Happy Monday with Adwoa

There comes a time when you get to a certain level in a thing that used to come easy to you and it’s no longer as easy as it used to be. At that point, what motivates you to keep on going? If the answer is nothing, you either never advance to the next level, as you sink into mediocrity, or you give the thing up all together and lose something that was once dear to you.

Let’s say for example, as a kid you always used to excel in school. Your parents always used to brag about you being first in class. But, when you got to a higher level, your performance changed and you no longer topped your class in every instance.

The issue was not that you suddenly became dumber. The issue was that, as you advanced in school, you advanced in difficulty and instead of applying more effort and resolve into learning what you were being taught, you applied the same effort you did before, expecting the same results. Sometimes, as we succeed, we have to work harder.

It’s so easy to advice another person to work harder isn’t it? It’s a whole different story when you’re the person forced to work harder. The best way to push yourself to work harder, is to find the right motivation.

That was what I was struggling with a few hours ago as I rifled through endless YouTube videos, trying to find a tutorial to walk me through some accounting I needed to do in order to complete my assignment in finance. Calculating and interpreting financial statements isn’t really something I’ve struggled with before. But, I found myself wanting to quit and watch an old movie instead. I could hear myself asking why it was taking so long to do the assignment and I felt like throwing in the towel. But, as I sat down staring at the excel spreadsheet, I envisioned my goals. Then, it occurred to me that it wasn’t about to get any easier. The only way to get to the next point, was to push through this one.

Working at the entry-level is also a lot like this. Before you can reach the glamorous position you might want to get into, you must first do hours of grunt work, and do them diligently. You must prove to superiors that you’re worth betting on. When they finally bet on you, your workload may change but it most likely isn’t getting any lighter. Before you can be a super cool investment banker for example, you have to spend a couple of years working spreadsheets for your superiors.

So, it’s important to know what work is entailed in the goals you’re aiming for. For me, that might mean I cannot avoid accounting if I truly have interest in finance.

Search your interests and goals and see the parts you must put up with. Find something to motivate you. If it’s truly what you want, do not give up easily but work harder towards it. (I’m rooting for you too.)

Here’s to discovery and happy Monday from a girl born on Monday.


Why Should We Hire You? – An Interview Question

“Why should you hire me? I guess that is a rhetoric right? I mean didn’t you see my CV? And what about my performance? I remember you were nodding throughout. The CEO even gave me an applause, why do you still go ahead to ask me such question?”

My friend, relax, sit down, be humble, and answer the question.

So in my last write-up on interview questions, it was requested I write one on how to answer such a question, that is, “why should we hire you?” A feat, I will attempt to answer.

Mind you there is no one answer that will satisfy this question wherever, or whenever it ask. The answer is dependent on the industry that one is entering and also, based on the line of questioning that one has been exposed to during the interview.

So usually, this question is about one of the last questions that is asked during an interview session.

Most interview experts argue that, this question is not about what you can do for the company, rather, for you to demonstrate your knowledge on what you could benefit from the company and what you the ‘little’ you will contribute. In effect, you must demonstrate what symbiotic relationship you will be offering the company, should they hire you.

Suzy Welch, bestselling management author and CNBC contributor, puts it this way: “Talk about the company, its people, product and processes.”

So there you go on how to answer such a question: it must be an answer that hammers on a SYMBIOTIC relationship! Don’t be so ‘altruistic’ with your answer.

Think of it this way: no matter how badly you need a job, you will not want to be hired in a company that will only let you work, work, work and work without adding any value to you. You will also want something in return…or?

Let’s take an example. Hypothetic job position is Product Engineer in an engineering company.

wy u.jpgInterviewer: Why should we hire you?

Candidate A: I have proven track record and will bring onboard more than relevant skills and experience and I believe I am cut well cut out for this job.

Candidate B: Your value for employee empowerment through continuous learning and your customer-centered approach makes you the difference in the industry. I also believe your culture of innovation in products and processes makes you unique. Furthermore, the position calls for someone who can bring onboard marketing and operations and have a well-designed and simulated product delivered faster, by as much as 3 working days.

The second answer proves that the candidate has been paying attention to the details of the company and not only did he state what he will be getting from the company, but specifically provided what the company will gain from him.

Part of the reasons, your answer must be ‘symbiotic’ and not solely about you is because, you do not know what the other candidates are bringing on board and, more importantly, you will also not want to be offering a generic response like all the rest – be different

In summary, your answer will mean nothing, if it does not liaise with why it is right for the skills you possess, your values and your career path – just merge it!

You can leave a feedback and also other interview questions you may want me to write on during the next piece.

Glad to have you reading.

My name is Kotey.

Good day.


Happy Monday with Adwoa

There is one issue in life that, no matter what you do, you’ll find yourself thinking about when you reach a certain age, and that is the issue of what comes next.

You complete high school and you decide to go get a bachelor’s degree in one field or the other with the perception that the degree will be the springboard, possibly, to the rest of your life. Maybe, you pursue a certain field because you believe that jobs in the field pay well, or maybe, you go into a field because an elderly advisor has convinced you that it is your path. You breeze through those years thinking after school, you will never be like those other people who don’t know where they’re going or what they want, no. But, then graduation comes around and you realize you were never truly sure what you wanted to do or if you even did the right degree. Now the question pushes against your forehead even harder.

You’ve gotten your bachelors, what now?

I was this person. I thought I knew what I was destined to become and exactly the field that I would finish school and go into. But, things didn’t happen that way. In fact, they happened completely differently. I left my family and my home on a whim and I traveled to a foreign land where I knew no one to get another degree, thinking after that, I would be well equipped to just go ahead and “be successful”. But, as I was in the program, doing the degree, I realized I had an interest in something else. One thing led to another and lo and behold I found myself here.

Where is here?

Second masters, living in a new place and only just beginning to discover myself. There is the key. There is no magic formula (unfortunately) and there is no right way to go. You can only choose to be fully satisfied with the place you are now and willing to move on to the next chapter when it comes. And if you aren’t, all it requires is to be bold enough to do something else. Let’s be patient and live in this moment together and let’s be bold enough to truly pursue our dreams together. For I am now convinced, that this is the way to discover the direction you go that will truly bring you satisfaction.

Happy Monday from a girl born on Monday.