By Mukurima X Muriuki.
When you walk into an interview, the objective is to nail it, secure the job, and, heck secure the future. This is what everybody wants. It’s the ideal world
The reality, however is that there will be as many interviewees chasing that one available vacancy. In 2019, a Bachelor’s degree will not give candidate an advantage. Thinking that the Master’s degree will set you apart from the rest, will be met with the realization that almost all interviewees have a MA or a Msc. There will be Ivy League certificates as well.
There is a cut throat competition for jobs. It therefore comes down to how competitive you are, and whether you think outside of the box, or without the box.
The prospective employer, in most cases is looking for the following:
1. What are you bringing to the table (your value) (why should we hire you, and not the other candidate)
2. What do you have in the resume that confirms (1)
If you get an unpaid internship opportunity, go for it. The experience gained will one day wipe away the tears shed when you struggled to get bus fare to go to the damn internship. If later while interviewing for a dream job you are asked “what do you bring to the table?” you will smile as you enumerate your prior accomplishments. And if they dare ask “how do you deal with challenges” you will laugh, as you explain how you are solution oriented.
Finally, my observation is that many companies are looking for a candidate who can wear many hats. For example, in addition to that BComm. and CPA, learn how to code. Above all, get as many professional certifications as humanly possible.
Then, after landing that dream job and reaching a point where you move on and start your own company, do better; pay your interns.
The Kenyan DAILY POST