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How to answer Questions in an interview

The big questions asked during an interview A couple of years ago, my idea of a job interview was being in front of a hard, unsmiling panel and having extremely difficult questions thrown at me, like rocks. However, when I got invited for my first interview, I realized this is not always the case. A job interview does not have to be tense. In fact, you may find yourself with a very friendly panel, who will go all out to make you feel as comfortable as possible. However, irrespective of the size and manner of the panel you are faced with, what is required of you is confidence and of course, the appropriate answers to every question you are asked. This part is what’s tricky. Therefore, in this post, we’d be looking at the simple ways to answer 5 tricky questions you are likely to get in your job interview. 1. Tell Me About Yourself. This question seems very straightforward. However, it is tricky because though it sounds like an invitation to tell your life story, it is not. When asked the ‘tell me about yourself’ question, what the hiring panel is actually asking you is to tell them about ...

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Secrets To Passing A Job Interview

By Tokunbo Fasoro Interviewers tend to use the interview to try to determine who you are as a person. In other words, how you get along with other people and your desire to work. They will specifically try to identify as much as possible from how you behave. They will also pay attention to how you respond concisely, cooperate fully in answering questions and keep to the subject at hand. These are very important elements that influence the interviewer’s decisions. Below are five tips to gain an extra edge in your interview. Preparation is Key:  Ensure you learn about the employer, the job and the organization doing the recruiting on social media. Find out what is happening in the employers field, try to identify problems in that field and explain why you think you will be able to solve such problems citing some of your specific accomplishments to make your case. Relate yourself to the interviewers need:  Once you figure out the type of  person the interviewer is looking for, ensure you discuss your past achievements in relation to the employers need.  That is why it is important to ensure you look for every opportunity to intern or volunteer when ...

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3 Women That inspired me to venture into Entrepreneurship

By Tokunbo Fasoro Venturing into Entrepreneurship wasn’t an easy decision for me especially when I had spent time and resources gathering as much education and knowledge as I could in my area of expertise, knowing that I could earn a very good living working with those certificates. As much as I was afraid of the unknown, I knew I wanted more. I wanted to build a platform where I could do more; I didn’t want to be constrained by an employment contract. I had dreams I wanted to explore, amazing ideas I kept expanding in my head but even with all these, I was afraid. I said to myself many times that I needed to see God physically telling me “this is the way you should go” but you know, God uses people to speak to us. I will be sharing today about 3 women who inspired me to venture and lessons I learnt from them. Ayodeji Megbope: She is the C.E.O of No left over’s Nigeria Ltd- A full scale catering outfit which started with a takeoff capital of just One Thousand Naira (N1, 000.00), but today has an annual turnover that runs into millions of naira. The business ...

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Six Things Not To Say At An Interview

  While it is important to research and practice possible questions that could be asked during an interview and the answers to these questions, it is also important to know that the practice is just a guide to enable you familiarize yourself with the interview setting, do not memorize questions and answers because it would hinder the flow of conversation between you and the interviewer. Here are some tips on the things that should not be said in an interview. “Could you tell me what the company is all about?”: We expect that you would have done your research about the organization you want to work with, know the core values and a brief history of the organization. The only exception in this case is if you are being interviewed by a Consulting Firm in which case you may not know whom they are recruiting for. Speaking negatively about your previous employer or the organization: You really don’t want to slander your previous employer or the organization, this usually applies when you are asked about why you want to leave the organization. Try to maintain a tone somewhere between neutral and positive, talk more about what you have learnt and ...

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Honeywell Group Limited recruitment for an Account Manager

Honeywell Group Limited – A foremost indigenous conglomerate and diversified group with business interests in key sectors of the Nigerian economy, including foods and agro-allied, infrastructure, real estate, energy and services. With over four (4) decades of unprecedented success and a workforce that embraces diversity, the Honeywell Group is offering creative individuals possessing exceptional talent the opportunity to take their careers to unparalleled heights. Honeywell Group Limited is recruiting to fill the position below: Job Title: Account Manager (Sales) – Franco Africa (Fluent in French) Requisition ID: 00326954 Location: Lagos, Nigeria Shift: Day Job Travel: Yes, 75 % of the Time Relocation Available: No Job Description Preferably based in Lagos, Nigeria to cover Congo, Cameroon & Gabon region. Performance Materials and Technologies is a high-performing, global business with an array of technologies that are changing the world for the better. We develop and manufacture advanced materials, process technologies and automation solutions used in a wide range of industries and applications, from petroleum refining and automation controls and instrumentation to environmentally-friendlier refrigerants to bullet-resistant vests. Our advanced materials are critical in the manufacturing of products ranging from nylon to computer chips to pharmaceutical packaging, and process technologies developed by our UOP ...

