Monday, 20 November 2017


Rebirth Of Alkebulan: INTERVIEW QUESTIONS PT. TWO: Interview Questions to expect; 1. What is Your Greatest Strength? 2. What Is Your Greatest Weakness? 3. Tell Me About Yourself? ...

Sunday, 19 November 2017


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.
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Saturday, 8 April 2017

Countries represented in the UNITED NATIONS General Assembly

Member state                Date of admission

Afghanistan                                  19 November 1946

Albania                                          14 December 1955

Algeria                                          8 October 1962
Andorra                                        28 July 1993

Angola                                          1 December 1976

Antigua and Barbuda                  11 November 1981

Argentina                                     24 October 1945

Armenia                                       2 March 1992

Australia                                       1 November 1945

Austria                                          14 December 1955

Azerbaijan                                   2 March 1992

Bahamas                                      18 September 1973

Bahrain                                         21 September 1971

Bangladesh                                  17 September 1974

Barbados                                      9 December 1966

Belarus                                         24 October 1945

Belgium                                        27 December 1945

Belize                                            25 September 1981

Benin                                             20 September 1960

Bhutan                                          21 September 1971

Bolivia                                          14 November 1945

Bosnia and Herzegovina             22 May 1992

Botswana                                    17 October 1966

Brazil                                            24 October 1945

Brunei Darussalam                      21 September 1984

Bulgaria                                       14 December 1955
Burkina Faso                                20 September 1960

Burundi                                        18 September 1962

Cabo Verde                                   16 September 1975

Cambodia                                     14 December 1955

Cameroon                                     20 September 1960

Canada                                           9 November 1945

Central African Republic              20 September 1960

Chad                                              20 September 1960

Chile                                              24 October 1945

China                                             24 October 1945 Former member: Republic of China

Colombia                                     5 November 1945

Comoros                                      12 November 1975

Congo                                           20 September 1960

Costa Rica                                    2 November 1945

Côte d'Ivoire                                 20 September 1960

Croatia                                          22 May 1992 Former member: Yugoslavia

Cuba                                              24 October 1945

Cyprus                                          20 September 1960

Czech Republic                             19 January 1993 Former member: Czechoslovakia

Dem. People's Rep. of Korea       17 September 1991

Dem. Rep. of the Congo               20 September 1960

Denmark                                       24 October 1945

Djibouti                                        20 September 1977

Dominica                                      18 December 1978

Dominican Republic                    24 October 1945
Ecuador                                        21 December 1945

Egypt                                             24 October 1945

El Salvador                                   24 October 1945

Equatorial Guinea                         12 November 1968

Eritrea                                           28 May 1993
Estonia                                          17 September 1991

Ethiopia                                        13 November 1945
Fiji                                                 13 October 1970 Fiji and the United Nations

Finland                                          14 December 1955

France                                           24 October 1945

Gabon                                            20 September 1960

Gambia                                         21 September 1965

Georgia                                         31 July 1992

Germany                                       18 September 1973

Ghana                                           8 March 1957

Greece                                           25 October 1945

Grenada                                         17 September 1974

Guatemala                                    21 November 1945

Guinea                                          12 December 1958

Guinea-Bissau                              17 September 1974

Guyana                                         20 September 1966
Flags of the member states of the United Nations, in front of the Palace of Nations (Geneva, Switzerland). Since 2015, the flags of the two non-member observer states are raised alongside those of the 193 member states

Haiti                                            24 October 1945

Honduras                                     17 December 1945

Hungary                                       14 December 1955

Iceland                                          19 November 1946

India                                              30 October 1945

Indonesia                                       28 September

Iran (Islamic Republic of)             24 October 1945

Iraq                                                21 December 1945

Ireland                                          14 December 1955

Israel                                              11 May 1949 Israel, Palestine

