Every hiring manager wants to know how to keep you best motivated and excited about the job and about the company's brand. Talk to the interviewer about what excites you and keeps you happy at work.
"I'm excited about making a difference in the world through my work, and that's what attracts me to Telkom. I love your purpose of seamlessly connecting customers to a better life, and I love the work you're doing through the Telkom Foundation. I'm excited by the thought that the work I can do applying my own skills, background and education can help people get better access to one another, to education, to health care, to the things that improve their day-to-day lives. I'm particularly excited about the Telkom Foundation and its mission to transform disadvantaged communities through sustainable social investment programs. "
"I get excited when new challenges are presented in the workplace. One of my favorite personal/business challenges is balancing healthy business growth with community involvement - I believe the two are not mutually exclusive. I'm energized by the idea of getting involved with the Telkom Foundation and its strategy of improving the quality of teaching and learning throughout South Africa. This commitment shows that business can be a force for good when it's approached intentionally and with purpose."
Being able to problem solve and think outside the box when it comes to changing situations is a very valuable skill set. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to create a variety of potential scenarios.
"I can't imagine working within the communications service industry without being comfortable problem-solving and brainstorming various scenarios. I feel that it is very important to create alternative scenarios in all situations. One cannot guess what will happen in the end, so it is smart to be prepared for all possible outcomes. I try always to create 'what-ifs' because I know that plans change and fail. Plan B - or C or D - is always ready to go."
"I love having contingency plans. It's important for my team to understand that ideally we are going to do X, but if that fails, we need to be ready to make sure Y happens. It takes out the uncertainty at the moment and better prepares everyone to adapt if a problem should arise. Based on what I've researched about Telkom's commitment to innovation and continuous process improvement, I believe this quality would be an outstanding fit for your current team."
It is a great skill to have when you can approach a problem in a new way. Discuss with the interviewer your ability to approach a problem using new methods.
"When our company came under new management last year, many new methods and policies were implemented. As a result, I was able to learn many new approaches to our challenges in sales and customer management. Ultimately, they were very effective, and I enjoyed the process of taking a different approach and trying something innovative. Considering the lightning pace of your industry, I'd imagine that all Telkom employees are comfortable with complexity and a swiftly changing landscape; I'd welcome that challenge as well."
"I'm very open to learning new skills and approaches, and I believe that openness will fit well within the Telkom culture. Recently, my current company switched to an SAP system that I was not familiar with. Rather than let myself get lost, I enrolled in a 4-week evening course at our local community college so that I could quickly learn the system without it affecting my performance at work. It helped a great deal, and my employers were impressed with my willingness to learn. In addition, I was able to share with colleagues new ways to employ the system to solve some of their day-to-day business challenges."
Once you are in your career, it certainly doesn't mean that you need to stop learning. There are many job-related courses available. Talk to the interviewer about the last time you took advantage of these available courses. Discuss your interest in continuing your education even after joining Telkom.
"For a company committed to innovation and seamlessly connecting customers to a better life, it is entirely reasonable that you support continuing education. How else will your team be able to stay at the forefront of technological advances? I am a huge proponent of professional development and continuing education, myself. At my present employer, we are required to stay current in our industry in order to keep up with the fast pace of change and innovation - much like Telkom. Our company recently offered the Sandler Sales program to anyone in the company who was interested. I took this workshop and really enjoyed it - plus, my sales increased by 23 percent."
"Last year, I worked toward my Project Manager certification while working full time. That experience alone greatly increased my multitasking skills, and I'm confident that the PM certification is a strong addition to my already existing management skill set. I believe strongly that it's important for employees to seek training and professional development opportunities in order to make sure they're not only competitive, but also adding the best possible value to their organizations. For a purpose-driven organization like Telkom, this means a work force at the top of their game, with the best training possible to achieve the mission of connecting people across South Africa and beyond."
Often we will leave the tasks that we don't like for last in the act of procrastination. Other times, we will mindfully move a particular responsibility for last because we feel that it makes the most sense. Help the interviewer to determine which personality type you are by answering this question.