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How Digital Marketing Will Benefit Your Business

Here’s how Digital Marketing will benefit your business, Digital marketing is a modern and cost-effective marketing tool. The main benefits of conducting your marketing digitally is the ease with which customer response rates and marketing campaign metrics can be tracked in real-time, giving you ample time to plan future campaigns more effectively.   Maximize Your Social Media Presence Social media is now being treated as just another digital channel, and rightfully so. It is great for brand awareness, increases brand loyalty from your customers, creates ample opportunities for customers to convert and therefore leads to higher conversion rates.         Optimise Your Website Your website is your most important digital asset. It’s the one you own and have the most control over. Your website should be a living, breathing hub that keeps people informed, educated and excited about you oryour business. It should be the place that people know they can come back to, so it is important to keep it updated and interactive.           Crowdsource Your Brand Content Your customers and fans could create many more stories, content, and conversations about your brand than you could ever hope to build or buy on ...

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The Value of Self Impact – Zika Nwaise

  Over the years, I have realized as an HR person that people stand to gain a lot when they make a will to learn for themselves. Many times when we organize interviews, we meet different calibres of people ranging from the ones who are prepared to the ones who can never be ready except for an intervention in their lives. But in all these, I noticed that eighty five percent of the ones who stand out are the ones who usually attend trainings, conferences, programmes, seminars and even volunteer jobs. So many times I wonder why, but I have come to discover that ‘you are what you hear’.  These people no longer need to read question and answers from the internet for an interview because they have an experience for whatever questions they are being asked, they have groomed themselves to the extent that they don’t depend on other people’s opinion about a particular issue. So… why don’t we make out time to build ourselves instead of depending on others, there are some free reasonable trainings out there looking for people to fill up the spaces. Let’s all make an effort this year to impact ourselves for ourselves’ sake. ...

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Great Leaders Are Not Born They Are Made – Tokunbo Fasoro

  Being a great leader is not something that happens over night, you need to work hard at developing that skill.  It is achieved through discipline, hard work and commitment to continuous improvement through experience. So kindly follow, enjoy and share with your friends. Great leaders are not born, they are made. Here are a few rules or habits that can help you develop your leadership skills. They think of others first- It is not about you, but about the other person. Great leadership is always about “How can I serve this person or these people?” They crave for new things- The desire to learn more, the hunger for wisdom; they are open to feedback, new ideas, different opinions and views. They take responsibility- They take responsibility for their actions; they don’t push blame on other people. They listen to their team- Great leaders always listen to their team. Who knows you could learn something from a fool! Besides this will make your team members feel relevant and in turn confide in you. Be an example- Be the type of person you want your team members to become. Be consistent and make firm decisions- Don’t leave things undecided for a ...

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Signs Of A Bad Startup Culture

I was interviewing an engineering candidate a while back. Everyone on the team really liked him, and we were set to hire him if our interview went well. It turned out that I liked him too. He was smart, passionate about his work, and I felt he would fit into our culture quite well. He was working at a competing startup, so I asked him what was his motivation for leaving: “The founders were fighting all the time,” he said. “It made the work environment really bad.” You’re not going to have a great culture if the founders are fighting with each other. Here are some other signs of a bad culture I’ve seen during my career: A. Too much “I” and too little “we”. I worked at a company once where every other word out of the CEO’s mouth was “I”. “I dd this.” OR “How’s my division doing?” It’s very demoralizing for the rank and file. B. The emperor has no clothes. Not surprisingly, this same CEO never wanted to be told anything wrong. How can you do your job if you can’t tell the CEO problems? It’s very difficult. C. The rise of the ass-kissing sycophants. A ...

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7 Mistakes Every Job Seeker Should Avoid During an Interview- Tokunbo Fasoro

In the course of interviewing graduates and young people over the years, I have discerned quite a number of things they say/do that serve as red flags during these interviews; a lot of candidates have consequently, lost many job offers. Often times it’s difficult to give the much needed feedback due to reasons such as time constraints and a disinclination to cause offense. Hence, the decision to put this out for youngjob seekers to read, so they canavoid such mistakes: Bad Introduction- From the question ‘Tell me about yourself’, we expect you to sell yourself to us in a few words; talk about yourself and your achievements.Many a time, I can tell who is in and who is probably going to lose it just from the response to this question. In a nut shell, if your first 30 seconds is not great, it has an impact on the rest of the interview. C.V and linked in profile must match with personality- Lots of times, some candidates write half-truths or outright lies. Some lie about their ages, especially if the position has an age limit, forgetting that there would definitely be discrepancies between the claimed age and their primary and secondary ...

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