Here are some important points from the Global Employability Strategy workshop delivered by Ahead Strategies Uk at the Chris Alabi Lecture Theatre in Bowen University, Iwo on the 23rd and 24th of March 2018. The speakers at the workshop were Benjamin Olugbenga Taiwo (BOT), Bayo Adeyinka and Shola Lana.
FOUR THINGS AN EMPLOYER LOOKS OUT FOR IN A JOB SEEKER.
- Goals: They want to know your future aspirations and if your plans would fit into the organisations objectives
- Education: You should be able to link your career with the job you are applying for.
- Personal Skills and Attributes: What other skills do you demonstrate aside from your profession e.g. leadership, communication skill etc.
- Experience: Your experience makes an employer consider your competence; while you are in search of a job you should do some volunteer jobs or internship.
TWO REASONS AN EMPLOYER WOULD INVITE YOU FOR AN INTERVIEW.
- The employer has a problem.
- The employer believes you can solve the problem
However, the employer wants to know the following: Can you do the job? Will you do the job? Will you fit in?
- One-on-One Interview.
- Telephone Interview.
- Panel Interview.
- Group Interview (Tests your ability to work as a team member).
- Assessment (Aptitude tests).
During interviews, be cautious when asked a question because your employer wants to find out certain things including: your temperament, ability to take action, body language, tone of voice, ability to think on your feet, creativity, leadership, responsibility and innovation. It is ok to be nervous but how nervous are you?
HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE INTERVIEW
- Know about the job role you applied for (Job Description and Job Objectives).
- Do a research on the company.
- Be punctual. Arrive at the interview venue at least 15 minutes before time.
- Be well dressed.
- Know about yourself.
WAYS TO FIND OUT ABOUT THE JOB AND COMPANY
- Company’s website.
- Job advert.
- Call the front desk of the company.
- Visit the company.
- Interact with employees of the company.
FIVE TOP MISTAKES GRADUATES MAKE AT INTERVIEWS.
- Arriving late to the interview venue due to getting lost.
- Not knowing how to respond to questions.
- Getting the dress code completely wrong.
- Giving the impression that it isn’t your ideal job.
- Calling the interviewer by the wrong name.
SEVEN KILLER INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
- Tell me about yourself? (Say your strength and weakness in relations to the job you are applying for).
- Why did you apply for this job? (Say your passion and what attracted you to apply for the role).
- Why should we hire you? (Talk about the problems in the organisation and strengths you have to solve them).
- What are your weaknesses? (Say your weaknesses it in a positive way).
- What are your strengths? (Talk about your Situation Task Action and Result (STAR) as well as things you are able to do with little or no effort).
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years? (Talk about to what extent you would have developed yourself personally in the next 5 years and how you’ll fit into the organisation’s long term goals).
- Have you got any questions for us? (At this point do not say no, instead ask intelligent questions and try to interact with the interview panel).
Note that an interview is not an interrogation but an interaction and the employer is not looking for a job seeker but a problem solver; volunteering is the shortest route to get a job.
WAYS TO SOUGHT FOR JOBS GLOBALLY
- Job sites
- Social media (Linkedin and Twitter).
- E-job clubs.
TOOLS FOR JOB SEARCH
- Professional curriculum vitae (CV).
- Professional covering letter.
- Speculative search.
- Effective Networking.
Your CV should highlight the jobs you’ve done, where you did them and when you did the jobs. The CV is a tool to get you an interview not a job. Your CV is a representation of who you are, it must not contain errors and must be neat.
CONTENT OF AN EFFECTIVE CV
- Personal information.
- Skills and competence. (Must be relevant to job role).
- Work History.
- Educational qualification.