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Interviews; The Terrific & The Horrific.





Interviews can be very daunting prospects. For some of us we have it all figured out but the minute we get before that panel we melt into incoherent bundle of nerves and become bumbling idiots. 


Seeing as this is something that most of us have to undergo no matter how far one has gone in their career I find it fascinating. I love talking about interview stories and the best part; someone will always learn from your interview experiences whether nightmarish or freaking fantastic. 
   And that's why I'm asking you guys to please share your most memorable interview experiences; from the 'ground please open and swallow me now' to the 'Damn I'm so good!', the 'this interviewer obviously hates me' the 'I'm definitely getting this job', the 'they really can't be asking me this!', for instance, a friend & blog reader told me about the various interviews she attended at an oil company she applied to. At one of the stages which was on a Tuesday they asked them (the applicants) to come for the interview dressed in their full native attire. My friend looked like a bride at her traditional marriage; iro&buba, gele, coral beads, the whole works! During another stage they asked her to dance azonto for some minutes. They also once asked her to estimate how many people she thought were having sex in the world at that moment. Wow! Have you had a similar experience; basically the horrific and/or the terrific?

What are you most memorable interview moments? What have you learnt? What are the absolute NO-NOs?

AND while we're on the topic what tip(s) do you use during an interview to ensure a positive outcome that has worked for you?

Please share. 


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  1. I attended an interview on my BD with a panel of 7 big men at NNPC abj.1st thing they asked me after the pleasantries was what's special about today, looked lost for few secs b4 telling them it's my Birthday & they all chorused HBD.felt at ease after that & all went smooth but i dint get the job.*sad face*
    On another note---I hate interviews, wish we dint have to go thru all that cos am always hyper nervous

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  2. Think am turning a new leaf today, lol.i have read all ur posts for months but making that extra effort to start commenting regularly :-) hope I don't stop cos I feel selfish reading others comments & not contributing.ur blog keeps me going T & bvs comments, * kisses to u all * am a fan on twitter & instagram gan.bn following tey tey

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  3. Toking about that, I heard Exxonmobil is on the graduate trainee stuff. Anybody wth a useful info pls or even a website

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  4. My first interview experience was with sahara group. Fresh from nysc it wasnt funny mehn.

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  5. Yippe so i can comment! i'm gonna junk dis writeup 2day ohh! i just tested with my sahara group talk b4 i write my epistle and the thing go disappear.


    Phey gurl

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  7. No Best Or worst interviews for me. They have all been blehhh...
    My Last 3 jobs I got on referrals... I was pampered sef.

    The last 4 interviews I attended, I got 3 of the jobs but pay na peanuts... Hence I'm Still job hunting.

    My interview tip that works for me, "A lil professional compliment".

    *Thank U'all for keeping me calm with your mildness. I totally appreciate.
    *Those are the most amazing shoes i've seen Ma.
    *Your cufflinks are Unique Sir.

    My last interview I told the woman she has a very cute smile & it relaxed me.
    She blushed till I walked out the door!
    LOL
    I no talk say make u go do Miley Cyrus licking lips or flirt oh!

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    1. U got me rolling on the miley cyrus lips.this doesn't work 90% of the time thou, ass lick Myt just get u curbed to the side

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  8. From experience, whenever you get to the point,in an interview, of answering seemingly unrelated and "stupid" questions,you have passed, just know that it is time to relax; they are checking your emotional intelligence ie how you react under pressure.

    I was at an interview some years back where at that point, i was told that they did a background check on me and found out some stuff they are not very comfortable with so they needed me to put things in the clear. I enquired and God a SHOCKER!!! Their investigations showed that i was the offspring of a prostitute! Imagine hearing that! All the hair inside my nose just stand attention out of vex! Of course I realized what was going on and gave them an answer that embarrassed them all, and with a smile to boot!

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    1. What was the answer u gave dem?

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    3. In my exact words, "Even if she is, she has used it to train me and she has done it so well that you are actually considering giving this executive management position to the son of a prostitute. The end justifies the means, you all will agree with me". I said this with the kind of equanimity that was baffling, even to me! And I was smiling!

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  9. I did a test and they kept asking for countries and their capitals. I wrote kindly google it. The essay portion on policy advocacy i did well.
    They called for an interview, i went. The MD of the company asked me about the google it responses, i told him that with all due respect, my brain has better use than states and capitals and i was more concerned about being conversant with real issues. Googlr was created to solve those simple questions. After we went back and forth for one hour, we engaged ourselves on several issues as it was a policy organisation, the guy offered me the job, alas the pay was low, so i politely declined the offer.

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  10. On top of the low pay they had in mind, them come dey ask for state and capital.

    Well done miss pink. Clare

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  11. *country n capital. Very funny

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  12. I have an interview tomorrow , got a call this evening, I forgot I applied for the job because I did so like too months ago, looks like God was listening to my prayers afterall , he just didn't like me nagging like a sex starved housewife. Its not a big job, its waitressing but it pays so why not. This has nothing to do with the topic but I'm just so excited.

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    1. Thanks , training on Thursday, chaii the way I lied during that interview I was convinced it was the truth myself.

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  13. My first and only interview! Ghen Ghen!

    And then my comment disappeared! *sad face* maybe tomorrow! :(

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  14. First interview with EY and I was plain nervous,even things I knew flew out of my head because of the stern look on the man's face then he said "I know your result is good but talk like a professional"I felt so stupid like they dash me result,pls how does one deal with nerves cos I can't say am so shy and dat was a good tip Eazee E,pls share more

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