25 most difficult questions to be prepared for on a job interview

25 most difficult questions to be prepared for on a job interview

So, you are one of those  who want to build a career and has several interviews to face in the coming months till you bag the best offer. Straightly, I will pour it out that the interview session is more than just questions and answers as we all know and the importance of equipping yourself before every interview no matter how much you know cannot be over emphasized. 25 most difficult questions to be prepared for on a job interview.
Below, we shall be discussing the top difficult questions you may face during a job interview:

RIDE WITH ME:

 

1. Tell me about yourself.

Basically, this is always the opening question in 90% of the interviews we find ourselves in today. Since this is mostly the first question you might be asked, be careful not to fun your mouth. Don’t give out too much information at this point. Stick to the basics; early years, education, work history and career experience. All in briefs. Let your career experience relate to the post you applied for.

 

2. What do you know about our organization?

If you have not done any other thing before the interview, ensure you have inquired about the organization that you applied to. You should know about their products and services, reputation, standard, revenues (if it is public), aim and objectives, management style, hierarchical tree, history, philosophy and ethics. But on a warning note, do not act like you know all about the company. Prove to your interviewers that you took out time to study the organization not overwhelm them with information. Let it sound like you wish to learn more. Be positive.

3. Why do you want to work for us?

Be precise on productivity. If your answer goes because you like people, you probably have shot yourself in the leg. We all like people;not animals. The best answer for this question would be driven from good research on the position you have applied for and how your presence would be a plus for the organization. Your answer could be in form of an appraisal. You can say you have watched the operations of the company and the things they are involved in greatly interests you. Tell them how much you would like to be a part of their team as it inspires your career. Do not say things that you do not mean because you may be asked a next question that you have little idea or interest in.

 

4. What can you do for us that someone else can’t?

This one here is where most people pride in themselves. Stating their skills and interests, achievements and career accomplishments.
Mention your past achievements(avoid lies), pick out achievements from your resume because they will be staring at it from time to time to see if what you saying is in line with what is written in there.
Mention problems you faced in the past and the steps you took to get them solved, practical solutions.

 

5. What do you find most attractive about this position? What seems least attractive about it?

Here, you can state 3 to 4 attractive factors about the position you applied for. Also, try to mention one unattractive factor as well. You will be seen as someone who identifies loop holes and due to your point above, you will be seen as a problem solver.

 

6. Why should we hire you?

 

Refer to point 4. Emphasize your abilities in relation to the position applied for

 

 

7. What do you look for in a job?

 

Sound like someone who is seeking to grow a career. Someone who uses opportunities to grow a career by doing his best at every point to leave a mark and have a reliable reference to his past career experiences. Rather than being personal, sound like a team oriented person.

 

8. Please give me your definition of [the position for which you are being interviewed].

On this point, stay brief. Proof task oriented, Responsible and accountable. Make sure to have done a research on this topic before to be sure of what to answer. Giving a general answer may sound awkward. If you are not certain on how to answer, it is not an offence to ask the interviewer, he or she may answer it for you.

 

9. How long would it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our firm?

Making unrealistic promises here may put you in trouble when eventually you get the job and you cannot deliver or it will make you lose the job outright because the interviewers will know you would keep failing.
While yo expect to attack pressing demands head on, you will also be sorting out your own grounds thereby taking you about six months or more to make major contributions. Not that you would not be making any contributions at all, but you will be needing time to come out on major productivity. If it then takes you lesser time to catch up, it will be a plus to your portfolio.

 

10. How long would you stay with us?

Remember you are building a career. As long as you and the organization feel achievement oriented, then, you have no problems staying for as long as time permits but make them understand that you do not feel comfortable staying stagnant without major achievements to your portfolio and career as a whole thereby granting you the obligation to move on if such stagnancy is perceived.

 

11. Your resume suggests that you may be over-qualified or too experienced for this position. What’s Your opinion?

Emphasize this, ‘a strong company needs a strong staff’. You are trying to establish a long term association with them and you know with your ton of experience, you are the best for the position.

 

12. What is your management style?

Having researched the company’s management style, you should know how your style would complement it. Problem solving, task oriented and being a great team leader. Pointing your team towards the right direction always to solve a problem and achieve one goal.
Delegating responsibilities and motivating people to be productive is another open door method for managing that gives maximum productivity.

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13. Are you a good manager? Can you give me some examples? Do you feel that you have top managerial potential?

