 

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Bangladesh Property Market in the Digital Age

Bangladesh Property Market in the Digital Age

Today, Dhaka is the capital city of an independent country. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the world with a population of around 10 million.

After the partition of 1947, Dhaka became a crucial seat for the government of East Pakistan. By 1971, the population of the city increased from just 0.28 million in 1951 to more than 1.2 million. After the War of Liberation, Dhaka emerged as the capital city of Bangladesh.

As the capital city of one of the most populous and rapidly developing nations, one of the key sectors driving Dhaka is the property market of Bangladesh. Over time, continuous efforts have been made to plan the growth of the city as it continues to grow into one of the largest cities in the world, but it has been largely unsuccessful.

Dhaka city experienced a major deterioration in its living conditions compared to other developing cities worldwide. A major part of this dip in living condition has been and continues to be the unstable physical infrastructure. Every so often an event occurs which reminds everyone the need for immediate action for the future well-being of the city 

The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha, known as RAJUK in short, was one of the recent solutions for handling the ongoing crisis in the planned and controlled development of Dhaka City. The primary objective of this organization is to develop, improve, extend and manage the city through a process of proper development, planning and safety & security of its residents.

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha literally translates to the Capital Development Authority. It is a public agency of the Government of Bangladesh with sole purpose of urban development of Dhaka city. It is made up of public officials, city planners, urban administrators, engineers and architects.

As the National Authoritative Board for building planning, estates and resources, plot allotment and construction approvals from both public and private entities, RAJUK has immense power. It has a rich history as it uses the Dhaka Improvement Trust (Allotment of Land) Rule of 1969 and The Town Improvement Act of 1953, both of which came into existence well before the Independence of Bangladesh.

After over four years of its full-fledged launching, RAJUK began its journey towards digitalization this past week by automating some of its services online. RAJUK will now host the following online services:

  • Building Structure Approval
  • Land Use Clearance
  • Construction Permit

Online approval process makes it easier for people

The above mentioned are essentially the exact approvals needed for the construction of a building in the capital city. Over the years, the numbers of incidents, harassment and extortion in this sector both on & off the record is outrageously high.

Manual applications are not only time consuming but also, leave a nasty trail of events which harass countless public citizens. As the official statement by RAJUK, applicants will now be able to submit applications by registering at the official website at cp.rajukdhaka.gov.bd.

For those requiring any assistance, they can get help from the designated hotline: 01992-000666.

The Public Works Minister, SM Rezaul Karim, inaugurated the online service after RAJUK was launched almost four years ago in December 2015 with this very purpose. It was seen as a way of automating building approval services to end public suffering, bribery and excessive delay.

The current system was introduced as a limited service covering Dhanmondi, Mohammadpur, Lalbagh, Sutrapur and Kamrangirchar. Over 700 permits have been issued in these areas so far. But if this service were to expand across Dhaka city, it would do wonders.

Even though the government had stressed the importance of such a service, the RAJUK services did not gain any momentum over the past years due to many obstacles. One of the major reasons for this service to take so long to be implemented was the lack of proper equipment and necessary human resource training.

Future plans of progress

The journey for RAJUK was certainly not an easy one. The process began years ago but now it is somewhat clear as to how they should proceed. An important role that it plays is the identification of building code violators.

A two-day survey in Dhaka is being launched to hunt down all the buildings that were constructed by violation of the building code. There will be 24 teams who will spread across the city to inspect all buildings higher than 10 storeys.

RAJUK will inspect these buildings for many factors including the following:

  • Fire Exits & Fire Safety
  • Emergency Safety Measures
  • Building Codes, Plans & Reports
  • Undocumented Developments
  • Adherence to Approved Design

Already, there have been incidents reported such as unpermitted construction of restaurants at the entrance of buildings, lack of similarity with approved design for building structures, lack of sufficient emergency safety measures such as exits, etc.

The failure for these property owners to comply with the law will result in legal action via mobile court in light of the Building Construction Act. This is highly overdue as the lack of proper measures has caused many accidents with devastating results in recent times.

The future may hold promising results for Dhaka city and its residents given the execution of plans and enforcement of laws by the respective government authorities are carried out.

Fighting corruption and non-compliance

For many years, RAJUK has been inactive against the countless reported building violations across Dhaka city. A matter of pressing concern amongst them is the use of forged signatures by architects for building approvals.

According to a press statement by the president of the Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB), nearly 2,000 building approval documents have been found with forged signatures. They have asked for legal steps to be taken by RAJUK for the buildings in question.

The violations came to light due to RAJUK revealing information of approved buildings with confidential details such as the addresses, owners’ names, architects’ names, etc. Many architects found buildings which were fraudulently signed using their names without their knowledge.

As a result, RAJUK stopped publishing these kinds of information. Since then, this crime has only seen an increase not only in Dhaka city but across the country.

As a result of the devastating fire at FR Tower in Banani which caused the unfortunate deaths of 27 people, IAB organised the press conference on fire safety and safeguarding of lives. But the fire safety and other emergency safety protocol were routine work which authorities did not conduct in the past.

Laws pertaining to mandatory fire-safety measures, environmental conservation, universal access to buildings, approval from the fire and electricity departments, and others have always been in place. The problem has always been, and still is, the issue of non-compliance.

Even though laws and regulations are increasing, lack of monitoring and enforcement of these laws have caused many incidents, accidents, financial losses and the most devastating of all, loss of precious lives.

Final thoughts

The initiative by RAJUK to kickstart online services for land use clearance and building design approval are a sign of progress. Citizens will be allowed to register on the website to avail the online services and its benefits.

The integration of the online platform for such services may indicate a foreseeable end to the struggles of long-term harassment and power abuse by corrupt individuals and entities. And of course, the convenience of getting it done online quickly and easily. The approval status of each application will also be relatively easier to assess when it is online.

Moving forward, the following must be done:

  • Proper safety equipment and safety training for building workers
  • Mandatory building occupancy certification
  • Better training for safety inspectors, fire safety officials and firefighters
  • Continuous updates for national building codes and proper law enforcement

The Bangladesh property market is flourishing and the financial value of every inch of land in the capital city worth its weight in gold. The proper implementation of current laws, and subsequent re-enforcement of them by respective government authorities will ensure the safety and security of Bangladeshi citizens in the near future.

Visit Bikroy’s Property Portal to find registered lands all over Dhaka city and across Bangladesh. Buy from verified sellers for flats, houses, apartments, commercial spaces, etc. Find your next home or business on Bikroy.com.


Enjoy the World Cup on a new TV

Enjoy the World Cup on a new TV

Televisions never cease to amaze us. From the small black boxes that showed us moving pictures to the smart devices we bring into our homes today, televisions have evolved into so much more than they were in the past. With big events like the ICC World Cup season approaching, it is the peak time to buy a TV and to enjoy the matches on a big screen. Some popular brands circulating in the country are Samsung, Sony, LG, and Walton. These brands are making dynamic changes into the marketplace by bringing in the best deals with the best specs. Ranging from LED to LCD to Smart televisions, these companies seem to have it all. But what should you go for? When buying your dream TV, there are some things you need to know beforehand. For now, let’s have a look at the latest TV’s roaming around in the market.

