Apologizing for your weaknesses in an interview: The do’s and don’ts


For sure the question about weaknesses will crop up in an interview. We have also discussed how to respond to this question but the big question is, ‘should you apologize for your weaknesses?’ Just think about it, should you? Everyone has weaknesses but if you look at the article on weaknesses that we carried last week, you know how to answer this question.

Let us go into how you should apologize for your weaknesses. I bet you may have not known this neither do most HR executives because if a weakness may offend the panel then you need a way out in order for them not to see you in bad light. If you end the interview without any clarifications or apologies, then you may have lost the chance to get the job.  We all have our disadvantages. Yet, sometimes we consider some of our weaknesses as critical. Just imagine weaknesses like:

The perfect characteristic of a job hunter.


A story is told of a man who convinced his best friend to drive him in his car for a week. The man was tired of driving himself  and thought, ‘my friend is a bit more daring on the road and the way the matatus (public transport) have been pushing me of lately, I think he is better suited to drive my nice prado.’ The trip to and from work was, to say the least horrendous. His friend could take the wrong lane, bang his vehicle a long side-walks and overtake on hills. In no time, the man’s car was in ruins. He had to start all over again.

Now, relate this story to your career. I have noticed a trend that is fast becoming a nuisance – young people accompanying each other on a job searching mission. Well, they say there is strength in numbers, but why would you allow your friend or a family member to speak for you on such occasions?

Post Doctoral Scientist Genomics Job in Nairobi Kenya

Vacancy Number: PDG/BecA/08/11 

Department:
 BecA-ILRI Hub 

Location:
 Nairobi, Kenya 

Duration:
 2-year term with possibility of renewal 

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality livestock science, communications and capacity building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development.
 


Plant Molecular Breeder Job in Nairobi Kenya

Vacancy Number: PMB/BecA/08/11 

Department:
 BecA-ILRI Hub 

Location:
 Nairobi, Kenya 

Duration:
 3-years fixed term appointment 

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality livestock science, communications and capacity building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development.
 

Oshwal Aid / HELB Scholarships 2011 Opportunities

Oshwal Aid - a welfare arm of the Oshwal Education and Relief Board (OE&RB), in association with the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB), invites eligible university students to apply for Scholarships. 

Application forms may be downloaded from the HELB web site [www.helb.co.ke]
 

Vision:
 OSHWAL AID envisages healthy communities, prospering in harmony with the natural environment and in which people are inspired to improve the quality of their own and lives of others. 

Water Services Provision Manager / Officer, Internal Audit Officer and HR Officer Jobs in Kenya

Lake Victoria North Water Services Board was established under the Water Act 2002, as part of the reforms in the water sector. 

The Board is responsible for the efficient and economical provision of water and sewerage services within its area of jurisdiction as authorized by the Licence.
 

The Board seeks to recruit self driven and result oriented candidates to fill the following positions:
 

LVNWSB/P9/2011
 

Water Services Provision Manager 

Senior Data Manager, Senior Statistician and Data Manager Jobs in Kilifi Kenya

KEMRI - Wellcome Trust Research Programme 

(Centre for Geographic Medicine Research – Coast) 

The Epidemiology and Demography (ED) department at KEMRI - Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi is recruiting to fill various positions.
 

The department consists of a number of scientists working in the area of demography, invasive bacterial infections, childhood pneumonia, vaccines, tuberculosis, malaria, genetic susceptibility to infectious diseases and transmission of viral infections.
 

The department is searching for qualified, dynamic and motivated team members to work in different projects/studies in the following positions:
 

Process Improvement Leaders, CAD Design Draughtsman, Maintenance / Mechanical Technicians and Line Mechanics Jobs in Thika

Nampak Kenya Limited is a leading metal packaging manufacturing company based in Thika. 

We are seeking qualified and committed individuals to fill the following vacant positions in our establishment.
 

Process Improvement Leaders 

The position reports to the Production Manager and is responsible for the following among other duties;

Bakery Salesmen – Sales Division Jobs in Mombasa

Male, 25-40 years with at least 2 years experience in the same capacity gained from Fast Moving Consumer Goods companies.
Applicants must possess valid driver’s license and must have experience in driving 6 wheeler vans.
Please send your resume urgently together with 2 passport size photographs to:

Regional Manager Job Vacancy

Chemonics / Kenya Pharma is a USAID funded project that seeks to establish and operate a reliable, sustainable pharmaceutical supply chain management system.
Its aim is to forecast, procure, store, and distribute drugs, supplies, and equipment needed for the care and treatment of persons with HIV/AIDS in Kenya.
Chemoics / kenyapharma has the following vacancy in a region outside Nairobi.
Position Title: Regional Manager

Human Resources Officer Job Vacancy in Nairobi

Pact is an International Non Governmental Organization that facilitates institutional development of civil society organizations (CSOs) through capacity building and partnerships.
As a development organization focusing on capacity building, we are committed to building the capacity of local organizations, networks and coalitions.
Pact is seeking competent persons to fill the following position:
Position: Human Resources Officer
Platform: Pact Programs

Bioinformatician Job in Nairobi Kenya

Vacancy Number: CO/BECA/08/11 

Department:
 BecA-ILRI Hub 

Location:
 Nairobi, Kenya 

Duration:
 2-year term with possibility of renewal 

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality livestock science, communications and capacity building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development.
 

