Response: I have subscribed to the ‘Economic Times’, and I follow few blogs on the current market trends. My friends from college and I have formed a Pro-Mind group in which we meet every month and discuss the market trends – we do not delve into any specific client or company issues. We just discuss what’s out there and how it could impact our industry. For example, during our last get together we discussed about the recent changes in law and its long-term effects on our industry – we came across some interesting viewpoints, some practical and some extreme.

Notes: If you don’t have a group, it may be a good idea to form an alliance with friends or colleagues and make it a habit to meet regularly to discuss the professional world trends. It can happen formally or informally over a coffee or a beer – this will help you grow as a professional and keep you well connected in the world. If you don’t have one, until now, make one before you go to the interview and look at their latest published material. There are many free resources available on the net to keep connected with the professional world. Not to mention, being connected projects you as a ‘high status’ individual at the interview.

Trap alert: Don’t put up a blank face. If you don’t have a group at least have a professional subscription (online is acceptable too) to mention.

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