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5 Don’ts of an Interview

1. Do not talk only about yourself Yes, it’s an interview, a.k.a., a Q&A session in which you are expected to answer questions. However, it’s red flag if you talk only about yourself. At least a few times let other people’s names pop up. When asked about your career aspirations, you’d ideally want to throw out the name of some successful person you admire. Or, if you are asked about your previous experience and how it led to where you are now, hopefully mention someone positively —be it an influential colleague, boss, or client—in the answer. 2. Do not take credit for everything Yes, an interview is a place to sell your accomplishments and pitch your potentials, be careful so that you don’t sound like someone who takes credit of any on-the-job success as a one-man show. 3. Do not avoid discussing your shortcomings Be confident to discuss your shortcomings and areas of improvement with your prospective boss. Being able to recognize your weaknesses and working on ways to improve them will go a lot further on the job than trying to sweep them under the rug. 4. Do not give unprofessional responses to interview questions Be very professional throughout ...

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6 Reasons you should get an education via E learning

In the world today, it is no longer news that there is a gap between the usual classroom learning and what learners actually want; if given a choice, learners would prefer mobile, relevant, personalized and self-paced content at a point of need. Whilst many want learning at a point of need, many learn in evenings and at weekends and on the way to or from work. Ask yourself, as we race into the 21st century: do you have what it takes to compete and excel in the new economy? Forward thinking organizations and individuals around the world are jumping on the e-learning bandwagon through certificate courses and certification programmes. Don’t be left behind because you lack the skills and knowledge necessary to keep up. Millions of learners and hundreds of thousands of organizations have taken steps towards their dreams through various e-learning pathways. Don’t be left out in the new dispensation. Many have asked us to provide cogent and convincing reasons why they should invest in online learning programmes. Here is our expert opinion on the value of e learning drawn from our years of experience in the sector. The following are the clear evidence of what eLearning brings when compared to the ...

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Unemployed But Not Jobless – Oladimeji Oluwaga

Jobless? Unemployed? Two words just like many others that have been used erroneously. Let us digress a little into some life issues. Most times we seem to forget that life isn’t a short and straight journey like the barrel of a sawn off shotgun, but a labyrinth of different challenges of which one’s success or failure in the previous level tells a lot about how well one will perform in the next level…if one ever gets there at all. The previous level is designed to prepare one for the next level; this is why you have exams before you graduate into the next class. However, in the case of life, we don’t have a school setting as I was stylishly describing above, how we evaluate ourselves or even prepare for the test of excellence which all stages of life require is a totally different ball game. Now back to the bone of contention, the stage I am addressing and bothered presently about (maybe because I am there) is that of being seemingly jobless whereas one is just unemployed. Anyway, being unemployed (with the hopes of being employed some day) is a ‘good’ thing, probably one of the best times in a man’s ...

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Don’t let your background limit you – Tokunbo Fasoro

I have the permission of my friend Seyi to tell this story, Seyi was born into an extremely poor family, his father was an illiterate and his mother left him when he was a baby. His father desired that his son would go to school. Seyi went to a free primary school and knowing his father would always ask him what he did in school every day, he made it a habit to pay attention in class and always took down notes.  He later attended a low standard secondary school, which was because his father could not afford to pay the fees of a good school. Seyi worked extra hard in challenging environment but fortunately passed his exams and got into the university. Of course paying school fees and feeding was extremely difficult, Seyi had to devise a plan to succeed. The Plan Seyi studied hard and then started to teach the rich students in the University in exchange for Money, Food and Transportation. He worked really hard to ensure that he got the good grades to be qualified to teach people. I remember, a few friends and I had to contribute some money to buy him his first pair ...

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3 personalities that have inspired me in 2016 – Kolawole Wright

Hey guys, it’s another wonderful week today and we are happy to have one of our BIE Readers share his article on the personalities that have inspired him, I hope you all get inspired because I sure am. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Adichie is a popular Nigerian Writer who was born in the city of Enugu, grew up in the university town of Nsukka in southeastern Nigeria, where the University of Nigeria is situated. While she was growing up, her father was a professor of statistics at the university, and her mother was the university’s first female registrar. Adichie studied medicine and pharmacy at the University of Nigeria for a year and a half. During this period, she edited The Compass, a magazine run by the university’s Catholic medical students and at the age of 19, she left for the United States to study communications and political science at Drexel University in Philadelphia Adichie once lived in Chinua Achebe’s house, the Igbo author of Nigerian masterwork Things Fall Apart, and her desire to write was sparked by his work. Today, the Nigerian novelist, nonfiction writer and short story writer has been called “the most prominent” of a “procession of critically acclaimed ...

