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Sewing Mistress

Starting A Small Business could be an herculean task. To most, it takes a lot of courage to brace and to others, they continue to procrastinate. Some others only think about it when the going gets tough; others contemplate on it when they are frustrated at their employed places of work or are out of job. Whilst many others take years to dream, ruminate and, talk about it, and discuss it, a number of others plan it, research it and hope to see when the best opportunity presents itself.

The wise ones start the plan when the going is well and good – they begin the process of self-dependence, planning for their exit as my former boss once told me that he planned his exits from organisations he worked the day he resumed duty. I bought his idea and learnt from him when he explained that he never wanted to be caught unawares. read more

Unemployment in Nigeria

Being unemployed is no fun. Today’s economy is a challenging place to find a job. It’s a difficult job market with tons of competition in nearly every job and every industry. It’s tough. We know.

There are still jobs out there. The Job Board has thousands of job listings that are updated daily. After you find the perfect job listing, you still need to tweak your resume, craft a cover letter, apply correctly, and cross your fingers for an interview. It’s a long tedious process. read more

Being visible to headhunters is a great way of ensuring you don’t miss out on the best career opportunities. Here are three top tips on how to ensure you’re firmly on their radar.

Commuters walking over London Bridge on way to work in the City of London
 Even when you’re not looking for a job, it’s important to be contactable. Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian

The mechanics of headhunting are more firmly based in the prosaic than the clandestine. More often than not, a successful headhunt project will be founded upon the use of internet search engines, network recommendations and candidate databases.

Because of this, ambitious professionals can take a number of practical steps to ensure that they are firmly on the radar of headhunters and don’t miss the best career opportunities as they come on to the market. read more

Ten Reasons Why People Lose Their Jobs

Millions of people are unemployed. Some have given up looking for work altogether. Many more are underemployed, working shorter hours in a job that may not fit their education, training, and experience.

So many of these people who lost their jobs are the victims of a poor economy or a struggling company or both. They are capable and hardworking, and their unemployment is not due to their lack of effort or desire.

Some people, however, lose their jobs due to factors they could control. I recently polled a number of leaders and asked them to tell me the top reason or reasons people lost jobs in their organizations. I asked them not to include those whose jobs were eliminated due to economic or financial reasons of the company. I was able to group their responses into ten categories. Although my poll is not scientifically validated, I think it is nevertheless instructive. Below are ten responses, listed in order of frequency, and realizing that there is some overlap in the categories. read more

5 Smart Ways to Manage Your Incompetent Boss

At some point, nearly everyone experiences stress related to their boss. However, when your manager is genuinely incompetent, dealing with the situation can be incredibly taxing.

While severe ineptitude is generally rare in the workplace, it does occur. Usually, it is the result of an individual receiving a promotion for the wrong reasons or being tasked to oversee positions when they aren’t overly familiar with the person’s specialty.

Luckily, it is possible to thrive at work, even if you have an incompetent boss, though it does require getting into the proper mindset. Here’s how to get started. read more

Every strategic business plan give impetus to human resource planning
and it is supported by a recruitment programme which could be based on
the policy to recruit externally or promote within (both options have their merits and demerits). Effective planning and good understanding of the nuances of recruitment and selection functions and processes have great bearings on the organisation as it determines how far the entity can travel.

It is a fact that the people make the organisation – they decide if the organisation would grow or not. The people are the most important factor in any company. As a matter of fact, Companies place more premium on her employees’ acquisition, development, motivation and maintenance.

The primary aim of recruitment is to obtain the quantity and quality of employees the organization requires to fulfill its objectives. The recruitment effort assembles job-seekers/ finds job applicants and the selection exercise screens, evaluate and decides  through interview/ tests whom to engage.

Recruitment provides opportunities to organizations/ departments to align staff skill-sets to initiatives and goals, and for group and individual growth. It is not just an attempt to fill in vacant positions in an organization but a deliberate plan to match the needs of the organization with the requisite skills and aspirations of individual applicants in an optimal form.

Recruitment may occur as a result of transfer, resignation, death of incumbent job holder, strategy implementation and redirection, organizational expansion, advancement in technology or otherwise. It is a positive action by management. She goes into the labour market to shop for competent candidates (internal/ external), communicating opportunities and information and generating interest. Proper planning  and evaluation of the need will lead to hiring the right person, at the right cost for the role and team.

The process involves writing out the job description, developing job specifications, analyzing sources of potential employees and attracting potential employees. Thus recruitment is only one of the steps involved in selection.