 

Keep your answer achievement and task-oriented. Remember to always emphasize your strengths.

 

14. What do you look for when You hire people?

Now, you are being put in their shoes. They want to know how deep you reason and how you would back up your managerial points if any had been asked. Think of skills, initiative, and team spirit. Think of people with positive minds

 

15. Have you ever had to fire people? What were the reasons, and how did you handle the situation?

No unpleasant task to easy to carry out. Firing a worker is not always an easy task but for the organization and its productivity, if that must happen, then it has to happen but it must be carried out in the best humane way possible.

16. What do you think is the most difficult thing about being a manager or executive?

Mostly, I would say cost control because, every worker wants to get extra at the end of every execution. But basically, Planning, execution and cost control are the 3 major factors to being a manager. controlling cost requires you to know how to motivate your workers and manage them to get results as at when needed.

 

17. What important trends do you see in our industry?

Be prepared for two or more trends that illustrate how well you are familiar with the industry. In Nigeria today, the economic stance is a great trend that covers almost every industry, use it as a pillar to your answer. technological upgrades and regulatory demands.

 

18. Why are you leaving (did you leave) your present (last) job?

Be honest here without hurting yourself. Do not mention personalities of anyone or conflicts. If you were laid off, be honest enough to state it. If you moved intentionally, make it known and pair move to your career growth phase. Most interviewers may want to probe you on the issue especially if you were terminated obviously. Use the ‘we agree to disagree method’. It will come in handy. Your references are likely to be contacted, do not say stories or form out one.

 

19. How do you feel about leaving all your benefits to find a new job?

You should be concerned right? But make sure to be clear that you are not panicked. You are in the phase of taking the risk of finding the right job for yourself.

 

20. In your current (last) position, what features do (did) you like the most? The least?

Remain positive. Describe liked features to disliked features on a ratio 5:1. Don;t for any reason cite personal issues or problems. No one wants a whiner or someone with lots of negativity.

 

21. What do you think of your boss?

Every positive thoughts you can muster up, it is advisable here to show them. Let your potential boss see you talking about him too in that light in years to come.

 

22. Why aren’t you earning more at your age?

Say that this is one reason that you are conducting this job search. Don’t be defensive.

 

23. What do you feel this position should pay?

A delicate topic I’d say. I always suggest you do not go over to say a precise figure rather throw out a range in a polite manner. ‘That should seem appropriate for the job I presume’. You can also throw back the question. Ask them for the range for similar roles. Perhaps, they have an idea.
If you are being asked at the initial stage of an interview, tell them you need to know more about the responsibilities attached to that position before you can come out with a reasonable answer. If the position has a widely known range, state it.

If the interviewer probes further, tell them you will love to earn more than you earned in your last place of employment. However, be sure to note that taking a new job in its act does not make you worth more money.
If you are making a chronic and drastic career change, you may want to go with a income decrease but do not sound frustrated. If not, always demand for a higher amount.
Always link questions related to salary to the job. Don’t act desperate for any reason. But if possible, say as little as you can till the final stage of the interview process. there will be more flexibility in the negotiation process.

 

24. What are your long-range goals?

Let your goals stay related to the position you applied for. It send a better signal.

25. How successful do you you’ve been so far?

Say that, all-in-all, you’re happy with the way your career has progressed so far. Although the loops here and there, you are still grateful for how far you have come.
Sound positive and confident of yourself. Paint a positive future. Do not over say it. Just sound confident.

ACHIEVABLE CAREER GOALS : NEW YEAR RESOLUTION PROPOSALS AND PLANS

Most of the time, New Year resolutions are just mere statements that we say to console ourselves for the upcoming new year. For many, new year resolutions are not close to achievable career goals you would be able to keep and they do not even cross the first thirty days and if some others fly till February 14th, then, you are among the lucky few.

Wild statistics would state that only 1% of people who make new year resolutions keep 50% of it judiciously. Its a great idea to make resolutions; a great way for us to look forward into the new year with optimism. Active optimisms rather than passive. It is just an open list of how you want the new year to be and how you want to go about it. The major issue here is that most resolutions are either too generic or impossible to measure.

Take a look at your career, set some things straight and right, fix measurable goals, track and be optimistic about them.

Lets take a look at a few achievable and workable goals for the new year that will make it your best work year.


1.  STAY HEALTHY

Stay Healthy

The very first step to being active and effective always is to stay fit and healthy always. Loss some weight, gain some muscles if necessary. Just work out. It brings out obvious changes in your physical and health status.
You can resolve to 20 sit ups and 15 push everyday till you gradually increase it. This is a resolution anyone can keep.


