How do I decide what job to do you can start by visit latestjobsinnigeria.com.ng Blog. Read on to learn how to decide between two jobs, including red flags to look for and factors to weigh, before you accept the offer. Below is the list of what you should do?
- Make sure you have complete information about each offer.
- Make a side-by-side comparison.
- Figure out what really matters.
- Consider where you could negotiate.
- Listen to your gut.
Is there any vacancy in your company?
What is Job Opportunity?
The phrase “opportunity” that you should snatch quickly, otherwise, you will regret for the rest of your life.
A vacancy is a job or position which has not been filled.
Why Social Recruiting is Important to Job Seekers?
Today, 84% of companies are recruiting through social media.
A candidate’s social page can reveal so much about the candidate beyond what they present on their CV or at the interview.
While some Recruiters use Social Media for recruitment; they advertise, source, assess and recruit candidates on the different social media platforms, Others use it for background checks or personality assessment.
Recruiters view candidate’s social profile to assess their level of Social awareness, Values, Interests, communication skills etc
On LinkedIn, Recruiters view candidates’ profiles to learn more about their professional experience. (If you do not have a LinkedIn profile, create one immediately on (www.linkedin.com)
If you have a LinkedIn profile, review it and keep it updated and rich. Request recommendations from colleagues and professionals who have worked with you; connect with other professionals to grow your network. The more your network on LinkedIn, the more visible you can be to Recruiters. I currently have over 30,000 direct connection on my LinkedIn network with an ‘All-Star’ profile. Set a goal to grow your network daily. Consciously add HR professionals and Consultants to your profile. I got my last job on LinkedIn and have received several opportunities through LinkedIn.
On Twitter, Recruiters learn about the interests and values of their prospective Recruits, HR professionals check candidates Twitter accounts to know what the candidates’ value. it helps them identify if the candidate has the right culture fit for their organisation.
On Facebook, Recruiters check candidates profile to get a glimpse into how candidates present themselves to strangers, friends and family.
On Pinterest and Instagram, Recruiters want to see where the candidates spend their free time or what they might be passionate about.
Now that you know, ensure your social media profile does not cost you a good job opportunity.
Listed below are two important skills a job seeker should develop
Whether you have a job or not, these skills are good for you
1. Good communication skills: inability to engage people in conversations can rob you of best chances in life.
2. Inter-personal relationships: your ability to connect with people and lay values before them is very important. You have to be deliberate and conscious in connecting with the right people.
“I love to shop. Even as a kid, I spent hours flipping through catalogues.”
Don’t just say you like it. Anyone can do that. Focus instead on your history with that
particular industry, and if you can, tell a success story.
“I’ve always loved shopping, but my interest in retail marketing really started when I worked at a neighbourhood
boutique. I knew our clothes were amazing, but that we weren’t marketing them properly. So I worked with
management to come up with a marketing strategy that increased our sales by 25% in a year. It was great to be able
to contribute positively to an industry I feel so passionate about, and to help promote a product I really believed in.”
2. Tell us about yourself?
“I graduated four years ago from the University of Michigan, with a Bachelor’s in Biology – but I decided that
wasn’t the right path for me. So I switched gears and got my first job, working in sales for a startup. Then I went on
to work in marketing for a law firm. After that, I took a few months off to travel. Finally, I came back and worked in
marketing again. And now, here I am, looking for a more challenging marketing role.”
Instead of giving a chronological work history, focus on your strengths and how they
pertain to the role. If possible, illustrate with examples.
“I’m really energetic, and a great communicator. Working in sales for two years helped me build confidence, and
taught me the importance of customer loyalty. I’ve also got a track record of success. In my last role, I launched a
company newsletter, which helped us build on our existing relationships and create new ones. Because of this, we
ended up seeing a revenue increase of 10% over two years. I’m also really interested in how companies can use web
tools to better market themselves and would be committed to building on your existing platform.”
3. What do you think of your previous boss?
“He was completely incompetent, and a nightmare to work with, which is why I’ve moved on”
Remember: if you get the job, the person interviewing you will someday be your previous
boss. The last thing they want is to hire someone who they know is going to badmouth them
some day. Instead of trashing your former employer, stay positive, and focus on what you
learned from him (no matter how awful he really was).
“My last boss taught me the importance of time management – he didn’t pull any punches and was extremely
deadline-driven. His no-nonsense attitude pushed me to work harder, and to meet deadlines I never even thought
4. Why are you leaving your current role?
“I can’t stand my boss or the work I’m doing.”
Again, stay away from badmouthing your job or employer. Focus on the positive.
“I’ve learned a lot from my current role, but now I’m looking for a new challenge, to broaden my horizons and to
gain a new skill-set – all of which, I see the potential for in this job.”
5. Where do you see yourself in five years?
“Relaxing on a beach in Maui,” or “Doing your job.”
There’s really no right answer to this question, but the interviewer wants to know that
you’re ambitious, career-oriented, and committed to a future with the company. So instead
of sharing your dream for early retirement, or trying to be funny, give them an answer that
illustrates your drive and commitment.
“In five years I’d like to have an even better understanding of this industry. Also, I really love working with people.
Ultimately, I’d like to be in some type of managerial role at this company, where I can use my people skills and
industry knowledge to benefit the people working for me, and the company as a whole.”
6. What’s your greatest weakness?
“I work too hard,” or for the comedian, “Blondes.”
This question is a great opportunity to put a positive spin on something negative, but you
don’t want your answer to be cliché – joking or not. Instead, try to use a real example of a
weakness you have learned to overcome.
“I’ve never been very comfortable with public speaking – which as you know, can be a hindrance in the workplace.
Realizing this was a problem, I asked my previous employer if I could enrol in a speech workshop. He said “yes.” I
took the class and was able to overcome my lifelong fear. Since then, I’ve given lots of presentations to audiences
of over 100 high-level executives – I still don’t love it, but no one else can tell!”
7. What salary are you looking for?
“In my last job I earned $35,000 – so, now I’m looking for $40,000”
If you can avoid it, don’t give an exact number. The first person to name a price in a salary
negotiation loses. Instead, reiterate your commitment to the job itself. If you have to, give
a broad range based on research you’ve conducted on that particular role, in your
“I’m more interested in the role itself than the pay. That said, I’d expect to be paid the appropriate range for this
role, based on my five years of experience. I also think a fair salary would bear in mind the high cost of living here
in New York City.”
8. Why should I hire you?
“I’m the best candidate for the role.”
A good answer will reiterate your qualifications and will highlight what makes you unique.
“I’ve been an Executive Assistant for the past ten years – my boss has said time and time again that without me, the
organization would fall apart. I’ve also taken the time to educate myself on some of the software I regularly use (but
didn’t really understand the ins and outs of). I’m an Excel wiz now, which means I can work faster, and take over
some of what my boss would traditionally have had to do himself. What’s good enough for most people is never
really good enough for me.”
9. What is your greatest failure, and what did you learn from it?
I never finished law school – and everything that’s happened since has taught me that giving up, just because of the
going gets tough, is a huge mistake.”
You don’t want to actually highlight a major regret – especially one that exposes an overall
dissatisfaction with your life. Instead, focus on a smaller, but significant, mishap, and how
it has made you a better professional.
“When I was in college, I took an art class to supplement my curriculum. I didn’t take it very seriously, and assumed
that, compared to my Engineering classes, it would be a walk in the park. My failing grades at midterm showed me
otherwise. I’d even jeopardized my scholarship status. I knew I had to get my act together. I spent the rest of the
semester making up for it, ended up getting a decent grade in the class. I learned that no matter what I’m doing, I
should strive to do it to the best of my ability. Otherwise, it’s not worth doing at all.”
10. How do you explain your gap in employment?
“I was so tired of working, and I needed a break,” or “I just can’t find a job.”
Employment gaps are always tough to explain. You don’t want to come across as lazy or
unhireable. Find a way to make your extended unemployment seem like a choice you made,
based on the right reasons.
