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The suitable candidate is expected to direct and oversee a team of professionals towards the achievement of the envi-
ronmental mandate specified in the Environmental Management (EM) Act 2000 Chapter 35:05. The Managing
Director will envision, devise and execute goals, objectives and policies of the Authority as directed by the Board of
Directors, and ensure efficient management of the organization. The Managing Director will also drive innovative and
transformative work required to guide the organization, and demonstrate highly effective communication and team-
work among staff.
o The fulfillment of the objectives detailed in the National Environmental Policy and the EM Act.
o The implementation and enforcement of the subsidiary legislation arising out of the EM Act.
o The development of environmental awareness among the citizenry of Trinidad and Tobago.
o The development of an image that projects a strong, professional organization.
o Maintenance of the focus on sustainable development while engaging in environmental enhancement and
o Support the organization's strategic alliances and partnership.
o Help create budgets and track expenditures.
o Assuming full accountability to the board for all operations.
o A graduate from an accredited institution with a first degree in the Physical Sciences, Engineering, Environmental
Science or Business.
o Postgraduate qualification in Business and Science or Law.
o The incumbent should have a minimum of ten years working experience in a senior executive position.
o At least five (5) years experience in Environmental work or in a regulatory authority would be a desirable, but
Be prepared---you could encounter a
Video Conferencing Interview.
Perhaps you will get lucky and sail through
your interview process never seeing anything
more challenging than 1-2 interviews, a sin-
gle interviewer, and a few tough questions.
But, you could be in for something alto-
gether different and unexpected, in which
case, forewarned is forearmed!
WHAT IS A VIDEO OR VIDEO
Remember that phrase, "Is it live or is it
Memorex?" When it comes to the interview,
nothing beats a live, face-to-face interview.
However, a video conference is truly the
next best thing.
While not necessarily a new function in
interviews, this is worth considering as it
dramatically cuts travel costs of initial inter-
views while adding the perks of seeing you
in an interview. The videoconference inter-
view is exactly what it sounds like: an inter-
view performed long distance by videocon-
There are two approaches to this:
1. Having to physically go to a facility
where the company has videoconferencing
facilities established, or
2. Being able to communicate through
your own technology such as a web camera
on your computer, laptop, or smart phone.
What this means to you:
When asked to participate in a video-
conferencing interview, you need to make
sure you are ready in advance.
If you are connecting from home be sure
to download any necessary software and
test your connection and your comfort with
communicating by web camera.
If you need to go to a facility, be sure to arrive at
least 15 minutes early (or the time designated by the
interviewer) for orientation to the equipment and
What to wear:
What you wear is important to avoid distractions:
• Avoid large plaids and prints which may be overem-
phasized on the screen;
• Consider pastel instead of white, which may glare;
• When wearing white, add a dark jacket to cut down
• Watch out for red as it may "bleed" and should
be avoided if possible; and
• Cut out flashy jewelry that will catch the light.
Of course, colours like red can be too powerful for
many interviews and flashy jewelry and big prints
detract from you and what you have to say, so they
are never a best first choice for any interview!
Try to avoid all-light or all-dark clothing as a cam-
era's automatic brightness control can be tricked by
these. If too much light-coloured clothing is worn,
the camera will automatically darken the picture,
which can make your face appear shadowed.
Making a presentation
If you are making a presentation, your presentation
materials should meet certain criteria as well. If you
plan to have a presentation or to show items during
the interview, you will want to prepare in the appro-
priate context for visual display over video confer-
• For best readability, use 24 point or larger font;
• Use a wider margin as sides will be slightly cut
• Utilize the top 2/3 of an 8.5" x 11" page;
• Use a landscaped page format; and
• Include only graphics that are clean and simple.
With that list, let me add that you might want to
overnight any materials (such as a copy of a portfolio)
to an interview beforehand so they can have a copy
in front of them and you don't have to try to show
things over a web camera, especially since you may
not be experienced in such presentation processes.
Final tips to consider, whether you are on your web
camera or at a facility:
• Be aware of the transmission delay (about a half
second); pause for the interviewer to comment.
• Be yourself; you should speak naturally and think
of the interviewer(s) as sitting across the table from
• Keep the microphone muted if no one is speaking;
try not to shuffle papers, drum fingers, or make
unnecessary noise distractions near the microphone
as any of these issues will cause the camera to
shift to the site of the noise.
• Avoid too much body motion as this creates blurry
or jumpy images at the receiving end.
• Have family members and friends out of the house
during the time the appointment is scheduled so
you have no distractions. This can go for barking
dogs as well.
• Turn off cell phones and regular phone ringers to
avoid other noisy interruptions.
• Clean up your space if you are on your web camera.
• Dress professionally from head to toe. In other words,
don't think that just because you are sitting at your
desk and can only be seen from the chest up that
it is OK to have on shorts or worse, just your under-
wear. It has happened and it can be embarrassing
-- you jump up to grab something forgetting you
are on web cam.....Don't let this happen to you!
Video-based interviews can pop up for candidates
at all levels, but are more expected for mid-level pro-
fessional positions, technical positions, and telecom-
muting jobs. If one comes up for you, just follow the
easy strategies above and you will be a natural.
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