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The Interview

I got an invitation for an interview for a job I had earlier applied for via a text message, it said interview was to take place 3 days from the day I received the invitation which happened to be a Wednesday. I was asked to come along with my original documents. Indeed it was going to be my first job interview ever; as I got all my previous employments via recommendation, never had it been this official.


As soon as I got back home from work, I went through all my documents, I checked my entire files to make sure the entire document were complete, I later decided to go with all my files for the interview to avoid any uncertainty. I got the clothes and accessory ready and I put all the files I’ll be taking in my bag.


On Wednesday; I left my house exactly 5:30am for an 11oclock interview.My procrastinating game is so strong, I didn’t want to be late `and so I left as early as possible.

 

When I was about leaving the house, I decided to change my bag to a bigger one so it could contain all the files more properly. I did everything in a rush.


I got to the waiting room around 10am. My blood pressure rose by the sight of the people I met there. I signed in, looked around, some were reading, others were watching and laughing at “husband of Lagos” which was showing on the TV in the waiting room. I calmed myself and enjoyed the movie which actually helped in neutralize my anxiety levels; after all what’s the worst that could happen?
After a while, I brought out a note to revise, arrange my files and get all i need sorted out. It was this moment I noticed I left the file that I had the original documents in the process of changing my bag. I took the unnecessary documents and left the one I really needed on my bed. I was so devastated and there was nothing I could do since the interview was just few minutes away.


I was about to make a call to start lamenting on how careless I have been when a woman came into the room to inform us that the interview is about to start. Then she said “we will start with adedamola……” I replied her with my heart racing, and then she instructed us to drop our original documents with a lady as soon as we enter the boardroom. I told her I didn’t bring my original documents, but I have as many photocopies as they can get. Her reaction scared me the most then she told me “there is nothing she can do about it”. I followed her quietly, I was shaking and tensed. I enter the boardroom, I met seven examiners inside, I greeted everybody and I was asked to sit. After I was asked for my document and the lady screamed “she didn’t come with it” …..


No matter how prepared you are things might still go wrong because this village people are always at work. Forgetting the document already destabilized me even before I was interviewed. I was lucky enough to be asked to start work that day but the lessons I learnt from my interview experience will not be forgotten in a hurry, linger they shall!

Don’t change your plans at the last minute; don’t change your bag in the morning.
Go with only the necessary and required documents.
Go as early as possible.
Dress responsively and comfortable.
Be knowledgably and speak confidently and loud.
These are the basic things I leant from it and please no one should send my parents this post; I can imagine my mum’s reactions to it.

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I’m a young girl that wants to see the world and experience it. I travel by myself and plan my trips on my own so I call myself a Do It Yourself (DIY) traveller. Love adventures and I always push myself with every new trip. I love to explore new places especially within my county, Nigeria; my ultimate goal is to visit the 36 states in Nigeria. Fun fact, I work from 8-5, weekends inclusive; so just like most people, I don’t have time to travel. I work in a hospital which even makes it more difficult for me but I’m committed to my goal and have disciplined myself to make sure I visit a new place at least once a month. read more on moldbymola.com/meet-mola-adewoye/

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Phaeyvhor

True lessons. Well done sis

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Damola

My pleasure dear

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Nicky pablo

Nice one there… And a big congrats to u!😘😘😘

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Damola

Thanks dear

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Stephen

Yeah I know right last minute changes can be disastrous. Had a similar experience recently. Well done congrats on getting the job.

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Damola

I will never try it again… thanks

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Sule J J

Good lessons! Congratulations on your success at the interview! God qualifies us at the times we feel we are not qualified for that breakthrough! Original or photocopy won’t matter when God has gone beyond you!

*Xoxo*

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Damola

My Oga 🙏 Thanks sir

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Biola Babington

Hi Damola, this is a very great and knowledgeable story you shared here. Thumbs up!
I hope many young minds will read this so they can learn from your mistakes too.
Glad it all turned out great. All the best with your new job. Don’t forget to share your first salary with ‘us’

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Damola

Thanks sir…. please send your account details to my PA’s number 😋

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Adewoye Nancy

Just learn to be organized next time. You are a lady, be yourself.

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Damola

Haha…. I knew you will say that 😂 Thanks ma

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Jibowu Femi

u made my day with this piece….thump up gf!!!!!!

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Damola

Thanks sir… 🙏😘

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Nene💕

Lol nice😂.. take only the required don’t be an over do✌ that’s my own lesson.

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Damola

Nene you’re too funny please 😂 Good one dear; over do na bad thing 😆

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