What to look for in a TV?

Nowadays televisions are turning into smartphones. They are adapting all the qualities that our beloved phones possess and are offering viewers different experiences altogether. TV’s in the recent time are popular in the form of LED or LCD. Earlier the popular type of screen in Bangladesh was the CRT but gradually, with the advancement of technology and the availability of more products in the marketplace, LED and LCD televisions have largely replaced them.

The difference between LED and LCD televisions is the thickness of the monitors and the energy efficiency provided by the two. Generally, LED TVs are a subset of LCD TVs. However, slowly, LED televisions are becoming more popular in the market as they are more energy efficient and thinner in design. LED televisions are also known for having better lighting in black backgrounds or images, thus improving darker scenes on the television. Even so, LCD TVs are still prominently seen in households as well as marketplaces.

Other than the display type, the size of the television is also very important when buying a TV. The bigger the size, the costlier the TV gets, however if you buy a TV that’s too big for your room it may just be a waste of money. In the Bangladeshi context, the most popular sizes of television screens range from 22 inches to 60 inches. This is the ideal range for families looking to buy a TV for the living room or individuals who want a TV in the bedroom.

Now another main concern of potential buyers of televisions is whether the TVs are smart. This means that the TV runs on an Android or has its own user interface. The technicalities may be different depending on the model of the television but the basic functions are similar. It is basically a television that acts like a smartphone, allowing you to enjoy applications such as YouTube or Netlfix. It is also possible to browse the internet on a smart TV. So there really is nothing to lose when you go to buy a TV! To get a better understanding, check out our article Things you must know before buying a TV in Bangladesh.

How much should you pay?

Now let’s talk a little about the price range of televisions for prospective buyers. A television can range from 22,000 BDT to 200,000 BDT in the marketplace. The price tag of a TV will heavily depend on the brand name that is connected with it. Big brands like Sony or Samsung may be on the relatively expensive side where as local brands like Sharp or Walton may be a little more affordable. Also other than brand name, the condition of the TV will also determine the price tag. New televisions will obviously cost a fraction higher than that of used ones. A large variety of both used and new televisions are available on platforms like Bikroy.com where buyers and sellers can get together and pick out the perfect TV. Nowadays televisions have become very robust with all the new technology and thus are made to last longer. And so even buying a used TV may be a good decision depending on the seller and the specs of the TV itself. If you are looking to sell your TV for a good price, Bikroy.com is probably the best option to sell it in a fast and convenient way.

Some of our favorite picks!

Sony

Sony has been the leading brand when it comes to the tech industry for a long time now. Let’s have a look at two of the winners from the Sony series. Song alone has around 1500 advertisements on Bikroy.com which clearly gives the indication that the brand does well in the market.

SONY BRAVIA KDL-W600D

SONY BRAVIA KDL-W600D from Bikroy.com

This is a 32-inch LED smart TV. This bang for the buck comes at the price tag of around 27,000 BDT.

Key specifications include:

Display Type LED
Screen Size 32″, 80.0 cm
Resolution 1366×768
Audio Output 5W+5W
Speaker System Open Baffle Speaker
Dimension (L x W x H) 735x446x66 mm (L x W x H)
HDMI Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Warranty 5 Years’ Service Warranty ( No Parts Warranty)
Power Supply 45W
Remote Control Yes
Standby Power Consumption 0.50W

SONY BRAVIA W800C

SONY BRAVIA W800C from bikroy.com

The Sony Bravia W600C is a great TV for anyone looking for a theatre-like screen to enjoy matches and movies at the comfort of their homes. This 43-inch monster is an Android TV which really adds to the appeal of this device. It is priced at around 54,000 BDT but many outlets as well as  Bikroy are offering discounts and price reductions.

Key Specifications:

Screen type LED
Screen Size 43″
Panel Flat
Resolution Full HD 1080p
3D Technology 3D
Refresh Rate Motionflow XR 800Hz
Contrast Advanced Contrast Enhancer
Brightness Live Color
TV Tuner DVB-T/T2
Sound 10W+10W Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse
Connectivity USB, HDMI, Wi-Fi, LAN, RF, MHL
Remote RMT-TX100P
Dimension 962 x 565 x 59 mm
Product Warranty 5 Years’ Service Warranty

LG

LG is known for their durable and long lasting products and that doesn’t differ for them when it comes to their TVs. Here are our top pick from their latest TVs in the market.

LG 43UJ630T 

LG 43UJ630T  on bikroy.com

This TV has a 43-inch Ultra 4k LED display along with the benefits of a smart television. The sleek style and design is perfect for an aesthetic look as well as a good deal for the price tag of around 60,000 BDT. However, with Ramadan offers coming up you can grab this TV for even less!

Key specifications:

Display Type LED
Screen Size 43″
Resolution 3840 x 2160
Audio Output 20W
Speaker System 2.0 ch
Dimension (L x W x H) Size W/O Carton, W/O Stand 977 x 575 x 81
Size W/O Carton, With Stand 977 x 615 x 187
Size W/ Carton, With Stand 1060 x 660 x 152
Power Supply 100~240Vac 50-60Hz
Remote Control Yes
Standby Power Consumption 0.5W

Samsung

Samsung products are very popular in Bangladesh. Starting from mobile phones to refrigerators to washing machines to our beloved televisions, Samsung seems to have it all. Samsung is renowned for high-end products as well as affordable ones. Since Samsung TV’s have a versatile array of options to choose from, we handpicked three televisions all from different price ranges to help you decide on which to go for!

Samsung N5300

Samsung N5300 on bikroy.com

This is a great smart TV for its price, with a 40-inch LED display. This TV is quite popular on sites like Bikroy.com and is seen to get a lot of attention from potential buyers. It is priced at around 38,000 BDT but is often being sold at lower prices lately. The N5300 also comes in a larger screen size for a slightly higher price tag.

Key Specifications include:

Display Type LED
Screen Size 40″
Resolution 1,920 × 1,080
Audio Output 20W
Speaker System 2CH
Dimension (L x W x H) 917.1 x 552.4 x 170.3 mm
Weight 7.2 kg
Bluetooth No
HDMI 2
USB 1
Wi-Fi Yes
Warranty 05 Years’ Service Warranty
Power Supply AC100-240V 50/60Hz
Remote Control Yes
Standby Power Consumption 0.50 W

Samsung MU7000

Samsung MU7000 on bikroy.com

This big guy has a screen size of 50 inches with a sleek and slim design. It has a display type of 4k UHD. The price range of this television is around 70,000 BDT. Just as above, offers and discounts are available for Samsung TV’s on websites like Bikroy as well as some outlets.

