Bill Gates Says These 5 Traits Guarantee Success When the world’s richest man offers career advice, it’s smart to listen.

If you’re looking for a role model of lifelong success, you can’t do much better than Bill Gates. Microsoft, the company he founded, created a whole industry. At a net worth of nearly $80 billion, he’s the richest man in the world. His philanthropic activities reach far and wide and have actually made the world a better place. Oh, and he also achieved his dream, which was a personal computer on every desk.

What led to Gates’s success? He certainly was in the right place at the right time with the right concept for a product. But over the years, he himself has pointed to some of the attitudes he believes lead to continued success. They’re a good guide for anyone, in any field. The personal finance site GOBankingRates has compiled some of them within a piece about how Gates thinks you should spend your money.

Here are some of the most relevant attitudes he looks for–and which anyone can develop:

1. Knowing how to say no.

This is advice Gates got from Warren Buffett, and it’s extremely useful for everyone, whether you’re rich and successful or not. There will always be an unending supply of opportunities, things to do, causes you care about, and on and on. In this busy world, knowing when and how to say no to projects, social invitations, and other requests for your time may be the most important skill you need. It will allow you to figure out what’s truly important, and then focus your attention there.

2. Welcoming criticism.

“Embrace bad news to learn where you need the most improvement,” Gates advises in his book Business @ the Speed of Thought. While it’s never pleasant to hear someone tell you how you’ve screwed up, without that kind of feedback, your learning process and growth will be much slower. I find listening to criticism nearly always gives me perspective that I didn’t have, and that I need.

Of course, some criticism is not useful–so you have to use your judgment to tell the difference. With that in mind, next time someone wants to chew you out, don’t walk the other way. Stop, listen, thank them–and learn.

3. Optimism.

It can be hard to be optimistic in a world where so many things seem to be going wrong. But without optimism, no one would ever start a company, invest in a new idea, or try out a new product or market.

Gates appreciates the value of optimism, and since his work addresses some of the most disheartening problems on our planet, such as sex trafficking, hunger, and extreme poverty, he needs a lot of it. “Optimism is often dismissed as false hope,” he said in a Stanford commencement speech in 2013. “But there is also false hopelessness.”


By: MINDA ZETLIN, Co-author, ‘The Geek Gap’


Our recruiters share their best tips on how to land – and ace – an interview at Microsoft:

Recruiters share their best tips for getting an interview and nailing it

The job description immediately catches your eye. It’s a good match for your skills and an even better match for your ambitions — the kind of opportunity that gets you excited about the possibilities of a career at Microsoft.

But let’s face it: Landing the job you want is rarely an easy or relaxing process. Everything from spiffing up your résumé to wowing your interviewers can be challenging and completely nerve-racking.

That’s why we’ve asked several Microsoft recruiters how you can boost your chances of getting the job.

“Were you a chess master or a championship-winning tennis player?”

“Were you a chess master or a championship-winning tennis player?”

“I look for people who like to work hard, have fun and do it with a positive attitude. I think those are important attributes to success,” says Kameron Swinton, a Microsoft talent sourcer. “I’m also looking for people who have been high achievers, and that’s not limited to their profession.

“Were you a chess master or a championship-winning tennis player?” he asks. “Tell me about it. Not only does it make for a great story but it speaks to your dedication, hard work and perseverance.”

"A sense of partnership and willingness to play nicely with others is golden."

“A sense of partnership and willingness to play nicely with others is golden.”

Recruiter Amy Ala keeps an eye out for certain traits beyond the technical skills of the job, such as the abilities to adapt and collaborate. “A sense of partnership and willingness to play nicely with others is golden,” she says.

But for starters, you need to get a foot in the door. A generic résumé isn’t likely going to do it, no matter how polished it looks. So make sure it lines up with the job description, because “any communication to the recruiter or hiring managers should be very clear in how you’re a fit for the role,” Ala says.

And you’ve heard it before, because it’s true: Networking is key. Reach out to family, friends, colleagues and anyone else you know to find people who work in the Microsoft group or team you’re interested in. Use LinkedIn or Twitter. Express your interest and learn what you can.

