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.



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


  • 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.

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


  • 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.

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This is a common interview question. Resist the urge to make this question about yourself. The interviewer is not interested in hearing that your rent is almost due or you have two children to feed.  Even if it’s true, do not mention salary, work hours, or location as the primary reasons you want the job. Focus on how you can benefit the company, not how the company or job can benefit you.

  • Research the company before the interview

Interviewers want a response that shows you’ve done research on the company and the job role. Make sure you research the company and you understand some basic information about both the company and the job. Your goal is to get a sense of their current goals and projects they are working on. When you answer the question, you can mention specific aspects of the company and position that appeal to you.  Express enthusiasm for the company.

  • Match Your Skills and Experiences With the Role

Be specific about what makes you a good fit for this role.  To prepare your answer, make a list of the requirements of the job as explained in the job listing, and then note which requirements match your skills and experience. In your answer, highlight a few of your abilities that qualify you for the job.

  • Emphasize what you can contribute.

What value will you add to the position? Mention any skills or work achievements that make you a unique, strong candidate for the job. You can use numbers to express how you can add value to the company. For example, if you increased sales at your previous company, mention this, and express your interest in doing the same for the company.


I want this job because it emphasizes sales and marketing, two of my greatest skill sets. In my previous job, I increased sales by 20% even while the nation was experiencing a recessive economy. I know I could bring my eight years of sales and marketing experience to this company, and help you continue your years of growth.


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.




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.


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.




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



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.

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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.

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Interested participants should register at: or call 07039574514 for enquiries.