Monday, 20 November 2017


Interview Questions to expect;

1. What is Your Greatest Strength?
2. What Is Your Greatest Weakness?
3. Tell Me About Yourself?

1. What is Your Greatest Strength?

How should you answer questions about your strengths?
The best way to respond is to describe the skills and experience that you have which directly correlates with the job you are applying for. Be prepared to answer by making a list of the qualifications mentioned in the job posting. 
Then, make a list of your skills that match those listed. This list can include education or training, soft skills, hard skills, or past work experiences. Narrow your list of skills down to 3 - 5 particularly strong skills.
Next to each skill, note an example of how you have used that strength in the past.
This will prepare you for when the employer asks you to elaborate on a particular strength. When you answer, you will be sharing strengths that match the qualifications the company is seeking. Also incorporate these power words that help make a good impression into your responses.

2. What Is Your Greatest Weakness?

What's the best way to talk about weaknesses at job interviews?
It's important to respond carefully because you don't want the hiring manager to think that you're not going to be able to do the job. There are several different ways to answer when you're asked during a job interview what your greatest weakness is. You can mention skills that aren't critical for the job, discuss skills you have improved on, or turn a negative into a positive.

How to Answer What Is Your Greatest Weakness
Even though the question is about weaknesses, your answer should always be framed around positive aspects of your skills and abilities as an employee.
  • Discuss Non-Essential Skills
One approach to answering this question is to analyze the key skills and strengths required for the position you are interviewing for and then come up with an honest shortcoming which is not essential for success in that job.
  • Mention Skills You Have Improved
Another option is to discuss skills that you have improved upon during your previous job, so you are showing the interviewer that you can make improvements when necessary.
You can sketch for employers your initial level of functioning, discuss the steps you have taken to improve this area, and then reference your current, improved level of skill.
If you use this strategy be sure not to mention anything that you improved upon that is related to the job for which you are interviewing.

You don't want your qualifications for the job to be questioned.

3. Tell Me About Yourself?

Interviewers will sometimes start an interview with an open-ended question like "Tell me about yourself." It's a way to break the ice and make you feel more comfortable during the interview process. It's also a way for the hiring manager to get insight into your personality to help determine if you're a good fit for the job.
Sharing too much or too little information isn't a good idea. The interviewer doesn't want to know everything about you, but disclosing too little can make him or her wonder why you aren't more open.

How to Answer the Tell Me About Yourself Interview Question
Although it might be tempting to share a list of your most compelling qualifications for the job at hand, a more low-key approach will probably help you to develop a personal rapport with your interviewer.
Try starting out by sharing some personal interests which don't relate directly to your work. Examples might include a hobby which you are passionate about like quilting, astronomy, chess, choral singing, golf, skiing, tennis, or antiquing.

Interests like long distance running or yoga which help to represent your healthy, energetic side are worth mentioning. Pursuits like being an avid reader or solving crossword puzzles or brain teasers will help to showcase your intellectual leaning. Interests like golf, tennis, and gourmet food might have some value if you would be entertaining clients in your new job.
Volunteer work will demonstrate the seriousness of your character and commitment to the welfare of your community.
Interactive roles like PTA volunteer, museum tour guide, fundraiser, or chair of a social club will help show your comfort with engaging others.
Transition to Professional from Personal

After sharing a few interesting personal aspects of your background, you can transition to sharing some key professional skills that would help you to add value if you were hired for your target job.
Consider using phrases like "In addition to those interests and passions, my professional life is a huge part of who I am, so I'd like to talk a bit about some of the strengths which I would bring to this job."

Share Your Expertise
Be ready to share three or four of the personal qualities, skills and/or areas of expertise which would help you to excel in the job for which you are interviewing. Ultimately, you will want to share several other strengths before the interview is over.
Make a list of your strengths before you go into the interview, so you know what you will share. Look at the job description and match it with your skills. Then share the top few skills which make you an ideal candidate for the job.
However, be careful not to overwhelm the interviewer with too much information. After mentioning three or four strengths, you might mention that you have several other assets which you would like to discuss as the interview unfolds.
At first, you should only mention the asset and allude only briefly to some proof of how you have tapped it to your advantage. For example, you might say that you love to give presentations and that has helped you to generate lots of leads at sales dinners for prospective clients.
Later in the interview, you will want to be more specific and detailed in discussing situations, interventions and results flowing from your strengths.