"If given a choice, I would leave my documentation tasks for last. I say this because I like to spend my time selling and hitting targets; that's the most energizing and satisfying to me, so completing tasks related to documentation during business hours often feels like a distraction from business development. I do understand the importance of appropriate documentation; I just prefer to save it for after the workday."
"I think it's natural to want to save the hardest or most demanding tasks for last, so I make a conscious effort not to do that. I try to review my to-do list each morning and pick the most difficult task on the list to complete first. That way, I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment, and it's a nice confidence boost as I move on to tasks throughout the day that aren't quite as challenging. In this way, I also believe I could make a more meaningful contribution to the Telkom team."
The interviewer wants to know if your reactions to problems reflect maturity and professionalism. How you react will significantly determine how you fit with their existing team at Telkom SA Ltd. Perhaps your computer crashes and you realize you may have just lost all of your hard work. Or maybe you are limited on time and have a deadline rapidly approaching. Demonstrate to the interviewer that you take a very methodical approach to problem-solving, rather than reacting in an impulsive way when a problem occurs.
"I know that Telkom emphasizes speed, efficiency and innovation, so remaining calm when a problem arises is key. When a major problem arises, my first instinct is to take a step back and absorb what just happened. I then go into 'brainstorm' mode, jotting down potential ways to resolve the issue. From there, I can generally use a pros and cons list to determine the best course of action for a fast and amicable resolution."
"Being an industry leader and seamlessly connecting customers to a better life is bound to bring with it some challenges and bumps along the way. The important thing is to remain calm and carefully discuss scenarios with the team in order to brainstorm possible solutions. I love that Telkom's culture encourages team members to cooperate and to share resources and knowledge; that will be key when deciding which path forward during a crisis."
Troubleshooting is like reverse engineering - it takes skill, effort, and patience. You have to understand the problem to know how to work backward from it to find a solution. Knowing how to solve problems with technical equipment is always a solid skill, and a great way to demonstrate your example. Show that you are insightful in your approach.
"I know is is a particularly valuable skill at Telkom, given your commitment to continuous improvement in order to be more responsive to your customers. That should translate to your internal groups as well. One quick example: last week, while working in our new SAP system, I received a repeated error. I entered in a few different codes, but that didn't solve the issue. I then did a hard reset on my system. Then, I referred to the user guide for additional suggestions. It took a little time and patience, but I was able to resolve the issue without calling the support line and waiting on hold. It felt like a major accomplishment!"
"We do not have an IT department in my current office, so whenever a technical issue arises, I am the person my team calls for help. Troubleshooting is fun for me - it's like a new challenge every time. Google and IT-related forums are often my best friend, and with some time and research, I've been able to solve the issues my team brings to me. I believe that this willingness to jump in and experiment with solutions fits well with the innovation and willing to take risks for the greater good encouraged at Telkom."
Do you use your creative mind with your colleagues to discuss ideas and systems in the workplace? Talk to the interviewer about how you have used creative thinking in the workplace and how this will benefit Telkom if hired.
"Based on your culture and focus on innovation, I believe that this is an important ability for Telkom's teams to have. I currently have a policy with my team that if they have an innovative and helpful idea they can bring it to me at any time. If their idea or system is something that I think could work, we then create a plan, and sometimes even a prototype, together to present to our head office. This policy has generated some powerful ideas in our office over the past three years including a work-share program and some health and safety initiatives. I would relish the opportunity to brainstorm and ideate with Telkom colleagues to provide real-world options and solutions that help connect customers to a better life."
"I think it is important to discuss work with colleagues in a collaborative nature to encourage all types of ideas to come forth. Often, when people put their heads together, they will create something better than one individual could have done alone. I'm a big fan of the improv comedy philosophy of 'Yes, and,' in which team members always say, 'yes' to one another's ideas and then try to build on them to make them more viable. I believe this will be a positive addition to Telkom's focus on solving real-world, complex technical and business problems. "
Using your creative mind, have you ever introduced an employer to a new product or service opportunity? Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have created a new product or service.
