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Re: 6 Annoying Things Nigerian Interviewers Do When Interviewing An Applicant by chadbaby: 3:00pm On Jun 13, 2016
using interview as a true test of a candidates ability is wrong considering many factors that could make one unstable during d interview. so i told one hr and all she could say was "Most Nigerian graduates are unemployable". very annoying as if she sef de employable. just because luck shined on them shouldn't make them feel other graduates out there looking for jobs are unemployable. Another annoying thing is that hrs expect u to know all. Where is the training and development function in the human resource department of most organizations? they no longer want to train. Most of them are now very incompetent
Re: 6 Annoying Things Nigerian Interviewers Do When Interviewing An Applicant by numen(m): 3:03pm On Jun 13, 2016
olaric:
Everyone blames an applicant for not making the most of the opportunity he or she has when in front of an interviewer. Sadly, no one has deemed it fit to beam the searchlight on the interviewer—some Nigerian HR persons can be damn rude sometimes. Most HR persons like playing “god”—can’t blame though, the economy is in a terrible shape. It is a world where an applicant is always at the mercy of the employer. Here are seven annoying things Nigerian interviewers do when interviewing an applicant.

Keeps you waiting without a word of apology
The letter asking you to attend an interview or chat states that the interview is for 9 am in the morning—and you are there before the set time. However, some HR person playing “god” walks into the venue by 10 am without a word of apology and acts like you are a-nobody. I mean this is typical of most Nigerian employers.

Talks down on you
Some HR persons would talk down on you and treat you like you are a nobody. It had to be said that no responsible company employs interviewers that treat candidates badly.

Acts like he was not once an applicant
It is so disheartening that some HR persons act like they were not once in your shoes (na your papa get the company?). They not only talk down on you, but expect you to act like a superhuman who has answers to everything about the company.

Cuts you off when you are speaking?
Lousy HRs don’t know a jack about manners—and that’s why they treat applicants like they are beneath them in status. They ask a question, and before you could finish offering an explanation—they cut you off without offering any form of apology.

Don’t Know a Jack about the job he/she is interviewing you for
It is not so difficult to know if an interviewer has little or no knowledge about the job he/she is interviewing you for. Anyone involved in an interview process should be as prepared as you are when interviewing you—regardless of whether it is his field or not.

Comes to an interview unprepared
Most HR persons don’t read through an applicant’s CV before the ‘D-day—ugh! When an interviewer starts asking you to tell him about yourself or ask you to walk him through your resume. They have no questions about your background because they have never given it a moment’s thought—this is absolutely unacceptable.

You can add yours.

Sweeping assertions!

I was a member of an interview panel on friday 10/06/2016. We were divided into 2 and we certainly did not display the traits you just mentioned here. I'll take your points chronologically:

1.) We were on time way before the candidates but one particular candidate complained to my team that he just got the text for the interview that morning that we should try and give people at least a day's notice so they can plan themselves. We promptly apologised and reaffirmed that it will never happen again. We kept apologising the guy nearly got embarrassed.

2.) There's noway I can prove this point, but we don't talk down on candidates even those that blatantly lie.

3.) The experience humbled me to the point I asked a colleague to take a picture of us at it because I remembered that I was at the opposite side of the table 8+ years ago. It's a humbling experience. An opportunity to show God that you are grateful and not intoxicated by power.

4.) Again I can't prove this but it's definitely not in our MO. Though some candidates can be extremely tempting. Only God knows the kind of Tori/y some interviewers hear.

5.) I know jack about the job (8+years), my colleagues also know jack about the job. We were a perfect mix of HCM staff and field officers. (The job the candidates were going for was a field job)

6.) I invite you to come and read through and memorize 3000+ CVs. We scan through your CV once you come to our table. One of the reasons we asked candidates to tell us about themselves is because that question has proven to be a good way to catch liars. Some will give you a different info on their CV, a different info on the form they filled and a different info when you asked them to tell you about themselves. There's a reason for that question NOT because we don't take a look at CVs at all.

In conclusion not all companies are the same.