Avoid Politics and Controversy
Typically, you would steer clear of controversial topics like politics or religion. It's important to avoid any references to topics that would cause concern about your ethics, character, productivity, or work ethic. You also don't need to share personal information about your family.
There is no need to discuss spouses, partners, children, or any other strictly personal information.

watch out for more on interview questions to expect.


Interview questions to expect...

1. What can you tell me about yourself?
2. Can you list your strengths?
3. What weaknesses do you have?
4. Why should I consider hiring you?
5. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
6. Why do you want to work here?
7. What is your salary expectation?
8. What motivates you?
9. What makes a good team player?
10. Is there anything that you would like to ask me?

It is fair to say that you might not be asked every one of these questions at an interview. You may even be asked other, more bizarre ones, like ‘if you were an animal, which would you be?’ Such questions are designed to see how good you are at thinking on your feet so you cannot truly prepare for them. Just relax and say something sensible. For the other common interview questions, consider how you might answer them before you get face-to-face.

1. What can you tell me about yourself?
Talk about yourself in summary and avoid rambling. Your detailed work history can be found on your CV, after all, so focus on elements that you want to highlight rather than going through everything. It is okay to discuss your personality and what ambitions you have. Ideally, you will give the interviewer a positive insight into how you would fit in as an employee. 

2. Can you list your strengths?
An exhaustive list of adjectives, such as ‘capable’, ‘hard-working’ or ‘diligent’, won’t really portray you well because anyone can make such claims about themselves. Instead, think about three things that you do well and give concrete examples. If you are a strong organiser, for example, then talk about a project that you coordinated, or a new procedure that you formulated. If you are good with numbers, then talk about your skills

3. What weaknesses do you have?
Never say that you have no weaknesses. Everyone who does this comes across like they have simply not prepared for the interview. Likewise, avoid giving yourself a back-handed compliment, such as, ‘I work too hard.’ Remember that being able to identify a weakness is a strength. Focus on an area of your work that needs to be improved. You might have been trained in something that you’d like to take to the next level, for example. Point out that this is a weakness, but something you have identified and are focusing on resolving. Interviewers want to understand that you have the ability to be honest about yourself and to seek self-improvement.

4. Why should I consider hiring you?
If you are highly qualified for the job you are applying for, then you should point this out, but don’t forget that other people being interviewed may match or exceed your suitability. In such cases, focus on what else you can bring to the job, perhaps with your soft skill set, like being able to integrate well with existing members of the team, for instance. Don’t give up on an interview if you´re not fully qualified for the job. Appeal to the interviewer’s desire to hire someone with drive. If you are not the finished article, then point out how keen you are to learn and be mentored. Accentuate the positive aspects of what you can do now and how quickly you will be able to progress with what you don’t know if hired.

5. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
This is your chance to talk about your wider ambitions and goals. It is okay to say you’d like to progress on from the position on offer in most cases. Bosses want to hire people with determination so don’t be shy about sounding ambitious or hungry for success. Ideally, try to contextualise your ambitions within the organisation that you are applying to join because this tends to go down better.

6. Why do you want to work here?
This is your chance to show that you have researched the company you are applying to work with. Avoid saying anything negative about your current employer which makes it seem you are simply after any job at all. Typical things you might say are that the company operates in your chosen sector, that it provides a clearly structured career path and that the organisation has a good reputation. Don’t simply trot these ideas out, though. Do your research!

7. What is your salary expectation?
This is one of the most troublesome questions for many interviewees. For some people, however, it causes no bother at all. It will depend on your personality as to how you feel talking about salary expectations. That said, there are some tips to help you deal with the question. Firstly, it is okay to talk about pay in terms of ranges and not to be specific about a particular number. It is also okay to include other benefits, like healthcare, pensions and time off within the context of salary. Make sure you have looked at other, similar jobs being advertised in other organisations so that you have an idea of the pay rate in the market.