"Its commitment to innovative thinking is one of my favorite things about Telkom and I'd relish the opportunity to show my own innovation. In my previous role I was fortunate enough to introduce my company to the idea of a 'gold level' priority service where, in addition to our general customer service program, we added other options for our highest-yielding customer segments. Our customer base responded enthusiastically, and we were able to grow several accounts because of the extra attention. In fact, we kept the program running for a few years."
"I am newer to my career, so I have not had a lot of opportunities to create a new product or service in the workplace. In my personal life, a lot of my neighbors have pets. I started a neighborhood dog walking, sitting, and vacation service when I was in college. It was highly popular in the summer. I made some money and helped my neighbors enjoy their vacations. This was a positive experience for me at a very early age, so it has encouraged me to be mindful of opportunities and not afraid to raise my hand to express an idea or try something new; I believe this kind of initiative and willingness to take a risk would fit well within Telkom's culture of continuous improvement and performance enhancement."
Company culture and fit are significant factors when considering a career move. Assure the interviewer that you have put thought, research, and consideration of how the company culture at Telkom SA Ltd. will work for you.
"I like what I've seen about the culture of Telkom - yours is the brand that has met the connectivity needs of South Africa for the past two decades. There's continuity there, reliability and trust from your customers because you have a long history of service. However, there's also exciting innovation and a drive to remain at the top of your industry. I'm drawn to the fact that Telkom has stated that its culture is a high-performance, values-driven culture. I, too, believe that a company can perform well within its sector while remaining ethical and true to a set of core values."
"The culture of an organization is one of the principal sources of its competitive advantage and brand differentiation. I've enjoyed learning about Telkom's culture through my research for this interview. I appreciate the fact that Telkom is committed to conducting its business in an ethical manner based on its core values and acceptable principles. Most importantly, Telkom has stated that it wants to be the best place for committed and accountable people to work. I'd like to be part of a team like that."
Are you the individual who prefers to know what the routine will be, or do you thrive on the challenge and excitement of unpredictability? The interviewer would like to know if your work style will be a fit with Telkom SA Ltd.
"Certainly, completing routine, day-to-day tasks is easier, in the sense that it's more predictable and less stressful, but I also believe it doesn't allow one to grow very much professionally. I believe the best environment is a mix of both - enough day-to-day that one can perfect an approach to those tasks, combined with enough complexity and uncertainty to allow for collaboration, problem-solving and intellectual challenge. Since Telkom describes its work culture as one of accountability and continuous improvement, I feel confident the work day will provide enough challenge!"
"I like to have a bit of both, honestly. I have a general schedule that I follow in the morning including a team huddle, setting objectives for the day, following up with clients, and then setting new meetings with prospects. That said, the in-between of that framework is always pretty unpredictable. In sales, you never know what might happen, especially when selling a product, as I do. More often than not, there is some challenge or drama throughout the day (or 20), so that variety keeps me on my toes, engaged and excited."
When you start a new position, it is essential to set a goal on how you will make a positive impact quickly after being hired. Tell the interviewer what your impact goal is, should you be the successful candidate and hired at Telkom SA Ltd.
"My first priority would be soaking up as much information about culture, process and KPIs as possible. I'd embark on a 'listening tour' in order to engage in deep conversation with my team and with my colleagues to discover the greatest current needs and how to prioritize them based on company goals for the quarter. Overall, I would strive to meet or exceed all KPIs for the business quarter as efficiently as possible."
"If hired today, I would start with analyzing all quantifiable data from the last month, quarter and year to identify any challenges and set a plan to address them. I'd also look for team and company strengths in order to capitalize on or expand them in order to increase the company's bottom line. Overall, I'd be looking for patterns that help me make an immediate contribution to the team and the organization."
Possessing the skills to improve communication in the workplace is a very valuable asset. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to enhance communication in the workplace. Be sure to tie in how your skills will benefit Telkom.
