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31 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

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We have many competitors in this industry. Why do you specifically want to work for Nigerian Ports Authority?
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The interviewer wants to know that you have taken note of the workplace culture at Nigerian Ports Authority and how they stand out from their competitors. Check out the company website, and any online reviews, to find a common theme that makes Nigerian Ports Authority stand out from their competitors. Be prepared with specific examples from a recent news story or client reviews.
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1.
We have many competitors in this industry. Why do you specifically want to work for Nigerian Ports Authority?
The interviewer wants to know that you have taken note of the workplace culture at Nigerian Ports Authority and how they stand out from their competitors. Check out the company website, and any online reviews, to find a common theme that makes Nigerian Ports Authority stand out from their competitors. Be prepared with specific examples from a recent news story or client reviews.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I understand that you have a variety of competitors; however, I am most interested in working for Nigerian Ports Authority because of your strong interest in client service, and employee safety. You have won multiple industry awards which tells me that you are an innovative and growth-minded organization. Your company is forward-thinking and progressive. I would be delighted to work at Nigerian Ports Authority."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"While researching Nigerian Ports Authority and the local market I did see that there are a few competitors in our area. What stood out to me was the enthusiasm of your team when I first applied here, and also the fact that you recently won the coveted Transportation Leadership Award. In addition to all of this, I see that Nigerian Ports Authority puts an important focus on carbon footprint. All of this makes you stand out from your competitors."
2.
Nigerian Ports Authority puts a large emphasis on workplace safety and the health of our employees. How important is workplace health and safety to you?
The interviewer wants to know that, if hired by Nigerian Ports Authority, you would enthusiastically contribute to their safety-focused workplace environment. Discuss the importance of safety, and what it means to you. You should also mention any health and safety related training you have taken. Any current certificates and tickets are helpful to bring with you to the interview.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Workplace health and safety are critical topics to me. Without a healthy work environment, morale will be low which creates an environment that fosters accidents and low productivity. I have multiple safety-related tickets including X, Y, and Z. In my current position, I have had zero accidents in 3 years. If hired at Nigerian Ports Authority you can be assured that I would exceed your safety expectations."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Without safety in the workplace, there would be complete chaos. For that reason, I believe that it's the most important factor to consider when building a team, and creating workplace policy."
3.
Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it relates to this position with Nigerian Ports Authority.
Talk about your education experience and be sure to highlight any areas of excellence. Perhaps you earned individual awards, accolades, or scholarships. If so - be sure to mention those achievements as well!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I completed my Engineering degree in 2011 from University of Florida. I am proud of my 3.90 GPA. I worked very hard! My biggest take away from my post-secondary experience is my knowledge of public infrastructure as well as the project management skills that I acquired. My high grades and great discipline will make me a strong fit for this role with Nigerian Ports Authority."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If you do not have any post-secondary experience to talk about, then you can certainly discuss any on-the-job training you've completed including workshops, courses, and certifications.

"The bulk of my industry related education has been on the job training. This training includes topics on transportation management, government policy and workplace safety."
4.
Do you have more experience working within the public or private sector of transportation? Which do you prefer?
Take a few minutes to bring your resume to life for the interviewer. Once you have highlighted the bulk of your experience, you can discuss some of your favorite projects or areas of interest. Avoid talking yourself into a corner when it comes to your preference of public vs. private projects. Be as diplomatic as possible by highlighting the pros of each.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"For the past four years I have been working with ABC, in the private sector. Some of my favorite recent projects have included X, Y, and Z. With that said, I also bring public sector experience from earlier in my career. That experience was also helpful because it taught me a lot about process and navigating the red tape associated with government projects. I have learned a great deal from both public and private work."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have a balance of experience between public and private transportation. I have three years' experience in public transport and four years' experience in private transportation. The two sectors bring their challenges, so it is difficult to choose a preference. If I had to commit to just one, I would say that private transport brings me fresh challenges daily, which is exciting to me."
5.
We have many opportunities for career growth at Nigerian Ports Authority. Where do you see this position leading to in the next 5 years?
Onboarding new employees is an expensive and time-consuming endeavor for any employer. Assure the interviewer that you see long-term career potential with Nigerian Ports Authority. Research the company online to discover any opportunities for future growth. Perhaps they have multiple departments or locations. Where do you see yourself growing within Nigerian Ports Authority? Be enthusiastic when you discuss your long-term career plans!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My interest is to have a long-term and successful career within transportation infrastructure. I feel that this role with Nigerian Ports Authority is a perfect next step in my career right now, but I also see room for future career growth here. You have a few leadership opportunities posted online. I read through the job description for those and am interested in working my way into a role like that with Nigerian Ports Authority one day."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am looking for a long-term career opportunity within the transportation industry. I feel that this role with Nigerian Ports Authority is a perfect step in my career now, and for the future. I see that you have operations management positions open. My dream would be to earn a leadership role with Nigerian Ports Authority down the road."