8. What motivates you?
Motivation is personal, so there is no wrong answer that you can give. It might be down to your desire to succeed and build a career, but it might also be because you want to provide for your family both perfectly good answers if you choose to give them. In some professions, caring or vocational motivations might be worth mentioning, too.

9. What makes a good team player?
Many people say in their CV that they are good at working cooperatively or are team players, but few say what this actually means. Think about examples from your past that demonstrate your ability to build bridges, form networks or simply get on with people. This needn’t be from your professional life. You could cite any examples from clubs or organisations to which you belong. Answering this question well is especially important for people who want to be team leaders or to manage a department.

10. Is there anything that you would like to ask me?
Always have at least one question prepared in advance. This is your chance to drill down into an area of the business that might not have been covered in the interview. Alternatively, you may simply like to ask for feedback on how you have done in the interview. A good tip is to pick up on something that has been mentioned in passing by the interviewer about the job. Ask him or her to expand on this. Not only does it make you appear interested, but it shows that you have been listening attentively to what has been said. It should leave the interviewer with a good final impression of you.

These ten questions are certainly not the only ones that can be posed, but they are the most common ones. Remember that you don’t need to answer all questions at an interview if you feel they are too personal or you are not comfortable with them. Getting yourself prepared for common questions is necessary prep work before attending an interview. Don’t make the answer come across as rehearsed; rather, just remember the gist of your answer and then let the sentences flow freely during the interview, which gives the interviewer a much better impression of you.
Watch out for more on this topic in next publication.

Good luck

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Constitution amendments in Nigeria

This is the list of issues belating progress in The Federal Government of Nigeria, that was voted on yesterday 26th of July,2017 by the National Assembly.

I will commend them for some of the decisions made, which Nigerians can be rest assured will go a long way to help in the advancement of the Nation. The amendments of age limits for presidency and governorship contesting is a good one as there was no real tangible reason for the age barrier limit before. The amendment on percentage of women being nominated for ministerial n commissioner positions both in national and state level is good too as women will be given more chance to be involve in governing.
Whats up with the `immunity for legislators for Acts in course of Duty`? Does it mean that whatever the legislators do during the course of duty is ok? Does it mean whatever is done during the course of duty is not liable to be indicted for?
The amendments on `Restriction of Tenure of President and Governor`, was that done because of only the former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, or was it for the benefit of Nigerians?

Saturday, 8 July 2017

My Country by Mazi Stylo

Music is said to give an outlet to our deepest yearnings,this song puts things in context as to the position our nation holds or should hold in our hearts.
Until we as individuals take on the burden of rectifying that which is faulty about the nation, we will not be able to see the beauty of patriotism.
Enjoy the tune...and reflect on your role in moving the nation in the positive direction.
Fresh tune from Mama Africa's son Stylo-"Naija ma Country"
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Monday, 19 June 2017

New Jam

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Nigeria Democracy Day. Speech by Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo

Full text of speech by acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,  Prof.  Yemi Osinbajo