"Based on its stated values, I know that Telkom is committed to continuous improvement, honesty, respect and teamwork, so I can see how strong communication skills are imperative. In my current position, I have one particular client who is a very brief communicator. If I ask two questions, he tends to answer only one. I learned quickly that he would not acknowledge anything for which he did not have a direct answer, so I began to ask him questions in a different way. For example, I would say 'Do you have an answer for me on question X?' and he would say yes or no. We would then go from there. This method was an effective form of communication for that particular client. I have a few approaches that will be useful when working for Telkom, especially with its focus on an open, collaborative culture."
"Good communication is really important to me, and a skill that seems to get at the heart of Telkom's purpose of leading the ICT space through credible relationships and distinctive customer service. I believe I have significant experience improving communication in relationships. For example, I once had a client who often missed email updates. It caused us to cross our wires a few times. I suggested that we book a quick call every week to review any outstanding areas that need to be addressed, and I followed each call with a status report so that the conversation was documented. I believe this process would work nicely for Telkom as well."
This interview question allows you to demonstrate your ability to be a self-starter. Show the interviewer that you are a motivated individual by telling the interviewer about a specific time that you took the lead. Include details of your project timeline, which you led, or what you had to teach yourself for the project to be successful. Be sure to also emphasize the outcome.
"I'm drawn to this piece of the Telkom culture: its focus on continuous improvement and improving performance for a higher purpose, and believe I can exemplify these qualities. For example, my current team recently had a major inventory count requested of us by the corporate head office. At the time, our manager was away on vacation. No one quite knew where to start or who should take the lead. I took the initiative to lead my co-workers through the inventory project. I taught myself the tracking software in a short amount of time and created a schedule so that everyone knew what was expected of them, and we completed the project three days ahead of schedule! It was a great success."
"Telkom's focus on passion, accountability and going the extra mile for customers are some of the most attractive aspects of this position. I often display initiative in my current position; for example, my current organization recently switched over its entire leadership team at the same time we were updating our team's compensation plan, so it was a lot of organizational change for the team to process. I took the initiative to manage the culture during this time by reaching out to all associates individually to gain their feedback on what compensation they would like to see in our change. I explained some possible options and gained their feedback on the new leadership team. This, on top of my day-to-day responsibilities, demanded strong time management skills, organization and initiative. However, I was able to guide our associates through a seamless compensation transition while gaining strong feedback on leadership changes."
The interviewer wants to be assured that you can handle the workload required of you in this position and that you will not become overwhelmed if/when workloads unexpectedly increase. When workloads increase, stress levels do too. How do you react?
"You don't connect customers to a better life through technology without taking on an ambitious workload, so I'd expect nothing less from Telkom. When I have a large workload on my plate, I do not stress over the tasks that are in front of me. Rather, I make a simple plan of which tasks are a high priority and which tasks are a lower priority. The higher priority tasks, I complete first. Through this system, I can focus on my tasks individually, rather than stressing out about the multitude of tasks ahead of me. I also love the satisfaction of being able to cross things off my list!"
"Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I try to take a few deep breaths, review my list of tasks, and concentrate first on those that are of highest strategic priority to the organization - in other words, the tasks most likely to positively affect the company's bottom line. For Telkom, that also includes and innovation that provides outstanding customer satisfaction. If I can put my highest expenditure of resources there, I'm more likely to make a positive impact on the organization overall."
The interviewer wants to know that you are capable of taking calculated risks in the workplace and that you understand the difference between a calculated risk and a risky choice. Think of a work-related risk, like trying out a new idea to solve a problem. You may even take on a new responsibility that you're not trained in, which is a little bit of a risk. Give an example that shows you are thoughtful and strategic when taking risks.
" I love this piece of the Telkom culture - the company is literally connecting the people of South Africa to better lives, which can't happen without some level of risk. I can definitely get on board with the type of calculated risk that comes with pushing for continuous improvement. For example, last month I took an unusual risk by accepting an outside sales call when I am an inside sales employee. An existing client asked me to meet him because he had some additional business he was thinking of awarding our company, but he wanted to make sure we had a strong rapport before he handed the business over. I met him in person, and we got along so well that he gave me an additional $1M in annual business. I knew it was a risk because my traditional area of expertise is inside sales accounts, but I knew the reward was greater than the potential risk, so I took it."