Communications Officer Job in Nairobi Kenya (KShs 130,833)

Vacancy Number: CO/BECA/08/11 

Department:
 BecA-ILRI Hub 

Location:
 Nairobi, Kenya 

Duration:
 2-year term with possibility of renewal 

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality livestock science, communications and capacity building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development.
 

ICT Helpdesk Administrator Job in Nairobi Kenya (KShs 65,833)

Vacancy Number: ICT/HA/08/11 

Department:
 World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) 

Location:
 Nairobi, Kenya 

Duration:
 2-year term with possibility of renewal 

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality livestock science, communications and capacity building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development.
 

The secrets, do’s and don’ts of interviews: ‘Are you a team player and do you work well with others?’


Human beings are very social creatures or so they say. In almost all interviews your characteristics towards a group or team environment will be called upon once or twice. Some few questions may lead towards the way you behave towards a team. So the big question is, ‘how do you behave around a team?’ This is not only applicable to those in the job market already but also to fresh job seekers at entry level. Back in college or university, there were group assignments and believe me, this will be very important.

In your CV, what will you list as your achievements especially if you came straight from college? What will you cite as an example of where you demonstrated that you can work with others? In almost every position you will find yourself, you will face a social environment. Even a programmer who sits in front of the computer most of the time is usually required to work within a team. How do you respond to this environment? If this question comes up in an interview, how will you respond?

Winning in an interview – The tone of the voice.


Have you heard a person complain about not liking the tone of one’s speech? Are there people you talk to and can compliment you but you can easily take it the wrong way because of their tone? Have you ever taken time to listen to the tone of your speech? In my practice, I have heard many interviewers complain of an interviewee being rude. But if you investigate, it is the tone of their speech and well they didn’t intend to be rude. You need to know that an interview is similar in a way to a tune. The lyrics are the content of the interviewee's responses and the music is the tone of voice used. Certain songs may have an optimistic empowering effect or contrarily may be melancholy and blue.

Your tone says a lot about you. It portrays the confidence in you and the type of person you are. A job applicant that responds in a confident manner is likely to induce confidence in the interviewer. 

Huawei Kenya Vacancies

We are one of the world’s leading telecommunication equipment manufacturers and supplier with offices around the globe.

We are seeking to recruit high caliber and result oriented individual to fill the following vacant position:

Senior Certification Training Engineer
1 Position
Responsibilities

Graduate Trainee Kenyan Jobs. Salary 20k.

If you have a desire to succeed in the financial and accounting field and are looking to gain more rewards and appreciation for your efforts, we can provide an excellent and unique opportunity to do exactly that. Our client, a leader in Business Process Outsourcing, focusing on Finance and Accounting, with a client base of local and international companies operating in the East African Market and Europe is looking to hire a Graduate Trainee. 
During this period the successful candidate will have the opportunity to get hands on experience in:

Preparing financial statements
Reconciliation of accounts
Posting and maintain ledger accounts
Raising of invoices and purchase orders
Pay roll processing
Tax management
Audit processes and procedures

Ledger Accounting Jobs Kenya. Salary 35,000.

Our client, a leader in Business Process Outsourcing, focusing on Finance and Accounting, with a client base of local and international companies operating in the East African Market and Europe is looking to hire a Ledger Accountant. Reporting to the Managing Director the purpose of this job is to ensure that all clients’ business transactions have been accounted for and have been posted correctly. 
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
The main responsibilities in this role include to:

Post all client transactions in the system on a daily basis
Maintain a master list of monthly journal entries
Ensure that recurring entries are changed or terminated at appropriate trigger points
Prepare monthly closings and financial statements
Reconcile and maintain balance sheet accounts
Review contract obligations to ensure all contract invoices have been received and processed
Perform other duties as assigned

Position Requirements

Payroll Clerk Job. Salary 35,000.

Our client, a leader in Business Process Outsourcing, focusing on Finance and Accounting, with a client base of local and international companies operating in the East African Market and Europe is looking to hire a Payroll Clerk. Reporting to the Managing Director the purpose of this job is to ensure accurate and timely processing of payrolls for clients in accordance with statutory regulations. 
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
The main responsibilities in this role include to:

Accountant Kenyan Jobs. Salary 60,000.

Our client, a leader in Business Process Outsourcing, focusing on Finance and Accounting, with a client base of local and international companies operating in the East African Market and Europe is looking to hire a Senior Accountant. Reporting to the Managing Director the purpose of this job is to ensure that accurate and timely financial management information is generated to enable the organisation support clients effectively. 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
The main responsibilities in this role include to:

Executive Director Job in Kenya

Fixed term contract, initially three years

Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK), a leading local NGO in the provision of Reproductive Health Information and services wishes to recruit an Executive Director who will provide leadership and management of the Association.