Selection means determining among the so-recruited, the best hands for the positions advertised. It is an aspect that involves choosing/ screening, evaluating applicants for jobs and deciding through interviews/ tests whom to engage. It is largely a negative process as it involves weeding out people who are considered unsuitable for the job or the organization and or whom the job or organisation might be unsuitable for.

It is aimed at:

a). measuring the ability, mental alertness or intelligence of the job
b). reducing the costs of training new employees through the selection of applicants who can learn to work;
c). also reduces favouritism in hiring and places the opportunity of securing a job on an objective basis rather than sentiment.

Selection is a rigorous exercise involving a number of steps. The process goes beyond the actual attraction of people, picking among them and placing them on the job.

Selection includes job analysis, recruitment and the steps below:
– application blank
– Second interview,
– Psychological testing,
– Work history,
– Referencing checks,
– Medical examination,
– Recommendation,
– Offer.

In selection, the ratio of applicants to available job position (selection ratio) is crucial.

Selection ratio = No of vacant position
                                      No of applicants                                          
This ratio determines the possibility of selection error which can occur in two ways: 
a). rejecting those who have potentials for the job
b). accepting or employing those who will not perform on the job.

It is better therefore to draw as many job applicants as possible to ensure that the ratio tends away from unity i.e ratio= 1 (no selection has taken place).

Ratio < I (probability of mistake reduced).  

A selection ratio of 1/10 is better than 1/5.

My experiences as a recruiter over the years has revealed to me that there is need to take into cognizance the relevance of selection ratio as it minimizes the incidence of selection errors.

Again, we must beware of undue biases and irrelevant sentiments and adhere strictly to the dictates of the recruitment and selection requirements as flouting this could have its dire consequences on the long run. Objectivity is the key word and must be taken seriously.  

Contributed by Agolo Uzorka, CEO/ Lead Consultant, Eugene + George Consulting Limited

Job searching while working a full-time job? That’s tough, but we can help.
Looking for a job while employed and collecting a paycheck may seem like the best of both worlds, but it adds a few extra challenges that you’ll need to account for.
Recruiters and companies often prefer to work with still-employed candidates, since they are more likely to have up-to-date skills. However, applying for jobs while employed can spell logistical nightmare for you. Unless your boss has warned you of upcoming layoffs and has authorized you to use company time for a job search, you will have to channel your inner Jason Bourne and make your next steps stealthy.
How do you successfully start looking for a job while employed? Here are some tips.

1. Update your LinkedIn profile

A recruiter or a potential employer will check your LinkedIn profile when your resume shows up. Don’t wait until the last minute — update your profile now!
Here are a few things to consider before you jump into editing. First off, consider turning off notifications so that your profile updates are not broadcasted across your network. Second, don’t tag your profile with “looking for a new job” — your employer may be watching. Lastly, keep your listed skills updated and consistent with what you do at your current job. A dramatic change in your online profile, particularly if it does not reflect the position you currently hold, can serve as a tip-off.

2. Don’t post your resume on job boards

Nothing kills a discrete job search faster than receiving 15 messages from recruiters, including three voicemails on your work phone. Don’t post your resume on job boards. The best new opportunities come from networking, and the risk of missing a great job on a board is more than offset by the assurance that your boss won’t come across your resume online.

3. Don’t drop hints

It can be frustrating and unsatisfying to stay quiet about your search. You might want to commiserate with your co-workers if an interview did not go well, or hint to your boss that you do not care about a recent reprimand because you are virtually out of there already. Fight the temptation, and keep quiet. Telling one co-worker is often the same as telling them all!
This advice extends to social media. Some employers monitor Facebook and Twitter accounts of their employees. Even if they don’t, you never know who is connected to whom through the virtual network. Stay away from posting job search-related updates, from the obvious “Wish me luck! Heading into my second interview at ABC company this afternoon!” to a vaguer “Something exciting is in the works! I cannot tell you now, but come back next week for an update!”

4. Schedule interviews outside work hours as much as possible

You can only have so many 9 AM doctor appointments in a week before you raise suspicion! Consider breakfast and lunch meetings, or ask for a slot after work — many companies will accommodate your request, especially if you are upfront about your need for discretion.
If the interview is scheduled during working hours, consider taking a vacation or personal day. Some might say that calling in sick is an option, but I would advise against it. Your boss might still expect you to jump on an 11 AM conference call from home, and you would have more explaining to do. Bite the bullet, and take a day off so you won’t be distracted or expected to work.

