(A guide to an exceptional performance for your next interview.)
Ever gone for an interview and you blank out when asked the question “tell us about your background?” Don’t worry it happens to most of us.
Or they ask a question related to a part of your resume and you begin with “erm erm”
It’s okay if your resume was drafted by a professional CV writer. You should still take time out to digest its entirety.
Quite a number of people do not know the different kind of interview questions and how to answer them.
Also, go an extra mile of doing a mock interview during your spare time.
Don’t just imagine them in your head because several times, it doesn’t come out the way you imagine it.
But when you practice, you find out you know how to navigate from Lagos to Ibadan without google map.
You find that questions you practice or play with majority of the times, are the questions the 'angry-looking-HR-person' eventually asks at the interview.
I don’t think this can be over emphasized. We have always been taught how the interviewer will ask, 'what do you know about this company'.
Unfortunately, a lot of people do not do justice to the question.
The idea of this question is to ensure you did your research before coming but don’t go mediocre on them.
For me, I usually start with the basics (below), before I add more info that I must researched on.
How many employees do they have?
Who is the CEO?
When were they founded?
What are they best known for?
What CSR are they involved in?
This one is quite tricky because even if you answer it wrongly, the interviewer won’t give you an indication that you have played your penalty to throwing.
The lady asked me what value I will bring to the team / department when hired, I said I will repair the door because it had a squeaky sound when I opened it 😒.
Repairing a door is no value added to the team or department. The question was looking to see how my skills or competencies will achieve set goals.
Have you ever found yourself with someone you hold in high esteem and you needed to introduce yourself but couldn’t find the words?
Mastering your elevator speech is like saving for rainy days. You never know when you’d need it.
I was having lunch when I received a call for my present job. It was impromptu, but after I spoke, the person on the other line literally said, I like your elevator speech.
Presenting yourself are in two ways,
a. Physical presentation
b. Intellectual presentation
Who knows, you might run into the CEO in the elevator and he just might strike a conversation with you.
Slay for that career! 🕺🏿💃🏿
It is very important that you know if it is the right job for you or not. As long as they want to see if you are the right fit, you also need to know if it is the right organization. We have to complement each other.
Find time during the day or the next to send a thank you note to the interviewer. This sends a clear message that you appreciate the time.
My people say, 'he who pours water on the floor, shall walk on cold land'.
I hope you ace your next interview and land that dream job!