2.  ACQUIRE A NEW SKILL

No matter the career path you are, the idea of learning a new skill cannot be over emphasized. Several hundreds of new skill are out there that ca benefit your career. If you have had the urge to learn one all these while, take out 2 easy ones or just one that will not conflict with your schedule. Learn the crap out of them, be a guru and if it can enhance your current job at your place of work, you company may be willing to pay you for it.


3.  READ BOOKS

READ BOOK

If you want to hide a treasure, hide it in a book. This was the words of a certain wise man. Make a resolution to read at least, one new book per month. No matter how small it is. Get knowledge. Read career books, motivational books, etc. You will sure get new perspective to things.


4.  UPDATE YOUR RESUME

RESUME

Times are changing. HR teams are looking out for different things from time to time. Are getting updated also? Do go through your resume thoroughly, correct errors if any, make updates. Let the information stacked there be also stacked in your memory.


5.  NETWORKING

NETWORKING

Create at least one new professional network per month. Keep increasing your network and make it count. Physically or online. LinkedIN for years have been a great professional networking platform. Utilize it. Also, create an impressive linkediN profile.


6.  SIGN UP TO FOLLOW ONE RELEVANT JOB-LISTING BLOG

We at jobintelng.com are at your service on this as we guarantee you updated job openings all through Nigeria and its Environs. You can also be specific with your industry and follow its news letters to get recent updates on happenings in your field of career.


7.  FIND A MENTOR

For what ever industry you find yourself, get yourself a mentor. Someone that has made it in the industry / career you are into. The right mentor will always be a powerful tool in propelling you towards success.


8.  THE PROFESSIONAL RESOLUTION

Firstly, make sure you have a new professional headshot. Do not leave people looking up at your present face anytime they see your professional profile pictures or a passport photograph of you. Also, join a professional organization. This will in turn help to expand your network as well as make good connections. Attend conferences, they are energy boosters for productivity. Finally, get one more professional certification necessary for your career. Make it a resolution to achieve one in the new year. There are cheap and even free courses that would earn you an extra certification necessary for your career growth. Stop wishing, make it happen! Be certified. And if you are willing to spend, see it as an investment to your future.

9.  ROUTINE DISCIPLINE

This can be tasking as it will require you to drop some old habits. Prepare  things you will be doing for each hour and add extra hours and duties to it. Then, follow it strictly. Discipline yourself to your routine and see the changes that would occur afterwards.

10.   CLEAN OUT YOUR MAILBOX

clean your mailbox

Like old times cabinet files, so is our mail box nowadays. Take your time to clean out your mail box. You do not want to get it full and miss out on important mail updates. Here in Nigeria, mailing is beginning to grow rapidly. Check your spam box, check your drafts, you could have saved some stuffs there accidentally and unconsciously over the last months. Be ready for the new year.

11.  VOLUNTEER

To positively affect your world, be a volunteer. The effect it takes on our minds is so great that it leaves us positive. Find a meaningful cause and contribute to it. Feeding the homeless, cleaning out the streets, etc Make it a routine with a few co-workers if possible.

Now that we have seen a few New Year Resolutions that are measurable and achievable, let us kick off into the new year with optimism and faith.

jobintelng wishes everyone A HAPPY NEW YEAR

MAKING IMPACTS IN YOUR PLACE OF WORK

Making impacts in your place of work is the first key to building a career in any particular field. Even if you work online from home, making impact is a first step to building your career. If we are more interested in not just surviving but thriving, it is important we work towards making impact. Its easy to note that once you are not making yourself of importance, you are then, fading into the background. This can happen either by being shy, difficulty in making your voice heard, uncertain about how your ideas will be taken or your just got more assertive colleagues that always bump forward when anything comes up.

Make a difference. Let the world feel like a better place as a result of your work.
Let us go thorugh a couple of ways by which you can begin to make impact at your place of work and build your career.

1. BE CONNECTED

Making Impacts

For newbies to a particular place of work, it is up to you to connect with those you meet around you. Check out for those that are the high flyers already and connect but do make sure to pick a lesson from everyone. Watch and learn, listen more and talk less. By this, you will get more information reaching you than you can imagine. Also, seek connections outside your immediate work team, from a wider organisation. Just make sure to keep making the connections wider daily.