Display Type 4k UHD
Screen Size 50″
Resolution 3840 x 2160
Audio Output 20 W
Speaker System 2 CH (Down Firing w / Bass Reflex)
Dimension (L x W x H) Package Size (WxHxD) 1396.0 x 760.0 x 170.0 mm
Set Size with Stand (WxHxD) 1128.9 x 723.7 x 310.5 mm
Set Size without Stand (WxHxD) 1128.9 x 654.4 x 63.2 mm
Weight Package Weight 18.30 kg
Set Weight with Stand 12.70 kg
Set Weight without Stand 11.5 kg
Bluetooth No
HDMI 3
USB 2
Wi-Fi Yes
Power Supply AC100-240V 50/60Hz
Remote Control Yes
Standby Power Consumption 195 W

Samsung NU7100

Samsung NU7100 on bikroy.com

If you are willing to spend a little more for a good investment, then this might just be the TV for you. This 65-inch screen comes with a UHD 4k display and a beautiful screen to fill your room. This TV is priced at around 130,000 BDT but is being offered at lower prices.

Key Specifications include:

Display Type LED
Screen Size 65″
Resolution 3,840 x 2,160
Speaker System 2CH
Dimension (L x W x H) Set Size with Stand (WxHxD) 970.2 x 636.3 x 210.3 mm
Weight 9.8 kg
Bluetooth No
HDMI 3
USB 2
Wi-Fi Yes
Warranty 05 Years’ Service warranty (No Parts Warranty)
Power Supply AC100-240V 50/60Hz
Remote Control Yes
Standby Power Consumption 115 W

Walton

Another brand that is slowly making its name in our country is Walton. The Walton group is a company that was founded in Bangladesh. The success of local products in the market is a sign of development for the nation. Walton TVs are becoming increasingly popular due to their lower price range and the features added on them. We picked out one of their televisions to give the buyer a somewhat general idea of what to expect from these devices.

WD1-TS43-FV100

walton WD1-TS43-FV100 on bikroy.com

This big screen TV has both the benefits of an LED display as well as its own smart user interface. This TV ranges at around 30,000 BDT and has a screen size of 43 inches. The price of the TV does vary with the screen size you opt for.

Here are the specifications:

Display type LED
 Screen size  43”
 Resolution  1920 x 1080
 HDMI IN (Version: 1.3 / 1.4)  2
 USB 2.0  2
Wi-Fi Yes
Warranty 5 Years’ Service Warranty
 Sound system  BG/ D/ K/ I
 Sound Effect  Stereo, Surround sound
 Remote control  Yes
 TV without Stand (L × W × H)  979mm × 275mm × 640mm
 TV with Stand (L × W × H)  979mm × 89.2mm × 579mm
 Standby power consumption  <0.5w

Conclusion

All in all, a TV is meant to be a good long-term investment. So before deciding on which TV to go for, it helps to have a general idea about TVs that are currently trending in the market. A physical outlet is not the only option anymore to buy a TV Online platforms such as Bikroy.com allow buyers to have a vast array of products to choose from whether it is new or used. To learn more, visit our page and discover your dream TV now!


Bikroy Brings Exciting “Ramadan Deals” for Eid-ul-Fitr

Bikroy Brings Exciting Ramadan Deals

Bikroy.com, the largest marketplace in Bangladesh, has launched exciting “Ramadan Deals” on the occasion of the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr for its customers. Under this offer, customers can win amazing gifts by purchasing any products from the vast collection of Bikroy Deals. Minister Hi-Tech Park Limited, Nokia and US-Bangla Airlines Ltd. are valuable partners of this campaign. The campaign is announced today, on May 16, 2019, with the MoU signing between the parties. This campaign will remain live till May 27, 2019.

Buyers can purchase any items from Bikroy Deals to participate in this campaign. Winners will get exciting prizes like refrigerator, television, smartphone, and vacation at Cox’s Bazar, etc. Customers who will purchase the highest products from Bikroy Deals are more likely to be selected as winners. Among the participants, 8 lucky winners will be selected through a raffle draw.

Winning customers will get amazing prizes sponsored by Minister Hi-Tech Park Limited, Nokia and US-Bangla Airlines Ltd.:

1st prize: A Nokia 4.2 Smartphone and Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar-Dhaka couple tickets;

2nd prize: A 300 ltr refrigerator;

3rd prize: A 32” Smart LED TV;

4th prize: A Nokia 4.2 Smartphone;

5th prize: A Nokia 4.2 Smartphone;

6th prize: Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar-Dhaka couple tickets;

7th prize: Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar-Dhaka couple tickets;

8th prize: A gas burner

Customers can go to Bikroy Deals and click “Buy Now” to place the order. Once the order has been placed, a unique order ID will be generated and recorded by Bikroy officials and that Order ID will be used in the winner selection process. The prize handover ceremony will be held on June 12, 2019. Bikroy Deals is the latest addition to Bikroy.com services. It is an e-commerce section that operates via the “Buy Now” feature, serving a vast range of electronics, kitchen and home appliances, personal grooming items, travel accessories and many more with 100% guarantee of safety. For the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr, Bikroy Deals has a diverse collection of Electronics products, Fashion accessories, and much more. Customers can avail their desired products at their doorstep saving valuable time.

About the Ramadan Deals offer, Eshita Sharmin, Head of Marketing & Ad Sales of Bikroy.com said, “Eid-ul-Fitr is the biggest festival of Bangladesh. Although we do shopping all around the year, Eid-ul-Fitr is a special occasion where everyone wants to buy something special for themselves and their close ones. We have created the opportunity for our customers of Bikroy Deals to avail their desired products with free delivery service. There are also many interesting gifts for the winners of this competition. We hope this Eid will be very fulfilling for all our customers.”

One of the partners of this campaign, Mr. K.M.G. Kibria, Head of Brand & Communication of Minister Hi-Tech Park Limited said, “Minister always tries to be a part of exclusive campaigns for the customers. We believe that Bikroy’s campaign winners will be amazed at this unique arrangement.”

A partner of this campaign, Mr. Farhan Rashid, Head of Business of HMD Global, the sole distributor of Nokia in Bangladesh said, “We are already associated with Bikroy Deals since some of our handsets are available on Deals. For the first time, we are joining hands with Bikroy as a sponsor of a campaign. I believe our winners would be extremely happy to be among the first ones to get their hands on the newly launched device.”

Another partner of the campaign, Md. Kamrul Islam, GM of Marketing Support & PR of US-Bangla Airlines Ltd. said, “We are proud to be a part of Bikroy’s campaign on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. We hope the winners will enjoy our flights.”

So hurry up and shop from Bikroy Deals! The more you shop, the more you will get the chance to win.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Bikroy holds the right to decide on the winners.
  • Gift items are not applicable for any return, exchange or transfer.
  • To maintain confidentiality and ensure fairness, Bikroy employees cannot participate in this competition.

Are You Making These 5 Common Mistakes When Hiring for a job?

Common Mistakes When Hiring for a job

Finding the right employees for a job is essential for an organization to succeed. Without having an appropriate team of employees, no organization will be able to move forward to meet their goals. Additionally, if unqualified employees, or employees that do not match the requirements, are hired, it can ultimately cost an organization a lot of money in the long run.