Italy                                                14 December 1955

Jamaica                                         18 September 1962

Japan                                             18 December 1956

Jordan                                           14 December 1955

Kazakhstan                                   2 March 1992

Kenya                                            16 December 1963

Kiribati                                          14 September 1999

Kuwait                                          14 May 1963

Kyrgyzstan                                    2 March 1992

Lao People's Dem. Rep.               14 December 1955

Latvia                                           17 September 1991

Lebanon                                       24 October 1945

Lesotho                                        17 October 1966

Liberia                                           2 November 1945

Libya                                              14 December 1955

Liechtenstein                                18 September 1990

Lithuania                                      17 September 1991

Luxembourg                                 24 October 1945

Madagascar                                   20 September 1960

Malawi                                          1 December 1964

Malaysia                                       17 September 1957

Maldives                                      21 September 1965

Mali                                                28 September 1960

Malta                                             1 December 1964

Marshall Islands                           17 September 1991

Mauritania                                   27 October 1961

Mauritius                                     24 April 1968

Mexico                                         7 November 1945

Micronesia                                  17 September 1991

Monaco                                         28 May 1993

Mongolia                                     27 October 1961

Montenegro                                 28 June 2006

Morocco                                      12 November 1956

Mozambique                               16 September 1975

Myanmar                                     19 April 1948

Namibia                                        23 April 1990

Nauru                                            14 September 1999

Nepal                                               14 December 1955

Netherlands                                    10 December 1945

New Zealand                                 24 October 1945

Nicaragua                                      24 October 1945

Niger                                               20 September 1960

Nigeria                                          7 October 1960

Norway                                         27 November 1945

Oman                                            7 October 1971

Pakistan                                       30 September 1947

Palau                                             15 December 1994

Panama                                        13 November 1945

Papua New Guinea                       10 October 1975

Paraguay                                      24 October 1945

Peru                                               31 October 1945

Philippines                                  24 October 1945

Poland                                          24 October 1945

Portugal                                       14 December 1955

Qatar                                             21 September 1971

Republic of Korea                        17 September 1991

Republic of Moldova                     March 1992

Romania                                       14 December 1955

Russian Federation                      24 October 1945

Rwanda                                        18 September 1962

Saint Kitts and Nevis                   23 September 1983

Saint Lucia                                   18 September 1979

St. Vincent and Grenadines          16 September 1980

Samoa                                           15 December 1976

San Marino                                   2 March 1992

Sao Tome and Principe               16 September 1975
Saudi Arabia                               24 October 1945

Senegal                                        28 September 1960

Serbia                                                1 November 2000

Seychelles                                   21 September 1976

Sierra Leone                               27 September 1961

Singapore                                    21 September 1965

Slovakia                                        19 January 1993

Slovenia                                       22 May 1992

Solomon Islands                          19 September 1978

Somalia                                         20 September 1960

South Africa                                7 November 1945

South Sudan                                 14 July 2011

Spain                                             14 December 1955

Sri Lanka                                       14 December 1955

Sudan                                            12 November 1956

Suriname                                     4 December 1975

Swaziland                                    24 September 1968

Sweden                                        19 November 1946

Switzerland                                   10 September 2002

Syrian Arab Republic                  24 October 1945

Tajikistan                                     2 March 1992

Thailand                                       16 December 1946

Yugoslav Rep. of Macedonia       8 April 1993

Timor-Leste                                  27 September 2002

Togo                                             20 September 1960

Tonga                                            14 September 1999

Trinidad and Tobago                    18 September 1962

Tunisia                                          12 November 1956

Turkey                                          24 October 1945

Turkmenistan                               2 March 1992

Tuvalu                                           5 September 2000

Uganda                                         25 October 1962

Ukraine                                        24 October 1945

United Arab Emirates                 9 December 1971

United Kingdom                        24 October 1945

United Rep. of Tanzania            14 December 1961

United States of America           24 October 1945

Uruguay                                       18 December 1945

Uzbekistan                                  2 March 1992

Vanuatu                                       15 September 1981
Venezuela                                   15 November 1945

VietNam                                     20 September 1977

Yemen                                          30 September 1947

Zambia                                          1 December 1964

Zimbabwe                                   25 August 1980