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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?

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.
 

Post Doctoral Scientist Genomics - BecA 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 - BecA 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
 

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;

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. 

Purchasing Officer and Internal Auditors Jobs in Kenya

Narok University College 

(A Constituent College of Moi University)
 

Vacancies
 

Narok University College, a Constituent College of Moi University was established in July 2008. Presently, it has seven (7) Schools offering various degree and diploma programmes.
 

The University College is situated two (2) kilometers from Narok town, off Narok - Sotik road and next to the Maasai Mara junction.

The University College invites suitably qualified applicants for the following vacant positions:-
 

Administration and Finance Division
 

Project Coordinator and Procurement / Logistics Officer Jobs in Kenya

The Fafi Integrated Development Association is seeking to recruit qualified Kenyan nationals to the following positions: 

Project Coordinator 

Ref:
 PRC/O8/2011 

Responsibilities
 

Under the overall supervision of the Programmes Co-ordinator, the Project Co-ordinator is responsible for the management and development of the project activities. The Project Coordinator will lead and supervise a team of field staff and collaborate with relevant ministries, local authorities and other agencies.
 

Supply Chain Manager Job Vacancy in Kenya

We are the Construction arm and flagship brand of a group of companies with interests in the Construction, Real Estate Development and Telecommunication sectors.
Based in Kenya, we are ISO 9001 :2008 certified and have growing operations in South Sudan and Rwanda.
A Kenya Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies and Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship Winner.
Our vision is to set new benchmarks in the industry through commitment to integrity and excellence.

Accountant Job Vacancy in Moroto Uganda

VSF Belgium is a recognized developmental International NGO founded in 1995 working with disadvantaged communities to increase their standards of living, improve food security and livelihood sustainability through improved animal health and animal production. 

In East Africa, our programmes focus on community based animal health services, capacity building of local institutions and governments, conflict mitigation and sustainable natural resource management.
 

Position Title:
 Accountant 

Project Accountant Job Vacancy in Rumbek, South Sudan

VSF Belgium is a recognized developmental International NGO founded in 1995 working with disadvantaged communities to increase their standards of living, improve food security and livelihood sustainability through improved animal health and animal production. 

In East Africa, our programmes focus on community based animal health services, capacity building of local institutions and governments, conflict mitigation and sustainable natural resource management.
 

Position Title:
 Project Accountant 
Duty Station:
 Rumbek, South Sudan 
Duration:
 1 Year, renewable 
Availability:
 Immediately 

Role
 

Field Officer Job Vacancy in Kenya

The Employer 

A rapidly expanding local commercial bank with a countrywide network is looking to maintain and enhance its leadership position in the industry through the recruitment of
 Field Officer - Agent Banking 

The Candidates
 
  • Fresh, young and energetic individuals who have a passion and flair for sales as well as being self-driven and results-oriented.
  • The ideal candidates should also be able to work with minimal supervision and possess the ability to meet and exceed stretching targets.

Distribution Manager Job in Kenya (KShs 70k and above)

Our client, a fast moving consumer good firm is looking forward to recruiting a Distribution Manager. 

Roles and Responsibilities
 

To handle the daily activities involved with the collection, receipt, and distribution of goods and materials.
 

To use tracking and information systems to document, track and locate these products.
 

Re-ordering goods
 

Monitoring stock levels
 

Arranging the purchasing and supply of equipment
 

Sales Executive Job in Kenya (KShs 30 - 40K)

Our client, a fast moving consumer good firm is looking forward to recruiting a Horeca Sales Executive 

Roles and Responsibilities
 

Responsible for acquiring new HORACA accounts
 

Visit clients to demonstrate products, show samples and take orders for the companies products
 

Arrange a program of visits to major potential hotel and restaurant owners by contacting people and making appointments
 

Develop and update knowledge of own varieties, products, and competitors products
 

Laboratory Technologist Job in Upperhill Nairobi

Limo house hospital, an executive clinic in Upperhill is looking for a laboratory technologist. 

Qualifications
 
  • Should hold a diploma in medical laboratory technology from a reputable institution. (preferably Kenya medical training college or Kenya polytechnic)
  • Must be registered with the Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians & Technologists Board.
  • Minimum KCSE C+

Technical Officer Job in Kenya

WWF - The Global Conservation Organization, Kenya Country Office (WWF - KCO), is seeking to recruit a 

Technical Officer – Lake Naivasha Water Resource Users Association (LANAWRUA) 

to be based in Naivasha.
 

The Technical Officer will work on full time basis to promote water stewardship amongst water users in Naivasha basin. The incumbent will take lead in WWF-M&S project implementation, strengthening work done by Alliance for Water Stewardship in Naivasha basin.
 

Major duties include:

Brand Manager Job in Kenya (Kshs 70K and above)

Brand Manager Job Advert 

(Salary 70k and above)
 

Our client, a firm dealing with fast moving consumer goods is looking for
Brand Manager. 

Roles and Responsibilities
 

To do research on consumer markets, monitoring market trends and identifying potential areas in which to invest, based upon consumer needs and spending habits
 

To look at the pricing of products and analysing the potential profitability
 

Generate names for new and existing products and services, coming up with ideas for new packaging designs, including shape, size, colours, fonts and imagery
 

Key Account Manager Job in Kenya (KShs 30-40K)

Our client, a fast moving consumer goods firm is looking forward to recruiting a Key Account Manager (Gross Salary 30K-40k) 

Duties and Responsibilities
 

To liaise with clients,create and develop relationship.
 

To assist in the preparation of business agreements
 

Ability to devise a detailed plan and run projects in way that will realize income.
 

To ensure that accounts meet targets.
 

To prepare proposals, presentation, reports as required.
 

To input detailed solutions to maximize profits.
 

Education and Qualifications

Trainer Job Vacancy in Kenya

Position: Trainer 

Reporting to:
 Head of Human Resources 

Supervises:
 None 

Position Summary:
 

The Trainer will be responsible for the preparation, facilitation and assessment of learning and development programmes, with the aim of facilitating the acquisition or improvement of job related skills and competencies.
 

This will involve participating in the entire learning and development cycle – from needs analysis; programme design; delivery and post-delivery evaluation.
 

Project Manager (Family Tracing) Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Position: Project Manager (Family Tracing) 

Job site:
 Nairobi, Kenya 

Duration:
 5 months (Immediate) 

Report to:Protection/Livelihood Expert
 

Status:
 Collaborator/ Full-time 

Purpose / Objectives:
 

INTERSOS is an independent non-profit humanitarian organization committed to assist the victims of natural disasters and armed conflicts and has been working in South Central Somalia since 1993.
 

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