2. BE A GOOD COLLEAGUE

Be a good colleague

Be the one that everyone is comfortable to be with. Easy going and still, receptive. Try as much as possible to be supportive to everyone and work teams outside your own immediate team. By this, others can always share with and seek opinions from you.

3. BE PREPARED

BE PREPARED
Remember to always stay on step ahead. This is a major key. When there is a meeting, a project defence, or a field exercise, try to stay ahead of your game by solving problems and bringing reasonable solutions to the table. This renders you as being resourceful. Being prepared always keeps you tension-free, relaxed and effective.

 

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4. DISCIPLINES

Develop your own routines and stick to them. Create time for extra revision or study. Make it a routine. Having routine for everything you do is a great form to discipline.

5. BE NEUTRAL

Never you take sides at your place of work. Although, it is rather difficult to appear neutral all the time, but, once we mix up with groupings, we end up losing our professionalism which was the main reason why we got there in the first instance. Once you can stay away from gossip groups and rumour mills, you will be seen as someone who is trustworthy and independent.

6. BRING YOUR UNIQUE VALUE

No one grew up with the same experience and even for siblings, experiences produces different results in them. Check yourself out for that unique value, bring it out and stay true to it. Let that uniqueness stand you out.

7. BUILD A REPUTATION OF TRUST AND RELIABILITY

Always accept to do what is achievable for you. Let your words be taken for who you are. If you for hardwork’s sake pick up jobs you know you may not finish before the deadline and fail, you will be termed as imcompetent but if you take up tasks gradually and finish them before deadline, you will be seen as been very effective and reliable when it comes to delivery. Also, build trust among colleagues. Inspire confidence among them.

8. LEARNING

Keep Learning
Keep learning. Albert Einstein once said,’when you stop learning, you start dying’. We all learn but some of us learn more and faster than others. This is where you surpass your colleagues. Learn more than everyone else. Take extra courses, schedule extra hours of learning on a routine basis. Be the best at what ever you learn and make impact.

Asides the above points, there are also a few other points that are somewhat neglected by some people but have a great role to play in seperating you from others.

1. DISPLAY A PROFESSIONAL IMAGE

By wearing clean, stylish and well-tailored clothing to the office, you show a sense of being well-organized. Wear something that sets you apart. You could have your own signature color or tie or a general dress sense but do not stay away from the company dress code.

2. STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF

Stand in whatever you believe in. Even if others disagree, just be sure to stand by your beliefs and have facts and points to prove yourself. Make sure you do not sound argumentative or stubborn or rebellious.

UP-TIPS

Display yourself as someone who fits the role you desire deep within. Lets take for instance, you want to be the GM, putting on clean, welll-tailored suits with matching ties all the time, start it from your current position. This builds a self confidence towards where you want to be within you. Be a great networker. Utilize websites like linkedin.

DOWN-TIPS

While trying to stand out, do not step on others’ toes. Learn to be a force of encouragement and support to your colleagues. Avoid gossips, office politics, etc

 

The above point may not be generic but it will sure work if you want to be Making impacts in your place of work.

HOW TO BUILD A CAREER FOR YOURSELF

How to build a career for yourself may be somehow tasking and will take a while to do but in the end, it is always worth it for those who really put in the work.

On knowing what career line to build on, you have to consider your strengths and weaknesses. Look deep within and understand the things that interest you as well as the things that distract you. Knowing these things will greatly help in choosing where to grow from.

It could range from getting a job as an intern to learn certain skills and build on them, as well as making out a job for yourself and building a career out of it.
Your choice career path should be something that excites you and can be counted as an hobby rather than work.

Let us take a look at a few points below on ways on how to build a career for yourself

1. PLAN:

How to build a career for yourself

You need to create a map of how to get it done, what to do and how to go about it. Importantly, have a memopad, a notebook, a folder or something to make a list of all your work experiences, skills, achievements, successes, set back and failures. This will enable you focus on your strengths and know your weaknesses in order to avoid them. Make accurate and vivid decisions on the area or field you want to go into. Full time or part time?, self employed or contract employment. Be precise and focus on what you want.

 

2. BE TRAINED:

How to build a career for yourself

No matter what you intend to know, without proper training, it will never feel the same. Go to seminars, trainings, etc to gain more knowledge on the chosen field. Do voluntary jobs as part of your training process to add up to your port folio.