Dear Nigerians, I bring you good wishes from President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, who as we all
know is away from the country on medical vacation.
Today marks the second anniversary of our assumption of office. We must thank the Almighty God
not only for preserving our lives to celebrate this second anniversary, but for giving us hope,
strength and confidence as we faced the challenges of the past two years.
Our administration outlined three specific areas for our immediate intervention on assumption of
office: these were Security, Corruption and the Economy.
In the Northeast of our country, the terrorist group Boko Haram openly challenged the sovereignty
and continued existence of the state, killing, maiming,and abducting, causing the displacement of
the largest number of our citizens in recent history. Beyond the North East they extended their
mindless killings, as far away as Abuja, Kano And Kaduna.
But with new leadership and renewed confidence our gallant military immediately began to put Boko
Haram on the back foot. We have restored broken-down relations with our neighbours, Chad,
Cameroon and Niger – allies without whom the war against terror would have been extremely
difficult to win. We have re-organized and equipped our Armed Forces, and inspired them to heroic
feats; we have also revitalized the regional Multinational Joint Task Force, by providing the required
funding and leadership.
The positive results are clear for all to see. In the last two years close to one million displaced
persons have returned home. 106 of our daughters from Chibok have regained their freedom, after
more than two years in captivity, in addition to the thousands of other captives who have since
tasted freedom.
Schools, hospitals and businesses are springing back to life across the Northeast, especially in Borno
State, the epicentre of the crisis. Farmers are returning to the farms from which they fled in the
wake of Boko Haram. Finally, our people are getting a chance to begin the urgent task of rebuilding
their lives.
Across the country, in the Niger Delta, and in parts of the North Central region, we are engaging
with local communities, to understand their grievances, and to create solutions that respond to these
grievances adequately and enduringly.
President Buhari’s New Vision for the Niger Delta is a comprehensive peace, security and
development plan that will ensure that the people benefit fully from the wealth of the region, and
we have seen to it that it is the product of deep and extensive consultations, and that it has now
moved from idea to execution. Included in that New Vision is the long-overdue environmental clean-
up of the Niger Delta beginning with Ogoni-land, which we launched last year.
More recent threats to security such as the herdsmen clashes with farmers in many parts of the
country sometimes leading to fatalities and loss of livelihoods and property have also preoccupied our
security structures. We are working with State governments, and tasking our security agencies with
designing effective strategies and interventions that will bring this menace to an end. We are
determined to ensure that anyone who uses violence, or carries arms without legal authority is
apprehended and sanctioned.
In the fight against corruption, we have focused on bringing persons accused of corruption to
justice. We believe that the looting of public resources that took place in the past few years has to
be accounted for. Funds appropriated to build roads, railway lines, and power plants, and to equip
the military, that had been stolen or diverted into private pockets, must be retrieved and the culprits
brought to justice. Many have said that the process is slow, and that is true, corruption has fought
back with tremendous resources and our system of administration of justice has been quite slow. But
the good news for justice is that our law does not recognize a time bar for the prosecution of
corruption and other crimes, and we will not relent in our efforts to apprehend and bring corruption
suspects to justice. We are also re-equipping our prosecution teams, and part of the expected judicial
reforms is to dedicate some specific courts to the trial of corruption cases.
We are also institutionalizing safeguards and deterrents. We have expanded the coverage of the
Treasury Single Account (TSA). We have introduced more efficient accounting and budgeting
systems across the Federal Government. We have also launched an extremely successful Whistleblower
The Efficiency Unit of the Federal Ministry of Finance has succeeded in plugging leakages
amounting to billions of naira, over the last two years. We have ended expensive and much-abused
fertilizer and petrol subsidy regimes.
We have taken very seriously our promise to save and invest for the future, even against the
backdrop of our revenue challenges, and we have in the last two years added US$500m to our
Sovereign Wealth Fund and US$87m to the Excess Crude Account. This is the very opposite of the
situation before now, when rising oil prices failed to translate to rising levels of savings and
Admittedly, the economy has proven to be the biggest challenge of all. Let me first express just how
concerned we have been, since this administration took office, about the impact of the economic
difficulties on our citizens.
Through no fault of theirs, some companies shut down their operations, others downsized; people lost
jobs, had to endure rising food prices. In some States civil servants worked months on end without
the guarantee of a salary, even as rents and school fees and other expenses continued to show up
like clockwork.
We have been extremely mindful of the many sacrifices that you have had to make over the last
few years. And for this reason this administration’s work on the economic front has been targeted