To prevent hiring mistakes, recruiters need to know how to hire new employees properly, to minimize risks of ending up with recruits that would hurt the organization. It is clear that if bad employees are hired, they will get fired or will eventually quit in the near future, which means the employer will have to start the recruitment process all over again to refill the position in the organization.

In this article, we have listed some common hiring mistakes that employers make when finding the right employee for the job.

1. Having a Narrow Candidate Search Pool

One of the biggest hiring mistakes occurs while pooling potential candidates for a job. Most employers tend to filter out a majority of resumes and only keep the CVs that attract their attention the most. So this is so important for candidates who are looking for a job to know how to write a good CV that will get employers attention.

While it is important to narrow down a list of the top candidates when finding the right employees to hire, this should not be the case when initially looking for candidate applications.

Successful organizations know that one of the key elements for success is diversification. Diversification does not necessarily mean having a wide variety of products and services to provide to customers, it also means having a diverse group of people in the workforce. Finding the right employees from different backgrounds, with different characteristics and perspectives will give any organization a competitive edge because of the new and unique ideas they bring with them. Employers can increase their candidate pool by attracting potential candidates through innovative job ads. Nowadays, people rarely look to the job section in newspapers to find vacancies, rather it is through electronic media that most people find jobs. Facebook and LinkedIn have become the most popular sources through which employees find job opportunities. Similarly, Bikroy has also developed a new platform through which employers can effortlessly skim through a diverse pool of potential talents, find out more about BikroyJOBS here: A Recruitment Game Changer, Now Onboard BikroyJOBS!

So, to expand the pool of candidates, employers need to engage multiple media sources, such as their websites and other social media platforms, to broadcast their job vacancies to enable a diverse group of people to apply.

2. Basing Hiring Decisions on First Impressions

It is inevitable that employers will form some type of opinion about candidates during the interview process. A candidate’s speaking abilities, their non-verbal behavior and attitude all contribute to how an interviewer might judge them and their potential fit into the job position, thus causing interview errors and bias. Here are some common things that most interviewers tend to look out for in candidates “Interview Body Language Do’s & Don’ts

However, if an employer makes their ultimate decision on who to hire based solely on their impression of the candidate, it can lead to hiring an employee that is not right for the job at all. A candidate may have skills and knowledge that is perfect for the job position, but due to not making a good first impression by being nervous or not having proper interview behavior, it can cause employers to think that the person is not right for the job after all. But what this means is that a good candidate is being rejected based solely on their interview taking skills, ultimately costing the organization a potentially perfect candidate from being hired.

So, to avoid this, employers should focus more on the candidate’s listed skills and experience from their resume as well as the supporting information they provide during their interview. By limiting the qualitative factors from affecting their decision, it can help employers in finding the right employees that best fit the job they will be doing rather than fitting the personality of the people they will be working with.

3. Not Preparing the Candidate for the Job/Interview

Candidates need a certain degree of preparation before they can sit for an interview so that the process goes smoothly. Most often interviewers may ask questions to the candidate regarding the company and its policies, and interviewees are expected to ask relevant and insightful questions in turn. For this, a lot of valuable interview time is wasted, asking all candidates similar questions as well as giving them brief information about the company and its culture. To save time and focus more on important matters such as the employee’s skills and their fit into the organization, employers can provide most of this information beforehand during the initial recruitment stages. Employers can utilize a detailed Job Description to provide potential candidates with information about the job, what tasks will need to be performed, as well as giving some brief information regarding the company and its policies. Furthermore, employers can include a proper mission and objectives page on their website so candidates can get an idea of what kind of organization it is and whether or not they are suitable to apply.

Additionally, candidates can take initiative and prepare for interviews on their own, here is an article to help prepare candidates to apply for jobs.

4. Not Preparing the Recruiters

One critical mistake on the employer’s part is that most do not plan the process of how to hire new employees. What many employers do not realize is that without a proper recruitment process and interview structure, it is very difficult to determine which candidate is best suited for the job amongst the hundreds that are interviewed. If interviewees are not asked all relevant questions and matched according to the hirer’s list of requirements, the chances of hiring the wrong candidate increases.

To prepare the interviewer, they need to know how to hire new employees and there needs to be a well-formed plan which lays out:

  • What the job they are hiring for entails
  • What relevant questions to ask candidates, and
  • What critical skills and indicators to look out for during the interview process

Directing the interview through the predetermined structure will save the organization a lot of time and effort while also digging up all relevant information necessary to make the final hiring decision.

5. Not Pre-screening Candidates

To save time and reduce the burden of going through hundreds of applicants, recruiters should sift through applications and group together only the relevant candidates. Thanks to technological advancements, we have many tools at our disposal to ease such tedious processes. Using an Applicant Tracking System, employers can quickly filter in CVs of candidates that meet their job requirements and have a similar set of skills and expertise that are crucial for the job candidates are applying for. By doing so, it cuts a significant portion of time from the recruitment process and helps employers in finding the right employees.

Checking references is also another important step in the candidate screening process. There are many cases of candidates not stating correct information in their resumes or during interviews, in the hopes that these facts may be overlooked. To make sure that potential hires are being truthful, it is crucial to cross-check their statements with relevant references. By doing so it helps employers pick out only the most authentic candidates that truly are the best fit for the corresponding jobs.

In today’s world, the market for finding the best talent is extremely competitive. Every company is looking for recruits that would give them the optimum returns as, after all, employees are an integral part of any organization. With the right set of recruits, every employer can ensure a smooth flow of day-to-day operations while minimizing costs and maximizing returns. By keeping the above-mentioned hiring mistakes in mind, employers can effectively understand how to hire new employees that are best suited for the organization.

What other common hiring mistakes can you think of that we might have missed? Leave your suggestions in the comment section below.

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Bikroy Brings Motorbike Review Contest – Win Amazing Prizes!

bike review competition

Bikroy.com, the largest marketplace in Bangladesh, is holding its first ever Review Contest. The first topic of the contest is – ‘Motorbike Review’. This contest is an excellent platform for motorbike lovers, especially for those who like to share their views. In this contest, participants will write a review article on their favorite motorbike, and get a chance to win amazing prizes. Winners of this contest will also get a great opportunity of becoming a regular author for the Bikroy blog.

Motorbike is one of the most popular products of Bikroy. Bikroy Vehicles has listings for more than 20,000 advertisements of different sorts of vehicles. Among the large variety of vehicles, more than 5,000 advertisements are for motorbikes. Each month, there are over 10 lacs interested buyers for Bikroy Vehicles. Due to the growing popularity and demand for motorbikes, this review writing contest is held with the aim of giving interested buyers a good understanding of the motorbike market in Bangladesh.

One participant is permitted to submit only one review article and the participants can share their review in both Bangla and English. The last date of review article submission is 15th May 2019. Among all the submitted review articles, three best review articles will be selected as winning review articles. A panel made of Bikroy’s management team will be in charge of selecting the winners. The result will be announced on 20th May 2019. 

