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Standards, including labelling, that relate to goods produced or used in
Trinidad and Tobago according to the Standards Act of 1997. These as
well as other National Voluntary Standards geared to promoting public
and industrial welfare, health and safety are available at the Trinidad
and Tobago Bureau of Standards' office in Macoya.
The new web-based TTBizLink environment has enabled the Trinidad
and Tobago Bureau of Standards to be more efficient and effective in
carrying out its mandate and among other things, has reduced the
devices) items entering the country without being subject to the
requirements of applicable conformity assessment.
The list with applicable commodity codes is available for your review on
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For further information you may also contact us at the
following telephone nos:
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H/P Pump Operator
Rope Access Technician Level 1
Rope Access Technician Level 2
Rope Access Technician Level 3
Gunnite Nozzle Operator
Gunnite Machine Operator
The question of, "Why do you want
to work here?" is not limited to inter-
views. You'll find it knocking on your
door in networking, informational
interviewing, and even at job fairs.
In fact, I became an interview guru
as a result of my own terrible blunder
when I was a new college grad attend-
ing a job fair for the first time. Who
knew you had to be well prepared?
I didn't then, but now you can learn
from my experience!
When you are asked this innocent-
sounding question, you need to have
a strong answer that demonstrates
your knowledge of the company and
the skills, talents, experience, and
strengths you have to be a match for
their culture and the targeted
VERY BAD ANSWERS
Here are some answers you never
want to find coming out of your
"For the money."
"It seems like a nice place to
"My cousin Fred works for you,
and he has great benefits."
All three of these answers are similar,
and may be absolutely true. However,
they share the same problem -- they
are all about what you want. However,
they do not make the employer
interested in hiring you.
Don't make the mistake of thinking
that you should know up-front what
is in it for you (salary, vacation days,
sick days, benefits, etc.), so that you
are not wasting your time.
Employers are looking for what you
can do for them, not what pleases
Once you have an offer, then you
have them almost where you want
them, and you can address your needs
then. But, not before!
Employers want to make only one
offer - to the person who is the right
match for them. Until you get to the
point of receiving an offer, however,
they are just looking at reasons to elim-
inate you. By focusing on what you
want, you are not focused on why they
might want you.
ALSO BAD ANSWERS
"Because I know I can make a real-
ly good contribution."
"Because I know you have an
opening for ______________ and I
While these may seem better, they
err in the similar manner of being
vague, "vanilla" answers that anyone
could give to any employer.
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THESE
With answers like these you show
lack of knowledge or interest in the
company, and you won't stand out
from those who also want the position.
In short, you fade into the woodwork
and get lost among the other job seek-
ers who have not done their homework
either. These answers will never get
you far with an employer.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK
When I say, "homework" I am refer-
ring to research and preparation in
three key areas:
1. Know yourself
2. Know the company
3. Know the position and the depart-
ment (if possible).
Let me walk you through these:
1. Know Yourself
Before you talk to employers, or even
network for positions, you need to have
a strong grasp of what you can offer
them. (What's the return on investment
you provide to the employer?)
You should be able to talk about
your strengths and your accomplish-
ments, and to readily give concrete
answers to questions such as "What
are your greatest strengths?", "Why
should we hire you?", and "Tell me
2. Know the Company
Get to know the companies you will
be talking to (or talking about, if net-
working). When you know details
about them, their culture, their goals,
their products, and their challenges,
you are then able to talk about yourself
and your fit into the company.
Visit LinkedIn and view the com-
pany profile information, and search
for current/past employee profiles.
Google the company, and read all you
can. Visit their company website to
learn more about them.
3. Know the Position and the
Department (if possible)
In this economy, there is no room
for shopping for "any job you find me
qualified for." Instead, you need to
know where you would fit into the
company, whether there is a current
advertised opening or not.
Again, resources like LinkedIn will
let you search profiles for staff in target
departments. Use the information to
learn more about their job responsi-
bilities and to identify LinkedIn Groups
they belong to (and join them). Also,
using Google and viewing the company
website will allow you to learn more
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
Once you have done all your pre-
interview homework, you will never
again find yourself blundering on crit-
ical questions like, "Why do you want
to work here?" Instead, you will be
prepared to talk knowledgeably about
the company and position, why they
interest you, and how you will fit in
with your skill set, personality, and
Play the game, and realize that even
if this job is not a match, if they like
you and want to hire you, they may
find the right place for you (at the right
salary) in the long run. As long as
you've done your homework in advance
and demonstrated your interest in
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