Such efforts can “give you a better understanding of the organization, and that person may even be able to get your résumé into the direct hands of the hiring manager or recruiter,” advises recruiter Colleen Corbin.

“Demonstrate a passion for Microsoft and our technologies.”

“Demonstrate a passion for Microsoft and our technologies.”

Whether it’s through your résumé, networking or any other initial contacts, “demonstrate a passion for Microsoft and our technologies,” as well as for your own work, Swinton says. What are your “passion projects?” If you’ve developed any Windows or Windows phone apps, for example, make sure that’s known.

Hopefully you’ll soon hear what you’ve been waiting for: You’ve got an interview. It’s thrilling or it’s stressful. Probably both.

So our recruiters have offered their 10 best tips for showing what you’ve got:

1. The most obvious advice is not always heeded: Be prepared. Do your homework on Microsoft products, the technologies and the team, Swinton says. If there are technical skills you’ll need, know them. Ala, who often recruits software engineers, emphasizes that “fundamental coding skills are one of the most challenging aspects of the interview.”

2. Research your way to confidence. Use LinkedIn and other online resources to learn what you can about the interviewers and their backgrounds. Also make sure you know and can articulate how your skills apply to the job requirements and the needs of the team.

3. Speaking of skills, trust in yours. They’ve already gotten you this far. As Swinton says, “We’re bringing you here for a reason.”

4. Be yourself. Really. “We want to hire the real you, so make sure you shine through,” Corbin says. “It’s OK to be nervous and have the jitters, but allow yourself to enjoy the experience, which will be the best way for us to get to know you.”

5. Along those same lines: Be honest. “Knowledge can be learned, but trust must be earned,” Swinton says. “Don’t be afraid to tell us when you don’t know something.”

6. Ask questions. What questions, you ask? Ala suggests some general possibilities: What makes the hiring team stay at Microsoft? What do they love about their jobs? What excites them about their work? And if you’re coming from out of town, she says, ask some questions of your recruiter. Their insights can not only help you get to your interview on time but also assess local housing, schools, entertainment and other factors if relocation is a possibility.

7. Don’t overthink it, Swinton says. Relax if you can.

8. Work with your recruiter; it benefits both of you. Ala advises: “Let us know about any other conversations you’re having, whether with other Microsoft teams or outside companies, so we can keep things moving and meet any deadlines for setting up interviews or extending offers.”

9. Always follow up with a “thank you” email to your interviewers. Heard this one before? You’d be surprised how few candidates do it, Corbin says, but “it leaves a great impression.”

10. And if it doesn’t work out? Remember, “no” doesn’t mean “never.” “Oftentimes candidates may not be the exact fit for a certain role, but Microsoft is a huge company. Another team might be a better match,” Ala says. “Talk with your recruiter about other options, or at the very least let us know it’s OK to share your résumé internally with colleagues.” The right role could be right around the corner.

Written by : Tracy Ith

Now, Google Maps available offline in India.

It’s not uncommon to have a spotty internet connection in India and this can be really frustrating when you’re trying to find your way to a new place or looking for your next turn while driving. From today, Google makes it easier with the launch of new offline functions on Google Maps.
One can now download an area of the world to the phone, and the next time there’s no connectivity, Google Maps will continue to work.
Now turn-by turn-driving directions, search for specific destinations and useful information about places can be obtained without an internet connection.
Say you’re flying to Delhi airport and will need to find your way to a few new places when you arrive. Before you leave, you can download the area by searching for Delhi, and then tapping “Download”.
Alternatively, you can go to “Offline Areas” on the Google Maps menu and tapping on the “+” button. Once you’ve downloaded your map, Google Maps will still work when you’re making your way around Delhi, even when you’re somewhere with spotty service or no connectivity at all.
When a connection is found, it will switch back online. Google Maps will, by default, download areas to your device only when you are on a Wi-Fi connection.
“Having a spotty internet connection shouldn’t mean you miss your next turn. With the launch of these new offline features, like turn-by-turn navigation and the ability to search for places, we hope it will be easier for people in India to find their way using Google Maps,” explains Suren Ruhela, director, Google Maps.
Source – Ranjani Ayyar | TNN | Nov 19, 2015, 03.01 PM IST