My Beef With Nigerian Job Tests And Interviews – Finale

For the five weeks I sat before each of the interviewers I switched my observation lights on. Each one had his or her peculiarities – either acting indifferent or having a speak-let-this-interview-just-end attitude or looked ruffled as if he had a fight with a girlfriend or wife that day or lighting up with a beaming smile when one of my narratives tallied with a personal experience.

The questions were the same…

Tell me about yourself

Where do you want to see yourself in the next ten years?

What do you have to bring to our company?

The questions were not varied when I went for bank interviews too. Many of us had degrees in engineering and had no penchant for working in such places. We just needed the dough even if we were going to be wrapping wads of naira notes for donkey years. We perfected our craft and honed sweet sounding employer-convincing answers.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Of course I wouldn’t want to be in a cemetery nor feasting on scraps in a junk yard. I want to have a good life! So we gave answers like “In the next five years I’d have grown with this reputable company,learning and giving value in return, thereby growing the company’s reputation and standing.” Many of those answers were hooplas.

There are books and books on interviews and folks cram stereotypical answers. Funny enough the questions are just the same and the applicant supplies a good dose of nicely crammed answers too. And bingo!,he’s there. A few months or days down the road,he comes late, constantly makes mistakes and pilfers company materials. The company just doesn’t resonate with his heart. And it never did in the first place. But the interviewers were busy sniffing the resumes with traditional lens to find out.

Instead of all the orthodoxy, why don’t interviewers throw a few off the cuff questions like “How did you react when Sani Abacha died?” Or “How did you react to the fall of Gaddafi of Libya?” If he’s an Arsenal fan, ask how he felt when Robie Van Persie crosscarpeted to Man United.

What do you just love to do? What’s your view about (this and that)?

Unanticipated questions elicit certain answers. In the bid to craft sweet answers there’ll be a bit of erm erm erm. That time lapse,combined with a search of the interviewer’s face for flickers of acceptance can mean something. It likely points to varnished truth.

When a true Chelsea fan is asked about his club, you’d see the eyes spark up. That’s an indication of passion. When such is not seen from a prospective applicant, his or her heart won’t commit.

Asking about the organisation. Of course what do you think? There are tons of information online virtually about anything ranging from making love to manufacturing bombs. So they’re ready to give you answers. Veer away from your company and ask if there’s any company he or she loves their products and why.

With all the degrees in the bag, if the heart doesn’t beat for the cause, it’s like telling a goat to man the yams. The derivatives of the heart must be ascertained. That should be the real focus.


Emeka NOBIS simply helps you do what you love and love what you do as well as earn by doing so. As a Life Strategist, he helps individuals discover the unique array of gifts within and how to use them to live a life filled with purpose. He sits atop Profound Impacts International as the Lead Strategist, a company he founded with a mission to nurture minds for impacts. The company is fostered on five pedestals - mind dynamics, business, relationships, career and sprituality. As a writer and author, he has written THE PROFOUND LIFE: Principles and Strategies for Living a Life of Impacts. Follow him on twitter for life changing tweets. Add him on BB 2A15C52B

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