INTERVIEW QUESTION: TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF

INTERVIEW QUESTION: TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF

The first question that is usually asked in an interview is, “Tell me about yourself.” However, this is not an invitation to recite your entire life story or even to pour out everything that’s in your resume. Instead, it’s  your first and probably best chance to pitch the hiring manager on why you’re the right one for the job.

For example:

If an interviewer asked, “tell me about yourself,” you could say:

“Well, I’m currently an account executive at Doe, where I handle our top-performing client. Before that, I worked at an agency where I was on three different major national healthcare brands. And while I really enjoyed the work that I did, I’d love the chance to dig in much deeper with one specific healthcare company, which is why I’m so excited about this opportunity with Metro Health Center.”

For a fresh graduate:

“I recently graduated from the University of Lagos. While studying Theatre Arts, I directed several plays and acted in some of them. I am also an adept script writer. I’d love a chance to dig deeper into script writing, which is why I am excited about this opportunity with Inspiration FM.”

Remember to focus on the experiences and skills that are going to be most relevant for the hiring manager when they’re thinking about this particular position and this company. Ultimately, don’t be afraid to relax a little bit, tell stories and anecdotes relating to the job you are applying for of course.

MEET DR OLA OREKUNRIN- CEO OF FLYING DOCTORS NIGERIA

MEET DR OLA OREKUNRIN- CEO OF FLYING DOCTORS NIGERIA

DR Ola Orekunrin is a British-Nigerian medical doctor who founded Flying Doctors Nigeria, West Africa’s first air ambulance service providers.

Ola, who was born and raised in the UK by her foster parents. She graduated as a medical doctor from the University Of York in the UK at the young age of 21 and is a member of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine.

While she was still in medical school, her younger sister, who had the sickle cell anemia condition, sadly passed away while the family was visiting Nigeria. The death occurred as a result of inefficient medical facilities here in Nigeria and the unavailability of an air ambulance service in the whole of West Africa that could transport her to a well-equipped hospital. The nearest was in South Africa and before the medical team could arrive, Ola’s 12-year-old sister had given up the fight.

Motivated by this death, Orekunrin quit her job at England’s National Health Service and relocated to Lagos, Nigeria where she offered her services to build a better medical system, not just for Nigeria, but for West Africa as a whole. This led to the birth of Flying Doctors Nigeria in 2007, a medical team dedicated to providing critical care via air transportation to both the private and public sectors, to companies and to individuals.

As a helicopter pilot with specialised training in aviation medicine, Ola has taken it upon herself to put both her passion for medicine and flying into good use.

Ola currently resides in Lagos, Nigeria where she is considered a national expert of disaster medicine and pre-hospital care. Her company has been featured on various local TV and radio stations as well as the BBC and CNN.

 

 

INTERVIEW QUESTION: WHY ARE YOU LEAVING YOUR JOB?

INTERVIEW QUESTION: WHY ARE YOU LEAVING YOUR JOB?

I can guarantee you that this question will come up in your next job interview. Unless you’ve never worked a day in your life, you’ll need to talk about why you left your last job or why you want to leave your current position.

Sometimes the answer is obvious as in the case of an internship. When the internship ends, you have to leave obviously. However, for real jobs, you have to explain why you want another job when you have one already. This is a question you really want to prepare for, the wrong answer can ruin your chances of getting the job.

There are several reasons for leaving a job and it all boils down to the following:

You were dissatisfied:

“I learned a lot at my current job in the first one year and then in subsequent years, the learning declined. I’m very eager to learn new things. I can’t see any opportunity for advancement within the organization and I love to be challenged.”

You were fired: if you were fired for performance reasons, you could mention this but avoid putting the blame on others. If you were fired, your interviewer will try to determine if it was due to integrity or performance issues.

“After some management changes, it became clear that the new department director had new expectations for the role that didn’t really mesh with my strengths. Ultimately, she decided to bring in someone from her previous organization who had more sales experience.

The experience taught me that my real talent is in customer service and I know I would be a major asset in a role like this one, which focuses on improving the customer experience. Would you like me to tell you more about my experience in that area?”

