This particular post will probably end up being a mini series. Because there are a lot of things my beloved Ghana could be doing better. There are a lot of things a lot of countries could be doing better but for now we’ll talk about Ghana.
So I conducted my first lot of interviews in my first week. Now this was hilarious for a number of reasons. I only got my first full time job just over 2 years ago after graduation and I’d never interviewed anyone is my life. A friend told me that I’d end up either one of two ways; either uber sympathetic and end up hugging each candidate or a straight talking wizard like character. Guess which one I was! *giggles*
Before we even get to the interviews let’s talk about CVs. These problems are not unique to Ghanaians; I’ve seen poor examples in loads of places. Abusuafoɔ (family), please stop writing generic, meaningless and clichéd statements at the top of your CVs. At least if you’re going to make these claims back it up with some facts. Real ones.
Exhibit A, B & C:
*yawns* Immediately, I’m put off and I don’t take you seriously because you’ve started your CV off with waffle and generic waffle at that!
Also, TAILOR YOUR CV! I’m not concerned if you want to work in accountancy firm. This is a vacancy for a teaching position for females to empower young girls. Geddit? I mean, I’ve had aspiring engineers applying for a primary teaching role. Yeah, that happened. Process it.
The funniest application I received was this:
I saw your publication in the Daily graphic and wanted to ask a few questions pertaining to the programme. First and foremost, why is the programme meant for females alone and what of we those males who have the requisite qualification to fit into that position?
Pearl, please I am interested in your programme and I know you are the only one who can assist me to be part of your programme. Okay! I am a holder of DBE thus a teacher can be able to comply witth your rules and regulation out there even though the programme is meant for females.
I have a good character not a matter of saying sake as it is said, prove of pudding is in the eating. Therefore, Pearl, I am pleading with you to convince your workers to be able to work with you out there.
Finally, I am an Ewe and fluent in it. Hoping my application will meet your kindest and earlier consideration Madam Pearl.
Hope to hearing from you soon. Thank you.
Yeah, that happened too. Go back and read it again. Wasn’t sure whether to laugh, cry or be scared. I’m still convinced it was a prank. Whoever is responsible show yourself!
Now interview wise, please, please at all times exude professionalism. I don’t care who’s in the room. Whether it’s just your competitors or the employers themselves, have some decorum. Behaving one way when there’s an obroni in the room and using colloquialisms and vulgarities when they’re not around isn’t acceptable. Ever.
As for the general quality of teachers I have been genuinely disappointed. I had ‘English’ teachers who couldn’t spell.
Cape Coast = Cape Cost, Stella = Stealer, Banana = Banaana *heavy sigh*
Now do I believe this is their fault? No. People who have little or poor education themselves are educating our future generations. It’s a vicious cycle of a failing education system, one that’s been failing for a long time. And it’s not okay. At all. But hey that’s why I’m here…