Category Archives: Interviews

Failing at Interviews?

Are you securing interviews but failing to be offered the job? Ensure that when you go to an interview you do the work, turning up is most definitely not enough, especially in such a competitive environment that we have in Zimbabwe at the moment.

Before you attend the interview – do your research –
– Ensure that you know about the company, if you are asked at interview – What do you know about our organisation?, you need to have a relatively detailed answer. The less you know, the less likely potential employers are to take your application seriously.
– Find out about dress code, if it is a corporate organisation, being very smart is key. If it is a more casual organisation, over-dressing can sometimes be a failure as the employer may wonder if you would be the right ‘fit’ for the organisation.
– Prepare questions before you go. A typical interview question is  – Do you have any questions? Saying No shows a lack of preparation.
 – Do you know were you are going? Have you checked directions and thought about how long it will take you to get to the interview location? Make sure you do. Being too early, is almost as bad as being late, you need to arrive 5 – 10 minutes before your interview time. If you are going to be late, immediately call the employer or agent who has arranged your interview and advise them – this is a common courtesy which must be done.
Once the interview has commenced –
– Pay attention – Listening is key, this will help you to ask any relevant questions and for you to ensure that this is the right career move for you. This is not just a chance for a prospective employer to interview you, but for you to interview them and the business – take this opportunity.
– Show eagerness but NOT desperation. We do understand that for some people the situation is desperate and you need a job to survive, but do not make the interview uncomfortable for your interviewer. Do NOT discuss personal or financial difficulties, or beg for any position which may fit your skills. I am aware this is a sensitive subject and especially when times are tough and markets are tight, but believe in yourself and the skills you have to offer. Your confidence in your ability, skills and experience is what an employer is looking for, so make this shine through.
If you would like any guidance we do provide interview training for a small charge, so please do contact us for more information.

How to Find your Perfect Agency Match

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A few things to consider when choosing an agency to represent you.

 

What to look for in a recruitment agency

There are so many recruitment agencies out there it can be difficult to know who to trust with your career. Most recruitment agencies sell themselves to employers (companies), so it’s difficult to see their value to you as a job-seeker in all their marketing speak.

 

However, this is key to choosing the right recruitment agency: Zimbabwe has a skills shortage and finding and securing top talent is fast becoming the business differentiator that sets good recruitment agencies above the rest. Identifying high quality candidates is imperative in being able to deliver on the promises recruitment agencies make to their clients, so if your experience with a recruitment agency leaves you feeling disrespected, undervalued and more like a commodity than a person, then move on.

 

What to look for in a recruitment agency:

  • Experience – Look for a recruitment agency with a track record. This industry is known for its fly-by-night agencies, so ensuring that the recruitment agency has traction in the industry, has a good brand name and ideally has      specialised experience in your chosen field is vital.
  •  Client base – The larger and more impressive the client base the more jobs they will be recruiting for. If you are targeting a specific company, call their HR department and ask which recruitment agencies they utilise then ensure you get added to their   database.
  •  Communication and feedback – The number one candidate complaint about recruitment agencies is their lack of      communication and feedback. Ask the recruitment agency early in the registration process, what their communication policy is.

 

  • Legal compliance and affiliations –Recruitment agencies have to adhere to legal guidelines in the recruitment process and no recruitment agency is allowed to charge candidates for a job application or their services.

 

“Quality recruitment agencies will align themselves with professional industry bodies that audit them and require them to comply with quality standards. All good recruitment agencies should be registered with the Ministry of Labour, and no reputable organisation will ever ask you to pay for their services or deduct fees from your salary for such services. Ask for details on these professional affiliations and associations.

30 Tough Interview Questions

Interviewing Questions:

Here are 30 tough interview questions. Always attempt to answer these questions with an on-the-job example or experience to support them if asked, where appropriate.

Make sure that you are as prepared as you can be, because you have to assume your competition has done the same.

1. Tell me about yourself.
2. Why have you decided to change jobs? Why are you looking?
3. Why did you leave your previous positions?
4. What motivates you?
5. Describe your ideal job.
6. Describe your ideal manager / supervisor.
7. What salary/rate are you looking for?
8. How do you spend your free time?
9. What are your short, medium and long-term goals?
10. How do you react to criticism?
11. Tell me about yourself. How would you describe yourself?
12. What are your long and short-range career goals?
13. What are the most important things you are seeking in a career?
14. What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
15. Site some examples of your ability to be a team player.
16. Why should I hire you?
17. How could you contribute to our organisation?
18. Why did you choose the college you attended?
19. Why didn’t you go to college?
20. What do you know about our organisation?
21. Why are you interested in working for our organisation?
22. What extracurricular activities are you involved in?
23. Are you willing to relocate?
24. What type of a work environment are you seeking?
25. What do you know about the position you are applying for?
26. What do you know about our industry?
27. What are you proudest of in terms of your accomplishments at you present position or former position?
28. What do you think will be the toughest aspects of the job if you were to accept the position? What will be the most enjoyable aspects – the least enjoyable?
29. What do you think your greatest contribution will be or what aspects of the job or the company do you think you would be able to make your greatest contribution to?
30. If you are selected for this position, how would you deal with the situation of individuals in the company who were competitors for the job for which you are being interviewed and who may feel that they are better qualified?