I was watching a movie on African Magic Yoruba the other day (yes, I LOVE nollywood movies, please don’t judge me 😀 ). It was about a smart young man (Femi) with a fantastic degree who had been trying to get a job with no luck for a few years after graduation – he was absolutely frustrated.
One day, his best friend, Jide, told him there was a vacancy at his place of work, and that he already told his boss about him (Femi) – he told Femi that he had the job already but just needed to meet his oga and sort out some paperwork.
Femi arrived at the office the next day, full of energy and super enthusiastic. They exchanged pleasantries, and the oga explained to him that he would ask him a few questions to get to know him better, and that Femi wouldn’t have to go through the official interview with the entire management team. Femi was almost jumping out of his chair at this point.
Next thing oga suddenly started shouting ‘DON’T LOOK DOWN, DON’T LOOK DOWN’. ‘How many colours are on the shirt you are wearing?’
Femi was like ‘Sorry Sir??!!??’
The man repeated himself – ‘I said how many colours are on the shirt you are wearing right now?’
Femi was like ‘I don’t know sir………….’ (He was wearing a shirt with 3 stripes and each stripe was a different colour)
LOL! Are you beginning to see where I’m going with this?
The man was like ‘So you picked that shirt, ironed it and wore it this morning and you don’t know how many colours are on it?’
Femi was dumbfounded. Even me watching at home, I was like ‘ha ahn, which kain interview be dis?’
Well, it didn’t matter what I (or Femi) thought about how stupid the question was, he (obviously) didn’t get the job.
Let me ask you this, what would you have done if you were Femi? Do you pay attention to tiny details like that (I personally don’t. In fact when I get home on some days and change into ‘house clothes’, I can’t remember what I wore out that day any more).
And while the chances of you getting asked this question at a job interview are pretty slim (I hope, lol), it CLEARLY highlights the importance of 3 things:
- Attention to detail is a crucial skill employers look out for
- It’s not just about your academics – in fact everyone has a degree these days, and that alone is no longer sufficient when trying to get a good job
- You MUST be super prepared when you are going for an interview. Do everything within your power to prepare yourself and have answers to the questions that will most likely come up
As I wrap up this story, I want you to take a moment and think really hard about this – how effective is your interview preparation? Do you confidently walk into the room, or does your brain start to shut down once you hear the first question?
I used to be like that, I would go blank for a few minutes, then I would eventually attempt to answer the question and I always ended up saying rubbish.
In my desperate attempt to get a job (since my pocket money was running out and I was in a foreign country), I carried out a LOT of research on employability skills, and discovered that I had to prepare for interviews as if I was preparing for JAMB. I later cracked the ‘code’, and tested it soo many times that I got 8 different part time jobs as an undergraduate in University, some during the semester, but most during the Christmas, Easter and Summer breaks.
I invite you to join the fun in our Facebook group where you get to hang out with me, and other young job-seekers. We will all exchange information and learn from one another, and I will also share my personal tips and tricks on how I was able to do what I did. You will also learn how I’ve been able to change jobs pretty much every year since I graduated and moved back to Nigeria (6 jobs in the last 8 years).
So what are you waiting for? Become one of us today, I can’t wait to see you inside 😀