"I don't believe we achieve anything truly worthwhile without some level of risk. I certainly took a risk by leaving my strategic account management position to take an entry sales position in another organization. My family thought I was nuts. But, while it was risky, I wanted to get into sales and I wanted to experience a startup environment. It worked out great, as I got basic sales experience, and then have been steadily promoted since. My career has moved in an upward trajectory so much faster since I took that leap of faith. I believe this makes me a good fit for the Telkom culture and its emphasis on taking risks in order to grow, both for oneself and for the company."
Interviewers want to hear that you have experience teaching or mentoring other employees one-on-one. You may have taught a new hire all of your department's standard processes. Perhaps you taught a long-standing employee how to use Excel. You may have mentored an employee who was struggling to hit monthly goals. All of these scenarios are great examples to draw on.
"I believe I have always grown from the opportunity to teach or mentor my colleagues. For example, last month our company introduced a new module in our SAP system, and I could see that one of our team members was having some trouble with the new module. I was familiar with it already, so I offered to help him. We spent his lunch hour for the next three days working on it. He eventually perfected his interaction with the module, and he's now teaching others. One of the things I've loved learning about Telkom during my research is how the organization specifically calls out continuous improvement, cooperation and the sharing of knowledge and resources as part of its core values - I believe I will fit this well within this type of mentoring culture."
"Absolutely. In each of my two previous roles, I have been tasked with leading a small team. I have worked on everything from appointment-setting and overcoming objections to price negotiations with those respective teams. What's more, I always look for an opportunity to connect with new team members. I try to always invite them out for coffee so they not only have a friendly face in the office, but also know that I can be a resource for them. I was promoted from their role, so I am always happy to share how I did it on such a fast timeline and what I've found effective that can help them be a change-maker in the company, too."
Are you accustomed to working in an environment where clear communication with others is critical? Talk to the interviewer about your most recent work and how communication played a part.
"In my previous role, healthy communication was required to protect the safety of our employees. We transported dangerous goods, and our management required that we all take specific workshops on team communication and appropriate documentation. The company was committed to upholding the body of research that shows that teams who communicate better also perform better. Because of this, I feel confident in my prior training and am sure that my communication skills are solid."
"I currently do not enjoy a healthy level of team communication in my workplace - communication skills are neither required nor modeled by our management team. This is part of the reason I am seeking new employment. I highly value clear communication and believe I do my best work within teams who are highly communicative and collaborative. How do you encourage strong communication among employees here at Telkom?"
On occasion, mistakes will happen, and communication will be broken. Talk to the interviewer about a time that this occurred in the workplace. How did you resolve the situation?
"This happens so easily when people are involved! I recall one instance where I misread an email from one of my team members. The tone was unclear, and I read it as sarcastic rather than in the positive tone my team member intended. After a tense conversation, the employee clarified her intention, and I learned that I was mistaken. She and I agreed to pay closer attention to email tone and to err on the side of positivity to avoid a similar situation in the future. Considering Telkom's value of learning from mistakes in order to enhance performance and be more responsive, I can see how this is an important quality for your employees to display."
"This can be a major hardship for any team, and I appreciate Telkom's commitment to continuous improvement, transparency and honesty among its team members. My current team recently suffered a missing link in communication with one of our vendors, whom we engaged with to complete a large service contract. We did not clearly communicate a change in the agreement, which affected the way the company executed against the contract, costing my team wasted time and resources. We were able to identify the breakdown in communication and change the process to ensure it does not happen again."
In which manner do you prefer to communicate - oral or verbal? Discuss your preference with the interviewer and support your answer.