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Re: 6 Annoying Things Nigerian Interviewers Do When Interviewing An Applicant by Ezionye(f): 4:00pm On Jun 13, 2016
SamAbims:
The last interview I went on was somehow funny. The lady was just frowning like I won't give u this job no matter what u say. I mean why frown like we having an argument when we supposed to be having a smile filled discussion? I didn't get the job and I didn't die. tongue

Lol
Re: 6 Annoying Things Nigerian Interviewers Do When Interviewing An Applicant by dfrost: 5:17pm On Jun 13, 2016
Highbhee:

Lol...i trust Warri boys,dem go find One name Asap

Na so nah. Cunny man die, cunny man bury am
Re: 6 Annoying Things Nigerian Interviewers Do When Interviewing An Applicant by INDUSTRIALFAN(m): 6:07pm On Jun 13, 2016
wailing:

ama take weed next time grin grin
Take weed and take over the company right? grin
Re: 6 Annoying Things Nigerian Interviewers Do When Interviewing An Applicant by Nobody: 6:46pm On Jun 13, 2016
INDUSTRIALFAN:
Take weed and take over the company right? grin
grin grin
Re: 6 Annoying Things Nigerian Interviewers Do When Interviewing An Applicant by Nobody: 7:17pm On Jun 13, 2016
numen:


Sweeping assertions!

I was a member of an interview panel on friday 10/06/2016. We were divided into 2 and we certainly did not display the traits you just mentioned here. I'll take your points chronologically:

1.) We were on time way before the candidates but one particular candidate complained to my team that he just got the text for the interview that morning that we should try and give people at least a day's notice so they can plan themselves. We promptly apologised and reaffirmed that it will never happen again. We kept apologising the guy nearly got embarrassed.

2.) There's noway I can prove this point, but we don't talk down on candidates even those that blatantly lie.

3.) The experience humbled me to the point I asked a colleague to take a picture of us at it because I remembered that I was at the opposite side of the table 8+ years ago. It's a humbling experience. An opportunity to show God that you are grateful and not intoxicated by power.

4.) Again I can't prove this but it's definitely not in our MO. Though some candidates can be extremely tempting. Only God knows the kind of Tori/y some interviewers hear.

5.) I know jack about the job (8+years), my colleagues also know jack about the job. We were a perfect mix of HCM staff and field officers. (The job the candidates were going for was a field job)

6.) I invite you to come and read through and memorize 3000+ CVs. We scan through your CV once you come to our table. One of the reasons we asked candidates to tell us about themselves is because that question has proven to be a good way to catch liars. Some will give you a different info on their CV, a different info on the form they filled and a different info when you asked them to tell you about themselves. There's a reason for that question NOT because we don't take a look at CVs at all.

In conclusion not all companies are the same.
numen, thanks for the info
I should be having an interview next week with a multinational coy. Pls how do you people treat stammerers (of low degree anyway)?
Re: 6 Annoying Things Nigerian Interviewers Do When Interviewing An Applicant by Nobody: 7:37pm On Jun 13, 2016
olaric:
Everyone blames an applicant for not making the most of the opportunity he or she has when in front of an interviewer. Sadly, no one has deemed it fit to beam the searchlight on the interviewer—some Nigerian HR persons can be damn rude sometimes. Most HR persons like playing “god”—can’t blame though, the economy is in a terrible shape. It is a world where an applicant is always at the mercy of the employer. Here are seven annoying things Nigerian interviewers do when interviewing an applicant.

Keeps you waiting without a word of apology
The letter asking you to attend an interview or chat states that the interview is for 9 am in the morning—and you are there before the set time. However, some HR person playing “god” walks into the venue by 10 am without a word of apology and acts like you are a-nobody. I mean this is typical of most Nigerian employers.

Talks down on you
Some HR persons would talk down on you and treat you like you are a nobody. It had to be said that no responsible company employs interviewers that treat candidates badly.

Acts like he was not once an applicant
It is so disheartening that some HR persons act like they were not once in your shoes (na your papa get the company?). They not only talk down on you, but expect you to act like a superhuman who has answers to everything about the company.

Cuts you off when you are speaking?
Lousy HRs don’t know a jack about manners—and that’s why they treat applicants like they are beneath them in status. They ask a question, and before you could finish offering an explanation—they cut you off without offering any form of apology.

Don’t Know a Jack about the job he/she is interviewing you for
It is not so difficult to know if an interviewer has little or no knowledge about the job he/she is interviewing you for. Anyone involved in an interview process should be as prepared as you are when interviewing you—regardless of whether it is his field or not.

Comes to an interview unprepared
Most HR persons don’t read through an applicant’s CV before the ‘D-day—ugh! When an interviewer starts asking you to tell him about yourself or ask you to walk him through your resume. They have no questions about your background because they have never given it a moment’s thought—this is absolutely unacceptable.

You can add yours.

I don't agree with your last point, asking you about yourself is a standard question world wide. You are basically telling the interviewer about yourself for the job you are applying for, and they want to know if you are who they are looking for.

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