Have you been slated for an interview and you are considering what the NABCO interview questions looks like? Or is your concern on where to get some tips on how to pass those questions? If any or both of these questions relate to your need, then this article is just in time for you. On like the fears that many people nurse about the NABCO interview, having a foreknowledge of what the questions are like and the techniques on how to go about answering them is important. This is because the opportunity to appear before the interview board is a rare one that many others out there seek for desperately. As such, you can't afford to miss it. Therefore, in this article, you will discover the step-by-step guide on how to go about answering each question thrown at you.
NABCO Ghana is a programme that has brought a sigh of relief to many youth in Ghana. It gives graduates the opportunity to advance their skills and knowledge as they await better opportunities in the form of permanent employment to come their way. At least, thanks to the government of Ghana for coming up with this initiative to resolve the issue of social imbalance by creating jobs for the youth. After completing the NABCO registration and you have been short-listed for an interview, the next concern is what is likely going to be covered in the interview. So, let us take a look at some of the likely questions to expect.
However, it is important to note that when you appear before the NABCO recruitment board, you have to exhibit a high level of confidence. This is very important. Learn to master your fear and let the board get the conviction that you are capable to handle whatever responsibility you are given eventually. Then, you need to be patient before answering any question, no matter how easy or cheap it may appear. You know, some questions can appear very cheap and at the same time technical, this is why you must not jump at any question but answer slowly and confidently.
NABCO interview questions
Having noted those points, let us look at some of the questions you would meet:
1. Tell us a few things about yourself
When you get this kind of question, note that you are not just being asked of your name alone but also a little background information about yourself. So, you could have something like this:
I am Donald Kwame, a graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where I studied Computer Science and Programming. I graduated with a Second class Upper division in 2016. Afterwards, I did my National Service with Fidelity bank where I served in the Information Technology department. I enjoy proffering solution to people's problem in my own capacity and I am very passionate about this.
2. How much information do you have about NABCO?
Note that when you are answering this, they want to test your knowledge about their organisation wherein you propose to work with. While you should try to be succinct in your answer, you must also be factual and don't guess anything. So, saying something like this won't be a bad idea at all:
NABCO means The Nation Builders Corps. The programme is a government initiative aimed at addressing unemployment among graduates of Ghana so as to combat the social imbalance. Specifically, the initiative focuses on solving problems relating to public service delivery in health, education, agriculture, technology, governance and drive revenue mobilization and collection. As such, it is aimed at providing a temporary employment for graduates and improve their employability skills as they transition into their permanent employment.
To get more information on what The Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) programme is all about, you can read more on our website.
3. What makes you think that you are the best candidate?
When you hear a question like this, what the recruiters are trying to ask you is that what are your unique skills and professional achievements with which you can add value to the organisation. So, whatever knowledge you may have gathered during your National service programme or other information that you know are relevant to this question, you can add them up while answering. Check this answer out:
I have quite some experience in programming. While I was in school, I developed a software for my faculty which they use to track the information of students on campus and the course of study of every student in the faculty. With it, they are able to determine the eligibility of every study for graduation just with a click of the mouse. Apart from that, I was part of the team that worked on the upgrade as well as the maintenance of the software that Fidelity bank uses. That alone exposed me to a lot of practical issues relating to software development and maintenance. In terms of my personal skills, I have a good interpersonal communication skill which has been of immense help in my relationship with people and also in the area of helping them solve their emotional problems. I also pride myself in working with or without any supervision and I am equally able to work with deadlines.
4. Among various NABCO modules that are available, why did you choose to apply for this one?
When you hear a question like this, what they are trying to do is to test your level of passion for the module you have chosen. They want to be sure that you didn't just follow someone's advice or the multitude to pick that. Therefore, when you are answering, clearly state the interest you have in it which motivated you to go for it. A practical way to answer that is this:
I have always had the passion for programming and ways I can use it to help solve problems for humanity. I believe that God didn't create us to live a complicated life which is why He gave us brain to think. Programming affects all walks of life and it is needed in every sector that wants to thrive. But as I am not working, achieving that goal has been a major concern to me. I know I have what it takes to simplify job functions or activities in organisations by developing a system that will fit into the organisation's goals and objectives. Based on this, I know I can function well in Digitise Ghana.
