9 Things Interviewers Never Tell Job Candidates, But Should!

In the best job interviews the candidate says a lot and the interviewer very little – after all, the interview is about the candidate, not the interviewer.

But there are some things interviewers would love to tell job candidates well before the interview starts.

1. “I really want you to be likeable.”

Obvious? Sure, but also critical. Skills and qualifications are important, but we all want to work with people we like… and who in turn like us.

So we want you to smile. We want you to make eye contact, sit forward in your chair, and be enthusiastic. (Here are other ways to be incredibly likeable.) The employer-employee relationship truly is a relationship — and that relationship starts with the interview (if not before.)

A candidate who makes a great first impression and sparks a real connection instantly becomes a big fish in a very small short-list pond. You may have solid qualifications, but if we don’t think we’ll enjoy working with you, we’re probably not going to hire you.

Life is too short to work with people we don’t like.

2. “Please don’t start by telling me how much you want the job.”

We do want you to want the job — but not before you really know what the job entails. We may need you to work 60-hour weeks, or travel more than half the time, or report to someone with less experience than you. So sit tight.

No matter how much research you’ve done, you can’t truly know you want the job until you know everything possible about the job. (One good way to know you really want the job is to ask really smart questions.)

3. “I really want you to stand out.”

A sad truth of interviewing is that later we often don’t recall, unless we refer to our notes, a tremendous amount about some of the candidates. (Unfair? Sure. Reality? Absolutely.)

That means the more people we interview for a job, and the more spread out those interviews, the more likely we are to remember certain candidates by impressions rather than by a long list of facts.

So when we meet with other people to discuss and decide on the best candidate, we might initially refer to someone as, “the guy with the purple suede shoes,” or “the woman who rides dressage,” or “Duke grad who speaks four languages.”

In short, we may remember you by “hooks” – whether flattering or unflattering – so use that fact to your advantage. While your hook could be your clothing, an outside interest, or an unusual fact about your upbringing or career, a much better hook is the project you pulled off in half the expected time or the improbably huge sale you made.

Instead of letting me choose how we’ll remember you, make sure you give us one or two notable reasons we’ll never forget you.

4. “But I don’t want you to stand out for being negative.”

Again, there’s no way we will remember everything you say. But we will definitely remember negative sound bites: like the candidates who complain about their current employer, their coworkers, or their customers.

So if for example you hate being micro-managed, instead say you’re eager to earn more responsibility and authority. We get there are reasons you want a new job, but we want to hear why you really want this job instead of why you just want to escape your old job.

Never forget that an interview is like a first date. We know we’re seeing the best possible version of “you.”

So if you whine and complain and grumble now… we know you’ll be a real treat to work with a few months from when the honeymoon is over.

5. “I really want you to ask questions that are truly important to you.”

We need to know whether we should hire you, but just as importantly we need you to make sure our job is a great fit for you.

So we want you to ask the right questions: what we expect you to accomplish early on, what attributes make our top performers outstanding, what you can do to truly drive results, how you’ll be evaluated – all the things that matter to you… and as a result to us.

Bottom line, you know what makes work meaningful and enjoyable to you. We don’t. There’s no other way to really know whether you want the job unless you ask great questions. So we want you to ask great questions.

6. “But I wish you wouldn’t ask questions that have little to do with work.”

We know you want a positive work-life balance. Everyone does. Still, save all your questions about vacation sign-up policies, and whether it’s okay to take an extra half hour at lunch every day if you also stay a half hour late, and whether we’ve considered setting up an in-house childcare facility because that would be really awesome for you.

First let’s find out if you’re the right person for the job, and whether the tasks, responsibilities, duties, etc. are right for you.

Then we can talk about the rest.

7. “I love when you show you can hit the ground running.”

We expect you to do a little research about the company. That’s a given.

To really impress us, use the research you’ve done to describe how you will hit the ground running and contribute right away – the bigger the impact the better. If you bring a specific skill, show how we can immediately leverage that skill.

Think about it from our side of the table. We have to start paying your salary the first day, so we love to see an immediate return on that investment starting the first day.

In short, we’re happy to help you develop into a superstar… but we love when you’re already a star.

8. “Now I want you to tell me you want the job – and why.”

By the end of the interview you should have a good sense of whether you want the job. If you need more information, tell us so we can figure out how to get you what you need to make a decision.