“My work is important to me, so I won’t be satisfied with any old job. Instead of rushing to accept the first thing that
comes my way, I’m taking my time and being selective to make sure my next role is the right one.”
11. When were you most satisfied with your job?
“I was most satisfied when I did well and got praised for my work.”
Don’t give vague answers. Instead, think about something you did well – and enjoyed –that
will be relevant at this new job. This is an opportunity for you to share your interests,
prove that you’re a great fit for the job and showcase your enthusiasm.
“I’m a people person. I was always happiest – and most satisfied – when I was interacting with customers, making
sure I was able to meet their needs and giving them the best possible customer experience. It was my favorite part of
the job, and it showed – I was rated as “Good or Excellent” 95% of the time. Part of the reason I’m interested in this
job is that I know I’d have even more interaction with customers, on an even more critical level.”
12. What did you like least about your last job?
“A lack of stability. I felt like the place could collapse around me at any time.”
Try and stay away from anything that draws on the politics, culture or financial health of
your previous employer. No matter how true it might be, comments like these will be
construed as too negative. Also, you don’t want to focus on a function that might be your
responsibility in the next role. So think of something you disliked in your last job, but that
you know for sure won’t be part of this new role.
“There was nothing about my last job that I hated, but I guess there were some things I liked less than others. My
previous role involved travelling at least twice a month. While I do love to travel, twice a month was a little
exhausting – I didn’t like spending quite so much time out of the office. I’m happy to see that this role involves a lot
13. Describe a time when you did not get along with a coworker?
“I’m easy to get along with, so I’ve never had any kind of discord with another coworker.”
Interviewers don’t like these types of “easy out” answers. And besides, they know you are
probably not telling the truth. Think of a relatively benign (but significant) instance, and
spin it to be a positive learning experience.
“I used to lock heads with a fellow nurse in the INCU ward. We disagreed over a lot of things – from the care of
patients to who got what shifts to how to speak with a child’s family. Our personalities just didn’t mesh. After three
months of arguing, I pulled her aside and asked her to lunch. At lunch, we talked about our differences and why we
weren’t getting along. It turns out, it was all about communication. We communicated differently and once we knew
that, we began to work well together. I really believe that talking a problem through with someone can help solve
14. What motivates you?
“Doing a good job and being rewarded for it.”
It’s not that this answer is wrong – it’s just that it wastes an opportunity. This question is
practically begging you to highlight your positive attributes. So don’t give a vague, generic
response – it tells them very little about you. Instead, try and use this question as an
opportunity to give the interviewer some insight into your character, and use examples
“I’ve always been motivated by the challenge of meeting a tough deadline – in my last role, I was responsible for a
100% success rate in terms of delivering our products on time and within budget. I know that this job is very fastpaced and deadline-driven – I’m more than up for the challenge. In fact, I thrive on it.”
15. How would your friends describe you?
“I’m a really good listener.”
While being a good listener is a great personality trait, your employer probably doesn’t
care all that much. It’s unlikely that they’re hiring you to be a shoulder to cry on. You’ll
want to keep your answer relevant to the job you’re interviewing for – and as specific as
possible. If you can, insert an example.
“My friends would probably say that I’m extremely persistent – I’ve never been afraid to keep going back until I get
what I want. When I worked as a program developer, recruiting keynote speakers for a major tech conference, I got
one rejection after another – this was just the nature of the job. But I really wanted the big players – so I wouldn’t
take no for an answer. I kept going back to them every time there was a new company on board or some new value
proposition. Eventually, many of them actually said “yes” – the program turned out to be so great that we doubled
our attendees from the year before. A lot of people might have given up after the first rejection, but it’s just not in
my nature. If I know something is possible, I have to keep trying until I get it.”
Below are the following suggestions on how to include your NYSC Experience in your cv;
-Please write your NYSC experience, any Internship under “Work Experience Section” not under “Education Section” on your resume if you are using it for a job or CV if you’re using it to apply to grad school.
At least 2-4 responsibilities should be listed under with the use of an action word in the past tense (if you have already completed your NYSC experience).
E.g Mathematics Teacher (Bold letters)
Caleb High School, Lagos Nigeria 2013-2014
-Managed up to 20 students at a time to ensure appropriate behavior
-Motivated students to maximize academic performance
-Successfully increased pass rates on standardize testing to 70% for Juniors and 90% for Seniors
-Collaborated with colleagues by participating in team meetings, sharing ideas, contributing to team goals, and documenting progress toward reaching those goals
-Filed reports and appropriate paper work on students, which included assessing student progress
Always remember the rule NUMBERS GAME.
Use of numbers & percentage to highlight your key achievements in any previous or current job when writing your resume or na CV.
Quantifying your accomplishments tends to draw more attention from the recruiter. Use numbers effectively.
Always quantify TIME, MONEY, AMOUNT, etc using action words when writing your resume.
– Created process that bolstered production 25 percent
-Wrote 5 articles in a four-week period under daily and weekly deadlines
-Managed the company’s budget of more than $40,000
According to Wikipedia LinkedIn is a business and employment-oriented service that operates via websites and mobile apps. Founded on December 28, 2002, and launched on May 5, 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking, including employers posting jobs and job seekers posting their CVs.
Here are 5 things to turn on to increase your recruitment chances on LinkedIn
- Career Interest: This enables recruiters to know you are actively searching for a job, turning this on makes you appear 10x more on recruiters search Visit your dashboard and turn on the green Icon now!
- Status Icon; Recruiters are likely to contact those they feel are active and this sign gives your profile that advantage Go to Settings>Privacy> Manage Active status.
- Public profile; A public profile is likely to appear 10x more on search engines both on and off LinkedIn and this increases your employment chances On your PC, Click Edit Public profile URL > click on
- Job Notifications; This allows LinkedIn to send you Job alerts as they come in depending on your area of interest Go to Settings>Communications> Notifications > Jobs and opportunities.
- E-mail Address; Making your email address public makes it easier for recruiters to contact you Go to Settings> Privacy> Who can see your email address> Anyone on LinkedIn
Salary negotiation tips for candidates with some years of experience in their field.
1. Do your research – know what the average pay is for that role and at that organization and negotiate accordingly.
2. Be clear about the DIFFERENTIATING factors you bring to the table – and remind them about those factors during the negotiation process.
3. Do NOT disclose your past or current pay. I prep the candidates I coach with clever ways they can successfully bypass this unethical request.
4. As far as possible, let them make the first offer.
5. But, never (EVER) accept the first offer – you should do at least two rounds of negotiating.
6. Think beyond money – negotiate perks as well as salary. There are other things the organization can offer if they really are unable to increase the salary budget.
7. Get everything in writing. Do NOT accept informal “promises”.
8. Define your walk-away point – or “last price” as we market goers call it 🙂
9. Practice – practice your salary negotiation skills with someone who has recruitment expertise.
10. Be bold – I see too many candidates who are unduly afraid of losing the offer.
You are at this stage because THEY need you!
- No credible online presence
Any company that is is sending you recruitment updates or interview messages in 2018 is expected to have an online presence.
- They ask for money
The moment they ask you to pay a registration or consultation fees, don’t waste your time trying to negotiate your salary.
- Messages about job role you didn’t apply for
This is very common. You wake up in the morning and you see a message on your phone saying, based on your application, you are invited for an assessment at XYZ Company on Monday, November 16, 2018. When you see messages like this, you just have to ignore it.
A job briefing, on the other hand, is the process of explaining in clear terms the full description of the tasks and responsibilities of an employee to him/her.
However, when a company that has no online presence confuses these two, don’t bother to go for the interview. It is a scam.
- Check job title
Companies looking for an employee to fill a vacant position in their establishments must have a job title for the position. When this is not stated in the email or sms you receive, you’ve got to be careful.