3. RESEARCH:

How to build a career for yourself

Go online and get information on how others in that your line have been doing it. Have they been successful? What have been their setbacks?, etc. Just check out for how others have done it and it possible, add up your own spice which will make it different from the others. Lastly, if any void is found during the planning, it can be corrected during the research time.

4. GET YOUR RESOURCES TOGETHER:

How to build a career for yourself

As soon as you get all your plans and paper work together, you need to prepare. Get a resume about yourself up-to-date if necessary, build your network, get additional training in your choosing field.

5. PUT YOUR IDEAS INTO WORK:

How to build a career for yourself

It is one thing to have ideas, it is another to execute them. Put out your ideas. Take risks. Be optimistic. It will all be worth it at the end.

Creating you own opportunities can be tasking as earlier stated but like the usual saying, ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’. Be a guru at what you choose to do.

Lets take an itemized list of things you need to do to Create your own opportunities
.  Have a right mind-set
.  Be ready to take adventures
.  Grow your self knowledge: Skills, passion, values, strengths, weaknesses must be known
.  Be a dreamer: Build an idea and imagination for the perfect picture.
.  Build knowledge and skill in your area of expertise
.  Build your ability to analyse opportunities and make very sound decisions.
.  Be creative. Have a good drive towards making out new stuffs and contents every time.
.  Be courageous. Be a risk taker.
.  Be resilient and flexible

By these notes above, many have been able to build a career for themselves.  The point of putting in hard work cannot be overemphasized as success only comes through it.

 

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THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER SAY OR DO IN A JOB INTERVIEW

When preparing for a job interview, there are some things you should never say or do. Keep in mind that you should free up your thoughts and focus on your skills, qualifications and the job role you are applying for. No employer wants to really hear your life’s story or your vacation plans or anything that is not related to the job you applied for. They are only interested in whether you are the best candidates for that position.

If you feel you do not have all the qualifications they require, do not lie. Just come out plain and make them see why they would need you in their organization. Avoid being negative about your former employer. In short, sharing too much information in an interview may cost you the offer. Be precise.

With the high rate of unemployment in our society today, getting to the interview room is always hard work. So, once you are seated there, in front of your potential employer, you do not want to ruin everything.

This post stands to show the several things that should not be done or said in a job interview. From showing up late to forgetting a copy of your credentials to accidentally stating a wrong information about the company interviewing you that you should have known. You may be forgiven on some instances but on some, you sure won’t. Besides, you do not want to take the risk of making any mistakes right?

Let’s take a look below at the things you dare not say in an interview and the behavioral or body language mistakes you should avoid in your next job interview.

1. I really hate my job. Or you say, I really hated my former job. That’s a signal that you will hate this new job in a very short while if hired. Do not talk bad about your former boss because he may be called as a referee to defend your reliability. Be careful how you present issues at your former place of work ‘if asked’. If not asked, please keep your lips closed.

2. I have a program/function to attend in a few weeks time. I have seen people take permission to be absent for one reason or another in a job that they are not even sure of their being hired. Do not, do not ever try that. When you do, that sends the HR a clear message that you will always be absent.

3. How much does this job pay?  No interviewer will get a better message than you being interested in the money than the growth of the organization you are being interviewed for. Ask meaningful growth inspiring questions.

4. Are there vacations? I usually advice people to get a contract letter from the organization first before asking questions. Asking questions are good but you would not be forced to sign a contract that does not suit you at the end of the whole interview process. At that point, you can object or re-negotiate your term of contract with the employer. If you must ask, you can ask an old staff, get friendly and stylishly throw in the question. I think that will be safer.

5. I really need this job. Oh! please! Don’t! Never you come out as being desperate. You will be served coffee on a leaf. Your potential employer would offer you less than what you deserve.

6. I do not have all the experience you need, but I can learn quick. I always advice here, let the employer figure that out on their own and focus on your skills rather than dwelling on your incapabilities and weaknesses.

 

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7.  It is on my resume. Say it again. The interviewer wants to hear it directly from you. Your resume may be manipulated you know. Also, ‘I don’t know’ is not an answer.

8. Do not be late.

9. Keep it professional and polite.

10. Remember to keep it professional and polite. Do not go asking about Friday nights dating co-workers or holiday parties in an interview.

11. Do not reschedule interview dates. For the worlds sake, Say you’ll be there and be there on time.

12. What do you do at this company?  If I were to be the interviewer, I would walk this candidate out immediately. Before attending any interview, make sure to research about the organization very well in order to know how to sweep them off their feet, maybe!

