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Going on an interview is nothing short of nerve-racking. From
sweaty palms to knots in your stomach, its easy to let the fear
of being in the hot seat consume you.
If only there was a way in which you could nix those nerves
and as a result blow a hiring manager away...
The truth is, stepping outside of your shoes and widening
your perspective can do wonders for your next interview. Instead
of focusing on the things you're thinking and feeling, why not
think like a hiring manager? Better yet, why not interview like
What Is the Hiring Manager Thinking?
Hiring managers, and other interviewers, are not usually excited
about conducting job interviews. Interviews come under the heading
of "other duties as required" and are a necessary part of keeping
operations moving smoothly.
However, interviewing you is not usually the highlight of their
day. Unfortunately, more often, interviewing a job seeker is an
Below is what they may be thinking when you walk into the interview.
Consider how you can change those thoughts and win that job.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY
The Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA) is mandated to regulate and
administer a safe civil aviation system whilst ensuring that Trinidad and Tobago properly
discharges its obligations under international civil aviation agreements and treaties. The
TTCAA is seeking to recruit suitably qualified persons to the following position:
SENIOR AUDIT OFFICER
The incumbent will be required to successfully complete assigned audit engagements from
inception to conclusion inclusive of planning, scheduling and close-off activities through the
application of risk and control concepts.
Assists in the development of the Annual Internal Audit Plan for the Authority.
Develops audit testing procedures relevant to risk and engagement objectives.
Prepares audit working papers that record and summarize data on the assigned audits.
Perform audit projects in compliance with current professional and departmental standards.
Communicate issues identified to the Internal Auditor, offering recommended solutions
relevant to the business and risk.
Supervise the Internal Audit Clerk providing guidance and overall review of deliverables.
Ensure audit conclusions are based on a complete understanding of the processes,
circumstances, and risk.
Obtain and review evidence ensuring audit conclusions are well-documented.
Prepare a draft audit report outlining the audit findings, implications and recommendations
for the review of the Internal Auditor.
Assist in the conduct of special audit investigations.
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:
1st Degree in Accounting and Or Auditing, ACCA, CIMA or any related qualifications.
A minimum of five (5) years internal / external auditing experience.
Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
Working knowledge of computer software applications such as Peachtree Accounting as
well as proficiency in Microsoft Office with a high degree of competency in the use of
Relevant combinations of qualifications and experience will be considered.
Interested applicants need apply by the 23rd August, 2014 to:
The Human Resources Department
Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority
P.O. Box 2163, National Mail Centre, Golden Grove Road Piarco.
I don't feel a connection.
Hiring managers not only interview for qualifi-
cations, but they interview for the right personality
fit as well. Fitting into a company's culture has
grown increasingly important. No matter how great
your skills are, if you don't strive to point out your
connection to the company you may not be extended
a job offer.
Research will be your guide as to how the com-
pany conducts business, how it is perceived by the
public and what direction it's aiming to go. Don't
wait for your interviewer to comment on these
types of things, instead offer up your excitement
to work in an environment that upholds the ideals
The adrenalin of an interview may have your
pulse pounding and head spinning, but it's unlikely
to be the same type of experience for a hiring man-
ager. After the same routine process of asking the
same routing questions the experience can seem
nothing short of vanilla.
Spice things up by bringing your own unique
and thought-proving questions to the table. At the
end of your interview when you're given the oppor-
tunity to ask any questions, pounce with both per-
sonality and poise!
• What changes do you hope the next person to
take on this position will bring?
• What do you think is the key personality trait
to do this job well?
Questions like these not only showcase your ded-
ication to doing this job (and doing it well), but
they will get a conversation going with some natural
back and forth. Afford your interviewer the oppor-
tunity to let their guard down and see you as a
unique individual that hopefully later, will stick out
in his/her mind.
I'm not impressed.
Don't go into an interview, fold your hands, and
politely wait for the experience to be over. Yes, it's
a hiring manager's job to run the interview, but it's
your job to blow him/her away. Take charge, and
work the experience so that the time not only flies
by, but so that the hiring manager doesn't want it
How can you do this? Make a little extra effort.
Chances are there is a specific reason for applying
to each job you interview for; you either have the
skills, the passion, or both.
Show your personal connection off by coming
in with a proactive plan as to how you'll make the
position sing. Detail suggested areas of improvement
(carefully - don't tell the interviewer that they are
dumb), back them up with industry news and
trends, and showcase the effort you've already made
for a job that is still up for grabs.
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