Job Interview Questions And Answers In Nigeria Vol 5

Job Interview Questions And Answers In Nigeria Vol 5

How can you “help the company?

When you are looking for a job, an employer will want to know what you can do to help or improve their company. Now is the time to will them of your proven skills and knowledge that you gained at some of your other previous jobs.

Sample question” “give me an example of how you can help my company.”

Answer: ‘in my previous career my biggest contribution was my ability to accurately measure customer satisfaction and to continually fed this information back to our design and production departments. I developed special questionnaires, used focus groups and personally spent 10% of my time talking to customers. This attention to customer satisfaction is relevant in your industry as well. I look forward to adopting my quality program to a new type of product.”

Advice: use an example of a significant contribution you made in your past job that impacted the bottom line. Show how this ability transfers across industries from one functional area to another.

Why did you choose this company?

The answer will help you determine the organizations strengths and weakness with this insider’s perspective.


What kind of salary do you need?

A loaded question. A nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. So, do not answer it. Instead, say something like, that’s a tough question. Can you tell me the range for this position? In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard, will tell you. If not, say that it can depend on the details of the job. Then give a wide range.

What level of compensation would it take to make you happy?

Everyone wants to make a lot of money working the job they love. You should be honest here, saying that you will be ok working for N50,000 when you think you are worth N70,000 is not a very smart idea. Experience will show that you will lose interest in the job pretty quickly.

Sample question: “Tell me about your salary expectation.”

Answer: “Current salary information published by our state association indicates a range of N40, 000 to N70, 000 per month. While I’m not certain how you salaries compare to this industry, my feeling is that my value would certainly be in the upper half of this national range.”

Advice: you should answer this question in general terms. Mention the market value for yourself.

When do you expect a promotion?

Turn the table around and ask them for their promotional policy, because organizations differ in their policies.


Question regarding “Hard work ethics”

When interviewing with companies, you will often be asked questions that seem straight forward to answer. However, more often that not-a ‘yes’ ‘no’ answer is not good enough. Always try to back up what you are saying with examples, as this will validate what you are trying to say. Sample question: “would your current boss describe you as the type of person who goes that extra mile?”

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Answer: “Absolutely. In fact, on my annual evaluations, he writes that I am the most dependable and flexible person on his staff. I think this is mostly because of my ability to priorities. “Advice: share an example or experience that demonstrates you dependability or willingness to tackle a tough project. If you describe, “long hours of work,” make sure that you proven the hours were productive, and not the result or poor time management.

How do you handle stressful situations?

Give some examples of stressful situations you’ve dealt with in the past. Tell how you use time management, problem-solving or decision-making skills to reduce stress. For example, tell them that making a “to-do” list helps. Site stress-reducing techniques such as stretching and taking a break. Don’t be afraid to admit that you will ask for assistance if you are feeling overwhelmed. If it’s true, say you actually work better under pressure.

Describe your work ethic.

Emphasize benefits to the organization. Things like, determination to get the job done and work hard but enjoy your work are good.

What has been your biggest professional disappointment?

Be sure that you refer to something that was beyond you control. Show acceptance and no negative feelings.

What has disappointed you about a job?

Don’t get trivial or negative. Safe areas are few but can include: not enough of a challenge. You were laid off in a reduction; company did not win a contract, which would have given you more responsibility.

Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.

You may say that you thrive under certain types of pressure. Give an example that relates to the type of position applied for.

Are you willing to work overtime? Nights? Weekends?

This is up to you. Be totally honest.

Would you say that you could easily deal with high pressure situations?

Answer truthfully.

Would you be willing to relocate if required?

You should be clear on this with your family prior to the interview if you think there is a chance it may come up. Do not say yes just to get the job if the real answer is no. this can create a lot of problems later on in your career. Be honest at this point and save your self future grief.

Tell me how you handled an ethical dilemma.

For example you work in a bank, a customer in good standing with the bank desperately wants to slightly overdraw his account for a few days, the customer is also a close friend. The response should be that you would consult your superior officer for advice.

What is your philosophy towards work

The interviewer is not looking for a long or flowery dissertation here. Do you have strong feelings that the job gets done? Yes. That the type of answer that works best here. Short and positive, showing a benefit to the organization.

Would you like my job?

No! Saying otherwise will jeopardize your chances.


What short-term goals and objectives have you established for yourself?

The interviewer want to hear something related to the position you are applying for and not I want to win the academic award this question is designated to help the interviewer know if the job seeker will be happy in that position, or if he or she wants to work in it only as long as it takes to find something “better”

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