Preparing For The Interview: For Young Africans

So many job seekers have succeeded to get the right winning Curriculum Vitae (Resume), motivation letter, cover letter which is able to land them job interviews unfortunately most of them don’t always get the job offer because of poor interview preparation.  I will highlight some basic interviewing tips that are worth noting by any job seeker in Africa. 

1. Dressing

Dress Professionally and make sure you are well groomed. Dressing professionally is vital for an interview success. Shorts, T-shirts and sneakers are never appropriate for a job interview

2. Prepare your portfolio
Always prepare your portfolio ahead of time and practice using it so that you know where everything is located

3. Answers
Practice your answers, but have an open mind so as to avoid making your answers rehearsed and focus on hitting the main points

4. Research
Before going for an interview make sure you do your research on the company and position that you are interviewing for

5. Materials
Any professional is always ready for business. Always bring any materials you may need including resume, cover letter, motivation letter, business card, portfolio and a notebook/pen to job down questions if need be

6. Time
So many young people in Africa still have problem managing their time. Be on time, allow for extra travel time in case you get lost or run into traffic. I will advice you to always be 30 minutes early. 

Very important to note is to do a self analysis of  your skills, knowledges, and traits, before you go to any interview. Know what makes you different from other people who might be applying for that same position.
In the next episode i will talk on what to do during the interview


About the Author
Javnyuy Joybert is a Social Entrepreneur, Empowerment Coach, Public Speaker and a dynamic, prolific and strategic Entrepreneurship/Business Management Trainer/consultant and a personal efficiency strategist. He is focused, question asker, answer seeker, problem solver and purposeful young African. He is the CEO of CELBMD Africa (, Head of Njorku Career Centers (, Country Director Consultant for C-Life (, COO of Most Influential Young Cameroonians Initiative, YALI RLC Fellow and Consultant with several community base organizations, NGOs and SMEs across Africa. He has been nominated and has worn several local and international awards. He is the author of How to Confront the Limits; he has lectured Business Management courses in two private universities in Cameroon for 5 years (2012-2016) and has been featured on numerous publications across the world

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