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

TIPS FOR WORKING WITH A YOUNGER BOSS

TIPS FOR WORKING WITH A YOUNGER BOSS

We all start out in entry-level jobs and then, move our way up. However, while some people keep rising, life happens sometimes and stalls our career progression. Working for an employer who is younger than you, can be a demanding task and if not executed professionally. It does not mean it is an impossible task.

Do not use age as an argument:

There was a time when greater age meant greater intelligence and knowledge of worldly ways. Today, the world has changed immensely and it is time you change your perception too. Today, many young people are entering the business world and attaining success. There are a number of ways in which you can put your point forth, but your age does not count as one of them.

Your Boss Could be the Right Person for the Job:

Even if you don’t have more work experience, you have more life experience. That doesn’t mean that your younger boss isn’t the right person for the job of the boss. She may have the knowledge and experience that management needed and wanted to hire.

When your boss makes changes, don’t resist. Don’t push back unless you have really solid reasons. If you have a solid reason, take it to your boss and present your case. That’s what you would do if your boss were older than you. If she says absolutely not, then give her the support she needs.

Communication:

Maintaining a good relationship is equally important even in professional circles. Especially if you have a younger boss, you need to be cautious how you communicate with him so that there remains no gap in communication. You may have to catch up with the modern technology and lingo.

If your new boss is partial to instant messaging for seamless conversation where everything can be discussed with a press of a few buttons, then make the change.

Don’t Let Your Ego Get in the Way

As we age, we expect to be treated better and with more respect compared to people younger than us. This rule applies well in social circles. In professional circles, these expectations only pose greater challenges and make your work life difficult. These days, many companies are set up by young entrepreneurs. It is thus quite possible that you have a boss who is much younger than you are. In such situations, do not let your ego take over.

Forget your ego, so that when your boss has some insights to offer and suggestions to share, it should not affect your drive to work. Keep an open mind and be willing to appreciate anything new and effective even when it is coming from a younger boss.

The age barrier:

If there is a wide age gap between your employer and yourself then do not make it so obvious. Ignore the gap and continue to approach your boss like you normally should.

Age barrier may also create communication barrier if you take it all too seriously. It is thus vital that you treat everyone in your professional circles based on their position and qualification rather than their age.

 

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.

ADRON HOMES AND PROPERTIES LIMITED IS RECRUITING TO HIRE HUMAN RESOURCES PROFESSIONALS

ADRON HOMES AND PROPERTIES LIMITED IS RECRUITING TO HIRE HUMAN RESOURCES PROFESSIONALS

Adron Homes and Properties Limited is a fast leading real estate development company with head office in Lagos, Nigeria with other branches in Ogun, Oyo, Nasarawa, Imo states and Abuja desire high-level energy driven individuals, with extraordinary passion for business accomplishment and career advancement, to fill the position of a Human Resource Professional

Requirements

  • Minimum of 10 years experience
  • B.Sc in a Social Science field (CIPM added advantage)
  • Recruitment and Documentation
  • Dealing with grievances and implementing disciplinary procedures
  • Training Coordination
  • Knowledge of Nigeria labour law
  • Counseling skills
  • Excellent Computer skill

To apply, go to ngcareers.com

 

CROVATION LIMITED IS WANTS TO HIRE A FEMALE MARKETING EXECUTIVE

CROVATION LIMITED IS WANTS TO HIRE A FEMALE MARKETING EXECUTIVE

Crovation Limited was established in 2014 and comprises a group of professionals that specialize in the development and maintenance of real estate. The company has since inception embarked on conceptualization, execution, and maintenance of real estate for a hand full of corporate and individual clients thus fast building a strong reputation as a skillful and dependable firm bringing innovative solutions and approaches to its various engagements.
Crovation Limited is recruiting to fill the position of a Female Marketing Executive.

Qualification & Experience

  • A first degree in Estate Management, Marketing, Communication Arts, Economics or any other related discipline.
  • A minimum of 2 years experience in Real Estate or Property Development Firm or a similar position
  • An MBA or relevant post graduate degree/professional qualification will be an added advantage.
  • Strong knowledge of target market.
  • Must be computer literate
  • Comportment and confidence (complemented by humility),
  • Good marketing/selling, negotiation and presentation skills.
  • Excellent customer relations and service excellence skills.

To apply, please go to ngcareers.com

DANGOTE GROUP IS RECRUITING MAINTENANCE MANAGERS

DANGOTE GROUP IS RECRUITING MAINTENANCE MANAGERS

The Dangote Group is a diversified and fully integrated conglomerate with interests across a range of sectors in Nigeria and Africa. Current interests include Cement, Sugar, Flour, Salt, Pasta, Beverages, Noodles, Poly Products, Transportation and real estate with new initiatives in the Oil and Gas, Telecommunication, Fertilizer, and Steel sector of the economy. The company is looking to recruit qualified candidates to fill the position of  Maintenance Manager.

Qualifications/Experience

  • Relevant Manufacturing Engineering Degree is preferred, or HND
  • 5+ years experience in maintenance management role
  • Strong knowledge of engineering concepts including electrical, hydraulic and mechanical systems
  • Ability to interpret blueprints, specifications, and schematics
  • Extensive plant level experience with significant proven man management experience
  • Completed a fully indentured apprenticeship with a mechanical/electrical/electronic discipline.

To apply, go to ngcareers.com