Prizes:

  • 1st prize: Bike Safety Gears;
  • 2nd prize: Helmet;
  • 3rd prize: Bike Lock.

Moreover, the winners will be given certificates from Bikroy and the selected review articles will be published on the Bikroy blog and other selected mediums.

Eshita Sharmin, Head of Marketing & Ad Sales of Bikory.com said, “At Bikroy, we arrange different sorts of competitions. This time, we have brought our first ever review contest. Participants of this contest need to write a review article and win prizes that guarantees their safety. We are inviting those who love writing to participate in this competition and review any motorbike they like. I hope participants will enjoy writing about something new.”

Terms & Conditions:

  • To participate in this contest visit this link: Submit Review Article.
  • The submissions must be original. No part of it should have been published earlier nor should it be under the consideration for publication or a contest elsewhere. Plagiarism of any sort will result in immediate disqualification.
  • To maintain confidentiality and ensure fairness, Bikroy employees cannot participate in this competition.
  • Bikroy holds the right to decide on the winners.
  • Gift items are not applicable for any return, exchange or transfer.

Latest Dell Laptops in Bangladesh in 2019

Latest Laptops from Dell in Bangladesh

With the growth of information and communication technology around our nation, there has been an increased demand for laptops. Among the competition, the company Dell seems to be thriving in the marketplace. Dell offers a wide range of not only laptops but also desktop computers, computer components and much more. However, slowly desktop computer users are shifting from their immobile forms of computing and gradually implementing the use of laptops at a more frequent rate. Laptops are becoming much more common among professionals, students as well as the general public.

The laptop industry is growing exponentially and users are looking for the best specifications at the best possible price. Laptops are not cheap to come by and those that are ridiculously cheap may not be that great in the long run. As people shift away from desktop computers and move onto laptops, brands like Acer, Asus or Dell see a market opportunity and grasp it. The focus for this article is about Dell laptops and how it is bringing remarkable laptops into the market, that too at reasonable prices. To decide on how to buy the perfect laptop, you can check out our article on How to Buy the Best Laptop Within Your Budget in Bangladesh? and get an idea before you spend your money.

Latest Dell Laptops

Now let’s have a look at the current market for Dell laptops in Bangladesh in 2019. Intel Core processors have recently become more prominent in the market. Even so, in our Bangladeshi tech market, Pentium, Atom and Core are all popular processors to reach for. When it comes to laptops, Dell provides Intel Core i3 7th generation laptops at around 35,000 BDT, this is the Dell Inspiron 15-3567.

Dell Inspiron 15-3567, the game changer in a budget

Dell Inspiron 15-3567

Key Specifications:

Processor Intel Core i3-7020U Processor (3M Cache, 2.30 GHz)
Memory 4GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM
Storage 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 620
Display 15.6-inch HD (1366×768) anti-glare LED-backlit Display
Audio High Definition Audio with Waves MaxxAudio Pro II
1 combo headphone/microphone jack II
Web Camera Integrated Widescreen HD (720p) Webcam with Digital Microphone
Networking 10/100 Ethernet LAN, Dell(TM) Wireless 1704 802.11b/g/n with Bluetooth v4.0
Battery Primary 2-cell Battery
Operating system Free DOS
Manufacturer Warranty 02 Year international Warranty

This is quite a good deal for the features of the laptop itself.

If users are looking for a cheaper option, they can invest in Dell Inspiron N3462. This laptop runs on Pentium and has a quad-core processor which ranks this laptop at the price point of at around only 27,000 BDT. These laptops are ideal for students as well as business professionals who cannot afford to spend heaps of money on a laptop but want something that will serve them for a good number of years.

Dell Inspiron N3462, a bang for the buck

Dell Inspiron N3462

Key Specification includes:

Processor Intel® Pentium® Processor N4200 (2M Cache,1.10 GHz up to 2.5 GHz)
Display 14.0-inch HD (1366 x 768) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display
Memory 4GB DDR3L 1600MHz
Storage 500GB 5400 rpm SATA Hard Drive
Graphics INTEL HD GRAPHICS 505
Operating System Free Dos
Battery 40 WHr, 4-Cell Battery (removable)
Adapter 45 Watt AC Adapter (w/standard graphics)
Audio 2 tuned speakers with Waves MaxxAudio® Pro

The main price range for a good laptop from Dell would be placed within 22,000 BDT to 37,000 BDT. Another recent laptop by Dell is the Dell Inspiron 14 N3467 Laptop which is priced at only around 44,000 BDT. It offers Intel Core i5 and 7th generation.

Dell Inspiron 14-N3467

Dell Inspiron 14-N3467

Key Specifications

Processor Intel® Core™ i5-7200U Processor (3M Cache,2.50 GHz up to 3.10 GHz)
Memory 4GB DDR4 2400MHz
Storage 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 620
Display 14.0-inch HD (1366 x 768) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display
Audio High Definition Audio with Waves MaxxAudio Pro II
1 combo headphone/microphone jack II
Web Camera Integrated Widescreen HD (720p) Webcam with Digital Microphone
Networking 10/100 Ethernet LAN, Dell(TM) Wireless 1704 802.11b/g/n with Bluetooth v4.0
Battery Primary 4-cell Battery
Operating system Free DOS
Manufacturer Warranty 02 Year international Warranty

The latest laptops by Dell are implementing use of better graphics cards as well as latest processors. The battery hours are also better but may vary from model to model. The Dell Inspiron line has introduced a large variety of laptops, three of which are mentioned above. Also, the laptops mentioned above all come with an in-built RAM of 4 GB. This is ideal for light work as well as longevity. This RAM memory can obviously be expanded but will have to be done externally.

If potential buyers are looking for a Dell with an in-built higher memory, then they can turn towards the Dell Inspiron 15- N5567. This laptop offers 6 GB of RAM, with Intel Core i5 inside as well as it is a 7th generation processor.

Dell Inspiron 15-N5567

Dell Inspiron 15-N5567

Key Specifications

Processor Intel® Core™ i5-7200U Processor (3M Cache, 2.50 GHz up to 3.10 GHz)
Memory 8GB, DDR4, up to 16GB (additional memory sold separately)
Storage 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
Graphics AMD Radeon™ R7 M445 Graphics with 2G GDDR5 Graphics Memory
Display 15.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) Truelife LED Display
Audio 2 tuned speakers with Waves MaxxAudio® Pro
1 combo headphone/microphone jack
Web Camera Integrated widescreen HD (720p) Webcam with Dual Digital Microphone Array
Networking 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.2, Dual Band 2.4&5 GHz, 1×1
Interface 1 HDMI v1.4a
2 USB 3.0
1 USB 2.0
1 Kensington lock slot
10/100 RJ-45 Ethernet Network
1 SD card (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
Battery 42 WHr, 3-Cell Battery (Integrated)
Operating system Ubuntu Linux
Manufacturer Warranty 02 Years International Warranty

Now famous among the Inspiron line is the Dell Inspiron 15-3567, which was mentioned above as well. However, this laptop comes in a variety of available processors. If you bump the price tag, then you will be getting higher specifications on the device.

