My worst Interview ever was in September 2013, can’t remember the exact date but it was an oil and gas indigenous company.It was my first complete disaster🙈🙈.
I couldn’t even remember when I had applied for the company, I was fresh out of grad school and just sending my CV’s everywhere😒😒. I got a call and was asked to sell myself as I had applied to the company. My first thought was ‘’how can I sell myself? After mumbling a lot of jargon🤠, the interviewer was obviously not impressed, he vocally expressed it, but to my surprise, I was invited for a written interview ‘’OMG’’ 😳😳😳😳.
On that faithful day I was more prepared with my dress code than I was with the interview. You know Nigerian tests na, people must plenty😒. The written test was not so hard, although very technical, so I wasn’t surprised I was invited for the face to face interview. In AY’s voice ‘’Na dia the real reggae dey’’😆.
Firstly, I did not research further on the position I was applying for, In fact I didn’t even know what the position was, for all I cared, it was a graduate position. The ‘’d’’ day came and as usual my outfit was on point. The interview was meant to start by 9am but it started by 4pm. I was already stretched thin and looking at me, you could tell I was really hungry and tired 😔😔.My eyeballs were already out from its sockets literally 🤤🤤.. The room was filled with master’s students; ah intimidation was the order of the day. Everyone was talking about school, where they had worked or the interviews they had attended. I complained mildly that we should be offered tea or biscuits after being kept for so long, I mean oil and gas company that cannot do tea break is that one company at all? 🤔
When the interview started, every one going in came out with very red not smiling faces, I could tell it was tough. When it got to my turn, I could feel my heart in my head. It was definitely a good cop-bad cop interview situation and asides the technical questions being asked; they were asking some software crazy questions. Thoughts running through my mind was, is it in Nigerian school am supposed to learn those softwares? 😒😒
At the end of the day, I was not offered a position but I learnt quite a lot.
Know what the position is all about.
If you are asked how long you would like to work for the company, if possible say till your death bed, never say the truth.
Thou shalt not over dress, just dress comfortably, these days I roll up my sleeves, wear a pair of smart looking trousers and just jump in, what really matters is to know your stuff.🤓
Yes, It's okay not to answer all the questions right, but answer to the best of your ability and take a chill pill.
Don't stress it, take your time, relax and breathe. As nervous as you are, your interviewer is probably more nervous.😘