You were laid off:

“the company’s biggest client was shut down. This resulted in an extreme decline in the company’s revenue. Therefore, the management decided to eliminate some positions and I was among the five most recently hired employees in my organisation. I am very proud of the work I did for them while I was there and my former boss is one of my references.”

Better opportunity:

“I haven’t had the opportunity to use my graphic design skills as much as I would like to and I believe your company will give me that opportunity.”

Whichever way you decide to answer this question, make sure you focus on the positive. Do not speak ill of your former boss or co-workers.

OUR CLIENT WANTS TO HIRE AN IT INFRASTRUCTURE HEAD

OUR CLIENT WANTS TO HIRE AN IT INFRASTRUCTURE HEAD

Our client in the telecommunications industry is seeking to recruit qualified candidates to fill the position of an IT Infrastructure Head.

Qualifications

  • College degree in technology related major preferred.
  • Post graduate degree in Business Management is an added advantage
  • 12+ years of technical and leadership experience managing and/or directing large IT operational teams also preferred.
  • Knowledge of Telecoms operations.
  • Strong financial management skills in budgeting, forecasting, and cost control.
  • Excellent understanding of multi-disciplinary nature of IT solutions
  • Knowledge of applicable laws and regulations as they relate to technology issues important.

To apply, go to assisttohire.com

OUR CLIENT IS RECRUITING CREDIT PERFORMANCE ANALYSTS

OUR CLIENT IS RECRUITING CREDIT PERFORMANCE ANALYSTS

Our client in the Financial Industry is looking to hire qualified candidates to fill the position of Credit Performance Analyst-(Generic)

Qualifications

  • First degree – or equivalent in Accountancy, Economics, Business Administration or related fields
  • Fluent in English
  • 3 years’ experience in an area of specialization; with experience working with others
  • Experience working in a medium  organization
  • Experience in lending, loan performance review, audit, risk and/or compliance or consulting.

To apply, go to assisttohire.com

Interview Question: How do you solve problems at work?

Interview Question: How do you solve problems at work?

In nearly every sector, problem-solving is one of the key skills required by employers. Therefore, there is a high probability that the question will come up during an interview to test your problem-solving skills.

To answer this question, think of challenges you have encountered in academic, work or volunteer settings and how you tackled them. You can follow these steps in answering the question:

  1. Define the Problem: explain why the situation was problematic
    Describe in detail how you gathered data, facts, and other information needed to develop solutions.
  2. Describe in detail how you determined the cause of the problem? Determined the factors that led to the problem? Developed strategies to resolve it?
  3. Explain in detail how you resolved the problem by describing why you selected specific strategies, explaining your objective, illustrating how you transformed ideas into practical solutions, and how you followed up with co-workers. Additionally, explain how you conducted risk management.
  4. Explain in detail what was accomplished and what strategies proved effective. Explain lessons learned and what you would do to avoid future occurrence of the same problem.

Here is an example of how the question should be answered:

The retail store I worked at was getting a lot of complaints about delivering orders late.

I had a meeting with the staff involved in the customer delivery process and discovered that the consignments were not being sent to the delivery team on time.

I investigated and found that customer requests were not being being processed fast enough. The problem was with the orders department as they were not following up efficiently with the suppliers. A system for efficient and timely follow up was immediately implemented.

This sorted out the stock problem and the delivery guys were able to  meet their deadlines.

 

DEOLA SAGOE WANTS TO HIRE AN EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

DEOLA SAGOE WANTS TO HIRE AN EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Deola Sagoe is a fashion visionary with a unique approach to her craft that has endeared her to fans and followers all over the world. Using African fabrics, hand-woven materials, and contemporising almost-lost traditional African techniques, Deola designs present a unique vision and attitude for the modern woman.