5. Stealth helps

Your ninja stealth should extend to what you wear to the office after an interview. If you show up to work in a suit and tie when you normally wear jeans and a blazer on a Friday, heads will turn and people will ask — forcing you to either talk before you are ready or lie. If your normal look is business casual (or casual), consider taking a change of clothes with you to wear after the interview — or stop at home for a quick change on your way to the office.

6. Don’t sabotage yourself
All too often, a job search that is meant to be undercover is revealed through self-sabotage. Don’t be that person who checks out from daily responsibilities or picks fights with a “could not care less” attitude. Stay focused on your work and keep conflict at bay as much as you can.
On the same note, don’t use the company network or phone to look for a new job. Always assume that your employer is looking. Getting fired over inappropriate use of company resources won’t help your search.

7. Don’t include your co-workers or boss as references

This may sound obvious, but if you have been at your current company for a few years, it might seem natural to put down your boss’s name as a reference. If the potential employer makes the call before making you an offer, you run the risk of surprising your current manager before anything is finalized.
Keep in mind that reference checks are meant to be the very last step in the job search — not a screening tool for recruiters and hiring managers. Protect your personal and professional network and don’t offer reference names until the end of the process.

8. Ask your prospective employer to be discreet
Most hiring managers and recruiters assume that your current employer does not know you’re looking for a job while employed. I recommend being clear and specific about your need for discretion. If you are keeping your cards close to your chest, and your recruiter is unwilling to honor that preference, pick another professional to help in your search.

9. Get efficient

One of the most challenging aspects of your situation is that you have a full-time job in addition to your search. How do you find the time to dedicate to the new opportunity while staying focused and productive at work?
The key to looking for a job while employed is to plan ahead and get organized. Update your online profile and resume and create a great cover letter layout, so that you are not starting from scratch when the search begins. Whether you use a personal organizer or an app, prioritize tasks, set deadlines, and keep an up-to-date calendar to avoid double-booking your appointments.

10. Don’t act prematurely

Hope is not a strategy! Take deep breaths, and stay away from doing or saying anything rash just because you had a promising interview. You don’t have a new job until you have received and accepted a job offer and have the signed paperwork. Anything you do or say until then must be carefully considered.
In other words, searching for a job while employed requires you to tread lightly, be patient, and stay discreet.
That being said, sometimes a job search reveals that grass only looks greener on the other side.  If you discover how much you enjoy your current job, there is nothing wrong with calling off the search and staying where you are. The interview process would not have been a waste, because you will have earned a newfound appreciation of your short commute, interesting assignments, or a good working relationship with your boss. After all, no job is perfect — and if this process helps you rediscover your passion for the parts that you love, so be it.
Contributed by Natalia Autenrieth
Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you’ll have more success than you could possibly have imagined.” —Roger Caras

Have you ever been asked, “What do you look for in a job?”
Perhaps a friend has asked you that out of curiosity, or you’ve heard it at a job interview.
The default thought is often the pay. After all, that’s why many of us get jobs, right?
But dig deeper and you will find many more factors to consider in what to look for in a job.
Minimalism has many benefits. It gives freedom, time, and reduces stress. Minimalism also reduces the amount of money required for life.
As a result, it provides an opportunity to choose work based on a number of factors—not just the size of the paycheck. Once we learn contentment with less, we are free to weigh any number of factors in choosing work. Embrace minimalism. It opens up countless opportunities in life and work.
To help you enjoy waking up in the morning, consider these 12 things to look for in a job:

1) It makes a positive difference
Choose a job that adds value to our world, that leaves it better than you found it, and genuinely helps other people.

2) You enjoy your co-workers
Given the fact that you will spend a large percentage of your day at work, be sure you enjoy the people around you. It is comforting to know that they support you, cheer for you, and work together as a team.

3) You feel appreciated and valued
A paycheck is nice, but that goes straight to the bank. On the other hand, appreciation is something you carry in your soul every day. This appreciation can be communicated through respect, unexpected gifts, or just an old-fashioned “thank-you.”

4) You are trusted
It’s nice to know that somebody isn’t always looking over your shoulder. And when you are given a task, you are given the freedom to complete it.

5) It is something you love to do
The old adage is completely true, “Find a job that you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” Look for a job that keeps you motivated by its very nature, not solely by the paycheck – because that wears off real fast.

6) It fits your personality
Anyone who has ever taken a personality test knows we all have unique personalities that thrive in certain environments. Some enjoy working with people, others enjoy completing tasks. Some like making the decisions, others don’t. Find a job that fits your sweet spot. And by the way, if you keep getting this one wrong, there are people who can help you.

