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SERVICE COMMISSIONS DEPARTMENT
Office of Director of Highways (Range 65)
Ministry of Works and Infrastructure
Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for appointment to the above mentioned office.
Particulars relating to the office are given hereunder:-
Kind of Work
Responsible professional and administrative work in directing programme of engineering work on roads.
Minimum Experience and Training Requirements
Extensive (8 years and over) experience in the practice of civil engineering with particular reference to highways and
including considerable experience in the administrative capacity and training as evidenced by a Degree or equivalent
qualification in Civil or Structural Engineering from a recognized University, Technical Institute or College, or any equivalent
combination of experience and training.
Distinguishing Features of Work
An employee of this class is responsible for directing all matters relating to the construction and maintenance of public
roads, bridges, air strips and other paved surfaces throughout the island. Work involves co-ordinating the three units of the
division, directing as regards policy and drafting and submitting plans concerning the current and projected development
of the nation's highways. Work is assigned in consultation with the Permanent Secretary who is advised by the Chief
Technical Officer and is performed with a high degree of initiative and independent judgement; when required. Technical
guidance is available from the Chief Technical Officer. Work is subject to review for quality, accomplishment and
adherence to policy, through inspections, discussions and an analysis of reports
Range 65: $14,510 per month (2011).
Persons wishing to apply can access the Advertisement, the Application Form and the Job Specification at the Service
Commissions Department and on the website at www.scd.org.tt
Application forms are also obtainable from any District Revenue Office, the Chief Administrator, Tobago House of Assembly
or the Service Commissions Department.
Interested persons must submit their application no later than 23rd January, 2015 to the:
Director of Personnel Administration
Service Commissions Department
52-58 Woodford Street
Persons who have applied previously and who still wish to be considered for appointment to the office are advised
to re-apply in response to this Advertisement.
Applicants are advised to submit the following along with their application:-
i. Telephone Contact;
ii. Relevant copies of your Birth/Academic certificates;
iii. Any other relevant information; e.g. Curriculum Vitae.
INCOMPLETE AND UNSUITABLE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACKNOWLEDGED
Applications submitted without the following are deemed incomplete and unsuitable:
Date of application
Copy of Birth Certificates attached (computerized only)
Legible and clearly printed copies of:
o Relevant academic qualifications
o Documentation showing proof of citizenship (if not born in Trinidad and Tobago)
o Documentation from the relevant authorizing bodies, verifying equivalency for qualification obtained abroad
Applicants are also advised to check regularly for updates on the website with respect to the Civil Service
Examination or Interviews to be conducted in the future.
The question of, "Why should we hire you?" can take
a variety of forms such as, "Why do you think you will be
successful in this position?"
This is a critical question because it will indicate your
success and self-confidence. Like "Why do you want to
work here?" and "Tell me about yourself," this question is
the employer's invitation to sell yourself as the answer to
In this answer, do double-time by selling yourself and
by demonstrating your knowledge of the company.
Thus, step one is doing your homework on the company
before the interview. That will likely include visiting their
website, Googling their name, and performing an advanced
search on LinkedIn long before you ever find yourself in
Bad Answers to This Question
An answer that focuses on the benefits to you is a bad
answer. So, answers like:
• I need the money.
• This location is very close to where I live (or go to
school or want to move or whatever).
• I've always been interested in (whatever they do).
As important as those reasons are to you, they are not
the reasons the employer will hire you. Frankly, nice as they
might be, they really don't care about the benefits to you
if they hire you.
Your answer to this question should focus on them, not
on you! You are the seller in this situation, not the buyer.
So, you need to focus on the benefits (more than one!) to
Remember that the goal here is to entice this employer
to offer you this job.
Emphasize Your Knowledge and Experience to Demon-
strate Your Value
Embrace this question as an opportunity to emphasize
your value and to demonstrate your knowledge as they
work together to show how well you could do the job.
For example, someone applying for a position as an
administrative assistant might say:
"I have been using Word, Excel, and Outlook since
2001 to maintain both financial and administrative
records, create and distribute internal reports for
management to monitor employee activity and asset
usage which was received by 4 senior managers
including the CEO and COO, and create and distribute
the internal organizational newsletter which was sent
to over 200 staff members twice a month.
"The financial reports were created and maintained
using Excel, and both newsletters were written using
Microsoft Word, using templates that I developed,
and distributed using Outlook.
"I have taken several workshops on Microsoft Office
products, and have worked with the newest version
and previous versions, going back to the 1997 version.
So, I am very comfortable with the Microsoft Office
suite of products."
Or, in a more traditional situation, here's what you might
prepare to say as a new graduate of a medical transcription
training program applying for a job with a cardiology prac-
"I believe that I will be successful in this position
because I have 900 hours of hands-on training in
medical transcription in a classroom environment at
the XYZ Institute.
(Get out your portfolio, and open it to a print out
of a sample of your work). "Here you can see several
examples of medical records, dictation, and reports
I have produced in MS Word.
"I have also excelled in my terminology courses,
gaining a strong base in numerous disciplines.
"However, I have always been interested in Car-
diology and made it a personal goal to focus on that
area. Because of that, I read the Journal of Cardiology
to stay up-to-date with changes in the field, names
of new pharmaceuticals, and other innovations.
"I have an excellent basis in the discipline to tran-
scribe the records of your Cardiologists with ease.
Also, I recently joined the American Association of
Medical Transcriptionists and am already taking steps
to pursue certification."
When I share answers like this, most people react by
saying, "That's so good; I couldn't do that." But, that's not
true - crafting answers like this is just getting to know
yourself in advance.
You need to plan to answer questions about why you
are qualified and know how to sell yourself above the other
applicants. Realize that you may have the same skillset, but
much of job interview success revolves around who does
the best job at communicating it in the interview!
So, spend some time doing the following:
1. Listing your skills and strengths.
2. Writing CAR stories (challenges, actions, and results)
about each of your jobs.
3. Considering your accomplishments.
4. Uncovering what makes you special by reviewing letters
of recommendation and/or other testimonials you may
have from work, school, and volunteering.
5. Writing down concrete answers to questions like this
that give a concrete example to prove you fit the bill!
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