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Monday, October 23, 2017


Before this blog post, I made a post on HOW TO SOURCE FOR JOBS; you may read it if you haven’t. If by reading that post, or by any other means, your CV/Resume found its way to the recruiting desk of an organization, and you are a bit giddy about forthcoming interview, I have, after extensive research, created a list of tips that will help you sail through your interview. Enjoy.

1.      Know your employer.
In 2015, as an undergraduate who had all the time in the world up his wrist, I decided to take up a part-time job. I saw an opening by FF Pictures, Tanke, Ilorin, for a sales rep, and I forwarded my details. I was invited for a job interview. It was segmented; there was an aptitude test and an oral test. The first question I was asked for the oral segment was, what do you know about our company?
Apart from knowing that they take indoor and outdoor photos, which is general knowledge, by the way, I knew nothing about my prospective employer. I knew at that moment, that all my manoeuvring attempts could not land me that job. I shot myself in the knee.
Do not be that person. Always research and have substantial information about your prospective employer. If they have a website, visit and study the about us page of such employer. Know their recent developments, if possible, a few names. Never go into a job interview, blind about your employer. If you do not know them, how can you work for them?

2.      Be mentally prepared; visualize your interview.
If knowing your prospective employer alone could land you the job, then Google search directory will probably have your job, since most of the information the AI will need are online. However, there is the part where your cognitive, mental, verbal, reasoning and capabilities will be tested. Many people will fail to get their job because they can’t get out of the interview room without being covered in stress sweats.

Days before your interview, get yourself ready for it. It is a common knowledge that proper planning prevents poor performance, prepare. What are the questions the interviewer is most likely going to ask? Is it about your former job? Year you graduated from secondary school? Age? What is your desired salary? Rehearse your answers a few times before the interview. However, whatever you do, be honest. It doesn’t take long for the truth to catch up with lies these days.
Also, prepare to ask your interviewer a few questions. Make them brief, succinct, and spot on. Do not go in a dummy.

3.      Create a list
Can you manufacture extra arms to give faster deliveries? Can you hold your breath for thirty minutes if toxic gas is released into your work’s atmosphere? What are the special things you can do? Make a list of them. However, make sure to have a short, well-articulated brief on them. I can work for 18 straight hours without taking a break. Keep it short and simple. When you are asked to talk about yourself, these are the things you should consider talking about, apart from your general background and qualifications.
In the list you make, remember to input answers to questions you would not want to be asked. Is it age? Is it about family? Be a boy scout, be prepared at all times.

4.      Be pretty
Do not dress like a pauper to a job interview, it has a lot to say about your mentality. How you dress has a lot to say about how you will be addressed. Keep a tidied, well groomed, physical appearance.

It is very important to mention that the colour you wear to your job interview has a lot to say about you. Generally, Navy Blue and Black are the most advisable colours. Try as much as possible to loud avoid colours like orange, yellow, purple and green. White may also be a good option, as it signifies that you are a collected person who is averse to mistakes. However, always put Black and Navy Blue at the top of your mind, beneath your credentials.
Important advice, have your clothes ironed, hanged or folded, days before your interview.

5.      Get the location, go early.
You are pardoned to not know where Glo office is at, in Challenge, Ibadan, you will be pardoned to not know where the MTN building at tanke is located precisely, in Ilorin, but the moment you are seeking for employment, it becomes your duty to know your prospective employer’s precise location.  If you are unsure, ask. One of the reasons it is important to know the location is so that you may predict the traffic.
Regardless that the location is a stone’s throw from your location, always go early. And remember to always go with extra copies of your credentials, along with about three pens.
6.      Be on your best behaviour, know etiquettes.
One of the most influential positions in the world, after caterers who share food at events, is the receptionist. When you get to your interview place, smile warmly, and greet heartily the receptionist. In some cases, the duty is doubled by the firm’s secretary. Walk up to their desk, greet the person behind it, and relay your grievances. If there are other persons around, greet them too. Be of good conduct.

In 2014, I saw a movie titled Examination. The owner of the recruiting firm needed to know the individual attribute of all the persons participating in an examination that was intended to pick only one, out of about eight final job seekers, so he wrote the exam with them. He sat with them and observed every one of them. This could be you. Do not be rude to anybody. The man in a tee shirt that bumped into you at the entrance might be your interviewer.

It is important to mention that when you are called for your session, on entering the interview room (supposedly), do not sit down until you are offered a seat. When you are offered, say thank you, have your seat, be relaxed, and keep your palms calmly on your thigh, never on the table.
Your etiquette has a lot to determine, nurture it.

7.      Answer all questions
This might seem impossible, but it actually is. Even when you are asked a question you do not know, never mention that you do not know. Thank you very much for that question, but can you attempt simplifying it? Thank you very much for the question, but I’m afraid I will have to pass as (give a reasonable excuse.)
Most importantly, be confident. Also, remember to ask a few intelligent questions after your interview.

8.      Follow-up
Email, text message, fax, telegram, LinkedIn, try by any means possible to follow up with the position you’re aiming for. However, be intelligent about it. The purpose of this is to show enthusiasm, overdoing it will portray you in a negative light, this is why it has to be intelligently done.

9.      Stay positive
Regardless of the circumstances leading up to your interview, or the results afterwards, always maintain a positive heart. Be cool about situations, and never be afraid to try again.

Did you enjoy the list? Did you find them beneficial? Are there other tips you would like to include? Please express yourself in the comment box. Do not forget to share with friends who might be needing it.

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