The Dell Latitude range of laptops also offers users a high-end experience of information and communication. These laptops are of premium quality and have a relatively higher price rank. The battery power of a laptop is also crucial for all laptop users. As it is a portable device and may not always be near a charger, somewhat long battery life is always a good thing for a potential buyer. The Dell Inspiron series laptops come with types of batteries, the common ones being Primary 2 cell battery while some come with 4 cell batteries. In the comparatively cheaper price line, the common batteries are the ones that provide from 2 to 4 hours of battery computer usage.

The operating system on the Dell laptops is also getting upgraded to Windows 10 OS. Even though the original Windows 10 software increases the overall price of the laptop slightly, it gives the user a safer and more secure experience thanks to the upgraded Windows 10 Security.

If individuals remain within this range, they are almost guaranteed to get a good deal for their money. Not only are these laptops robust, they also provide recreational as well as entertainment facilities to the user. Furthermore, these laptops are also suitable for gamers. Gaming is becoming and has been quite popular in our country, and as gaming PCs are quite expensive to attain, gamers usually rely on their laptops for some light gaming. Dell laptops are ideal for that purpose. However, the gaming laptops from Dell are not the cheapest but are significantly cheaper in comparison to other brands that are available in our markets. The Dell Inspiron n7566 is ideal for gamers and costs around 73,000 BDT. It offers a gamer a 6th generation Intel Core i5 processor with a HD 15.6 inch display. This is quite reasonable for the potential of this laptop.

The Ideal Marketplace and how much to pay?

Now, where do we find these amazing Dell laptops? Nowadays a great collection and selection of new and used laptops are available online. Websites like Bikroy.com offer potential buyers with a wide collection of the latest Dell laptops in 2019 in both new and used conditions. In fact, the number of advertisements placed on Bikroy for new laptops is actually higher than that of used laptops. Dell itself has over 4000 ads placed on the online platform and are quite popular among the potential buyers. Laptops like the Dell Vostro 3468 7th Gen Core i5 are available on Bikroy for only around 34,000 BDT. If users are keen to buy the latest Dell laptop in Bangladesh, then they should definitely check out the Bikroy.com tech page for the best available deals!

When it comes down to the price, there are some key factors to take into account. It can be possible to get a usable laptop for only around 15,000 BDT to 20,000 BDT, but it’s pretty obvious that the long term usage of these laptops may differ from the slightly more expensive ones. Bumping up the price to only 25,000 BDT to around 30,000 BDT can actually land the user a pretty sturdy device. Most of the laptops from Dell that are popular among existing users are usually in this range or higher. Another article to check out can be The Ten Best Laptop Computers on the Market over at Bikroy blogs where you can get an idea about the timeless devices that are still popular in the market today.

Conclusion

In conclusion, laptops are always on demand, whether used or new. These are portable and compact devices which allow users to move around as they work. In a fast moving world we need our important things to move with us. Investing in a laptop can be a tedious process if you don’t know what to look for. At the end of the day the performance of a laptop will vary from model to model, but that does not necessarily mean that you have to break the bank for it. Dell laptops are quite prominent in the market, some may have good things to say about them while some people may not prefer them at all, but ultimately the choice is yours. Hopefully this article has been able to give you some insight as to what you can expect to see and what a Dell laptop might have to offer. Bikroy.com comprises of a vast array of laptops from all brands and companies, visit the site today and bring home your new laptop!


Interview Body Language Do’s & Don’ts

Interview Body Language

How long does it take you to judge a person?

Yes… it is not right to judge anyone by their looks! But an average person takes between 5 to 30 seconds to form some sort of an opinion about a stranger.

Now, think from the perspective of a person who is a professional, paid to evaluate a person by spending as little time with them as possible. Yes, we are referring to interviewers or recruiters who judge candidates based on a piece of paper and on average 30 to 40 minutes of conversation.

The face to face interview is the deciding factor for almost 90% of private sector jobs. Interview candidates are under immense pressure to prove themselves within such a short time frame. A candidate must be able to answer the technical questions accurately as well as be skilled in business communication.

Did you know that there is a huge aspect of interviews which is just important as what you say?

It’s your body language!

It is true that most interview candidates are unaware of the importance of body language as they are only focused on dressing nicely, being on time and answering all the questions confidently. But according to global recruitment experts, a big impact is made by the candidate’s body language.

You may think this sounds silly but there are psychological reasons behind it. It is easy to say what not to do at interviews, but what to do during interviews in terms of non-verbal communication is something that you can use to your advantage. To get a better overview of this article have a look at our another article “Looking for a Job? Prepare Yourself Well for the Interview

So, to make sure when you go to interviews with some of the biggest companies in Bangladesh, or even a small start-up, learn how to use your body language to enhance your first impressions from this interview body language guide.

Body Language at Interviews – What to Do!

1. Confident Walking

It is extremely important to walk confidently whether it is walking into the office, the waiting area, or to the interview room. Be professional with every step and be mindful that there are eyes looking at your every movement. Changes in emotions and confidence levels are expressed by body language whether or not we realize it. Recruitment experts judge the character of candidates, their seriousness, etc. from something as simple as their walk.

2. Firm Hands

When offered a handshake, make sure to deliver a firm one which is not too soft and not too tough. You don’t want to be judged as being too weak or too dominant, but just right! To avoid awkward, lengthy holds, be sure to let go and it’s alright if you are first to let go. If you are not a handshake person, be polite in responding with a non-contact respectful gesture.

3. Sit on a Bench

Don’t worry, we don’t literally mean to carry a bench with you and sit on it during your interview. No matter how comfortable or uncomfortable the chair or seating arrangement may be, sit down straight as you would in a wooden bench. Often, it helps to not lean back all the way and be a little uncomfortable – it will make you more alert & attentive. Keep your legs straight and not crossed or on top of each other. You can lean in every once in a while, to show that you are listening.

4. Steady Eyes

Maintaining good eye contact is an age-old technique to express confidence, focus and attention. So, use that to your advantage by not looking away or here & there but towards the person speaking to you. If you look away for a few seconds, do it to refresh yourself not to focus on something else in the room. There is not rule of thumb as to how long you should maintain steady eye contact, but a good number is 5 to 10 seconds.

5. Facial Expressions

Remember to put in a smile whenever the opportunity presents itself. Not only will it relax yourself, it will present you to be more personable. Don’t give fake smiles, be genuine! A genuine smile goes a long way and makes the environment positive, almost instantly!

6. Use Your Hands

This is a very uncomfortable one. Most candidates are absolutely lost as to what to do with their hands during interviews. When you are speaking, use them to articulate your words but don’t do it too much. Don’t forget that you have hands, many candidates simply hide their hands. It is important to keep your hands away from your face and with some form of movement when speaking.