"I believe both oral and written communication are important for business success, and each has its strengths. I feel confident in both - in-person communication can be valuable for reading facial expressions, body language, etc., while written communication is ideal for establishing a record of important information. Over the course of my career, I've tried very hard to hone skills in both areas so that I'm a well-rounded, strong communicator."
"I do not lean one way or another when it comes to oral or written communication. Both are equally important to me. If I have to choose just one, I will choose written communication as one can always refer back to written communication for reference."
One of the toughest parts of communication can be delivering bad news to people that you work with and care for. Whether it is delivering a less than positive work review or terminating someone - it doesn't come easy. Assure the interviewer that you can handle this type of task in a transparent, concise and professional manner.
"I believe no one enjoys sharing bad news with a co-worker, but I do have experience in doing so. When this type of task is required, I make sure, first, to practice empathy. Truth is always key, so I will be honest and clear when sharing the news. For instance, if I am to terminate someone's employment, I will not sugar coat the reasons; it's better that the employee learn and grow from that knowledge. I believe this approach would integrate well with Telkom's focus on being real, open and truthful within its team environment."
"Overall, I want my team members to trust me and to know where they stand. I try to be very direct with my communication skills. While showing empathy is always important, I try not to be over-emotional when sharing non-ideal information with team members - most news of this nature is fact-based and can be presented calmly and rationally. A sense of optimism can also help. Good or bad news, there is always a way to improve the situation and create something good from it. After delivering bad news, I will work with my coworker to find a positive solution."
Public speaking can be intimidating, so assure the interviewer that you are capable of communicating well in front of large groups. Have you taken any courses or training in public speaking? Perhaps you have so much experience that it comes second nature. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of giving presentations should it be required in your role with Telkom SA Ltd.
"Considering the importance Telkom places on cooperation and the sharing of knowledge for the benefit of customers and shareholders, the ability to present and garner support from a variety of groups will be imperative for success. I'm ready to meet that challenge. In my last two roles I have been responsible for regularly presenting to my team of 43 staff as well as to our entire warehouse team of more than 200. I have also been part of my local Toastmasters group, which helped a great deal. Overall, I feel that I am a confident public speaker, and I would be proud to present on behalf of Telkom and its important purpose."
"I do not have a lot of experience in presenting to large groups, but I do present regularly to groups averaging around 4 to 6 people. I am a confident speaker in that setting and am sure that I could present in front of many people - I'd be happy to take on that challenge on behalf of helping Telkom connect its customers to a better life. I'm willing to move outside my comfort zone in the spirit of continuous improvement and enhancing my performance."
Being a clear communicator, in written form, is a crucial skill to master. Have you taken any courses in communication and writing? Are you confident in your written communication skills? Talk to the interviewer about your written communication abilities and support your answer with a brief example or story.
"I would describe my written communication skills as very strong. Writing has always been a passion of mine on a personal level, and I appreciate the importance of expressing oneself clearly, succinctly and without error in a business setting. That's a tremendous piece of building one's professional reputation. I have studied communication, writing and journalism at the university level and feel confident I could represent Telkom SA well in my written correspondence."
"My written communication skills are solid. I often utilize written communications as a follow up to meetings or other in-person interactions. These meeting notes provide a reliable resource for associates to go back to and reference, plus might answer any questions that come up along the way. I believe the ability to express oneself clearly and confidently in writing is key for business success."
There are many options for communication software and messaging applications. Give the interviewer a brief overview of the applications you are experienced in and assure them that you can learn their internal system, should it be new to you.
"Considering Telkom's commitment to seamlessly connecting its customers to better lives, I can see how this is an important question. I have used a variety of team-based messaging applications - they are powerful tools for encouraging and organizing team communication. I am most familiar with Slack, Apple Messenger and Google Hangouts Chat. Most of these programs are fairly user-friendly and intuitive, so I feel confident that no matter which system you use, I can pick it up very quickly."
"I do not have a lot of experience with team-based messaging applications besides MSN Messenger years ago. I do pick up on technology quickly and have no concerns when it comes to my ability to learn. I would be eager to learn whatever tools would be necessary in order to contribute to the kind of team culture Telkom aspires to - one that strives for continuous improvement and accountability."
