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Interviews are very crucial sections when it comes to employment. In most job applications where you'll be required to show up for an interview, you need to go for the interview when you're well prepared and well equipped for the interview.
One of the most challenging factors that job seekers experience is the preparation for the interview. Before showing up for the interview, you need to go through various processes in order to assure yourself that you are ready for the interview that you have been called to.
Here's how you can prepare yourself for an interview:
1. Examine your job description
The job description is a list of the qualifications, qualities, and background that the employer seeks in an ideal candidate. The more you can align yourself with these details, the clearer it will be for the employer that you are qualified. The job description may also give you ideas for questions to ask the employer during the interview.
2. Understand why you want the job
Before your interview, you should know why you want the job and why you're qualified for it. You should be prepared to explain why you're interested in the position and why you're the best candidate for it.
3. Research the company and the role
Before presenting yourself for the interview, you should conduct thorough research on the company that you are going to. You should also get to know a little history of how the company came into place. To do this, you should source your information on the company's website, friends, journals, books, and other sources.
Investigating the company and role as thoroughly as possible will give you an advantage over the competition. Not only that, but fully preparing for an interview will help you stay calm and perform well.
Ask for clarification or details about the role during the interview so that you're prepared if you get the job. Researching the role prior to an interview will also assist you in determining whether the position is a good fit for you.
4. Develop an elevator pitch
It's a short, memorable description of what you do and/or what you sell. This will help you to give a good description of who you are during the interview. It also helps you to describe what you do and what you want.
A good elevator pitch should last no longer than a 20 to 30-second elevator ride, hence the name. It should be engaging, memorable, and concise. It should also explain what makes you unique.
5. Practice your body language and voice
During an interview, one of the most crucial things is your body language and your voice. Making a good first impression I something that you should opt for.
This can be accomplished by using a confident, strong speaking voice and friendly, open body language. While these may come naturally to you, you may want to practice them with trusted friends or family members or in front of a mirror.
6. Prepare thoughtful questions for your interviewer
Many employers trust candidates who ask thoughtful questions about the company and the position. Take some time before the interview to prepare a few questions for your interviewer(s) that demonstrate you've researched the company and are knowledgeable about the position.
7. Print hard copies of your resume
Having copies to hand out to multiple interviewers demonstrates that you are well-prepared and organized. You should have at least three copies to give to different interviewers, plus one for yourself to keep track of.
8. Prepare for your travel to the interview place
Before going for the interview, if you're a new person to the area, ensure you research the location of where you are going. You should also ensure that you leave for the place early enough to avoid any lateness since employers are always on the look for your time of arrival.
9. Sell yourself
Selling yourself is one of the most difficult aspects of an interview. Most people are uncomfortable with this concept, but accurately and positively representing yourself does not have to feel like a sale.
The truth is that you do have professional skills and experiences that may set you apart from other applicants, so acknowledging them to your potential employer is both acceptable and expected.
10. Arrange your documents
Before going for an interview, you should ensure that your supporting documents such as the Curriculum Vitae (CV) are well printed and arranged in a chronological manner.
With the above, you should be able to attend an interview without anxiety.
Here are sample jobs in Nairobi that which you can apply for.
JOBS IN NAIROBI
JOB 1: Human Resources - Intern Nairobi at Islamic Relief
Islamic Relief Worldwide is an international humanitarian organization that provides development programs and humanitarian relief around the globe, regardless of race, political affiliation, gender, or belief.
Human Resources Officer/Coordinator
BSc in Human Resources Management or similar field Proven experience working in an office environment preferably HR department
Familiarity with Human Resource Information System (HRIS) software is advantageous
Nairobi 80% and 20% Field Areas
Reporting to the Human Resources officer/Coordinator, the HR intern is responsible for the compilation of all leave data and attendance records, and staff orientation and ensures that all the staff has updated employee documents in line with the organization's policies. She/he will provide administrative support to the Human Resources office and Play a central role in the implementation of all staff welfare matters.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Qualifications, Skills, and Experience Essential
Please send us your cover letter, detailed CV, including your qualifications/certifications, experience, National ID card copy, names and addresses of three referees, a working e-mail address, and daytime telephone contacts. The forwarding e-mail and cover letter must clearly indicate the position title on the subject line. Send your application to [email protected] by Sunday, 8th June 2022.
Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
JOB 2: Procurement Officer, NOB - Nairobi at World Food Programme (WFP)
About World Food Programme (WFP)
This position will head the Procurement Unit and the primary responsibility is to oversee the collection, analysis, and reporting of information to maximize the efficiency of procurement operations and activities.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
Closing: 8 June 2022
The British High Commission in Nairobi is the diplomatic mission of the United Kingdom in Nairobi. It is located in the Upper Hill area of Nairobi. The British High Commission in Kenya maintains and develops relations between the UK and Kenya. We provide services to British nationals living in and visiting Kenya.
The main purpose of the job:
The successful candidate will be part of the Conflict, Stability, and Security Fund (CSSF) East Africa portfolio team, covering Kenya, Mozambique, Uganda, and Tanzania; providing support for finance, program, compliance, administrative, and procurement tasks. Overall, the jobholder will manage project-related resources and information, and support project implementation, management and delivery.
Roles and responsibilities:
Resources managed (staff and expenditure):
Essential qualifications, skills, and experience