So over drinks last night with a few friends we got to talking about love, life, sex, relationships, career and family. It was one of the most fun conversations I've had in a while. All topics on their own are really interesting but our different career journey stories were actually the most intriguing. You know; the challenges, the hustle, the struggles, the rejection letters, employment letters, victories, achievements, promotions and yes, job interviews.
Job interviews just had to be the most hilarious of all these. I for one, when I started attending interviews I used to goof like hell! Like I didn't understand the concepts and when asked questions like "Tell me about yourself", I didn't know it's meant within the career context, I would begin by saying "My name is Nwando Nwogbo, I am the last of four children, I am from so so so and so" and when I think about these gaffes I cringe. Oh, another one is "Where do you see yourself in five years?". Ok, I think I figured this one out pretty early but my first ever interview was with a law firm in the UK and it was a phone interview. While falling in love with my interviewer's lilting accent and trying to picture the goddess with this silky caramel tone, I was busy "mis-answering" her questions. "In five years I see myself as a good wife and mother of two children..." *CRINGE!!!* in fairness to me I was hadn't even been called to the Bar yet. (Excuses excuses... LOL)
Ok so I'm going to ask you guys these questions I still hate and I just cannot wait to hear your answers to these.
Tell me about yourself.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
The twist; all answers should be written in pidgin English! Hahaha. Don't worry this isn't a job interview, have fun with it. Let's, maybe, put things in perspective for you while checking just how strong your pidgin game is. Leggo!