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1. GENERAL MANAGER, FINANCE
2. FINANCE MANAGER
3. HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGER
4. NATIONAL TRANSPORT MANAGER
5. RECORDS MANAGER
6. INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS - GRIEVANCE OFFICER
Please log on to: www.ttpost.net/vacancies for
details concerning these vacancies.
The closing date for applications is May 04, 2015.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL unsuitable and late
applications will not be acknowledged.
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 show your success, self-confidence,
Like "Why do you want to work here?"
and "Tell me about yourself," this ques-
tion is the employer's inviation to sell
yourself as the answer to their needs.
In this answer, do double-time by sell-
ing yourself and by demonstrating your
knowledge of the company.
Thus, start by doing your homework
on the company before the interview,
even if it is "only" a telephone interview.
That will likely include visiting their
website, Googling their name, and per-
forming an advanced search on LinkedIn
long before you ever find yourself in the
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 what-
• I've always been interested in (whatever
As important as those reasons are to
you, they are not the reasons the employ-
er 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 the buyer.
Remember that the goal here is to
entice this employer to offer you this job.
Emphasize Your Knowledge and
Experience to Demonstrate Your
Embrace that 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
"I have been using Word, Excel, and
Outlook since 2001 to maintain both
financial and administrative records, cre-
ate and distribute internal reports for
management to monitor employee activ-
ity 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
"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 pre-
vious 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 practice:
"I believe that I will be successful in
this position because I have 900 hours
of hands-on training in medical tran-
scription 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 numer-
"However, I have always been interested
in Cardiology 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
"I have an excellent basis in the dis-
cipline to transcribe the records of your
Cardiologists with ease. Also, I recently
joined the American Association of Med-
ical Transcriptionists and am already tak-
ing 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 appli-
cants. 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 inter-
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