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10 Types of Interviews

Interviews come in all shapes and sizes: Sometimes you’re with just one interviewer, and other times it may be more. you maybe asked to lunch, expected to solve a problem, or even invited to a Skype interview. 1. The Traditional Interview This is the scenario you’ll face most often: You sit down with a solo interviewer and answer a series of questions designed to help him/her figure out if you’re a great candidate for the job. 2. The Phone Interview Asked for a phone interview? A call is typically a first-round screening to see if you’re fit to come in for a full interview, so nailing it is key. You’ll want to prepare just as you would for an in-person interview, with some key adjustments for the phone format. 3. The Skype Interview Skype video interviews take the phone-screening interview to the next level, and they’re becoming a regular part of the job application process for many companies. From choosing the right on-screen look to making sure all of your tech systems are a go, you’ll want to be 100% ready for your TV debut. 4. The Case Interview The case interview is a more specialized format in which you’re ...

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Effective Recruitment in Digital Age

Not very long ago, preparation for an interview required people to diligently arrange their academic transcripts right down to the certificates they won during extracurricular activities in schools and college, in a neat folder with crisp white A4 size papers of their resume stapled in proper alignment with each other. “Every important document must be in print” was an advice given by elders in my family. I remember going a step further with laminating them to prevent any damage whatsoever, especially dog-ears. Those days even the discoloration of papers was also an agenda of discussion. As I look at my email signature saying “Think before You Print”, I cannot help but be thankful of how convenient our lives have become ever since digitization has happened. In my capacity as a Chief People Officer, I often encounter questions on how can recruitment be made effective in this digital age? What most people miss out on is that recruitment has already been effectively digitized. The age of paper resumes and CVs are gradually being replaced by their digital counterparts. Did you know, 14.4 million job seekers have used social networks to find a job; 93% of companies use LinkedIn for recruiting, 66% use ...

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Jim Ovia Foundation Scholarship Program

The Jim Ovia Scholars Program was founded since 1998. It is fully funded by Mr. Jim Ovia to provide financial aid to outstanding Nigeria youths. The scholarship was previously known as the MUSTE scholarship. Eligble awardees are supported for their undergraduate and graduate study for the duration of their program and includes tuition and maintenance allowances. The scheme offers an average of 100 opportunities each year for new applicants while renewing applicants are supported annually, conditional on meeting all eligible requirements of the scholarship. Since October 2010, Mr. Ovia has invested over 100 Million Naira in the program to support 1500 beneficiaries and counting. In establishing the Jim Ovia Scholarship, Mr. Ovia hoped to create a network of future leaders within Nigeria who can compete globally with their peers, bring new ideas, creativity and are committed to improving the lives and circumstances of people in their respective communities. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of personal intellectual ability, leadership capability and a desire to use their knowledge to contribute to society throughout Nigeria by providing service to their community and applying their talent and knowledge to improve the lives of others. Over time it is expected that the Jim Ovia ...

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GOT A NEW JOB? TIPS TO HELP YOU BLEND IN

Shortly after graduation, I got my first job. I found it difficult blending into workplace, especially when I was just coming from an academic environment, the job was in Lagos Nigeria which was also a new environment for me and I had to learn a whole lot by myself. I took some time to study my environment, and I made a friend who had worked in the organization for about 10yrs, I could ask him over 10 questions a day. He was a very pleasant person, always happy to respond and put me through. Being a fast learner, the questions began to reduce in number and gradually became none, by then I had fully blended and had began to perform, at the end of the year, I was awarded the staff of the year. Here are a few tips that will help you speed up your blending process Ask questions: It’s a new job; of course you need to understand your environment and the culture of the organization. Aside onboarding and orientation, it is important you ask questions when you are not sure of what to do. I am sure there would be people around that will be happy to ...

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What are the best answers for “Why should I hire you”?

Most people will answer this question by talking about their experience or education, and add descriptions like ‘hard-working, loyal, team-leader, etc.’ THIS IS WRONG. You should always answer with what you will do to improve the company. What ideas do you have that will make life better for your interviewer? Lead with that. Why? Because you are selling yourself (don’t take that the wrong way) and you want to use proven and effective sales/copywriting strategies to do that. I have been studying copywriting lately, and one of the number one rules of copywriting is that you ALWAYS talk about benefits before features. In this situation, what you will do to make this company better, and to make life better for the person interviewing you, is a benefit to them. Your background/experience/education are just features that support your benefit to the company. Features may have gotten you in the door for the interview, but benefits will get you the job. Your benefit to the company is what will get you hired. Therefore, always answer this question with benefits first, followed by features only if relevant. For clarity, here is a list of benefits vs. features for a job interview. Benefits: I ...

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