HR Professional With Vodafone Ghana Shares What Employers Look For In Job Applicants

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Nicholas Kwabena Amaning is a certified Talent Acquisition and Resourcing Professional. He is a highly qualified HR person who currently works with Vodafone Ghana. During a talk with Africa Skills Hub, Nicholas talked about some of the things that he thinks recent graduates and job seekers, in general, need to know about what employers are looking for.

Your Attitude Towards Work And Employment Matters

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According to research by Jeff Cox, there are 1.4 million more jobs than there are unemployed people in Ghana. The reason for that, according to Nicholas is because a large percentage of people who complete school are not employable (which means that they don’t have the skills for the jobs). He recommends building yourself into the candidates that employers are looking for either by learning new skills or by showing an attitude of a willingness to learn.

Your CV Needs To Get Past The Applicant Tracking System

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CVs usually pass through ATS software for companies that are taking a lot of applicants. The Applicant Tracking Software works by comparing candidates’ CVs to the job description. That’s why if you’re not tailoring your CV for each individual role that you’re applying for your CV might end up being filtered out.

It Helps To Form A Personal Connection With Your Interviewer

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Your interviewer is not just their job title. They are also Ghanaians just like you and the more that they relate to you the more favourably they’ll view you for the role. That being said, the best way to form a connection with your interviewer—to make yourself relatable to them—is by talking about yourself: your past experiences.

When you’re asked a question in an interview, you need to try as much as possible to avoid being vague. You need to avoid hypothetical scenarios and actually draw from experiences that you’ve had in the past. That way, you get to make your experience more tangible for the interviewer. You will also give them a chance to get to know you as a person.

“Make sure you have examples to buttress every answer that you give.”

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