at a combination of short-term interventions to cushion the pain, as well as medium to long term
efforts aimed at rebuilding an economy that is no longer helplessly dependent on the price of crude
Those short-term interventions include putting together a series of bailout packages for our State
Governments, to enable them bridge their salary shortfalls – an issue the President has consistently
expressed his concerns about.
We also began the hard work of laying out a framework for our Social Intervention Programme, the
most ambitious in the history of the country.
One of the first tasks of the Cabinet and the Economic Management Team was to put together a
Strategic Implementation Plan for the 2016 budget, targeting initiatives that would create speedy
yet lasting impact on the lives of Nigerians.
Indeed, much of 2016 was spent clearing the mess we inherited and putting the building blocks
together for the future of our dreams; laying a solid foundation for the kind of future that you
deserve as citizens of Nigeria.
In his Budget Presentation Speech to the National Assembly last December, President Buhari
outlined our Economic Agenda in detail, and assured that 2017 -would be the year in which you would
begin to see tangible benefits of all the planning and preparation work. It is my pleasure to note
that in the five months since he delivered that speech, we have seen tremendous progress, as
Take the example of our Social Investment Programme, which kicked off at the end of 2016. Its
Home Grown School Feeding component is now feeding more than 1 million primary school children
across seven states and would be feeding three million by the end of the year. N-Power, another
component has engaged 200,000 unemployed graduates – none of whom needed any ‘connections’ to
be selected.
Beneficiaries are already telling the stories of how these initiatives have given them a fresh start
in their lives.
Micro credit to a million artisans, traders and market men and women has begun. While conditional
cash transfers to eventually reach a million of the poorest and most vulnerable households has also
Road and power projects are ongoing in every part of the country. In rail, we are making progress
with our plans to attract hundreds of millions of dollars in investment to upgrade the existing
3,500km narrow-gauge network. We have also in 2017 flagged-off construction work on the Lagos-
Ibadan leg of our standard-gauge network, and are close to completing the first phase of Abuja’s
Mass Transit Rail System.
In that Budget speech in December, the President announced the take-off of the Presidential
Fertilizer Initiative. Today, five months on, that Initiative – the product of an unprecedented
bilateral cooperation with the Government of Morocco – has resulted in the revitalisation of 11
blending plants across the country, the creation of 50,000 direct and indirect jobs so far, and in the
production of 300,000 metric tonnes of NPK fertilizer, which is being sold to farmers at prices
significantly lower than what they paid last year. By the end of 2017, that Fertilizer Initiative would
have led to foreign exchange savings of US$200 million; and subsidy savings of 60 billion naira.
The Initiative is building on the solid gains of the Anchor Borrowers Programme, launched in 2015 to
support our rice and wheat farmers, as part of our move towards guaranteeing food security for
All of this is evidence that we are taking very seriously our ambition of agricultural self-sufficiency.
I am delighted to note that since 2015 our imports of rice have dropped by 90 percent, while
domestic production has almost tripled. Our goal is to produce enough rice to meet local demand by
In April, the President launched our Economic Recovery and Growth Plan which built on the
foundations laid by the Strategic implementation Plan of 2016. The plan has set forth a clear vision
for the economic development of Nigeria. I will come back to this point presently.
Another highlight of the President’s Budget Speech was our work around the Ease of Doing Business
reforms. As promised we have since followed up with implementation and execution. I am pleased to
note that we are now seeing verifiable progress across several areas, ranging from new Visa on
Arrival scheme, to reforms at our ports and regulatory agencies.
The President also promised that 2017 would see the rollout of Executive Orders to facilitate
government approvals, support procurement of locally made goods, and improve fiscal responsibility.
We have kept that promise. This month we issued three Executive Orders to make it easier for
citizens to get the permits and licenses they require for their businesses, to mandate Government
agencies to spend more of their budgets on locally produced goods, and to promote budget
transparency and efficiency. The overarching idea is to make Government Agencies and Government
budgets work more efficiently for the people.
The impact of our Ease of Doing Business work is gradually being felt by businesses small and large;
its successful take-off has allowed us to follow up with the MSME Clinics -our Small Business
support programme, which has taken us so far to Aba, Sokoto, Jos, Katsina, and we expect to be in
all other states in due course.
Let me note, at this point, that several of our Initiatives are targeted at our young people, who
make up most of our population. From N-Power, to the Technology Hubs being developed nationwide,
to innovation competitions such as the Aso Villa Demo Day, and our various MSME support schemes,
we will do everything to nurture the immense innovative and entrepreneurial potential of our young
people. We are a nation of young people, and we will ensure that our policies and programmes reflect
One of the highlights of our Power Sector Recovery Programme, which we launched in March, is a