Reporting to the National Executive Committee, the Executive Director will strategically position the organizations programmes as a leader in ASRH and ensure its sustainability.

As part of a dynamic senior team working on cutting edge initiatives in family planning and sexual and reproductive health, you will co-ordinate our key functions to ensure a unified approach.

Media and Social Research Managers Jobs in Kenya

InterMedia (www.intermedia.org) is a leading international media research, public opinion, evaluation and consulting organization creatively equipping clients to understand their audiences, gauge their effectiveness and target their communications in transitional and
developing societies worldwide.

Based in Washington, DC, with offices in London and Nairobi, we are a non-governmental and non-partisan organization with a strong reputation for conducting high quality research and delivering strategic insights for our clients, including; US Government, International Broadcasters, Global Foundations, UN Agencies and International and National NGO’s.

InterMedia, Africa, based in Nairobi, was launched in May 2011 and is recruiting experienced Media and Social Research Managers to join its small Gigiri based team.

Monitoring and Evaluation Associate Job in Kenya

Health, Education and Social Programs

Position: Monitoring and Evaluation Associate

Nairobi, Kenya

About ICF International

ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI) partners with government and commercial clients to deliver professional services and technology solutions in the energy and climate change; environment and infrastructure; health, human services, and social programs; and homeland security and defense markets.

White Rhino Hotel Jobs in Nyeri Kenya

The White Rhino Hotel is a century old hotel situated within Nyeri County.

Strategically located and with potentially high guest traffic, the hotel seeks the services of the following people to oversee its overall operations;

1. Hotel General Manager

2. Restaurant supervisors

3. Night Auditor

4. Store Keeper

5. Head of Security

6. Sales & Marketing Manager

HIS Technical Advisor Job in Kenya

Health, Education and Social Programs

Position: HIS Technical Advisor

Nairobi, Kenya

About ICF International

ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI) partners with government and commercial clients to deliver professional services and technology solutions in the energy and climate change; environment and infrastructure; health, human services, and social programs; and homeland security and defense markets.

Head of Lubricants Business Job Vacancy in Kenya

Hass Petroleum, a regional oil marketing company with operations in East Africa and the Great lakes region is seeking to recruit a Head of Lubricants to manage its lubricants business in the region.

Role: Head of Lubricants Business

Job Purpose:

The job purpose is to lead, co-ordinate and manage the lubricants business with accountability for financial and business results. To ensure that the business performs to the company’s business plan.

Agronomists Jobs in Kenya

A leading Manufacturing / Trading concern in Agro – Chemicals with a strong position within East Africa is looking to recruit experienced Agronomists for various regions in Kenya.
The ideal candidates must have:-
  • Hands – on experience in agriculture.
  • A degree holder or diploma in agriculture from a recognised institution.
  • A clean driving licence with at least 3 years driving experience.
  • Ambitious, self-driven, independent, good communicator, well organised, capable of meeting targets coupled with strong leadership and strategic qualities.

Senior Quantity Surveyor Job Vacancy in Kenya

A leading Civil Engineering Contractor is seeking to recruit a mature and dynamic professional to fill the above mentioned position.

This opportunity has risen for the professional to work in the Head Office located in Nairobi.

We are looking for an experienced, quick learner, result-oriented, disciplined and self driven person with the desire to deliver beyond customer expectations.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Liaise with Site Agents to ensure that Interim Payment Certificates are correct and are timely generated.
  • Evaluate variations

General Manager, Factory Manager and Product Salesman Jobs in Kenya

An established Plastic Manufacturing company based in Nairobi requires:

General Manager

Responsible for ensuring the profitable, sustainable growth of the business through a range of established and new product lines, the General Manager will develop and lead a support team covering all operational and commercial activities, including procurement strategy, production, marketing, R $ D,HR and finance.

A graduate with a minimum 10 years experience in plastics / chemical or similar production environment and demonstrable leadership skills, this is a challenging role in a dynamic, innovative and rapidly growing industry

Career Opportunities in Consulting - PKF in Eastern Africa

PKF in Eastern Africa provides accounting and business advisory services to a wide variety of local and international organizations.

We have an excellent reputation for helping clients boost their performance. Our teams provide many different services to clients including small, medium and large size businesses, government and non governmental bodies from all sectors.

We believe in recruiting and retaining sound professional staff and providing them with opportunities for growth in a stimulating and enabling work environment.

To strengthen our team, we intend to recruit capable Corporate Finance and Organizational Development Consultants.

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics) Job Vacancy in Kenya

Should be a scholar with high credentials in academic, research and administration fields.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor is expected to be innovative and visionary with the ability to coordinate teaching and learning in the University, among other responsibilities.

Qualifications and Experience

Should:

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