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How to Answer this Question
Do You Have Any Questions?
Don't make the mistake of blowing this ques-
tion off by saying you have no questions! Not a
Asking good questions shows that you are interest-
ed and prepared, and the answers will help you make
a decision about working there - an interview is the
proverbial "2-way street," and you want to be sure that
you'll like and succeed at the job.
To make the best impression, save the questions about
salary, benefits, and vacation until you have an offer.
(Some of the benefits' questions may be answered on
the organization's website, anyway.) Ask questions
based on your preparation and your interest in the job.
I have had several recruiters tell me that they auto-
matically disqualified any applicant who hadn't taken
the time and effort to visit the company website. And
this was ten years ago when websites were relatively rare.
So visit the organization's website to see what you
can discover. What do they do, and where do they do
it? What are their products and or services? Who is
the "management team"? How long have they been
in business? What is the "philosophy" or "mission"?
How large is the company, in terms of sales and num-
ber of employees? Who are their competitors? Check
to see how healthy their finances are - several years of
losses are a very bad sign. You don't want to be the last
person hired before the layoffs begin.
Google the organization's name to see what you find.
Do the research, and let them know that you've done
the research by making reference to it in the interview.
Be very careful - or avoid - referencing negative things
you may have discovered. You may be able to ask ques-
tions that will help you decide if the "digital dirt" you
might have found is fact or fiction, but usually these
topics are not appropriate early in the interview process.
Often the interviewer will end the interview by ask-
ing if you have any questions. Saying "no" can be the
kiss of death.
Here are a few "general" questions to choose from,
in addition to the ones based on your research:
• What is a typical day (or typical week, month, or
year) for a person in this job?
• What is the biggest challenge someone in this job
faces on a daily (or weekly or monthly) basis?
• What is the most important quality (or skill) of the
person who does this job?
• What happened to the last person who did this job?
• How many people are in this group (or office)? How
many have joined in the last year? (In a fast growing
company, several people could have been added. In a
tough place to work, several people could have left.)
• How do you define (or measure) “success” here?
• Does this organization promote from within?
• Do you enjoy working here?
Closing the Interview/Sale or Learning the Next
Express interest in getting the job (even if you aren't
terribly excited about the opportunity). Ask what are
the next steps are in the hiring process. Also ask for
permission to stay in touch on a weekly basis to learn
the status of the job and ask for the name and contact
information of the person you are to use as your contact.
Two Important Job Interview Etiquette MUST-DO's
Before the interview starts, turn your cell phone off
or set it on vibrate (and then ignore it if it vibrates). If
you do leave the cell phone on, be sure to explain why,
and be sure to have a very good reason, like a family
member who is ill.
After the interview, send a unique thank you note (or
e-mail, depending on how tech-savvy the employer
seemed) to everyone who participated in the interview
process, with the possible exception of the reception-
ist - unless the receptionist was particularly helpful,
making copies of your resume for example.
Sometimes you will be asked to participate in a tele-
phone interview before you are invited to come in for a
face-to-face interview. Don't panic. It's not unusual, but
take it seriously. You don't have to put on your interview
outfit, but being too relaxed and informal can backfire.
If you can, be standing (not sitting!) in front of a mir-
ror when you are doing the interview. Smile - you'll see
it in the mirror (which should give you a little lift), and
they will hear it in your voice!
NATIONAL QUARRIES COMPANY LIMITED
The National Quarries Company Limited contributes to the infrastructural development of Trinidad and Tobago as a key
player in the construction industry and is the nation's leading producer of aggregate. The Company is restructuring its business
operations for increased efficiency and is in a process of transformation and change. In keeping with the change agenda, the
Company is seeking suitable candidates for the following Executive position.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
The position is generally accountable for implementing and achieving the strategic objectives of the National Quarries
Company Limited as established by the Company's Board of Directors by:
a) Establishing organizational goals which are consistent with the strategic objectives of NQCL
b) Leading and directing the Executive Leadership team in the strategic execution of management responsibilities with an
end result of fulfilling NQCL's goals and objectives
c) Shaping an organizational framework that is founded on ethical conduct and sound business management principles
KEY AND CRITICAL RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
Provides leadership and general management to the employees of the National Quarries Company Limited in the pursuit of
the Company's strategies, plans and programmes
Leads the formulation of the overall business strategy of NQCL
Ensures that the required business systems and processes, organizational structure and functional leadership/direction are in
place and are consistent with the wider strategic objectives of the National Quarries Company Limited
Ensures the design of control techniques and systems which readily highlight deviations from plans and ensures that
corrective action is taken
Provides strategic leadership to NQCL's safety and environmental performance ensuring that the Company complies with all
statutory and regulatory laws and provisions
Prepares and presents regular reports, as required, to enable an on-going review of the operations and results of NQCL against
plans and budgets
Leads the annual operating and capital budget projections, weighing threats and opportunities and using trending information
to make informed decisions
Initiates, develops and maintains cooperative relationships with key constituencies within the community
Ensures the Company's compliance with relevant laws and regulations
Assures product quality and organizational stability through the development and implementation of standards and controls,
systems and procedures and regular evaluation of plant processes
Directs the development, implementation and review of the strategies, processes and systems that are used to assure the
generation of quality materials without compromising asset integrity or corporate responsibility
A minimum of ten (10) years' Executive Leadership experience in a processing plant or manufacturing environment directing
a multi-disciplinary team for a medium to large organization
Sound knowledge of processing plant / manufacturing operations, change management philosophy and plant equipment
operations, maintenance and reliability
Should be able to manage continuity, change and transition as well as influence and enable others; addressing the impact of
attitude and actions on the organization
Should be proactive in identifying process gaps and propose and implement improvements and have superior leadership,
influencing and decision making skills
Ability to forge a strong and trusting relationship with Board of Directors and to command the respect of all stakeholders.
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate others to work collaboratively towards a shared purpose
Minimum qualification of a BSc Mining/Quarry Management or other related discipline
BSc Engineering with experience in Quarry Operations/Mining/Manufacturing or BSc Industrial Management with Process Plant
An MBA from a recognised institution or related Postgraduate studies in a relevant discipline would be considered an asset.
Applications should be addressed to the Corporate Secretary,
P.O Box 562, Maloney
e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for submission of applications is January 24th, 2017
Unsuitable applications will not be acknowledged
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