13. I don’t have any question. Make sure to ask at least one reasonable question like, ‘asides the usual duties of the role I am applying for, what other duties integrated with the help of relevant departments to increase growth and profit marginalization?’ The employer will notice how you are growth minded and would not forget you in a rush.

14. I’ll like to take this call. Taking phone calls in an interview is totally wrong. Letting your cell phone ring out loud is a big turn off to interviewers. It displays your lack of focus to a particular task. Try switching off your phone or better still place it on silent mode if keeping it on is so important.

15. Do not condemn anything that has already been put in place at your prospective place of work. Instead, commend the efforts of those that brought up the idea and make your own suggestions. Be careful with suggestions as well because they may end up to be criticizing or totally condemning.

16. When asked what you expect to enjoy about the role you are applying for, just go straight to making the interviewers feel the excitement in how you will learn a lot and use the experience to effect changes and growth in the organization.

Having had those points above listed out, we should also bear in mind that some of the actions we possess and display may be totally wrong. Check out our next post for things you should never do in an interview. It is the continuation of this post,’THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER SAY OR DO IN A JOB INTERVIEW’ Let us see a highlight below

(i) Make Eye Contacts: According to psychologists, keeping a good eye contact shows great confidence. This can be easily read if you are avoiding eye contact. Once you try to stare at something over the shoulder of your interviewer, they will notice and your confidence radar in their mark sheets will drop automatically.

Things I Look For In A Job Candidate

I’ve been an HR person since 1984, but I started hiring people way back in 1980. Since then I’ve hired thousands of people. Here’s what I look for in a job candidate.

 

 

  1. I look for someone who is awake and aware of their surroundings. This sounds like a trivial item, but it is fundamental. Many people view a job search as a clerical task, like filing their tax return. They put no thought into it. The show up at a job interview unprepared, never having spent a minute thinking about the role or how they would approach it.
  2. I look for a candidate who owns their story. Many people don’t. When they talk about their career, they say “I got hired at Company A, and that was okay for a while but then they laid me off. My sister knew about a job in Kansas so I went out there, but then that company shut down.” Their whole career history is about things that happened to them. There is no agency or ownership of any of the moves they’ve made. I want to hire someone who makes their own decisions!
  3. I look for someone who has their own opinions. I hope the candidate doesn’t stare at my face as they speak, hoping that their words meet with my approval. Who cares what I think? I am just another person on the planet, one of seven billion.
  4. I want to hire someone who can see the intersection between the work they’ve already done and the work I am hiring someone to do. It doesn’t have to be linear, left-brain relevance. They could have worked in a different function or industry. Those things don’t matter nearly as much as a person’s ability to put themselves in the hiring manager’s shoes and say “I hear what you are saying. It sounds like your problem is X  — here’s how I’ve solved that problem in the past.”
  5. I look for someone with a sense of humor. We spend too much time at work to be serious all the time. If work is stiff and formal, it’s no fun. Time-and-motion-type “efficiency” is overrated. Real efficiency comes from tapping the human power we all bring to work — if our leaders allow us to use it!
  6. I hire folks who are confident in their own abilities. I don’t want to hire someone who is afraid to speak with their own voice. How could a fearful person help me solve my biggest problems? I don’t want to hire the most docile or submissive candidate. Some managers do, of course — but how long could you stand working for someone like that?

    7. I look for a candidate who values their life outside of work.

    8. I want to hire someone who knows what they want from their next job and their career. I am excited when a candidate says “I want to work in the corporate world for a few years, and then start my own business.” We all need an entrepreneurial outlook and mindset these days, whether we work for ourselves or someone else. People with an entrepreneurial mindset look out at the horizon to spot problems before they can cause trouble. I don’t want to hire someone who only focuses on the work on their desk.

    9. I hire people who expect more out of their work than just a paycheck. I want to work around people with ideas, sparky people who try new things just to see what will happen. I want to get their texts at six in the morning that say “I just had the craziest thought, stepping out of the shower! What if we tried…”

    10. Finally, I look for a candidate who takes responsibility for their decisions. Sadly, many candidates don’t. They show up as victims, rather than the most important and powerful person in their own life.

     

    We all run into roadblocks and hardships. It’s part of life. How we deal with them is everything. I want to hire someone who has faced adversity and who overcame it. They have muscles!

    You deserve a manager who wants to hire someone as smart, capable and awesome as you are.