Tell me about yourself
This is usually one of the first questions asked at interview because it is a good ice-breaker. You should
always have a finely tuned response prepared in advance. Structure your answer around the job
specification (if a post has been advertised) or what you think you would be able to offer the
position/ company (if you are applying speculatively). Remember that the panel are not looking for the
potted version of your entire career – there isn’t time for this – but rather they will be hoping that you
will focus only on the aspects of your career and life experience to date that are most relevant to this
position and/or this organisation. Elaborate well but succinctly.
For example, you might tell the interviewers what work-related skills and accomplishments would be an
asset to the company/post. Describe your education and work history (be brief). If there’s time and, if
relevant, you could mention one or two personal character traits and describe how the traits helped you
accomplish a task at school or work e.g. “I would describe myself as a self-starter. At Acme Corporation,
there was a problem with…. so I created a new inventory system (give details) that reduced expenses
30%”. If you have a recent degree and not a lot of employment experience you might give a simpler
e.g. “I have enjoyed working with computers since I was nine years old and have always been
adept as using them. Throughout school, friends and relatives were always asking me for help
with their computer problems, so no one was surprised when I chose computing as a career”
Your answer might go on to explain how in college, you discovered you wanted to concentrate your
studies on a specific field; how your internships or work experience influenced you or led you in a
certain direction and how you have come to decide that you want to work for this particular company.
You may also describe why you would be an asset to this company.
How would your best friend describe you?
Think “how would my best friend describe me to a prospective employer?” This is one method
employers use to ask about your strengths and weaknesses although very often they will just ask
you about these directly. Mention only your strengths unless asked specifically about weaknesses
and elaborate where you can.
e.g. “My best friend would probably say that my three greatest strengths are my leadership
capability, my communication skills and my organisational ability. I have shown these strengths
e.g. “I have the ability to train and motivate people. At Acme Co., employee turnover was very
high, so I” …. (give details of what you did to increase turnover, train and motivate
It is best to give examples of weaknesses that you have had but that you have taken proactive measures to
overcome. Try and avoid clichéd answers like ‘I work too hard’ or ‘I find it difficult to delegate’. Also avoid
giving examples of weaknesses that might be an integral part of the job. A good example of a response in
relation to time management and organisational skills would be:
e.g. “Time management used to be a bit of a problem for me – not that I was always late but
rather that I often took on too many tasks to complete at once. I went on a time management
course and learned to apply a simple prioritisation and scheduling plan to all my projects. Since
doing that I find I always get things done on time.”
Why should we hire you?
Answer this question thoroughly, focusing on how you will apply your personality traits, skills and
experience to the job. A good answer focuses on how you can benefit the company. You can best do this
by researching a company before the interview and be ready with examples of how your skills, talent,
etc., might help to tackle some of the challenges faced by that particular company. Do you have a unique
selling point that will make you stand out from the other candidates?
Why do you want to leave your present job?
You could state that you want a more challenging position, higher salary or more responsibility. Don’t
mention personal conflicts with your present boss or bad mouth your current employer or co-workers as
this will harm your chances of being offered the job. Keep in mind that interviewers have a preference
for people who are looking for more challenging positions or responsibility because it shows drive,
ambition and motivation.
Why do you want to work for this company?
Don’t answer this question with, “because you advertised for an X at monster.com”. Your answer should
state a passion to work for the organisation because of the characteristics of it that most appeal to you.
e.g. because it is on the cutting edge of technology” or “because you are the
The research you do on the company to prepare for the interview should help you to prepare an answer
to a question like this. Give specific examples that prove you have carried out your research, e.g.
because you have a comprehensive training programme that includes x, y, z.
What do you know about our company?
You should always research a company before the interview. Learn about their products, services, size,
future plans, current events, competitors, etc. Much of this information should be on their website. Do an
internet research of their latest press release. If you cannot find information about a particular company, call
their offices and ask if they can send you information about the company in the form of a brochure, etc. You
should also research the industry in which the company operates. Consider conducting an informational
interview with someone in the organisation – see the help sheet ‘Information Interviews’.
Why do you want this position?
Again, your answer should state a passion to work for the organisation because of the characteristics of
it that most appeal to you. More responsibility and opportunity are good reasons to offer. Do not focus on
e.g. “Because it pays more” is not a good answer but stating “The position offers
more responsibility, challenges and interesting opportunities”
Do you work better alone or as part of a team?
If the position you’re applying for requires you to spend lots of time alone, then, of course, you should
state that you like to work alone and vice versa. Never sound too extreme one way or another. Don’t say
that you don’t like working with people and would “die if you had to work with others” nor that you “will go
crazy if you’re left alone for five minutes”! A healthy balance between the two is always the best choice. If
you have previous experience illustrating the fact that you can work alone or with other then offer it.
e.g. You might state that in previous jobs that you spent a significant amount of time alone while
travelling, or that you have learned how to get along well with people in the workplace by working in
numerous team projects.
What did your last supervisor criticise most about your performance?
A good way to answer this question is to offer an example that is not very important or not directly related
to the position you’re applying for. For example, telling the interviewer that you were constantly criticized
for coming to work an hour late is not a good idea but revealing a minor criticism and telling the
interviewer what steps you took to improve yourself is a good way to answer the question. In fact, if you
can state that you have already solved the problem and received a higher mark on a subsequent
performance review, then say so.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Assume that you will be promoted two or three times in five years, so your answer should state that you
see yourself working at whatever job is two or three levels above the job in which you are applying for.
Avoid brash statements such as that you will be “running the company” or “sitting in your shoes” in five
years! You might want to add that you understand your promotions will be earned through hard work and
that you don’t assume you will be promoted on the basis of the number of years you’ve spent with the
company. You could also mention that you would like to be building on existing skills, develop new ones,
hold a position of more responsibility, etc.
Why have you changed jobs so frequently?
Reasons for job hopping should always be based on your past employers’ failure to challenge you or
failure to give you enough opportunity for advancement and not on the fact that your past employers were
incompetent or unfair. Make sure you point out any jobs you did hold for a long time. Mention that your
current goal is long-term employment and back that up with any proof you have to want job stability such
as that you have just taken on a mortgage, etc. If the job
you’re applying for offers you the challenges and environment you were always looking for, then say so.
Are you willing to relocate?
If relocating wasn’t an issue the interviewer wouldn’t be asking the question. Therefore the only
acceptable answer is “yes”. If you answer in the negative you will not get the job. If you really don’t want to
relocate, then perhaps you shouldn’t accept the job if it is subsequently offered to you. If you aren’t sure,
then ask questions about relocation, such as when it is likely to occur, where you will relocate to and
would it involve a promotion.
Are you willing to travel?
If travelling wasn’t part of the job, the interviewer wouldn’t be asking this question. Therefore, the only
the acceptable answer is “yes”. If you are willing to travel, answer yes and give some illustrations of work
travel you have done but if you do not want to travel, you should find out more about this aspect of the job
before accepting the position, such as how much travel will be involved, where will you be travelling to and
for how long.
Are you willing to work overtime?
If this wasn’t an aspect of the job, the interviewer wouldn’t be asking this question. Therefore, the only
acceptable answer is “yes” if you want to be considered for the job. If your past jobs involved overtime
, therefore, this would be a good time to point this out to the interviewer.
Have you ever been fired or asked to resign?
When answering this question keep in mind that many people have been fired at least once in their
lifetime and it is almost always due to a personality conflict with the boss or co-workers. Answer this
question honestly but without attacking you former boss or colleagues and also without sounding
defensive or bitter. If you have been fired more than once don’t mention this unless asked specifically:
“How many times have you been fired?” I have read self-help books, attended training courses about…..
getting along with others…. improving my time management…etc. Also point out any past jobs you held
when you got along well with your boss and co–workers or received good performance reviews or a
It is always better to answer this question with “I just started looking” but this is not always possible,
particularly if your CV indicates you’ve been unemployed for the last six months. If you can’t hide the fact
that your job search has been taking awhile, then state you’re being selective about whom you will work
for. Of course, stating this might prompt the interviewer to ask “What offers have you turned down?” which
could land you in hot water if you haven’t actually received any job offers. Don’t make up answers, be
honest in your responses. A poor economy and a crowded market are good reasons one might have
trouble finding a job. Offer examples of how you have filled your time productively, job hunting timetable,
training courses, volunteering.