If you don’t need more information, do what great salespeople do: ask for the job.

One, we’ll like the fact you asked. We want you to really want the job – but we also want to know why you want the job. So tell us why: You thrive in unsupervised roles, or you love working with different teams, or you like frequent travel, or you do your best work when….

Ask us for the job and prove to us, objectively, that it’s a great fit for you.

9. “I like when you follow up, especially when it’s genuine.”

Every interviewer appreciates a brief follow-up note. If nothing else, saying you enjoyed meeting us and are happy to answer any other questions is a polite gesture.

But “polite” may not separate you from the pack.

The more closely you listened during the interview, the easier it is to think of ways to follow up in a natural and unforced way.

Remember, an interview is hopefully the start of a longer relationship — and even the most professional of relationships are still based on genuine interactions.

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TSL RECRUITMENT

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INTERNAL AUDIT MANAGER
Qualifications and requirements: BSC/HND Accounting. ICAN and CISA. At least five (5) years relevant working experience as an internal auditor. Not more than 35years. Knowledge of accounting theory, auditing standards, procedures, and techniques required to perform audits. Ability to comprehend and interpret policies, procedures, laws, regulations, and guidelines. Ability to work with key Microsoft tools e.g. ERP,excel, word, Power point etc.

FINANCE OFFICER
Qualifications and requirements: BSC/HND Accounting. ICAN/ACCA. Minimum of three (3) years working experience as a finance or audit officer. Not more than 28 years. Ability to work with key Microsoft tools. IFRS knowledge an added advantage. Ability to work with Accounting Software. Good analytical skills.  

ACCOUNT OFFICER Qualifications and requirements: BSC/HND Accounting. ICAN/ACCA an added advantage (at least part completion) Not more than 24years Old. IFRS knowledge an added advantage. Good analytical skills. Computer literate. Ability to work with key Microsoft tools If you meet up with the above requirements, forward your CV to sawoyemi@tsllimited.com using  the  position applied for as the subject.

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WHY EMPLOYERS HIRE PEOPLE WITHOUT EXPERIENCE!

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When looking for your next career opportunity, don’t fall into the tribal view that every employer you approach wants to hear the same things about experience, behaviour and performance.

Here is my truth. I became a financial analyst with limited or no experience. I serve at various capacity preparing board reports for my management without any supervision. I have sit in panel of interviewers short listing best hand for my organisation. I won’t bore you with a list, but there are more examples.

Let me tell you, goals are achievable even if you don’t have ‘the right’ experience. What you actually need is the right attitude. So if you have been teetering on the edge of something new, but fear of inexperience has been holding you back, the following the-provoking might help you out:

1) SELF BELIEF
Much of your life is destined by your attitude; it’s as simple as that. If people think negative thoughts, negative things happen – the reverse really does apply. The universe respects desire, patience and resilience. You must develop your sense of self and be willing to fail on the quest to achieve your goal. Whatever it is you want, go hard and don’t stop.

2) POSITION YOURSELF
We all have subliminal plans for ourselves. Test those plans or dreams by developing relationships (often social to start with) with people who work in the sectors you are interested in. This is easier than you might think. People with common interests tend to live in packs. Find where the pack lives, engage with them, and develop an understanding of their thinking and habitat. You never know, you might discover transferable skills you’d never considered.

3) START TO PRACTICE
If you are building the right relationships, the opportunity to gain some ‘real-life experience’ will present itself – I guarantee you. I’ll give you an example. After building relationships with a group of consultants, one fateful day as an analyst I was called-in to do a public speaking on my job role with the use of power point for presentation in the presence of experience consultant with whole lot of experience and professional  certification, I was called-and it worked out perfectly. None of this would have happened if I’d let my lack of experience lock me out. I had mentally trained for this moment for years. This included: talking in front of the mirror, taking every opportunity to speak in front of a group, and watching numerous TEDtalk to observe various public speaking  techniques. Being prepared to make the most of an opportunity is crucial.

4) TELL SOMEONE
I always found it useful to tell two or three people that mattered to me what I was setting off to achieve. Whatever it was – Accounting , speaking  or business – every time I saw them, they reminded me of my accountability to go though with it. Proving that you’re more than just words is a great motivator.

