How to survive a job interview in Cameroon

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How to survive a job interview in Cameroon

Though job opportunities in Cameroon are very scared, many who get the opportunity to stumble on one sometimes miss out because of this stage of employment process (Job interview). In this post, I am going to outline some simple tips that can help you generally set up yourself to face a tough job interview. Note that the opinions and tips outlined here are from career coaches, CEOs and academic Dons.

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He is one of the most inspiring and successful CEOs in Cameroon, he is a digital entrepreneur and an employer. The Founder of the biggest job search engine in Africa –  Mbame Churchill is his name and this is what he had to say to on interview.

“The most important thing young graduates need to put at the back of their minds is, in Africa as a whole and Cameroon, in particular, the job market is saturated with job seekers but limited in task seekers.

This means that people are busy looking for jobs – positions in companies based on their acquired certificates but they forget to know that employers on their part are also busy looking for task seekers based on the skills they can provide to accomplish set objectives.

Thus, I strongly recommend that when you have your certificate and are about to enter the job market, you should first of all “unlearn yourself”. Unlearn yourself here means reformat your brain from the notion that your qualification is going to fetch you a job”.

When you unlearn yourself it is then that you realize you lack some basic skills in your field of study that can permit you to deliver in an office.

Once you discover the basic skills you lack don’t bother too much the world is digitalized use your smartphone or go to the cyber and relearn the How part of your studies. Come back and practice anywhere through voluntary service then leave and prepare your job seeking file with confidence. If you do this I bet you, your first two job interviews will definitely see you retained because you will speak like a task seeker and not a job seeker.

How to survive a job interview in Cameroon

1. Be prepared

Study the job advert very well. Employers will technically include their areas of interview in the job specification. You could study the job specifications and relate to your background experience in the fields. After which you try to practice answering speculated questions with a friend. This will make you more confident when you approach the interviewer

You should also know what format the interview is taking. Is it part of an assessment day, or something you can prepare in advance? What’s being tested? Your subject knowledge or more general presentation skills? Clare Whitmell

2. Do not get perplexed by impossible questions

Some employers will ask you very funny and crazy questions such as how do you spend your money? You will definitely by confused but don’t be. Sarah Archer reveals that such questions are meant to find out how you think, what logic you apply, how comfortable you feel about approaching unusual concepts and articulating how you arrive at the answer.

“If you want to prepare for these types of questions, get a friend to ask you some and try out your answers so you become accustomed to answering ‘impossible questions’ even if you don’t know which one might come up.”

3. Be enthusiastic

You will need to show the employer how anxious you are to get the job basing your expression on your experience.

Paul Glover explains that “enthusiasm is demonstrated by asking intelligent and intuitive questions and going that extra mile in terms of preparation and research. Don’t just look at the ‘about us’ section of a website – use other methods to research them as well.”

Also very important hear you will need to smile during the interview. Show to the employer how lively and likable a person you are.

4. Be snappy when explaining your weaknesses

Employers will often ask you what your weaknesses are. This is a very tricky question that can drain your high points. Be snappy about this. If you have many weaknesses as far as the job specification is concern list only one

Think of a weakness that is not going to be considered absolutely essential to the job in question. Then turn a negative into a positive: if you say you are not good at something, tell them what you’re doing to address the issue. Ravi Soni

5. Prepare questions for the end of the interview

Hannah Morton-Hedges: “When your interviewer asks if you have any questions you’d like to ask, you risk asking the same thing that 90% of other candidates have. Turn it round to the interviewer and try to gain an insight into the company through their own experiences. For example, you could ask: ‘What have you enjoyed most about working for this company?’ ‘What do you think are the biggest challenges that the company/department is facing, and how could this role play a part in providing a solution?’

“Another option is to use this part of the interview to overcome any hurdles that your application may be facing. ‘Is there anything in particular about my skills and experience that concerns you, with regards to my application?’ It can work really well as a way of ironing out any misunderstandings or assumptions about prior work experiences that may have been formed.”



Bequikeh Lawrantine nguatem · January 24, 2019 at 11:18 am

I have learn much from the tips above as a job seeker. Now I know what to do during an interview. I have been called on three interviews but to no avail,with the skills above I guest I won’t miss any this time around.thanks very much.

    Georges Munang · February 2, 2019 at 8:52 am

    thanks for coming by and finding our blog interesting

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