Deola Sagoe is currently recruiting to fill the position of an Executive Assistant to the CEO. Interested applicants should have these skills and qualifications:

  • A good Degree in a relevant field with at least 5 years of proven experience providing executive support in a structured organisation
  • Experience in the retail industry or in a fast growing company is an advantage
  • Excellent poise, presence, and presentation skills
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including Board of Directors, Senior Management Team and external partners
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail
  • Expert level written and verbal communication skills
  • A good working knowledge of Microsoft Office tools such as Word, Outlook and Excel

To apply, go to ngcareers.com

UNDP IS RECRUITING PROGRAMME ASSOCIATES

UNDP IS RECRUITING PROGRAMME ASSOCIATES

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively. In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights, capacity development and the empowerment of women.

UNDP is recruiting to fill the vacant position a Programme Associate- Governance and Peacebuilding

Required Skills and Experience

  • University Degree in Business or Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences and Social Sciences would be desirable, but it is not a requirement.
  • 6 years of progressively responsible administrative or programme experience is required at the national or international level.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web based management systems.
  • Fluency in English.

To apply, go to ngcareers.com

“I fell into the design industry because I had an irrepressible need to be creative and a love for clothing”- Wale Oyedeji, Creative Director of Ikire Jones

“I fell into the design industry because I had an irrepressible need to be creative and a love for clothing”- Wale Oyedeji, Creative Director of Ikire Jones

Nigerian fashion designer and artist, Wale Oyedeji is unique in his use of textile and apparel design to convey stories about immigrant populations to the Western world. He talks about his transition from musician, to a lawyer and eventually fashion designer in this interview with Afropop Worldwide.

Read the excerpts.

I’m the creative director of Ikiré Jones, a menswear brand that intertwines classical art from all over the globe with West African aesthetics. I grew up in Nigeria before settling in the United States, so much of my work is influenced by my multinational upbringing. I’m also a writer, a musician, and attorney, among other things. Most of my creative work over the years has involved storytelling in some shape or form. Whether through music or design, I’ve always made an effort to capture authentic aspects of the human experience.

I stepped away from music a few years ago in search of inspiration and a stable job. At the time, law school, and the practice of law seemed like a sure-fire way to finding comfort and happiness. I would later realize that only one of those things was guaranteed. I fell into the design industry because I had an irrepressible need to be creative and a love for clothing. It was a natural and organic process. I never got a formal education in fashion, but I had a very strong sense of the sort of aesthetic I wanted to put out into the world.

I’ve always been of the mindset that nothing is worth doing unless it means something, or unless it attempts to make some sort of impact on society. Most people regard the fashion industry as a vapid business that does little to better the world around it. For the most part, I don’t think this is an inaccurate point of view. From the beginning, it was important to me to show that even though my work doesn’t cure cancer or save lives, there are still important things that can be done in shaping the global perceptions of Africans and people of African descent. Rather than painting images of what Africans should or should not be in Western society, I aim to offer nuanced and non-judgmental images of African people from different walks of life.

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Register Now for TheNerve Africa’s Branding & Marketing Strategy Speedcourse for Entrepreneurs.

Register Now for TheNerve Africa’s Branding & Marketing Strategy Speedcourse for Entrepreneurs.

TheNerve Africa will kick off its Masterclass and training sessions for entrepreneurs across West Africa this, starting with Lagos and Accra in June and July respectively. The pilot edition, which will be open to only 30 participants in Lagos, Nigeria and mainly owners of small and medium-sized businesses and will focus on branding and marketing strategy to help them gain leverage in a market saturated with big-budget competitors.

The speed-course will cover introductory and intermediate lessons in brand management, brand strategy, brand archetypes, positioning, identity management, creative strategy and marketing in a competitive marketplace like Nigeria.

Some of the confirmed facilitators include veterans and marketing mavericks like Steve Babaeko, CEO, X3M Ideas, Idiare Atimomo, CEO of UpInTheSky, Asher Olatomide, Former Strategist at Insight Communications and currently Director of Strategy, Africa for WildFusion Ltd, Seun Agbelusi, an industry veteran and celebrated brand strategist.

For more information, go to www.bellanaija.com

Interested participants should register at: http://bit.ly/TNAMasterclass or call 07039574514 for enquiries.