Due to a wide variety of personalities, relationships can take time to form. How do you ensure that you have a strong line of communication with your co-workers and supervisors, right from the start?
"I believe the first few weeks of any new posiation should be devoted to listening and understanding the culture, landscape, needs and expectations of team members and colleagues. I'm very excited about Telkom's purpose-driven and collaborative culture, and would be eager to start meeting as many colleagues as I could. In previous positions, I have found 'listening tours,' valuable, in which I schedule coffees, lunches or short meetings with as many colleagues as possible during the first few weeks to discuss their challenges, successes and expectations for the position. This sets us up as collaborators from the very beginning."
"First impressions are everything, and I make a strong attempt to build relationships with all of my peers right up front when starting a new job. I schedule meetings to make an introduction and ask discovery questions to learn how I can best support them when working together. It is also important to gain insight into their preferred methods of communications. Also important, I try very quickly to show an interest in their lives outside of work - who they are, their hobbies, their families, etc., so that it's clear that I value them as individuals, not just as professional roles. This approach seems to mesh well with Telkom's clearly stated values of teamwork, respect and accountability."
Others don't always communicate with you in the style that you would prefer. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have handled a supervisor who does not interact with you in a way that you like or that is clear to you.
"When I consider the fact that Telkom has clearly stated values of continuous improvement, respect, honesty, accountability and teamwork, I feel confident that this won't be much of an issue. But whenever I have had a supervisor who does not properly communicate with me, I first try to learn their style of communication and emulate it. I also try to ask a lot of questions and document instructions in writing as much as possible in order to make sure I'm understanding."
"I try to be independent and find as many answers as possible on my own. As much as I would love to always work with supervisors who are great communicators, that is not always a realistic ask. I also try to repeat instructions just to verify that I'm hearing and interpreting what the supervisor really wants. If I'm really having trouble getting the information I need, I may also proactively schedule a meeting with my supervisor to discuss. I believe this approach would fit well within Telkom's culture of teamwork and accountability."
Strong communication skills are required to be an effective leader. How have your communication skills helped your team in the past, and how will they help the team at Telkom?
"With the purpose of seamlessly connecting customers to a better life, there's no question that teams at Telkom must work together and communicate seamlessly. There's a lot of great research available showing that teams that communicate well are able to complete projects in a quicker and more efficient way than those who don't communicate well. They also are more accurate in their work. This is the kind of teamwork I try to encourage among my colleagues - I believe in regular touch-base appointments - both for the whole team and for individual members - plus regular written communication that can be archived and accessed at a later date for clarity."
"We recently rolled out a large organizational change. I took a very transparent approach to communication throughout the process. I asked the team for feedback and buy-in early in the process. We discussed some challenges that could be expected. Therefore, when the time came to roll out the change, there were very few surprises. It was a success! One of my favorite findings, when researching Telkom, was the fact that employees are encouraged to make a difference, each with his/her unique talents. I consider communication one of my greatest talents, and would be energized by the opportunity to put it to use for Telkom's purpose of seamlessly connecting customers to a better life."
On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in communication? Why did you choose that particular rating for yourself?
"I love that Telkom clearly values honesty, respect and teamwork, which all hinge on good, healthy communication. Largely because of my own personal and professional communication style, I believe I could be a good fit here. My current supervisor and co-workers will attest to my clear and concise communication skills. Because I am an open leader, my team also lets me know if I need to clarify anything. Based on this feedback from my current co-workers, I would rate my communication skills as an 8 out of 10. I'm definitely strong in this area, but still have room for improvement as I continue to grow as a leader and become more familiar with Telkom's communication values. "
"I will rate myself an 8.5 because I believe in being clear, direct and up front with my co-workers. It is the foundation of all success in business. I am always striving to be a better communicator - to always be clear but kind - so I leave the rest of the scale as an aspirational measure. I love that Telkom places such a high priority on collaboration and communication among team members, which is a testament to its progressive and innovative culture."