Job Interview Questions And Answers In Nigeria Vol 4

Job Interview Questions And Answers In Nigeria Vol 4


Tough questions regarding your past. There may be times an interviewer may ask a question regarding your past that can he hard to dodge. You should answer these carefully and try to come up with answers that can turn a potentially negative experience into a positive response.

Sample Question: I see that you didn’t finish school.
Answer: “I decided to leave school because I was working 30 hours a week waiting tables to support myself I felt I did not have enough time to devote for my school work. When I do anything, I always give 150%.” Advice: the interviewer is trying to gauge what kind of a risk you are. So you tend to complete things or just let them fan by the waist side? Give a good reason why you did not finish or explain why any issues related to it are in the past.

How would you react if I told you that? Your interview, so far, was TERRIBLE?

Stop for a moment and really think how would you REACT in the heat of your interview this week if your interviewers said that to you? Would you get angry and annoyed? If so, you would have fallen into a “Trap’. Listen to the question again and these times pay close attention to the most important word in the question-if  the interviewer is NOT saying that your interview is terrible. He is asking: “how would you react IF I said your interview was terrible.” In other words, he is trying to find out own you REACT to criticism.

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That’s all. He is TRYING to discover what type of person you really are behind all your ‘polished’ answers.  The real answer to this question is YOUR RESPONSE. That’s what the interview is looking out for.

Do you response calmly and with composure to the question? Or do you get anxious or response aggressively?

So listen carefully to the question and don’t fall for the bait.

Why did you leave your last job?

Stay positive regardless of the circumstances, never refer to a major problem with management and never speak ill of supervisors, co-workers or the organization. If you do, you will be the one looking bad. Keep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity, a chance to do something special or other forward-looking reasons.

Have you ever been asked to leave a position?

If you have no , say no. if you have, be honest, brief and avoid saying negative things about the people organization involved.

What have you learned from mistakes on the job?

Here you have to come up with something or you strain credibility. Make it small, well intentioned mistake with a positive lesson learned. An example would be working too far ahead of colleagues on a project and thus throwing coordination off.

Do you have any blind spots?

Trick question. If you know about blind spots, they are no longer blind spots. Do not reveal any personal areas of concern here. Let them do their own discovery on your bad points. Do not hand it to them.

How would you rate me as an interviewer?

Again the question is designed to quite deliberately throw you off balance-to see how you will react.

Can you think on your feet?

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Can you respond articulately under pressure? The interviewer will expect you to be surprised and flustered. Instead, if you are prepared you can surprise her and instead of sounding flustered-simply repeat the question back to her with a smile and add:

“How do I rate you as an interviewer?

Well, this has been one of the toughest interviews I have ever been through. And I hope I an successful so that I won’t have to go through another one!! No, all the questions were different and very original-unlike the usual monotonous questions you are always asked at interviews. This question is a good example of that. Totally different! And I understand why you asked it. You want to discover if I can think on my feet and whether I am capable of responding calmly and confidently to situations or questions that may be totally unexpected. I think I could quite easily handle such situations”.


What do you know about us?

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?
A wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. Have some good ones handy to mention.

Why do you want to work us? Would you tell us what attracts you to a career with us?

This may take some thought and certainly should be based on the research you have done on the organization. Sincerity is extremely important here and will easily be sensed. Relate it to your long-term career goals.

DO you know anyone who works for us?

Be ware of the policy on relatives working for the organization. This can affect your answer even though they asked about friends not relatives. Be careful to mention a friend only if they are well thought of.

Explain how you would be an asset to this organization

You should be anxious for this question. It gives you a chance to highlight your best points as they relate to the position being discussed. In addition to an understanding of the position you are applying for, you also require an in depth understanding of the organization. This question requires a good homework, give a little advance thought to this relationship.

Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own?

This is a straight loyalty and dedication question. Do not worry about the deep ethical and philosophical implications. Just say yes.

Describe your management style.

Try to avoid labels. Some of the more common labels, like progressive, salesman or consensus, can have several meanings or descriptions depending on which management expert you listen to. The situational style is safe, because it says you will manage according to the situation, instead of one size fits all.

How will you make yourself indispensable to the company?

This is a technical question that exposes your interpersonal competence; candidates must show knowledge of job details and accepting responsibility. It also relates to understanding organizational hierarchy. Taking order from superior and giving direction to subordinates without being bossy.

How can you “contribute to the company?

Before an employer makes his /her decision to hire you, they will need to know how you have performed in the past and any other spedal contributions that you can be to the company. Sample questions: “tell me about a sepal contribution you have made to your employer.” “in my last job, I ran the fund raiser campaign for three consecutive years. I believe it is an important cause, and I know it is difficult for the company to find volunteers.”

Advice: don’t give long boring answers; instead focus your answer on the actions you took and the positive result that you obtained.

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