7) It challenges you to grow
Look for a job that will make you better and allow you to work hard. Whether through challenging assignments, educational opportunities, demanding excellence, or informal mentors, a job that forces you to grow beyond your current skill set will make you a better person and it, a better company.

8) The company’s values align with yours
At the end of the day, your integrity is what matters most. Don’t compromise it every time you walk into the workplace. If you are at a job that requires you to suspend your personal convictions, you don’t need to be—nor should you be.

9) A flexible, results-oriented culture
A culture of flexibility suggests a results-driven focus—one that is more interested in you successfully completing your job with excellence than clocking in a set amount of work hours during a specified time of the day.

10) It values family
You value your family. Your job should too.

11) It brings balance to life
Work is not so bad when you love it. But if you are not allowed to explore other endeavors (play/hobbies/family) because of its demands, it is not healthy for your soul, life, or body. Find a job that allows you to enjoy your life outside of work too.

12) It brings you satisfaction
The ability to look back at your day, your year, or your life with satisfaction is more valuable than any number of digits in the bank.
Own less stuff. Do work you love.
Next time you’re asked about what you’re looking for in a job, you’ll have a dozen fantastic answers that go beyond just pay.

Contributed by Joshua Becker The Minimalist Rockstar
Interviewers and interviewee
As a job seeker, it’s crucial that you know how to answer common job interview questions when you sit in front of an interview panel. Know that the panel of interviewers are ready to judge you on every answer, the impression created, subtle comments, body language and reaction to their questions. This is why it is usually not easy as a job seeker to keep calm and not get nervous during job interviews. “Many job candidates are usually nervous about participating in any type of job interview.

What can take care of that nervous feeling is the 3Ps – Plan, Prepare and Practice“. As there are no second chances when it comes to making that first impression, so it’s important to know how to answer common job interview questions in order to smash the job interview and get hired. Up to the point of entering the job interview room, your well written CV or Resume gets you there, but your performance and how you deal with the questions in the interview room is what will get you the job offer. Hence, it’s imperative to lock your answers down once you know how to answer common job interview questions correctly so that they roll off your tongue effortlessly. That way, you can prevail among all the other job-seekers. However, just knowing how to answer common job interview questions is not enough. Remember that during a job interview, you have two ears and just one mouth! First, be  aware of these four general tips:

1. Listen carefully with your pair of ears. If asked a direct question give a direct and clear answer to the question;

2. Try not to tell long self-implicating stories

3. Always show your interest in the company at every opportunity and the reasons why you are the right candidate

4. Ensure that you ask sensible questions when appropriate and when it’s your turn to do so. While it’s difficult or impossible to anticipate every question you might be asked by the panel in any interview, you can get a head start by developing strong, concise  answers to commonly asked job interview questions. Most interviewers will ask similar questions like the ones below to gain an insight knowledge to your abilities, qualifications, compatibility and your knowledge of the role  or what you know about the company.

These are some tips that can help you to know how to answer common job interview questions and succeed through an interview: How to Answer Common Job Interview Questions. These are common job interview questions:

1. Tell me about yourself;

2. Why should we recruit you or why are you the best person for this role?

3. What are your strengths?

4. What are your weaknesses or improvement areas?

5. What do you know about our organisation?

6. Why did you leave your last job?

7. How do you deal with pressure?

8. What sort of salary do you expect for this role?

9. What qualities do you look for in a boss?

10. Do you have any questions for us?

11. Do you need further clarification on anything regarding the role?

Question 1: ‘Tell me  about yourself’.

What the hiring managers are thinking: Convince us; let’s know a bit about you, tell us if you are the ‘one’, set the stage for us by giving us your opening statement. • This is a very popular opening to an interview. The invitation to answer this question often comes within seconds of your arrival in the interview room.

This is often the opening question in an interview. It’s also one of the most difficult if you’re not prepared.  Do not be caught unawares like a deer caught in the headlights. Don’t provide a waffling or muffled response. This is not an invitation to ramble on. Remember, this is a great opportunity to set the scene and fully outline your capabilities and attributes. So, to prepare for this question, write a two-minute elevator pitch that embodies each of your skills and tie them to the skills needed for the role.

Keep your message short and to the point detailing your experience, proven results and desire to contribute in a succinct and clear manner. Do not include unnecessary information that will make the panel more interested in what is happening outside the window of the  interview room.