So are you going to accept that you don’t have the right experience, or are you going to test the universe and push the limits until you really know what you’re capable of? Life’s short – don’t waste It.

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HOW CAN I SAY IT?

Saying thank you can be a difficult thing to do. Doing so means admitting that you are in another’s debt.

I am admitting that another individual did something for me, which I find a rear privilege.
I am not all powerful, I can’t own 89 BB, Android & IOS and over 200 FB Massages I received today. Its can only be possible with YOU.

Understanding the fact that, I need you to survive. You really show me love, which can’t be forgotten. Today is written on my heart tablet for the impact you played.

The reality is that the human race is interdependent. We cannot live life alone. We are constantly relying on each other for all kinds of resources, both physical and emotional. You demonstrated beyond what I could imagine.

When I say “THANK YOU” I am acknowledging that I have received something from another human being. Truly I appreciate you!

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“HBD to a Virtuous Woman” 

 A virtuous woman is one of a kind
The Bible says she is hard to find.
Her price is far above rubies, which are rare,
She must be handled with extreme care.
Adunni is simply one.

Her husband knows she’s a precious gem indeed, egbon rote can’t joke with her.
He knows that she is willing to please.
Her children treat her with honor and respect,
They know that she always does her best.
Ifeoluwa, Inioluwa and Iyinoluwa says they
Have got †нε best Mum in †нε world.

A virtuous woman does all that she can,
She’s always there and stands by her man.
Though she’s humble and meek, she takes no mess,
You can count on her to pass the test.
Olawunmi is a no nonsense woman.

You will know her when she passes you by,
With astonishing beauty,
For she always holds her head up high.
She’s courageous and strong, a dignified lady she is,
You will never know that she has shed many tears to keep her home.
What a virtuous woman ‘Maria’ is.

A lady of class and elegance too,
She will let you know what you will need to do,
To come up to her standard, which is very high.
For she is headed for her home in the sky.

So to the virtuous woman of today,
ADUNNI OLAWUNMI MARIA,
†нεrε is no quality we could have qualify
You,
Than to say “VIRTUOUS”
†нε angel of †нε “OYELOWO’S” grabbed by
†нε “DANIELS”.

Our sincere prayers for you †нis day,
As you celebrate yet another milestone,
Is that ” your fire will never get extinguish when your service is needed by humanities”
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SISTER MI!

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EXCEPTIONAL MATCH !

Union done by God moves with Accelerated pace. The journey of eight years keeps stronger.

Its never the doing of both but the lord
Is the pillar of the union.

She knows what she want and she grab it
With wisdom and style. A virtuous woman
In making.

The dream of every man.
Endows with all the qualities needed in a woman
She is worth more than gold
She is my DAMSEL.

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CHILD NOT A BRIDE! by OLATUNJI, OLUMUYIWA

They are desired by all,
She is someone to you turn to
When your spirits need a lift,
A female child is someone we treasure,
For her friendship is a gift.
Why expose her innocence?
She is a child not a bride.

She is someone who fill our lives,
With beauty, Joy and grace.
She makes the world we live in,
A better and happier place.
Why give her PENIS when actually,
You can give her sound and quality education?
She is a child and not a bride.

She is a KNOT that ties the family together,
When you expose her at a tender age to matrimonial affairs, you brake the family bond. The family that suppose make the church/mosque and a nation is build thereon.
They are destroying our foundation is style!
She is a child not a bride.

A female child…..
One of the most beautiful miracle of life,
In her beauty lies,
One of the greatest joys we can ever know,
And one of the reasons why there is a little extra sunshine, laughter and happiness
In our world today.
Why will you do such evil to her and dim our sunshine, you turn our laughter to cry and our
Happiness to sadness.
Its is repugnant to natural justice equity
And good conscience.
She is a child not a bride.

Train a female child……
You train a generations.
She is the mother of the future.
When you give her hand in marriage at
a tender age, where is our future,
Our hope, what generation are we breeding?
Please, stop this absurdity.
Its not fair to her and our future.
She is a child not a bride.

Its not late to reverse this LAW
You lawless lawmakers, the whole Nigerian
Say no to this! Do not spoil the future of this
Great nation. We stand against it.
She is Nigeria!
A great nation!
The leader of the black race!
God bless her real good.

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