Enjoy, as written by Altarboy, Nairaland user!
I have been
contemplating whether to write this or not, cos my experience
was kinda embarrassing for me. But lo and behold, I was shortlisted for
the next stage. So I decided to share this just so that others will pick
a point or two from it (thats if there is any).
I made it to the
interview stage after two tests. So as usual, I got myself prepared for
the interview, researched about the company, got answers to some
possible interview questions.
Fast forward to the venue of the
interview, I met some other candidates at the gate. Some were with their
jotters, rehearsing their answers while others are just whining away
time. So I just walk up to one girl that was standing alone to chat up
with her before the interview start.
Few minute later, they
called in the first person. After about 20 min, they called in the
second person. Then next they called me in
The panel was made up of 3
people, a lady with two other men. From what I later gathered, the lady
is the zonal MD and the two men were from the HR department.
sitting down, they requested for my documents and photocopies, which I
presented to them. They were all quiet, scanning through my documents
until the lady spoke up.
Lady: Can you give us one good reason why you graduated with 2.2
Me: *Silent for a while* Plz repeat the question.
Well, there is no excuse for failure in life. If I have to give any
excuse, it should be why I made 2.1 or first class against all odds and
not why I made 2.2. So I dont think I have any reason to give, even if
there is, I wouldnt say it.
Lady: *Silent while looking at me*
Man1: You just said 2.2 is failure, can you tell us why you used that word failure.
as I put myself for wahala* Well, technically speaking, I called it
failure cos currently in the labor market, 90% of all job vacancy
requires 2.1 and above. Its only few that accept 2.2. And giving the
population of the unemployed graduates, having a 2.2 is really a
disadvantage. Thats why I used the word failure.
Man2: What do you mean by technically?
Me: Conditionally or under a certain condition.
Lady: Now, does it mean that you are technically a failure
don F-up with this word wey I use* Technically am not,*can see the
smile/laff on their face* If I am, I wont be sitting right in front of
you considering the two aptitude tests that one have to scale before
Lady: Maybe luck was on your side.
Me: Luck cant just choose only me among all the 100s of candidates that attended the tests.
Lady: Yes it can
Me: *Silent**in my mind, I was like, e b like say na luck carry you reach this position wey you dey now.*
Man2: Now, tell us why we should hire you?
Me: *smiled**didnt know that the smile was so obvious. So as I was about answering the question, the lady cuts in*
Lady: Why are you smiling?
Me: Nothing ma.
Lady: It cant be nothing, tell us why you are smiling.
Me: *Feeling Scared* Nothing ma, maybe its cos I have a smiling face.
Lady: How can you have a smiling face when you have been boning since you came in here. Even your passport says it all.
Me: *feeling more scared* with due respect ma, its nothing.
Man1: If you dont tell us, I think you should just go so we can call in the next candidate.
*confused and scared, I just decided to say anything* I am smiling
because I was expecting that particular question. *decide to add salt
and pepper* in fact, we have been rehearsing the answers to this
question and some other possible questions outside before I was called
Man1: So you already crammed the answers.
Me: Not really.
Man2: Then what/how
Me: Well, I have come up with some possible answer that suits my personality
Man2: And you think that answer is good enough.
*By now, am already confused, so I was just saying anything that comes
to my mind* Well, at least its good enough to impress the HR.
Lady: Is that what you think
Man1: Ok, Now answer the question
Me: Well, Let me just say it the way it is in my mind. You should hire me because am not going to fail.
Man2: What do you mean by you are not going to fail.
I have been unemployed for a long time, so if given the opportunity, I
will anything that I can to sure that I dont go back to my unemployed
Me: things within the banks policy and interest
Lady: Is that the answer you came up with.
No. I dont want to use it again cos its just to speak English and
doesnt tell the real me since is something I picked over the net and
Man2: Can we hear it.
Lady: No, just leave him *turning
to me* You read chemical engineering, and you want to work in a bank.
Are you not trying to go off your career?
Me: Well, even though I
have a background in engineering, I do not have a career yet until I
gain experience in a particular field, from there I can build my career.
Lady: Do you think you can survive in the bank as an engr.
Engrs are trained to be flexible and adaptive. I believe I can and will
succeed in the banking sector. If Mr. XXXX (the current CEO of the
bank) and Mrs. YYYYY (one of their senior executive) can succeed, I see
no reason why I cant.
Man2: Why are you comparing yourself with them?
Me: Cos they both read a course that has nothing to do with banking.
Lady: Name them.
Me: Electrical Engineering and Microbiology
Man2: So you have the faith that you can do it.
Me: Yes. Plus the fact that I always have luck *grin*.
They just burst out laughing.
Man1: Tell us any three recent happenings in Nigeria or policies by the FG that is affecting the banking industry
Me: TSA, Fight against corruption and drop in oil price.
Lady: Explain them.
Me: *did the little explanation that I can* Summary is that money is leaving the bank
Lady: Go, personnel will get back to you
I begin dey go come dey think say I don f-up Till just last week, I got
a text that that I was successful, that they will get back to be for
the next stage.