Once you have your elevator speech nailed down, then, practise aloud until it rolls off your tongue! Whichever direction your answer ultimately takes, be sure that it has some relevance to your professional endeavours. You should also refer to one or more of your key personal qualities, such as being a team player, honesty, integrity and determination. Remember, the interviewer does not want to hear about the football team you support or your unusual hobbies. This question calls for your one-minute advert that summarises your years of experience and skills and your personality in the context of the job for which you are being interviewed. Get to  the point and sell your professional capabilities.

Question 2: Why should we recruit you or why are you the best person for this role?

What the hiring managers are thinking: Convince us that we did the right thing by inviting you for this interview; demonstrate your abilities by telling us that you are the best candidate for this role. Let’s know that you will do the work that will add value to our services, products and processes. Let us know that you are the perfect fit. • This is a second popular follow on question to the first question. They will always ask this question to know what sets you aside from the other candidates. The key to answering this question is to be specific about your strengths and what you can add to the company to affect the bottom line. Point out how your  assets meet what the organization needs. Do not focus on the other candidates, write down and practice statements that will make you stand out more than the others. Give real achievement and accomplishments throughout your career that are relevant to the position, as well as your experience in dealing with different situations.

Pin-point the qualities you have that are truly valuable to the company and give examples that show them that you are the best candidate for the job.

Question 3: What are your strengths?

What the hiring managers are thinking: We want to know if your strong skills align with the ones needed for the role. Let us know how you’ve utilised your strengths in the past, don’t just name the strengths. Talk about why those strengths show that you are the right person for the job. • ‘What are your strengths?’ This is yet another popular and almost inevitable question. It may come in a variety of ways, but they all mean the same thing. Using the information you have prepared regarding your skills, the answer to this particular question should be dead easy and obvious. It’s important to discuss attributes that will qualify you for the job. The best way to respond is to describe the skills and experience that directly correlate with the job you are applying for. “My time management skills are excellent and I’m organized, efficient, and take pride in excelling at my work. When I work on a project, I don’t want to just meet deadlines. Rather, I want to complete the project well ahead of schedule and do a great job of it. “I pride myself on my customer service skills and my ability to resolve what could be difficult situations. Due to this reason, I exceeded my sales goals every quarter and I’ve earned a bonus each year since I started with my current employer.” Don’t lie, but give your answers without any hesitation; be sure to list your skills in order of importance for the job. List them one after the other and be sure to provide demonstrative evidence of when you utilised the skills.

Question 4: What are your weaknesses or improvement areas?

What the hiring managers are thinking: We know that you are not perfect. Let us know if you are aware of your weaknesses and what you are doing about them. However, they better not be weaknesses that will affect your ability to do a good job in the role that we are interviewing you for. • This is your ‘weaknesses’ question. There are both positive and negative aspects to any interview’s tactic. As expected, the first will explore your strengths to see why you are the right person for the job while the second will probe your weakness or areas of improvements to see if you are not a suitable candidate. The strategy here is to quickly satisfy the recruiter’s doubts, but also to immediately direct the interviewer to a relevant Prime Selling Point (PSP) that should diffuse your perceived weakness. Turn your weaknesses into strengths. For example, if your weaknesses include lack of patience for long drawn-out discussions or presentations, I would then state that because of this, I have learned to take special measures to ensure that I remain calm, jot down some notes to capture what’s been said and ask necessary questions in order to maintain focus. Just make sure that you do give a real answer to this question. None of us is without faults, so don’t pretend that you do not have weaknesses.

Question 5: What do you know about our organisation?

What the hiring managers are thinking: Let’s know if you have prepared for this interview and how much you know about us. Have you researched working for our organization or not? Do you know about our products and services? Let’s know how much you are interested in working for us. • This is a very popular interview question. The invitation to answer this question often comes within few minutes of your arrival in the interview room.

This question is one reason to do some research on the organization before the interview. Find out where they have been and where they are going. What are the current issues and who are the major players? Research is important in answering this question. Use this opportunity to show off what you know about the company and, more importantly, how you would fit in. Address issues and challenges you read about online or in newspapers regarding the company to demonstrate the depth of your knowledge.

Talk about revenue, numbers of employees, and also challenges in their type of business and how your experience relates to that. It’s also an opportunity to shine, point out things you have done in similar companies that could address their problems.

Question 6: Why did you leave your last job?