What previously held job do you consider to be your favourite and why?
This question may be asked to determine if you enjoy the type of work the position you’re applying for
involves. Therefore the answer to this question should include mention of a job that requires the same or
similar work that you will be required to perform in the new job. If you do not have a previous job where in
you performed similar tasks, then offer an answer that suggests that you are well-suited to and
enthusiastic about such a position.
Do you consider yourself to be organised? Do you manage your time well?
The interviewer wants to hear about your work skills concerning time and task management. A model
answer might be:
e.g. “I manage my time very well, I routinely complete tasks ahead of schedule, for example…”
You could expand on this by offering the interviewer proof of your organisational skills by telling him a
about a major project that you organised and completed in time or mention the fact that you consistently
received an outstanding grade on previous performance reviews regarding your time management. Don’t
reveal to the interviewer that you are habitually late or that you compete tasks at the very last minute.
Would you choose the same career if you could start over again?
How you answer this question depends on whether or not you are trying to win a job related to your career
history or are trying to enter a new field. No matter how much you despise the career you originally chose,
do not admit this fact to the interviewer because it conveys negativity. Mention what you learned from the
previous career, e.g. experience, knowledge, transferable skills, time to reflect, etc. If, of course, you are trying to enter a new field, tell the interviewer that you would choose the field you’re now trying to enter if
you had it to do all over again.
Why have you stayed with the same employer for so long?
Just as moving from job to job too frequently may affect a potential employer’s perception of you, so can
staying with the same employer for too long – particularly if you’ve never been promoted during your
tenure. Your answer should state something about the variety the position offered, the training you
undertook, that it gave you the opportunity to work successfully with many people both inside and outside
of the organisation, including different managers and co-workers, as well as interacting regularly with
various types of organisations and customers.
Do you consider yourself to be a risk-taker?
How you answer this question depends on the type of company it is. If it is a start-up company or within a
highly-competitive industry, then they may be looking for those more willing to take risks. If you believe the
company is this type, then offer an example of a risk you’ve taken in business. If the company is a well-established
industry leader, risk takers are not as highly valued. Of course, no company is looking for
employees who are foolish in their risk-taking behaviour, so a good rule of thumb is to place yourself
somewhere in the middle, giving examples which show you are a calculated risk taker – neither too foolish
nor overly cautious.
Would your present employer be surprised to know you’re job hunting?
Never answer this question with negative information such as “My current boss wouldn’t be surprised in
the least to hear I’m leaving since he’s been trying to shove me out the door for years!” Always tell the
interviewer that you are happy with your current employer and job but are simply looking to stretch your
wings and take on a job with more challenge, opportunities for advancement, higher salary, etc.
How well do you handle change?
The only acceptable answer is one stating you handle change very well. Don’t just make this claim; offer
an example of how well you coped with a major change that took place in your work environment. A
common shake-up occurs when your employer brings in new automation or changes its culture. In any
event, tell the interviewer what you did to cope or adapt to a change that occurred with a previous
employer and this should be a major change, not a minor.
What salary are you expecting?
You should do some research before the job interview so that you can suggest a realistic figure,
commensurate with the level of skills, experience and qualifications that you have gained to date. If you
are a recent graduate you can research the average salary. See the list of web resources entitled
“Occupational Information and Labour Market Resources ” and contact recruitment agencies for their most
recent statistics, You might also look at salary details in job advertisements in the press for similar posts
and even ‘Google’ salary information on the web.
If you can find out exactly what people earn in the company for whom you are interviewing then do so.
You do not have to state a salary that is at or below what you know the company is offering – if you believe
you are worth more, stand firm. If you feel that they are reticent or taken aback by your response then you
can qualify your answer. State that you are making the estimate on the basis of the skills and
qualifications that you have and also, informed by statistics on average salaries for this field, but that you
are very willing to negotiate where the right job is on offer. Don’t forget that many organisations may
appear to offer a low salary but the benefits package may be of equal or more value to you than a few
more euros in your wallet. For example, salaries in the hospitality sector are held to below by comparison
with manufacturing for example but companies often provide uniforms, all meals on duty, preferential rates
on stay in other hotels, gym membership, etc. so make sure that you are aware of the total package. In
addition, initial salaries often rise after the probation period and in line with your performance on the job so
you might ask how soon appraisals happen and what type of performance management system the
How do you resolve disputes with co-workers? How do you handle conflicts in the workplace?
Unless it’s the truth, don’t claim that you have never had a dispute with anyone! If you have no work-related
examples to draw from then consider something from college or your personal life that you are
happy to share. Describe the dispute in objective terms and state specifically why the dispute arose, what
you did to handle it and what the outcome was. Make sure you mention that you listened to the other
person’s point of view. If the outcome was not as you wanted it to be, tell the panel what you learned from
Who was your favourite boss and why? Who was your least favourite boss and why?
These are two of the most difficult interview questions to answer unless you understand what the
interviewer wants to hear and if you realise that you can answer both questions with basically the same
answer. Employers are looking for employees, who are interested in contributing to the company,
improving their job skills and making a contribution. So instead of insulting or demeaning your past bosses
by telling the interviewer that he was e.g. “always hogging all the credit” or was “totally incompetent”, state
that you wished he had offered you more feedback about your job performance, provided you with more
job training or challenged you more by providing you with more opportunities to show what you can do
etc.. You can answer the question “who was your favourite boss and why?” using the same answer,
phrased in another way.
e.g. “John O’Dwyer in Diageo was my favourite boss because he offered me lots of feedback
about my job performance, taught me almost everything I know about marketing and gave me
plenty of opportunities to prove myself by giving me very challenging projects to complete”.
Never put down your past employers or blame them for anything in a demeaning or insulting way, as this
will come across as petty.
What could you have done to improve your relationship with your least favourite boss?
Again refrain from stating negativities about your former boss. Put a positive spin on your answer by
telling the interviewer that, if you had it to all over again (with reference to the example given above) that
you would have requested more feedback regarding your performance and requested to be assigned
more projects, etc.
What book are you currently reading (or what was the last book you read)?
It is ideal if you can give an example of one that is on a subject related to your career or the sector that
you are applying for a job in, in general. For example, if you’re a sales person, you might tell the reader
you’re currently in the middle of Dale Carnegie’s “How to win friends and influence people”. Or if that
seems too much of a cliché, offer the title of a book on improving your time management, languages,
leadership skills, etc. Do not lie and claim to be reading one or two acceptable books that you have never
read as you may be asked to discuss them if the subject is brought up during an interview. The interviewer
might ask you how the book is helping you (what you have learned from it), so have an answer ready.
Some interviewers will try to determine if you read regularly by asking you for titles of 3, 4 or 5 books
you’ve read this year so be prepared.
What is the last movie/play/concert that you saw/attended?
Replying that you “don’t have time to go out as you are completely devoted to you job” may be seen as
glib, even if the interviewer believes you! Interviewers are looking for well-rounded people who enjoy
healthy activities, including relaxation and entertainment and will expect you to have a wide range of
cultural interests. Have some examples ready to discuss that you are knowledgeable about – it doesn’t
have to be something very recent but it’s preferable that it be from within the last year at least.
Are you considering offers from other employers?
It is recommended that you NOT disclose any other offers you have received or discuss the companies
with whom you have interviewed. Therefore, a good answer to this question is to state that you have not
had offers from other companies as you wanted to focus all your efforts onto being recruited by this firm
first. If you have reason to believe that you will have a better chance of getting the job offer if you disclose
other information, then do so.
