First, we got trapped in a system; 9-3-3-6 – Go to school, go again, then just one more. Don’t drink, don’t party; be good so you can get good grades, and bag a certificate! Jobs await you if you follow the process! Scam!
Now, school is over, where are the jobs?
“Welcome to life!”
Hustle oo! Make you no dey beg money for motor-park!
I hope you’ll stumble on this article and read it. Perchance, you’ll wear our shoes, and understand that the hustle is suicidal!
“We are hiring! Send Cvs to…”.
Famous social media post of those Employers who got their seats at the table.
Okay, good news, isn’t it? Finally, opportunity to shoot our shots. Now, we won’t ‘stay at home eating mother’s food’, while dad asks us after every devotion: “what is your plan for your life?”
I wore my best suit, then swallowed all the earfuls. Grandma said; “Answer questions well, be confident and speak like you own the company!” Na so!
I finally arrived at the venue after an hour in traffic. Well, not bad, there’s still two hours and forty minutes away to the interview.
“You have to be punctual! Show that you are serious!” Is that not what Dad woke me up by 3:45am to say?
I entered the interview hall, guess what? Fifteen persons were already seated, waiting for the same interview! Ohh! I thought I was early?
Fast forward. FIRST PHASE OF INTERVIEW is over.
“We will get back to you”. Another famous response of CEOs.
The wait began! Every morning, dad was keeping a calendar; “It’s two weeks after your interview, are you sure you did well?”
I decided to send an email. A response came while I was at my dinner.
“Sorry for the late response. The second phase of the interview holds tomorrow by 8am, be punctual. Good luck.”
Dad was kind – he gave me N2,000 transport fare after a long lecture on how my mates hawk pure water. Mad o!
Fast forward. SECOND PHASE OF INTERVIEW is over.
“We will get back to you”.
Wait! What’s all this “we will get back to you!” What’s stopping you from saying: “Sorry, you didn’t make it through the interview”. OR “Your skills don’t match with the roles”. OR “You haven’t convinced us enough!”
This is a muse, but the frustration is hell! Please, Applicants/Employees want the truth! Give us the feedback of our performance during your interview, and tell us what skills to improve! Recommend us to other individuals/organisations that our skills may fit. Is that too much to ask?
You sit on an Executive swing-chair, in an air-conditioned office. Then, nod your heads, feeling like you are “helping the needy”. To your office poise, add some emotional intelligence!
Las las, I got a job; 9-5-247 – another crazy system! But na the salary worse pass! Stay in the ‘frustration’ while searching for another job! Inside life!
This article was written by Mmenyenene-Abasi Akpakpan; connect with her on Instagram via here