Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 1st 2016 Contents Ansa Motors has a vacancy for a Senior Technician -- Level III for one of its
premium brands. This is a challenging and rewarding position for the right
The Senior Technician -- Level III will have sound practical experience in
diagnostics, inspection, maintenance and repairs of premium automotive
brands. The Senior Technician is expected to assist the Service Manager /
Master Technician in training and coaching junior technicians. The ideal can-
didate will be able to work independently and provide excellent customer
• Level 3 Diagnostic Technician Certification for a premium
• A minimum of 3 years as a Senior Technician for a premium
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
• Ability to train and coach Junior Technicians
• Sound knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite applications
If you are confident that you meet the foregoing qualifications and wish to be
considered for this opportunity, please submit your CV and covering letter to:
The Human Resource Manager, Automotive
Applicants are also requested to submit a copy of application with resume to:
The Chief Manpower Officer, Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise
Development, 50-54 Duke Street, POS
A common question that will
be asked in a job interview is
"Why do you want this job?"
Consider this as your opportunity
to position yourself and gain a com-
petitive advantage over other candi-
Walk in well-prepared to give a
solid answer. A good answer requires
some forethought and preparation
that will make it easier to answer this
question for other opportunities, too.
This preparation will also help you
focus your job search, essential for
Prepare for Job Interview
Success: Why Do You Want
First of all, even if the question is
not asked, you should clearly know
why you really want the job.
I often work with clients as a career
coach to help them determine their
next career move.
To help my clients consider what
is important to them and where their
career should go next, I introduce a
simple tool called the Career Matrix.
Use a Career Matrix to Deter-
mine Why You Want This (or
Applying the Career Matrix to this
new opportunity will help you deter-
mine why you want this job and the
others you interview for.
To create your Career Matrix:
1. Write down the four to six
things that are most important
For example, money is always on
the chart so start by putting down
the amount of money you would like
for a new position. Then, ask yourself
what else is important to you. These
• Customer-facing activities.
• Variety of work.
• Being part of a team.
• Working for a company with a good
• Working for a company which is grow-
• Additional training opportunities.
• Opportunities for growth in 3 years.
• Company stability.
• Using specific tools or technologies.
• Commute length.
• Work schedule.
• Whatever is important to you not on
Note: Do not put down a good boss
or good benefits as those are a given.
Remember that these areas are
identified for your insight and not
necessarily for you to share with the
employer. Use them to help you devel-
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2. Now prioritize your entries.
If making a specific salary is most
important to you, then rank that #1. How-
ever, if you are willing to sacrifice some
money now for continued training, then
training has a higher priority.
3. Evaluate your current (or former)
job and the job you are interviewing
for.After ranking all your categories, now
evaluate your current/former job on a 1-
10 scale for each category in the chart and
see how it ranks. This helps you see clearly
why you are not happy in your current
position and will give you an indication
of why you are interested in the new
When you have completed the Matrix
for your current/former job, consider how
the job you are interviewing for meets your
needs. Make note of those points where
the new job fits your preferences.
The Career Matrix sounds simple, but
it does require some personal insight.
I coached a woman who was doing great
in her job but was seriously unhappy and
did not know why. As a data analyst she
was chained to her desk with little people
interaction and never heard a kind word
about her performance.
In coaching, we discovered that she was
an extrovert, liked interacting with a variety
of people, solving problems, and being
recognised. Suddenly, it was clear why she
was not content in her current position -
- and what would be important in her
Use the Career Matrix as a good tool
for you to evaluate the position you are
interviewing for and the other opportu-
nities you are considering.
Frame a Great Answer Based
on Your Needs and the Employ-
Now that you know what is important
to you and how this opportunity fits your
needs, let s consider what is important to
the employer, and why they ask this ques-
Simply put, employers want to know
whether you are a good fit for them. Reten-
tion is a major issue for companies as it
costs them tens of thousands of dollars
to replace someone, and get them up to
Consequently, employers are looking
for someone who is:
• Enthusiastic about the position and
• Likely to be a long-term player.
• A good fit for their corporate culture.
• Someone that others will enjoy work-
ing with as a team mate.
Thus, your response needs to show:
• How your skills match the role.
• Your enthusiasm for the job.
• How you fit into the culture.
Even if it s true, do not mention salary,
hours, or commute as the primary reasons
you want the job. Those reasons will not
impress an employer with your fit for their
job.Your exercise in building the career
matrix will allow you to show that you
have given some real thought about what
you are looking for and what jobs would
be a good fit.
Some good responses are:
"I learned a long time ago that doing
the same thing every day is not for me as
I enjoy problem-solving in fast-paced envi-
ronments. I am also a people-person who
likes to build relationships. Based on what
you have told me, I would be the point-of-
contact with customers resolving issues and
overseeing their product delivery. So every
day would be different and interesting. I
would get to know my customers and build
long-term relationships with them."
"I am looking for a company where I not
only enjoy what I am doing but I can also
grow into new positions. I am very good at
what I do, but in the computer field there
are always new tools and technologies com-
ing out. I want a company that allows me
to learn more and expand my capabilities
into new areas. The fact that you sponsor
a week of training every year and that most
of the people I ve met have been here more
than five years shows me that we share the
"To be honest, I do not enjoy politics at
work where each person is trying to outdo
the other to get attention. In my perfect
world, I would work with my team mates
where we all are focused on a common goal
and support each other. I was impressed
by your team-building and employee recog-
nition programs as they indicate we share
the same values."
NOTE: Saying "we share the same val-
ues" is a great closing line!
A final statement can be:
"A great job is one where I am excit-
ed about coming to work, and that s
what I think this position offers."
Taking the time to do the Career Matrix
you will understand yourself better and
align your career with what is important
to you. You will not only be able to give
an excellent answer to this job interview
question, you will find this insight very
useful in the future.
Keep your Matrix, update it as time
passes -- perhaps every year as part of
your New Year s activities. The Matrix will
help you navigate to the best promotion
or next job for you, with this employer or
with a different employer in the distant
future. And it allows you to frame your
answer to this question, whenever you are
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