When can you start?
It is customary for most employees to give between one week’s and one month’s notice to their current
employer, depending on their tenure. Those in management positions are expected to give longer notice.
You will not earn points if you express disrespect toward your current employer by telling the interviewer
you plan to quit your present job without giving sufficient notice. He will assume you will show his
company the same amount of disrespect. It is also a good idea to tell the interviewer you plan to start
learning about your new position/employer in your leave time (i.e. reading employee training manuals,
etc.) Be enthusiastic. If you know that you have a holiday booked within a few weeks or months of
potentially starting with the employer it is fairest to advise them of this up front as opposed to waiting until
you are in the job. A good employer will accommodate the right candidate or ask you to change your
holiday if they need you to and it will then be up to you to make the decision.
Why did you decide you attend X College? Are you happy with your choice?
Always state that you are happy with your choice, even if you aren’t/weren’t. It’s not advisable to state “it
was the only place that I was offered” and avoid making negative statements about the programme, the
college, the staff, etc., either. Expand by describing what specifically you like/liked most about the
institution and/or your course of study, skills you gained, etc.
What factors did you consider in choosing your major specialisation?
A good answer is to state you have always wanted to become X since Y time and selected your major
specialism accordingly. If you’re changing career fields or applying for a position unrelated to your major,
tell the interviewer you were interested in that subject at the time but circumstances have taken you down
a new path. Of course, you should put a positive spin on also stating that you have benefited
tremendously by changing careers (learned new things, made you more hardworking, etc.)
FOR MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORY ROLES
Have you ever fired anyone?
The interviewer is not usually looking for you to express either too much indifference or too much
sympathy for those you have had to fire. Describe the incident specifically and in objective terms. If you
have no example then describe the steps you would take if such an occasion arose, stating that such
action would only be taken as a last resort when such a procedure had been totally exhausted.
How do you motivate your employees?
There is no simple way to motivate all people due to the vast number of personality types and situations in
which people work. The best answer is one that tells the interviewer that each employee must be uniquely
motivated. Have a bank of examples to demonstrate your motivational/leadership style.
What is your commitment to this job?
A typical response would be an answer avowing a deep commitment to the company and the job;
however, a better answer would be to state that your commitment will grow as you get to know the
company and people in it.
Aren’t you overqualified for this job?
Note the employers often don’t like to hire ‘overqualified’ people because they fear that they won’t stay
around long. Admit that you may be but emphasise the positive. Emphasise the skills that you have to
bring to the job, what you hope to learn and how you hope to develop and re-iterate your enthusiasm for
working in this particular organisation.
Are you opposed to doing a lot of routine work?
Try to assure the interviewer you will embrace all aspects of the job and that routine work is to be
expected in every position that one holds.
e.g. “I know this position requires a lot of routine work but I don’t expect to start at the top. I’m
willing to start at the bottom and prove myself. I expect that my responsibilities will become more
challenging as I demonstrate that I am capable of taking them on.
Do you have any questions?
This question is usually the last one an interviewer will ask as it is a logical way to end the interview.
Never go to an interview without preparing questions to ask beforehand. Avoid asking about salary,
vacation time, employee benefits, etc. until you have asked a number of other questions that demonstrate
your interest in working for the company. Be careful not to ask questions that the answers to these are in
their publicity material which you should have read as part of your preparation for the interview.
You could ask questions that show your interest in the role, questions regarding information you found
when conducting research about the company or questions that occurred around topics that came up
during the course of the interview.
It is also an opportunity to add something that you forgot to say previously in the interview, for example:
Earlier you asked me about my leadership experience, and I forgot to tell you that I was class
representative last year. For this role, I was responsible for …
Being asked if you have any questions is an indication that you still have a couple of minutes of interview
time left. If you find that all your questions have been answered throughout the course of the interview
then say so and use the time to re-iterate your unique selling points, your enthusiasm for the post and
what you feel that you are the best candidate for the job.
Mental fear of the unknown is often what produces the physical symptoms of nervousness.
In addition to preparing yourself physically, you need to prepare yourself mentally. The best way to prepare mentally is to know what may be coming. Fear of the unknown can only exist when there is an unknown. Take the time to understand some of the “standards” when it comes to job interview questions.
The following are some of the most difficult questions you will face in the course of your job interviews. Some questions may seem rather simple on the surface—such as “Tell me about yourself”—but these questions can have a variety of answers. The more open-ended the question, the wider the variation in the answers.
Once you have become practised in your interviewing skills, you will find that you can use almost any question as a launching pad for a particular topic or a compelling story.
Others are classic interview questions, such as “What is your greatest weakness?” Questions most people answer improperly. In this case, the standard textbook answer for the “greatest weakness” question is to provide a veiled positive such as: “I work too much. I just work and work and work.” Wrong. Either you are lying or, worse yet, you are telling the truth, in which case you define working too much as a weakness and really do not want to
work much at all.
The following answers are provided to give you a new perspective on how to answer tough interview questions. They are not there for you to lift from the page and insert into your next interview. They are provided for you to use as the basic structure for formulating your own answers. While the specifics of each reply may not apply to you, try to follow the basic structure of the answer from the perspective of the interviewer.
Answer the questions behaviorally, with specific examples that show that clear evidence backs up what you are
saying about yourself. Always provide information that shows you want to become the very best _____ for the company and that you have specifically prepared yourself to become exactly that. They want to be sold. They are waiting to be sold. Don’t disappoint them!
1. Tell me about yourself.
It seems like an easy interview question. It’s open-ended. I can talk about whatever I want from the birth canal forward. Right?
Wrong. What the hiring manager really wants is a quick, two- to three-minute snapshot of who you are and why you’re the best candidate for this position. So as you answer this question, talk about what you’ve done to prepare yourself to
be the very best candidate for the position. Use an example or two to back it up.
Then ask if they would like more details. If they do, keep giving them example after example of your background and experience. Always point back to an example when you have the opportunity.
“Tell me about yourself” does not mean tell me everything. Just tell me what makes you the best.
2. Why should I hire you?
The easy answer is that you are the best person for the job. And don’t be afraid to say so. But then back it up with what specifically differentiates you.
For example: “You should hire me because I’m the best person for the job. I realize that there are likely other candidates who also have the ability to do this job. Yet I bring an additional quality that makes me the best person for the job–my passion for excellence. I am passionately committed to producing truly world class results.
For example . . .” Are you the best person for the job? Show it by your passionate examples.
3. What is your long-range objective?
Make my job easy for me. Make me want to hire you.
The key is to focus on your achievable objectives and what you are doing to reach those objectives.
For example: “Within five years, I would like to become the very best accountant your company has on staff. I want to work toward becoming the expert that others rely upon. And in doing so, I feel I’ll be fully prepared to take on any greater responsibilities which might be presented in the long term. For example, here is what I’m presently doing to prepare myself . . .” Then go on to show by your examples what you are doing to reach your goals and objectives.
4. How has your education prepared you for your career?
This is a broad question and you need to focus on the behavioural examples in your educational background which specifically align with the required competencies for the career.
An example: “My education has focused on not only the learning the fundamentals but also on the practical application of the information learned within those classes.
For example, I played a lead role in a class project where we gathered and analyzed
best practice data from this industry. Let me tell you more about the results . . .”
Focus on behavioral examples supporting the key competencies for the career. Then ask if they would like to hear more examples.
5. Are you a team player?
Almost everyone says yes to this question. But it is not just a yes/no question. You need to provide behavioral examples to back up your answer.
A sample answer: “Yes, I’m very much a team player. In fact, I’ve had opportunities
in my work, school and athletics to develop my skills as a team player. For example, in a recent project . . .”
Emphasize teamwork behavioral examples and focus on your openness to the diversity of backgrounds. Talk about the strength of the team above the individual. And note that this question may be used as a lead into questions around how you handle conflict within a team, so be prepared.