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5. What is your job search experience like?
Bear in mind that the essence for their asking you this question is to know the personal effort you have also put into getting a job. The recruitment board wants to be sure that you are not part of the lazy graduates who solely depend on the government for their source of sustenance. So, when you are answering, try to be as honest as possible. Tell them exactly the steps you have taken that did not work. You don't need to hide anything from them, you know.
6. Where do you see yourself in the next few years?
Don't be surprised if a question like this is thrown at you. The truth is nobody wants to hire a liability; everyone is looking for employees that have foresight and are intelligent enough to know what to do at every point in time. Employers are looking for people who are motivated by a set goals or target. They want to be sure that the people they are bringing onboard will do themselves and their organisation good in the end. They also want to be sure that they are not employing someone who will take up the job and forget about himself. This is why, personally, you should have a target. Have a direction for your life. So, depending on the life goals you have set, you could say something like this:
My plan is to work in an organisation that will challenge me to grow, expand my capacity and where I can give my all. Well, five years from now, for example, I must have completed my Masters degree programme and gotten certificates in some short programmes that can enhance my capacity to deliver optimally in whatever organisation I work with. I also hope to have built my entrepreneurial skills so that I am also able to become an employer of labour someday.
7. What are your expectations in this temporary offer in case you get one?
You need to let your interviewers know that you are not motivated by the money you would be paid but the experience you want to acquire in the process of working there. Make them understand that having researched about the purpose of the programme on the NABCO website, you were so happy because you found out that one of the reasons for the programme is to expose graduates to practical skills that they need to become employable eventually. Consequently, your answer could go in this way:
My motivation for putting in for this programme is not for the money but the practical experience I would get in the process. For me, I believe that whatever experience I get can even arm me with the requisite knowledge that I need to start and run my own business. So, while I know that experience cannot be bought with money, the knowledge I gather, if attached to any organisation eventually, will position me to be a better person in the future.
8. How long do you plan to work with NABCO?
A question like this is usually asked to be sure that you do not see the programme as an end in itself but a means to an end. So, you have to be objective enough in your answer. Make the interviewing board know that you don't plan to work there for life but for the time being as you hope to also keep pressing in your application to other organisations for a job. Check out this answer:
Well, my plan is to get the experience I need as soon as possible and at the same time, save some money from whatever salary I am being paid to finance my personal project. I have a set time that I have given myself to work for an organisation before I start up my own (you can say this if you actually plan to launch your personal business). More so, while I am working with NABCO, my search for a job will not stop. I will keep looking up to organisations in case there is a vacancy for me to apply.
9. If, at the end of all these processes you have gone through, you are not chosen by NABCO, what will you do?
Here comes another sensitive question you must be careful in answering. What you just need to do is to make the recruitment panel understand that you won't feel so bad about it. Let them know you will see it as a challenge to work more on yourself, sharpen your skills and prepare yourself better for any other opportunity that may come your way. You can say something like this:
The truth is I may not be too happy about it, but then, I understand that it is not the end of life. What I will count it as is a challenge to brush my skills some more and prepare harder for other opportunities that may come my way. However, that I have made it to this interview is a sign that something good holds for me in life. The experience I have gathered in this interview session, at least, gives me a clue as to what a job interview looks like. With this, all I have to do is to appraise myself and see where I didn't perform well so that next time, I won't make the same mistakes again.
NABCO latest news update
From the time you began your processing up till when you are called up or scheduled for an interview, it is very important that you watch out for the NABCO news either locally or online so as to get the latest information. By this, you will be able to know when and how to check if you are one of the shortlisted candidates or not. Interestingly, NABCO updates their official website as often as possible so as to keep members of the public abreast of the latest information they may need. So, by visiting their official website, you can get reliable information on everything you want to know about the NABCO postings.
If you are able to follow the tips shared in this article on how to answer NABCO interview questions, you should not have any problem no matter the kind of questions thrown at you. All the best in your next scheduled interview.
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