Some Additional Interview DO Tips

  • A good technique is to take notes during interviews, with their permission you can do this to not only actually taking notes but also to keep your hands busy.
  • Keep your phone turned off or at least on silent or airplane mode
  • Keep your head up and feet still; do not slouch
  • Be energetic and enthusiastic but be graceful
  • Address all members of the interview board, don’t just stick to one person
  • Use nodding to your advantage to show that you are interested, understanding, agreeing and do it naturally. Don’t constantly nod as you will look like a woodpecker!

Body Language at Interviews – What Not to Do!

Now that you know what exactly to do during interviews, let’s look at some of the many things to train your body to not do while you are being interviewed.

1. Overconfidence

Don’t confuse confidence with arrogance! Never walk into an interview thinking you are an overqualified candidate, even if you know so. Even if you are told that you are over qualified, do not get overconfident. Arrogance is not only an unattractive characteristic it is damaging to any professional or personal relationship. Remind yourself that arrogance & confidence is not the same!

2. Side Activities

During your interview, stop using your phone or scribbling with a pen or playing with your hair or face. It is an obvious DON’T, but many people do these things subconsciously, not realizing they are doing it. So, be fully aware of your bad habits and refrain from them. Do practice interviews with friends, family members or others to improve yourself.

3. Fidgeting

It is very common for most people to fidget when nervous or anticipating questions. Try your best and train yourself to not fidget, tap your fingers or your legs during interviews. These are not only giveaways for recruiters about your nervousness but also distracting to the interview board. You don’t want to be still like a wooden block but also, you don’t want to be fidgeting like nervous teenager awaiting their results.

Some Additional Interview DON’T Tips

  • Do not make sudden, sloppy movements
  • Do not chew gum or have candy or any type of food
  • Do not keep your hands in your pockets
  • Do not daze out or zone out into a daydream
  • Do not tap your fingers, click your pen, tap your feet, etc.

BONUS:

An essential part of an interview process in the modern days is the phone interview stage. It is helpful if you walk while you speak on the phone to give yourself more confidence and relax your mind and body. As you do this, it will also make your responses sharper, as your brain is working efficiently to control your right & left steps.

When leaving an interview, make sure to leave a lasting impression of yourself. Don’t hug anyone! Practice the art of departing from an interview. Be calm as you gather your things, move gracefully, smile, nod and offer a handshake to at least the hiring manager, if not the entire interview board.

It is essential that you remember, the piece of paper that has your qualifications is what you achieved, but how you behave is who you are. So, during an interview it is important to portray yourself the person and not just focus on the piece of paper that says what you did. You’re your skills, talent, experience, and confidence in using your body language.

Final Points

It is true and I accept that many of these points are not NEW or a REVOLUTION, but genius is in simplicity! Your actions will speak much louder than the words in your CV, so it is crucial that these simple things are done effectively to truly express yourself during interviews. also check our CV Writing Guide: How to Write a Good CV.

More than 50% of a person’s impression is based on their body language so it is a major aspect which should not be ignored. Unlike many other things like your job experiences, educational qualifications, etc. your body language can be improved!

It is natural to be nervous at a job interview, everyone does it. But if you keep in mind some of the tips shared here, you will be better equipped to present yourself to even the biggest recruitment agencies in not just Bangladesh, but all over the world.

Find thousands of job listings at Bikroy.com/Jobs from reputed private & government organizations all over Bangladesh.

Which are some of the best body language tricks that you used? Which one will you try on your next interview? Share your thoughts with all our readers in the comments below.


What Should You Do If a Fire Breaks Out in Your Home or Workplace?

What Should You Do If a Fire Breaks Out?

This year, the nation was devastated with many incidents both major and minor involving fire, the destruction and the loss of many lives!

Many helpless victims were unable to leave the area in time to save themselves and while many burnt to death, others jumped off to escape the torment of burning to death.

The many tragic fire incidents is nothing short of a wake-up call for us – people of Bangladesh to educate ourselves on this issue. We need to learn about all the fire safety for our homes and our workplaces to protect ourselves and others around us.

There is the age-old saying that “prevention is better than cure”.

Indeed, this is true!

Today, in this article, we will cover the crucial aspects of fire in two parts:

  • Part One: What to do when you have a fire breakout in your home?
  • Part Two: What to do when you have a fire breakout in your workplace?

In both scenarios, we will also discuss how to prevent fire incidents at your home or workplace, as well.

If we learn the many prevention methods, we can avoid such tragic accidents and we can help ourselves from its devastating results. It is equally important to prepare for such an event by knowing what to do in such situations to minimize the destruction, injuries and casualties.

PART 1: What Should You Do If a Fire Breaks Out in Your Home?

When you notice the beginning of a fire breakout, immediately use a fire extinguisher to try to put it out before it catches on full fire or starts to spread. If there is no fire extinguishers available, then do NOT use water! This only worsens the situation for fires which start from electrical appliances or your cooker.

According to expert firefighters worldwide, there is a simple rule of thumb:

“When there is MINOR FIRE – ESCAPE… if there is THICK SMOKE – SHUT THE DOOR!

This may or may not be effective in a developing country such as Bangladesh, given our standard of buildings, etc. But it highlights the critical dangers of thick & smoky fires which is essential!

What to Do If Fire Starts Your Kitchen

If you are in your home and there is fire starting from your kitchen while cooking, you should do the following, but remember to not panic and calm yourself & others around you:

  • Place a lid over the pan, dish, or cooker to cover the fire. This will make sure that the fire does not get oxygen necessary to keep burning
  • Disconnect the cooker if it is electrical or turn off the gas connection
  • Avoid using water to put out kitchen fires at all times! This can cause an explosion and make the fire worse than it originally was
  • If you are unable to control the fire, then get your family members out of your home and exit the building without thinking of anything else

What to Do If Fire Starts in Your Home & You Are Trapped in a Room

  • Check to see how hot the door knob is, if it is too hot to touch and there is heavy smoke coming from the other side of the door, then DO NOT open the door
  • Use any clothes, blankets, or towels to seal the door areas to block the smoke from getting inside as the smoke will suffocate you
  • If you have access to a phone then, immediately call emergency number and your emergency friends or family contacts
  • Lay down on the floor and wait to be rescued from your room, if there is no way to get out
  • Use a wet cloth to breathe through it so that you are not breathing in toxic heavy smoke from the smoky fire
  • Listen carefully for emergency service persons or others who may be trying to find you
  • If you think someone is close by then make loud noises to get their attention and knock against the door, furniture or wall to help them locate you
  • Always leave doors unlocked so that rescue team is easily able to get to you

What to Do If Fire Starts in a High-rise Building

If you live in a high-rise building, whether it is your apartment, hotel room, etc. then follow the following steps to ensure your safety when a fire breaks out:

  • If the fire is not in your unit, then try to find out where the fire is before doing anything else
  • Look out your windows to find the source of the fire or look for heavy smoke
  • If the smoke is from a unit above your unit, then quickly exit the building
  • If you notice there is smoke coming in through your door then make sure you check the temperature of the door knob, before touching it or opening it
  • As you exit, remember to close all doors behind you
  • Use the fire exit to quickly exit the building and warn others as you do so
  • Report the fire to emergency services as soon as you are in a safe place