6. Have you ever had a conflict with a boss or professor? How was it resolved?
Note that if you say no, most interviewers will keep drilling deeper to find a conflict.
The key is how you behaviorally reacted to conflict and what you did to resolve it.
For example: “Yes, I have had conflicts in the past. Never major ones, but there have been disagreements that needed to be resolved. I’ve found that when conflict occurs, it helps to fully understand the other person’s perspective, so I take time to listen to their point of view, then I seek to work out a collaborative solution. For
example . . .” Focus your answer on the behavioural process for resolving the conflict and working collaboratively.
7. What is your greatest weakness?
Most career books tell you to select a strength and present it as a weakness. Such as: “I work too much. I just work and work and work.” Wrong. First of all, using a strength and presenting it as a weakness is deceiving. Second, it misses the point of the question.
You should select a weakness that you have been actively working to overcome. For
example: “I have had trouble in the past with planning and prioritization. However, I’m now taking steps to correct this. I just started using a pocket planner . . .” then show them your planner and how you are using it.
Talk about a true weakness and show what you are doing to overcome it.
8. If I were to ask your professors to describe you, what would they say?
This is a threat of reference check question. Do not wait for the interview to know the answer. Ask any prior bosses or professors in advance. And if they’re willing to provide a positive reference, ask them for a letter of recommendation.
Then you can answer the question like this: “I believe she would say I’m a very energetic person, that I’m results oriented and one of the best people she has ever worked with. Actually, I know she would say that because those are her very words. May I show you her letter of recommendation?”
So be prepared in advance with your letters of recommendation.
9. What qualities do you feel a successful manager should have?
Focus on two words: leadership and vision.
Here is a sample of how to respond: “The key quality of a successful manager should be leadership–the ability to be the visionary for the people who are working under them. The person who can set the course and direction for subordinates. The highest calling of a true leader is inspiring others to reach the highest of their abilities. I’d like to tell you about a person whom I consider to be a true leader . . .”
Then give an example of someone who has touched your life and how their impact has helped in your personal development.
10. If you had to live your life over again, what one thing would you change?
Focus on a key turning point in your life or missed opportunity. Yet also tie it forward to what you are doing to still seek to make that change.
For example: “Although I’m overall very happy with where I’m at in my life, the one aspect I likely would have changed would be focusing earlier on my chosen career. I had a great internship this past year and look forward to more experience in the field. I simply wish I would have focused here earlier. For example, I learned on my
recent internship…” …then provide examples.
Stay focused on the positive direction in your life and back it up with examples. In reviewing these responses, please remember that they are only to be viewed samples. Please do not rehearse them verbatim or adopt
them as your own. They are meant to stir your creative juices and get you thinking about how to properly answer the broader range of questions that you will face.
Below is the list of job Questions for recent school graduates
- Tell us about yourself?
The interviewer is not interested in hearing stories; they simply expect to know your academic and professional achievements, your name and the institution you currently work for.
Take a minute to introduce yourself, and state your recent academic qualification and your relevant experience (if any)
- Why do you think you are the best candidate?
The recruiter expects you to tell them about your professional achievements and the unique skills you possess that will add value to the organization.
If you are a Customer Care graduate then you should tell them that you are a good listener and patient; these are the qualities the employer is looking for.
- What are your weaknesses?
The question is not as simple as it looks; most candidates go blank when they face this kind of question.
Take your time in explaining why you can’t leave the office before you complete a task.
You can also inform them how you are quick to trust a person, which in most cases makes you a victim.
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
The employer wants to know whether you are ambitious or you’re the kind of a person who secures a job and then you forget about yourself.
Answer the question by stating how you intend to further your studies and grow professionally as you strive to meet your employer’s goals. (It is important to tie your goals to your employer’s goals because no employer would be willing to hire and invest in a rookie who will leave their organization in a year or less after they have invested in training the individual)
- How do friends describe you?
The question is testing your personal attributes when answering it ensures that you don’t over exaggerate.
Take the shortest time possible to state the best attribute you possess that you believe will add value to the institution.
- What do you know about this company?
Before you enter the interview room, ensure that you go through the company website to read the latest news, company profile, goals, management team, objectives, vision and mission; they will help you answer this question.(where the company is unknown, do your research and be familiar with the business/industry you desire to build your career)
The question expects you to briefly describe what you read on their website and not what you imagine of the company.
- Do you have any question to ask the panel?
This is usually the last question that the interview panel asks interviewees; if you fail to ask them questions, you will lose some marks, always have a question to ask no matter what.
Ask them whether they have plans to expand their business, whether they support employees to further their studies and how they motivate employees. You can pull a surprise by asking when you would start, it shows confidence.
- What is your salary expectation?
The question is tricky because as a fresh graduate you don’t have a clue what to be paid; simply ask them what they pay others of your level if they fail to give a satisfactory answer then give them a reasonable range.
Ensure you do your research before you go for the interview room because you must be asked this question
In the process of writing a job application Cover Letter, it’s important to keep it brief and precise, while making sure it emphasizes the relevancies of your skills and suitability for the job. It can be disintegrated into the following sections:
First Paragraph: The opening statement should set out why you’re writing the letter. Begin by stating the position you’re applying for, where you saw it advertised and when you are available to resume the position.
Second Paragraph: Explain briefly why you are suitable for the position, what attracted you to this type of work, why you’re interested in working for the company and what you can offer the organisation.
Third Paragraph: Highlight relevant experience and demonstrate how your skills correspond to the specific requirements of the job description. Summarise any additional strengths and explain how these could benefit the company.
Last Paragraph: Use the closing paragraph to round up your letter. Reiterate your interest in the role and indicate your desire for a personal interview. Now is the time to mention any unavailable dates. Finish by thanking the employer and say how you are looking forward to receiving a response.
Best of luck in your job search
You can approach the question as follows;
- Tell them about the professional experience you possess which matches the position they are hiring for and how you will bring the experience on board in the role. Make sure you highlight the valuable experiences you have had and your achievements that relate to the role you are being interviewed for.
- Mention the skills you possess that the company requires for the position and how you are willing to use those skills if hired by the company.
- How you fit into the work environment. Most times, recruiters tend to hire people that they believe will easily fit into the company’s work culture and environment.
You can mention team building, interpersonal relationship skills etc that you possess. This is easier where the recruiter already mentioned the soft skills required for the role while placing the job advert.
- Your academic and professional certifications. If you have very good related academic degree, and professional certifications, mention that your strong academic background and professional certification matches their requirement and as such, you believe you have a good theoretical knowledge combined with your practical experience.
Below are the mistake every Job Applicant should not make
- Typographical/Grammatical errors (unpardonable). This is a turn off for most employers.
- House address outside the city the role is situated: Most employers trash your CV once they see that your address is far from the office. While this may not be so professional, it happens a lot because they believe your productivity may be affected by the time you spend commuting to work daily.
You may delete house address entirely from your CV to stay safe.
- Including skills you cannot defend on your CV: If you have skills you cannot use on your CV, it makes you look stupid and untrustworthy. Take such skills out of your CV.
- When you don’t update your CV to reflect recent experience. Many people forget to update their CV with their most recent work experience and this gives some employers an impression that you do not take your job search seriously.
- Using the same CV for different roles you apply for. You may need some tweaking to fit the particular role you are applying for. Please ensure that some keywords in the job advertisement are included on your CV provided you have a working knowledge of those job descriptions.
This makes the CV to be shortlisted in instances where the employer uses automatic tracking system software to shortlist.
Best of Luck in Your Job Search
The first step is to connect with recruiters on LinkedIn
here’s a little-known way I use to find and connect with anyone on LinkedIn by their Job title.
1. Go to LinkedIn.com/directory/title.
2. Scroll to “Browse by name”.
3. Click on the alphabet that the job title starts with. For example, select the letter “H” if you want to connect with Head of HRs.