6.
At Nigerian Ports Authority we put a lot of emphasis on continued education. If you could take any course related to our business, what would you choose?
Showing interest in gaining new skills through continued education will allow the interviewer to see you as an engaged and growth-minded candidate. Discuss any coursework that you would like to take and be sure to mention any continued education opportunities that you have recently taken if any.

Close your answer by asking the interviewer if they would like to see you take a particular course. This approach will show the interviewer that you are open to coaching and willing to expand your knowledge to make yourself the perfect fit for Nigerian Ports Authority.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Continued education is vital to me because it allows me to remain current and competitive in this industry. Last year I was given the opportunity to take a course in A and another in B. At this moment, if I could choose any course to take, I would pick XYZ. Are there any courses you would recommend I take to round out my experience?"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"That is a great question, and I appreciate that you consider continued education options for your employees. If I could take any related coursework, I would choose to learn more about transportation systems for public travel. Are there any particular courses you recommend that I take?"
7.
At Nigerian Ports Authority we work hard to foster a team- based environment. Do you get along with multiple personality types in a close-working environment?
How you answer this question will reveal to the interviewer a lot about your personality and willingness to get along with others in a collaborative, team-based environment. Help the interviewer to see that you would fit well with the characters present at Nigerian Ports Authority.

Give the interviewer an example of a time when you have worked with a range of personalities. This example could come from a previous work situation, your post-secondary experience, or even a volunteer opportunity.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My current work situation is quite independent; however, I do volunteer on a weekly basis at the local homeless shelter. Every week there are new volunteers and new individuals with a range of needs. This experience has broadened my exposure a huge range of individuals. I am confident in my ability to work productively, and harmoniously, with multiple personalities in a close-working environment."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I find myself getting along with most people at work. I appreciate diversity in the workplace! Everyone has something to offer using their unique qualities."
8.
The transportation infrastructure industry is ever-changing. At Nigerian Ports Authority we seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in what we do. How do you stay up to date on related current events?
The interviewer would like to confirm that you have a genuine interest in transportation infrastructure. Perhaps you read infrastructure related magazines, follow particular engineering journals or subscribe to an industry-related blog. Briefly share with the interviewer how you stay up to date on current events related to Nigerian Ports Authority.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am always interested in learning more about this industry and the changes that are taking place. Most frequently, I read Pavement Publications. There are also a couple of blogs that I follow including Transport Data and Transport Now."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"It is a challenge to stay up to date on the transportation industry, with policy changing on a regular basis. The most reliable source that I utilize is 'Transport Topics.' With that said, I love to learn about new resources. Would you mind sharing with me your favorite source for transportation-related news?"
9.
Because of the nature of our business at Nigerian Ports Authority we conduct background checks on all employees. Are you willing to comply?
Most companies in the transportation infrastructure industry need to be very cautious about who they hire. There is a chance that much of the information you are going to access could be confidential and you may be assisting with the transport of dangerous goods. Assure the interviewer that you are most willing to comply with any form of background check they require.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am happy to comply with any background check required. My criminal record is clean as is my drivers' abstract. You can rest assured that if you hire me for this role with Nigerian Ports Authority, I will maintain a clean record."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I fully understand why a complete background check is required in this field of work. I am happy to comply with any checks that you need to conduct."
10.
Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
Talking about your most significant accomplishment will give the interviewer a firm idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The greatest accomplishment in my career was graduating University as an honors student while still working full time in a related field. I was top of my class, and working full time. This success showed me that I could dedicate myself to my career, and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and receive recognition for my dedication."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have many accomplishments of which I am proud. Overall, I would say that my greatest work accomplishment is the positive reputation that I have in this industry."
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