Prepared by Kakuma Youth Research Group
- Write an application letter that emphasizes what makes you uniquely qualified for this opportunity.
- Prepare written materials early, share with others for feedback, revise!
- Research the organization you want to work with before you arrive for an interview. Have a few questions prepared in advance.
- Consider signing up for a training course offered by the organization you are interested in working for or specializing in a related skill.
- Consider starting an email account to submit materials. Some opportunities might require email communication.
Interview preparation: Anticipate questions and practice responses.
- Tell me/ us about yourself.
- What do you know about the work we do here? How did you hear about us?
- What interests you about this organization or position? / Why do you want this job, training course, etc.
Commonly asked interview questions
- Tell me about yourself.
- What do you know about the work we do here? Why you are you interested in this organization?
- Why do you want this opportunity [job/ training/ scholarship]?
- Why do you consider yourself to be the best candidate for this position?
- What will you contribute to this organization?
- What do you see as your strengths and weaknesses?
- How do you see yourself and your community benefitting from this position?
- Tell me about your previous experiences.
- What have you been doing?
- What did you like and dislike about that job?
- Why did you leave?
- What questions do you have for us?
Tips for interviewing
- Speak loudly and clearly.
- Convey confidence nonverbally by maintaining eye contact and good posture.
- Prepare a detailed introduction to yourself with specifics about your status.
- Demonstrate knowledge about the organization.
- Show enthusiasm and interest.
- Emphasize your positive qualities. Acknowledge your weaknesses and how you are working to improve them.
- Be honest. You can only be you!
- Reference relevant experiences.
- Demonstrate your fit with the organization. Connect your interests with the work they do.
- If you are confused, ask for clarification.
- It is ok to say you need a moment to think about a question, rather than answering right away.