4. Select the job title.
5. Click “See all professionals”.
6. Start connecting.
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Internships gently introduce you to the 9-5 world, you learn the ins and outs of your industry and even gain exposure to how an organization operates at the most basic level.
It is the best way to get a real feeling of your chosen practice area or even your preferred organization.
You can speak to employees directly and ask more specific questions.
Even if your work experience is not in your field of study, you can still develop vital workplace skills.
Skills such as presentation, communication, teamwork and problem-solving skills come to play in almost any job.
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Tell Me About Yourself.
My name is Kenneth Obunadike, I have completed my Bachelors in Engineering with specialization in Information Technology, Overall I have 5 years of experience as a Software Tester, conducted Manual Testing, as well as Automated Testing using UFT, and Selenium, and I have little bit experience in Mobile Testing also.
This answer is enough to introduce yourself, anyhow they get your information from your resume
What is your strength?
Asking about you is a way to break the ice at an interview and make you feel more comfortable. It’s also a way for the interviewer to determine if you’re a good fit for the job. Before you go on an interview, consider what you want to say when you’re describing yourself to potential employers.
Creating an elevator speech, which is a quick synopsis of your background, is a good way to prepare a response.
What did you like or dislike about your previous job?
Be careful what you say when you’re interviewing for a role similar to your last one. It’s important to be positive and enthusiastic about the job for which you’re being considered.
What were your starting and final levels of compensation?
Hiring Managers will want to learn how much you earned to see if you’re a competitive candidate for the company from a salary perspective.
Be honest when discussing how much you were paid because employers can ask about salary when checking your background.
What major challenges and problems did you face? How did you handle them?
With this question, the interviewer is trying to understand how you handle issues and problems.
Can you figure out solutions and workarounds when there is a problem?
How adept are you at problem-solving?
Do you enjoy a challenge, or do you get nervous when there’s a glitch?
What is your greatest strength?
When answering questions about your strengths, focus on the abilities you have that are key to success in the job for which you’re interviewing.
Don’t be too humble.
It’s important to make the hiring manager aware of your qualifications.
What is your greatest weakness?
There are different ways to tackle questions about weaknesses.
One is to turn a negative into a positive by sharing an example of how something you considered a weakness actually helped you on the job.
The other is to speak about additional skills you now have because you worked on those that needed an upgrade.
How do you handle stress and pressure?
What you do when work gets stressful?
Do you stay calm under pressure?
Or do you have a difficult time in stressful situations?
If you’re interviewing for a high-pressure position, the interviewer will want to know that you can deal with the stress.
Describe a difficult work situation or project and how you overcame it.
When you’re responding to questions about what you did on the job, be prepared to share an actual example of a challenging situation at work, what the issue was, and how you helped resolve it.
What was the biggest accomplishment (failure) in this position?
What are you proudest of?
Was there a time something didn’t work out, but you were able to learn from it.
Let the hiring manager know what you achieved, again sharing examples from your most recent job.
How do you evaluate success?
Your answer to this question will give the interviewer a sense of your work ethic, your career goals, and your life goals.
Tailor your response to fit what you expect to achieve if you were to be hired by this employer.
Why are you leaving or have left your job?
There are many different reasons for leaving a job. You could be moving on because you want more opportunities for growth, you may be looking for a salary increase, perhaps you’re relocating, or you have another reason you’re leaving your job.
Be consistent in your answer when meeting with representatives of a prospective employer, because they may compare notes.
Why do you want this job?
Why did you apply for this position?
What do you find most interesting about the job and the organization?
With this question, the employer wants to know why you think this job is a match for your career objectives.
Why should we hire you?
The best way to answer this question is to discuss what you can do for the company.
What do you bring to the table?
What will you achieve if you were to be hired?
This is an opportunity to sell yourself to the hiring manager.
What are your goals for the future?
When you respond to questions about your future goals, it’s a good idea to mesh your objectives with what the company might offer as a career path.
At the least, make sure your goals involve staying with this company for more than a short-term basis.
What are your salary requirements?
Questions about salary can be tricky, especially if you don’t know what the job pays.
One approach to answering this question is to say you’re flexible, based upon the entire compensation package including benefits.
Who was your best boss and who was the worst?
This question is designed to discover what type of leadership and management style works best for you. Be careful answering, and don’t be too negative.
Even if you had a terrible boss, how you speak about them can leave the interviewer wondering how you will speak about other supervisors if you didn’t get along with them.
What are you passionate about?
What’s most important to you?
The answers to this question don’t have to be all about work.
The company is looking to determine if you’re a well-rounded person, and what you enjoy doing outside of work can give them insight into the type of employee you’d be if you were hired.
Questions about your supervisors and co-workers.
Did you get along with your manager? Have you worked with difficult colleagues? How you interact with supervisors and co-workers will provide the interviewer with insight into your interpersonal and communication skills.
What do you love doing?
Do you have any questions for me?
Be ready with a list of questions to ask.
You may seem disinterested if there isn’t anything you want to learn more about.
Tell me about your experience at Company X.
In other words, how does your past experience relate to the job the hiring manager is looking to fill? When answering this question, you want to convince the hiring manager that you can hit the ground running and bring value to the team by providing specific examples that resulted in successful outcomes. It’s also helpful to identify how your current and prospective employers differ.
This will help you determine which skills to emphasize.
Answer: Despite working for a company that prefers organic growth, I have worked through the nuances that evolve when two organizations with distinct cultural norms are brought together. For example, recently, new leadership from Company Y brought new ways of evaluating projects.
I set out to understand their ways of doing things by building a rapport with key leaders and sharing with them the institutional knowledge I acquired during a successful eight-year career in the firm. An example of when my knowledge was beneficial is…etc.
What is your biggest professional accomplishment to date?
The goal is to convey to the hiring manager not only your past successes but also what you are capable of accomplishing if offered the job.
Answer: My greatest accomplishment was when I grew the company X business on my agency’s behalf by 25% in one year. Most clients were cutting back on producing events as a way to warm leads for their sales force. With my creative team, I came up with a way to offer the same high-touch experience via webinars. Each webinar was accessible 24 hours a day and led by Company X thought leaders.
In the end, I reduced event production costs by 40% and with those savings, IBM invested in more webinars worldwide. I won my agency’s award and was soon promoted.
How would people you have worked with describe you?
This question centres on how well you work with others and your ability to manage relationships with your peers, managers and direct reports.
Give examples of situations that illustrate how you work with people across various functions.
Answer: Truthfully, as the hiring manager will reach out to your references at a later point to ensure your perception of yourself is in line with theirs.
Answer: My managers would describe me as someone who would rather tirelessly overcome obstacles on my own than continuously seek managerial guidance. I make my managers’ lives easier in this way. For example, when I first started working at firm C, I was asked to figure out ways to cut costs.
Instead of relying on my manager, who had other projects to oversee, I decided to better understand the transportation logistics behind the wood chips that my employer needed in each facility.
After seeing what worked best and what could be improved, I took this information to my manager, who was grateful for the initiative I took.
What is your greatest weakness?
Often dreaded by job candidates, the key to answering this question is to be honest yet strategic. On my site, I go into more detail on new and effective ways to answer this question truthfully without taking yourself out of the running. You also need to address the unspoken follow up, which is what you are doing to overcome your weakness. Ultimately, you want to show the hiring manager that you are self-aware, thoughtful and proactive about your strengths and weaknesses.
Answer: My greatest weakness is my low patience when a team member withholds important information to the detriment of his or her peers or the assignment’s success. I have always tried to maximize knowledge-sharing by bringing team members together prior to launching any assignment to ensure everyone is on the same page.
Yet, there have been times when people have withheld information even after these efforts. In those instances, I have learned to speak privately with those team members to understand why the information was withheld.
Why are you the best person for this position?