N701 billion Naira Payment Assurance Scheme that will resolve the financing bottlenecks that have
until now constrained the operations of our gas suppliers and generation companies. Let me assure
that you will soon begin to see the positive impact of these steps.
Our Solid Minerals Development Fund has also now taken off, in line with our commitment to
developing the sector. Because of our unerring focus on Solid Minerals development over the last two
years, the sector has, alongside Agriculture, seen impressive levels of growth – in spite of the
On the whole, just as the President promised in the Budget Speech, these early months of 2017 have
seen the flowering of the early fruit of all the hard work of our first eighteen months.
We opened the year with an overwhelmingly successful Eurobond Offer – evidence of continuing
investor interest in Nigeria. We have also launched the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP)
2017-2020, to build on the gains of last year’s Strategic Implementation Plan. And the
implementation of our 2017 Budget, which will soon be signed into law, will bring added impetus to our
ongoing economic recovery. In the 2016 Budget we spent 1.2 Trillion Naira on infrastructure projects,
another milestone in the history of this country. Our 2017 Budget will double that investment.
That budget also provides for substantial investment to implement the rollout of Industrial Parks
and Special Economic Zones (SEZs), as well as our Social Housing Programme. The Industrial Parks
and Economic Zones will fulfill our ambition of making Nigeria a manufacturing hub, while the
Family Home Fund of our Social Housing Programme will provide inexpensive mortgages for low-
income individuals and families across the country.
These plans offer yet more evidence that we are ramping up the pace of work; the work of
fulfilling all that we promised. In the next two years we will build on the successes of the last two.
We have demonstrated a willingness to learn from our mistakes and to improve on our successes. The
critical points that we must address fully in the next two years are: Agriculture and food security,
Energy, (power and Petroleum,) Industrialization and Transport infrastructure. Every step of the
way we will be working with the private sector, giving them the necessary incentives and creating an
environment to invest and do business.
Our vision is for a country that grows what it eats and produces what it consumes. It is for a
country that no longer has to import petroleum products, and develops a lucrative petrochemical
industry. Very importantly it is for a country whose fortunes are no longer tied to the price of a
barrel of crude, but instead to the boundless talent and energy of its people, young and old, male
and female as they invest in diverse areas of the economy.
And that vision is also for a country where the wealth of the many will no longer be stolen by or
reserved for a few; and where the impunity of corruption – whether in the public or private sectors
– will no longer be standard operating practice; a land rid of bandits and terrorists.
As citizens you all deserve a country that works, not merely for the rich or connected, but for
everyone. And our promise to you is that we will, with your support and cooperation, take every step
needed to create that country of our dreams.
We also know that this journey will of necessity take time. But we will not succumb to the temptation
to take short-cuts that ultimately complicate the journey. We did not find ourselves in crises
overnight, and we simply do not expect overnight solutions to our challenges.
The most important thing is that we are on the right path, and we will not deviate from it, even in
the face of strong temptation to choose temporary gain over long-term benefit. As the President
has summed it up: “The old Nigeria is slowly but surely disappearing, and a new era is rising.”
And so we commemorate this second anniversary of our administration with confidence and
optimism. I firmly believe that we have put the most difficult phase behind us; and we are witnesses
to the ever-increasing intensity of the light at the end of the tunnel. We ask for your continued
cooperation and support, to enable us realise all our best intentions and ambitions for Nigeria. On our
part We will continue to carry you along on this journey, speak to you, explain the challenges, and
share our Vision.
And while we all daily pre-occupy ourselves with pursuing the Nigerian Dream – which is the desire to
better our lives and circumstances vigorously and honestly – it is inevitable that grievances and
frustrations will arise from time to time.
This is normal. What is not normal, or acceptable, is employing these frustrations as justification for
indulging in discrimination or hate speech or hateful conduct of any kind, or for seeking to
undermine by violent or other illegal means the very existence of the sovereign entity that has
brought us all together as brothers and sisters and citizens.
Nigeria belongs to all of us. No one person or group of persons is more important or more entitled
than the other in this space that we all call home. And we have a responsibility to live in peace and
harmony with one another, to seek peaceful and constitutional means of expressing our wishes and
desires, and to resist all who might seek to sow confusion and hatred for their own selfish interests.
Before I end this speech, let me ask for your continued prayers for the restoration to full health
and strength and the safe return of our President.
I congratulate all of you on today’s commemoration of this important day in the democratic
calendar our country. Nigeria is on a journey of greatness, and together we shall arrive at the
destination of our dreams.
May God bless you all, and bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.