How to Prevent Fires at Home

The following are some very basic and essential things you can do to prevent a fire from breaking out in your home:

  • Use approved electrical & gas appliances from reputed manufacturers
  • Use alarm system such as smoke detectors
  • Have a fire extinguisher in your home
  • Keep extra set of keys available at a dedicated place in your house
  • If you use grills in your window, make sure to get a latch exit which can be used for emergencies
  • Avoid using too many extension cords or multi-plugs for many appliances
  • Turn off lights, and appliances when not in use
  • Don’t leave laptops, computers or phones in charge for long times
  • Routinely check electrical and gas lines in your homes as rats & cockroaches may damage them
  • Never leave kitchen stove unattended when on
  • Place flammable things like oil, kerosene, etc. away from kitchen stove and electric points

It is common for almost every home in Bangladesh to use cylinder gas, as primary source of gas or as an alternative source. In any case, most fires breakout due to the unsafe use of gas cylinders. Read about the Safe Use of Gas Cylinders to avoid harming yourself, your family, and your surrounds.

PART 2: What Should You Do If a Fire Breaks Out in Your Workplace?

Fire incidents at your workplace is potentially much more devastating than at a residence. This is not to say that residential fires are in anyway less dangerous, but the potential devastating effects of a fire in a commercial space is much more.

Not only is hundreds of businesses disrupted, but it causes a chain reaction which may take months or even years to recover financially. The economic progress of not just the particular businesses are halted, but also associated businesses, employees, families, and overall the national economy suffers.

Add to that the high likelihood of a greater number of casualties where more people are present at any given time during business hours. Due to this, a fire break out in your workplace or any commercial premises is much more devastating!

The dangers of fires in workplaces are more common due to the fact that, businesses and organizations are not prepared. They do not prepare or have serious lack in training their employees with instructions for such situations to save themselves and others around them.

REMINDER: Prevention is ALWAYS Better Than Cure!

It is extremely important for every individual, every family, every neighborhood, every business, every city and overall, every government sector to remember that – prevention is better than cure!

Prevention is not only better – it is safer… quicker… and more economically feasible!

So, it is important for every business or organization to take appropriate prevention steps for dangers such as a fire breaking out. The following are just some of the few things to do:

  • Prepare a risk assessment action plan for different emergencies such as fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, flooding, loss of electricity, etc.
  • Schedule & routinely review fire and other risk assessment action plans
  • Cover every gap from most recent risk assessment audit
  • Make all employees aware of all safety plans, procedures, equipment and exit routes
  • Train specific individuals to lead groups of employees
  • Hold practice fire drills to test alarms, equipment, escape routes & other procedures

You will be surprised to know that almost every workplace, no matter how small or big, has specific safety measures and actions plans. However, almost none of the staff will be aware of it!

It is important for employees to take initiative to learn these as well as, the responsibility of the employer to train and educate staff of all such safety measures, plans and procedures.

Let’s Look at the Basic 3-Step Procedure during a Workplace Fire:

Step 1 – Alarm… Alarm… Alarm!!!

Whether you are in a country like Bangladesh, or in the United States of America, the importance of a fire alarm is extremely underrated!

It is important for everyone at a workplace, or commercial area to be fully aware of how to trigger an alarm in case of an emergency. Regardless of the small or big scale of an incident, an alarm should be used. This ensures that fire services are made aware as soon as possible and are able to start their journey to the place of incidence immediately.

Using the alarm is simply to notify everyone in the surrounding to take necessary steps to secure themselves as an emergency has been signaled. Part of raising an alarm is to notify the appropriate emergency service provider such as the Fire & Rescue Service using an emergency number including the exact location and as much detail about the incident as possible.

In case of small fires, appropriate equipment such as fire extinguishers should be used to take necessary measures to resolve the issue. However, if it is not done in the proper way, this can sometimes lead to causing more damage.

So, it is necessary to have trained individuals to take necessary actions as they have been trained to do. Also, they should lead others through the escape route as laid out in the action plan and secure all areas within your workplace.

Step 2 – Evacuate Your Workplace

Many employees undermine the evacuation or escape plan of their respective workplaces. It is important that employees are not too calm to ignore evacuation and calm enough to not cause panic. Evacuation is best done calmly and promptly.

Before evacuation, it is important to take notice of your surroundings and securing all potentially hazardous things such as shutting down machinery, closing doors & windows but not locking them, rescuing others from remote areas, etc.

However, refrain from collecting all your personal belongings, as this makes it difficult to exit the workplace with all of your colleagues. Also, avoid using lifts and use the staircase at all times. If you notice anyone panicking, then do your best to calm them down. But it is important to keep yourself calm, first.

Step 3 – Gather at Safety Point

Every workplace should have a designated safety point for their employees to go to in case of all emergencies and all staff should be aware of it. After raising an alarm and evacuating the building, it is recommended for everyone to gather at the designated safety point.

The safety point should be at a fair distance to your workplace building, and it should be an easy location for emergency service vehicles, etc. to come for medical or other services. Once everyone is at the safety point, it is suggested to take a count of all staff, or each department to identify if someone is missing. In such a way, emergency fire fighters can be made aware of potential rescue missions.

Hopefully you never have to face the next step… Step 4 – Stuck in Your Workplace during a Fire

In the unfortunate scenario where you are unable to exit the building or follow the escape route to the safety point with your colleagues, you shall remain calm.

If you are on a lower floor, like the 1st or 2nd floor, then you can open a window and lower yourself and then use basic balance to drop down to the floor outside. Never jump straight out of a window, as you can injure yourself by breaking an arm or a leg with a bad fall.

If you are on a higher floor such as 3rd or 4th and you have to use the window to jump out, then try to climb down to a lower floor if possible. Then through some soft materials down to land on before you jump off, to minimize injuries from the fall.

If you are any higher than you should try to be around the window area, and wait for emergency services to rescue you. Close the room door and seal all areas with cloths, etc. to prevent the smoke from building up, as you wait to be rescued.

If your clothes or any part of you catches on fire, then do not run as this will only help the fire flames to grow. Remember to stop, drop & roll!

Meaning, you should immediately stop moving, drop to the floor, and roll around to smother the flames.

Final Thoughts

Fire is an extremely dangerous issue!

Given the recent incidents in Dhaka city and other parts of Bangladesh, we are not prepared as we should be to deal with such circumstances in our homes and workplaces.

No one wants to lose a thing, let alone a life because of a fire. But instead of hoping this never happens to us, we need to educate ourselves on how to prevent and deal with such difficult situations.

Hopefully, this article was able to educate you on the importance of training and preparing our homes and workplaces for fire hazards and safety procedures.

You can browse through the Bikroy.com for fire safety equipment such as fire alarms, smoke detectors, masks, fire extinguishers, etc. for securing your home and workplace.

Never underestimate the devastating effects of a fire and prepare not only yourself, but your friends, families and colleagues on how to deal with fire hazard.

Be safe & be prepared!