In asking this question, the hiring manager is looking for you to succinctly convey what sets you apart from the other candidates. Think of your most impressive and unique strengths that closely relate to the job description and use those to pitch yourself in a way that clearly illustrates the skill set and qualities you bring to the table.
Answer: My analytical horsepower sets me apart from other candidates. For example, I imagine all of your candidates can create robust Excel-based financial models. However, I can also see and articulate the business story behind the numbers to influence decision-making.
During a major food-chain deal, I conducted the due diligence necessary to come up with the right multiple that my superiors should consider based not only on raw data but also on what was the best way to position the assets we were selling.
My strategy resulted in a more profitable deal.
All the best in getting your desired Job
Major Job requirements and qualifications include your certificate, years of experience, job experience etc. Sometimes when they request for 10 years of experience, you don’t apply with 6 months experience hoping to be called when you do not meet the job requirement. Do things rights; else you are not likely to be called. Make sure you meet the job requirements before you apply.
Your CV tells a lot about you. I would advise you have different templates for the job you are applying for. Don’t just copy other people’s CVs and change their names to yours. Do not use the same CV you used to apply for HSE supervisor in applying for HSE officer. On your CV, outline your experiences, qualifications, and make it detailed include specification as on the Job Description
Your location is very important when applying for a job. Recruiter considers it a lot, e.g. You stay in Aba and you are applying for 50,000 naira job in Victoria Island, Lagos. Recruiters will rather consider people in Lagos first while sieving CV’s
Wish you the Best in getting your desired jobs
Looking for a job can be a very stressful and frustrating process, especially if you are applying for so many jobs without getting interviews or going for several interviews without getting job offers.
This sometimes leads people into depression and causes others to doubt their skills and abilities.
Some others are afraid that they might not be able to take care of themselves and their families.
It is human to feel sad, anxious and afraid when you experience these challenges, but do not remain sad and stay down.
You are alive and well. You have another day to make it happen.
👉 Push fear and anxiety aside.
👉 Believe in yourself.
👉 Get up, put a smile on your face and keep moving.
👉 Your day is coming, but you have to exude confidence and maintain your joy to receive it.
best of lucks
After you have submitted your application you should receive an email notification acknowledging receipt of your application. If you do not receive this email and the email has left your mailbox its means your application has been successfully submitted.
In cases where you apply in the company’s website, you should receive a notification that your application was successful.
Once you’ve submitted your resume/CV via mail or applied online, Following the online application, the assessment period begins, in most cases organization with good structure give you feedback on your application, while some don’t.
You could send a mail to confirm if you were successful or not if after 3-4 weeks you haven’t gotten a feedback yet.
The majority of the positions require a two week posting period before applications can be reviewed.
In most cases the review process takes several weeks, if not months. After the reviewing applications,, they will contact applicants of interest directly for telephone screening, E-mail and/or an in-person interview. While most applicants are initially contacted via telephone, they may also be contacted through e-mail.
Make sure to check your spam folder as in some cases e-mails can be filtered by your service provider
If there’s one thing you should do before investing your time and resources on an application, it’s research. Choosing a company to bet your career on shouldn’t be a decision you take lightly. Most companies have a career website that provides insight into their company culture and important information about their business.
Network your way into a career opportunity. Employee referral is one of the most effective paths into a company.
We recommend that you practice networking skills with others in your industry.
Check your LinkedIn connections for current employers of the company that you’re interested in. Ask if they’re willing to refer you for an open position.
Most companies look at a resume that comes from a current employee, as it’s coming from a trusted source.
Do your homework before your interview.
Be sure to research news about the company and the business group for which you are interviewing. Knowledge about the group or position gives you an edge in your interview. Bonus points if you can articulate how your experience compliments what the company does.
On the other hand, if you don’t know much about the company, it’s harder for you to sell why you’d make a great fit.
Don’t apply to everything. Recruiters can see all the positions you’ve applied to for their company. If you apply to too many positions, it gives recruiters the impression that you haven’t thoroughly considered each position.
It’s better to apply for five jobs, instead of 30 jobs that don’t match your skills. A strategy to apply for everything is unsuccessful in a competitive market.
Best of luck with your job search.
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Many job applications ask candidates to name one or more professional references. The application may ask for phone numbers, physical addresses, email addresses, or some combination of each type of contact information for each reference.
Candidates should give their references a heads-up before including them on an application. It’s also a good idea to provide references with a job description or some other general description of each job applied for. Other applications may also request character references, although this is less common.
The Desired position is usually the job title, Job applications often include spaces for candidates to list desired positions. If the application is for a particular position, that position should be listed in this space.
This is one instance where researching the company beforehand pays off, because such research allows candidates to match their desired positions with job titles that actually exist within the company.
Job applications represent official employment histories for job candidates. In many instances, job applications will request a chronological or reverse chronological listing of previously held positions candidates have held.
Along with the job title and name of each company, some applications will also ask candidates to provide names, titles and contact information of immediate supervisors for each position listed on the application as well as requesting reasons for leaving each past position.
Once the method of Application leads you to the recruiter’s website, for many positions you are required to fill the job application completely, a job application is the first exposure a potential employer has to a job candidate.
In some instances, job candidates must complete an application even when they have previously submitted a resume. Employers often retain applications to include in personnel files of successful job applicants.
Although each resume is unique, there are several questions that are commonly found on job applications.
There are lots of options for finding a job, and one is not necessarily better than the others. You can find jobs on mass job boards like heligandecorporateservices.com, niche job boards specific to your profession.
You can go directly to the company’s website or social media. Additionally, 44 per cent of new hires is made from employee referrals. It’s important to utilize all of these methods to find the most job opportunities.
Through professional networks such as LinkedIn, interact with contacts in companies you are seeking employment and possibly they could refer you for the job.
A personal brand is how we market ourselves to others. It is your professional reputation and it is defined by your goals and accomplishments. During the job search, you need to take charge of your own personal brand because it affects how employers see you.
This is a personal preference. Either works, but 89 per cent of hiring managers are fine with an email note, and half of them actually prefer it. Just be sure to personalize the note.
Remind your interviewer who you are, how much you want the job, and why you’re the best person for it.
If you don’t hear back from an interviewer right away, don’t follow up again until after the interviewer’s deadline has passed. If the date passes and you still haven’t heard anything, send a brief follow-up to remind the interviewer about your qualifications and interest in the open job.
After that first follow-up, you can follow-up again every 7-10 days up to two more times for a total of three follow-ups. If you still haven’t heard back, you should move on.
But if after searching you still can’t find the name, you should begin your cover letter: “Dear Hiring Manager.”
Absolutely! If you think you can handle the job requirements, it never hurts to apply for the position. Whether you have fewer years of experience than they’re asking, or you are missing one of the hard skills mentioned, these don’t necessarily rule you out from landing the job.
Skills can be learned on the job, and if you’re the best candidate, years of experience won’t matter in the end. Just don’t lie and say you have the qualifications when you don’t.
Some companies appreciate a picture on your CV, although this practice is only in certain countries. For a web-based North American resume, a picture is acceptable.
It’s best to know what’s appropriate in the industry your seeking a job in seeking career advice from professionals in the industry as well
Some essential things to include in your resume are your name, contact information, education history, work or internship experience, and related skills. All of these details should be tailored for each individual job application.
Additionally, you can include professional organizations and special awards if you think they’re relevant for the Job Role.
Your cover letter should be no more than one page in length. It should explain who you are and why you’re the best candidate for the job. It needs to be very concise, yet keep the hiring manager wanting to learn more.
If you go any longer than a page, the person reading it might get bored.
Your resume should also be limited to one page, especially if you’ve been in the workforce for a short amount of time. Hiring managers spend only 6 seconds looking through your resume, so it’s important to keep it to one page filled with strong keywords to stand out.
There are no stupid questions when it comes to the job search.
These are just a few of job seekers’ most frequently asked questions.
What are some things you’ve been wondering about in your own job search?