    If you have to dumb down your resume or play a part on a job interview to get hired, you know one thing — that manager doesn’t deserve your talents!

    You may have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a manager who gets you and thus deserves you.

     

    If you aren’t willing to kiss frogs and slam doors on the wrong opportunities in order to bring the right ones in, we can all sympathize with you — but you will not grow the muscles you need until you face that challenge and surmount it.

    Liz Ryan is CEO/founder of Human Workplace and author of Reinvention Roadmap. Follow her on Twitterand read Forbes columns. Liz’s book Reinvention Roadmap is here.

Original Note by: 

Liz Ryan

 

Culled from forbes

Top Companies That Made The Charts In Nigeria In 2017

Top Companies That Made The Charts In Nigeria In 2017

WHICH ORGANISATIONS ARE LEADING AND TOPPING THE CHARTS IN NIGERIA  SINCE THE KICK OFF OF 2017?

 

These organisations have somehow cupped out the best brains we have in Nigeria for themselves. In several categories, we see the best age range, the best effective and most skilled graduates who mostly have self developed themselves before reaching the labour markets, etc.

 

We at Jobintelng.com , we have been on a out-wide research to review the list of the best 100 companies to work for here in Nigeria and still make a good living out of it as well as having a good employee satisfaction.

  1. GENERAL ELECTRIC
  2. GOOGLE
  3. SHELL
  4. AIRTEL
  5. MTN NIGERIA
  6. FIRST BANK
  7. GTBANK
  8. ERICSSON
  9. UNION BANK
  10. ANDELA
  11. KONGA
  12. NNPC
  13. KPMG
  14. CHEVRON
  15. NESTLE
  16. NBC
  17. UAE
  18. EXXON MOBIL
  19. NIGERIAN BREWERIES PLC
  20. CBN
  21. AXA MANSARD INSURANCE
  22. HONEYWELL FLOUR MILLS
  23. TOTAL PLC
  24. DANGOTE GROUP
  25. ACCESS BANK
  26. LAFARGE
  27. NIGERIA LNG LIMITED
  28. IBM
  29. INTERSWITCH
  30. CHI LIMITED-TGI GROUP
  31. CUMMINS WEST AFRICA LIMITED
  32. RECKITT BENCKISER
  33. GUINNESS PLC
  34. HUAWEI
  35. MAERSK
  36. WEMA BANK PLC
  37. ZENITH BANK PLC
  38. BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO
  39. UNITED NATIONS (UN)
  40. PROCTER AND GAMBLE
  41. MICROSOFT
  42. UNILEVER PLC
  43. WORLD BANK
  44. NCC
  45. BRITISH AIRWAYS
  46. AGGREKO PROJECT INTERNATIONAL
  47. JUMIA
  48. DHL EXPRESS
  49. WHO
  50. GLAXOSMITHKLINE
  51. FEDERAL INLAND REVENUE SERVICE (FIRS)
  52. ETISALAT (now 9mobile)
  53. MASTERCARD
  54. ECOWAS
  55. IROKO PARTNERS
  56. FIDELITY BANK PLC
  57. AGIP OIL COMPANY LIMITED
  58. LAGOS TV
  59. NDIC
  60. SAHARA GROUP
  61. US EMBASSY
  62. AIICO INSURANCE
  63. IHS NIGERIA LIMITED
  64. DELOITTE
  65. SCHLUMBERGER NIGERIA
  66. FAAN
  67. GLOBACOM
  68. AFRICA FINANCE CORPORATION
  69. NIGERDOCK NIGERIA PLC
  70. NDDC
  71. STANDARD CHARTERED BANK
  72. FHI 360
  73. FLOUR MILLS OF NIGERIA PLC
  74. FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
  75. UBER
  76. AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
  77. NEPAL OIL AND GAS SERVICES
  78. APM TERMINALS
  79. PZ CUSSONS
  80. PWC
  81. NRC
  82. RESOURCE INTERMEDIARIES
  83. LEADWAY ASSURANCE
  84. LASACO ASSURANCE PLC
  85. MERCY CORPS
  86. SABMILLER
  87. BRITISH COUNCIL
  88. BRITISH EMBASSY
  89. STRESERT
  90. OXFAM
  91. AMAIDEN ENERGY
  92. THE PUNCH
  93. STANDARD ORGANISATION OF NIGERIA
  94. TETRA PAK NIGERIA
  95. IKEJA ELECTRICITY DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
  96. NOKIA
  97. MAIN ONE
  98. NEWGATE MEDICAL SERVICES LIMITED
  99. LOIUS BERGER
  100. HOBARK INTERNATIONAL LIMITED

 

The above listed organisations may and may not be subject hierarchy, rating or ranking. They are companies that through our surveys have done well in being human intensive with their labour and keep it satisfactory s well as career building.

