July 02, 2013

What if Mathematics is not my field of expertise?

Many of us do not pursue mathematics as our field of expertise. For example, a doctor or a chartered accountant is not fully acquaint with the jargon of mathematicians. But still we require a general understanding of mathematics to be competitive.

For example, if you are pursuing a chartered accountancy job and your recruiter asks you a simple mathematics question, he expects to answer it. Despite the fact that maths is not your A-one line of expertise, still you have to have some sort of general understanding of the subject. This will help you not only in your interviews but also in your general life as well.

Now the question arises, what should i do if maths in not my field of expertise? How can i manage to get a grip of the subject without investing my hours into it? Well here are a few tips that can be handy:

1. First of all keep in mind that no one expects you to be fully acquaint with every niche detail of mathematics (since it is requires entire different set of skills as compared to your field), so you should not worry about the details that much.

2. Try to practice simple mathematical problems. Keep your self in practice. If you are a mom, you might already have had much practice while helping your kids with their mathematics home-tasks. But if you are not, try to spare some time helping out your younger brother or sister with their problems. This will unconsciously keep you in practice as well.

3. Make a two to three pager short notes of mathematical formulas. They will definitely serve as 'food for thought'. Revise them in your leisure time. Do not consider this activity as time-wasting because revision will always keep you in-touch with these easy-to-forget formulas.

4. Practice will give you an alert-mindedness approach while appearing in an interview which does not require a top-notch mathematical experience. Your interview never expects you to be a-one on every aspect on maths but at least you should know the basics of maths. So practice as few questions daily at least for seven days before your interview.