What the hiring managers are thinking: We want to find out the kind of person you are. What motivates you is our business because we need to know if you will stay with us or leave. Culturally, will you fit into our organisation and can we engage you? • This question can trip you if you haven’t prepared a good answer for it. The key here is never to mention anyone, slander any organisation or mention money as your reason.

You need to be cautious about this question and make sure you do not end up sounding bitter. Never criticise your former company, the boss, or former colleagues. You need to have a good understanding about the job for which you’re applying to turn this question into a positive one.

Smile and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity, a chance to do something special or other forward-looking reasons. It is also good to say that you really enjoyed many aspects of your job, then focus on how this new job will challenge you and also give you the opportunity to contribute more in a particular area that is key to the position. Stay positive regardless of the circumstances. Never refer to a major problem with management and never speak ill of any organization policy. If you do, you will look bad.

Question 7: How do you deal with pressure?

What the hiring managers are thinking: We want to get a sense of how you handle the job stress. • This question will be commonly asked for a role that may usually be stressful.

Examples of good responses include are: “Stress is very important to me because it gets me going. With stress, I do the best possible job you can imagine. The appropriate way I deal with stress is to make sure I have the correct balance between good stress and bad stress. I need good stress to stay motivated and productive. Usually, I react to situations, rather than to stress. That way, the situation is handled and doesn’t become stressful.” “I actually work better under pressure and I’ve found that I enjoy working in a challenging environment with manageable stress.” “Prioritizing my responsibilities so I have a clear idea of what needs to be done when, has helped me effectively manage pressure on the job.” “I don’t have a difficult time with stress. When I’m under pressure, I focus, and get the job done.” “I did some of my best work under tight deadlines, where the atmosphere was very stressful.”

Question 8: What sort of salary do you expect for this role?

What the hiring managers are thinking: We want to know if we can afford to pay you what you think your skills and experience are worth. We also want to know if you are motivated by money and what your reaction to money will be. Is it the role that is of interest to you or what you think the salary should be? • This question will be commonly asked for a role that hasn’t specified the salary or specified just the salary range.

Be careful as this is a loaded question. You must never be the one to bring this up first. It’s a nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer the question first. So, do not answer it. Instead, say something like, “That’s a tough question. Can you tell me the range for this position or how much you pay any candidate with my years of experience?” In most cases, the interviewers will be taken off guard, so they will tell you how much they want to offer. If not, say that it can depend on the details of the job. Then with the research that you have done on how much the job should pay, give a wide range.

Question 9: What qualities do you look for in a boss?

What the hiring managers are thinking: We already know who will be your manager. Now, let us know if you will get on with him or her. • This question will be asked to further have an insight into your personality. Be generic and positive. Safe qualities are knowledgeable, a great sense of humour, fair, loyal to subordinates and holder of high standards. You can also say all your former bosses were great and that even though they have different personalities, you got on with them all.

Question 10: Do you have any questions for us?

What the hiring managers are thinking: Show us that you are interested in the position by asking us few clever questions that shows your interest in our organisation and how you can grow with us. • Interviewers will always ask if you have questions for them. Create the right impression by preparing at least two clever questions for them. Waste no further opportunities to promote your keenness at securing the job. Get a question from your research into the company and its activities, and strongly connect it to your skills.
Your question can concern future training, technical matters, new products or anything to demonstrate your ability and illustrate your skills.

Question 11: Do you need further clarification on anything regarding the role?

What the hiring managers are thinking: Thank us and assure us again that you are the right one. • This is where you give your leaving statement. It is important to prepare the scene for getting off the interview chair. Visualise gathering your belongings, rising with a smile, a firm handshake with a friendly but business-like parting statement: “No, I have nothing else to add except to thank you for your time. I have enjoyed the interview and feel that it has been very useful. It has increased my interest in the job and confirmed my ability to be of value to your company.” Remember that you are still creating a lasting impression that will get you noticed and remembered.

To know how to answer common job interview questions, preparation is the key. It will allow you to answer any question with poise and confidence. Always keep in mind, whatever the question is, the interviewers are just trying to find out if you are a good fit and can make a positive contribution in the job.  

Contributed by Catherine Adenle
Successful people

For over 25 years one of the most respected business texts has be The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People.  I wondered if these same principles could be applied to job search.  So I took Dr. Covey’s list and applied them to the modern job search process.

Be proactive – The passive approach of online search, sitting at a computer and clicking the apply button doesn’t pay off enough to warrant spending more than an hour a day.   Job search is a contact sport, you have to find ways to connect with those who have influence with, and will introduce you to the decision makers. read more

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