The ranking also provides insight to job seekers on companies they should have their eyes on, for employment and career growth, as well as providing opportunities for business prospecting.

SURVEY

The key work parameters highlighted in the survey were as follows:

  • Gender
  • Age
  • Employment Status
  • Level of Experience
  • Monthly Salary
  • Current Organisation of Employment
  • Reasons for Commitment to Current Employer
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Career Growth Prospects
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Staff Welfare
  • Equal Opportunity Policy
  • Company Culture

AGE

Male: 67.3%

Female: 32.7%

Between 26-40 years: 71.9%

 

EXPERIENCE LEVEL

Entry Level: 32.9%

Middle Level: 46.6%

Senior Level: 20.5%

 

MONTHLY SALARY

Earn under N100,000: 51%

Earn Between N100,00-N150,000: 23%

Earn Between N150,000-N300,000: 15.9%

Earn Between N300,000-N500,000: 6%

Earn over N500,000: 4.1%

 

EMPLOYMENT DURATION

Worked up to 2years with a particular organisation: 56%

Worked between 2-5years with a particular organisation: 28%

Worked over 7years with a particular organisation: 9%

 

Be on the watch for these organisations in 2018. Prepare a hit CV (check our career page for topics on preparing a hit CV).

Build a great profile on linkedIN (watch out for our next post on how to impress any employer with a LinkedIN profile).

Top Companies That Made The Charts In Nigeria In 2017

Goodluck & Cheers.

5 Habits/Attitudes That Will Get You Promoted at Your Place of Work

You have never been promoted ? if yes , then great! but if no is the case that’s unfortunate because you maybe doing some things wrongly ,5 Habits That Will get You Promoted , in your place of work is a piece that uncovers 5 secret ways to get you promoted .

These are researched tips that you will specifically apply to get you promoted or remain a valued employee .

Well , if you think it might not be so important to go through this piece , then all I can say is that nobody wouldn’t want a bigger pay check or a flashy job position .

5 Habits That Will get You Promoted , will get you just what you need to get promoted with your boss.

Correct , Don’t Argue With The Boss

A boss remarks I love it when someone smart challenges my thinking ,Yet, It doesn’t administer the license to gab argumentatively with your superiors or supervisor on a regular basis but when you have a well thought – out point that opposes your bosses’ view then without hesitation bring up the issue and also keep silent if he yet disagrees.

Always Dispense The Bad News First

when things go wrong or there’s a little problem that the boss needs to hear about , make sure you tell the problem first, portray a figure that makes him understand you are on top of the situation and then let him know you have a solution to the problem . this doesn’t include maybe the printer is having issues and you have to go and tell the boss , we are talking about serious issues the boss needs to hear about .

Put On A Smile

A boss also echoed :Your boss would like to harbor the fantasy that you actually like your job, since she is paying you, spending more time with you than her family, and helping you more than you realize, hence the least you can do is smile to paint a picture of you enjoying the job in return.

Actually,You don’t need to blind every passerby with your shinny teeth, but remember that no matter how close your deadline or how heavy your workload is , other people will respond to what you portray. If you’re snapping at co-workers and frowning, they’ll snap and frown right back .

Take Notes

No boss likes to repeat things over and over again , then its important to avoid that kind of circumstance when you get your boss annoyed every time and again and leave the same sentence in his mouth :” I told you this last time ! weren’t you paying attention ? Have you not been listening” and all kinds of complaints . taking notes averts those kinds of circumstances .

Office Party ? Always Attend

Especially when your boss is socially oriented then this tip is very important and quite necessary , the office party is a relaxation time when people get to relax and smile and also forget about their respective objectives , its a time when people get to discuss with themselves silly things and laugh hard about it ! Its a time you shouldn’t be meeting , these moments are the times when your boss wants to mingle with you . Also its an opportunity for you to discuss anything with him/ her, get to know about him/her outside of work , about family , past . Ensure to place them in a position where they can advice you on matters not relating to work . Trust me these forms stronger bonds .

At the application of 5 Habits That Will get You Promoted , it goes without saying that you are on your way to a promotion . do these things and get a bigger office in some months time .

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