Friday, October 13, 2017

Best Interview Practices to Screen Operations Managers in Kenya

How to interview operations managers effectively in Kenya to build the best team.

This is a tough post to write because all Operations Managers are different based on what sector the company is in. That being said, there should be some core things we can tease out to advise on in terms of best interview practices to screen Operations Managers in Kenya.

Here is how the Duma Works Placement Team thinks about hiring Operations Managers for companies in East Africa, based on  experience with our clients.

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  Monday, November 28, 2016

What It Takes Talent: Finance Sector in Kenya

What it takes to make it: Finance. Join Duma Works for monthly events that bring together entrepreneurs, HR and Talent Managers, and Professionals to discuss how to connect with top talent and jobs in Africa

Our monthly #WhatItTakes Talent Event focused on the Finance Sector.

We brought in amazing panelists to lead the discussion about how HR and Talent Managers can recruit, train, and retain top talent in the Finance Sector in Kenya, and shared insights with professionals on how to position themselves for their career in the Finance Sector.

Our partner for the event was Invhestia, and our panelists were Stephen Gugu, Director of Invhestia, Kate Gathii, Marketing Manager at Direct Pay Online, and Joel Macharia from Abacus.

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  Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Bicycles and Roads to Opportunity

Duma Works expands to Dar es Salaam to connect companies in Tanzania to the best talent for their job openings.

Imagine. A simple question:

Can You Draw a Bicycle?

…Led to an incredible, epic conversation about how people can approach life in order to open their hands to more opportunity.

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  Friday, April 8, 2016

How to Fail at Writing a Personal Statement

When giving advice about how to write an awesome Personal Statement on your CV, it is actually better to begin with what NOT to do.

How to write a winning personal statement from Duma Works, leading digital recruiting platform in East Africa

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Here are some ways you can absolutely ruin your personal statement without even trying.

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  Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Interview Advice 101: What is your greatest strength


Here is some important job interview advice for how to successfully answer this questionJob interview advice for how to respond to an interviewer when they ask "What is your greatest strength" Follow this advice and succeed on the interview.

You might be thinking…

  • Why am I being asked this question?
  • How humble/confident should I be?
  • What areas of my life – Personal life? Professional?
  • Where do I even start?
  • What is job interview advice to succeed in answering this question on a panel?

First, let’s understand why the interviewer is asking you this

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  Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Interview 101: Do you have any questions for us

How to respond to an interviewer when they ask "Do you have any questions for us." Follow this advice and succeed on the interview.

  • Do I ask about salary?
  • How am I supposed to come up with questions to ask them?
  • Do they want me to challenge the job description in any way to give my feedback?
  • Do they actually want me to have questions or is this just a formality?

So many questions! First let’s understand…

Why is the employer asking you this question?

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  Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Interview 101: Why did you leave your last job

How to respond to an interviewer when they ask "Tell me about yourself." Follow this advice and succeed on the interview.

  • Should I tell the truth if I was let go?
  • How many specifics should I go into about the reasons I was let go?
  • If I had a problem with the management, should I tell the interviewer?

First, let’s understand…

Why is the employer asking you this?

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  Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Interview 101: What Is Your Salary Expectation?

How to respond in a job interview when they ask "Tell me about yourself." Follow this advice and succeed on the interview.

  • Do they expect me to give them the real answer or the amount to start negotiating from?
  • How can I find out what is a normal rate for my position?
  • What happens if I quote too high/too low?

First let’s understand…

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  Monday, February 8, 2016

Interview 101: Tell Me About Yourself

How to respond to an interviewer when they ask "Tell me about yourself." Follow this advice and succeed on the interview.

  • Do I include non-professional topics or just professional?
  • Am I supposed to summarize my CV?
  • How long should I take to answer this question?
  • What if my professional journey wasn’t a straight path that is easily explainable?

You may have all these questions. But first, let’s understand…

Why is the employer asking this interview question?

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  Friday, January 15, 2016

The Modern Kenyan Woman’s Guide to How to Dress for Success in the Job Interview

Duma Works and Closet49 bring you an event to help you understand how to dress for an interview during your job search and also find you an awesome outfit that you can wear to succeed in the interview

My most embarrassing interview story and what you can learn from it

On the 30th of January 2016, Duma Works, in partnership with Closet49, will be holding the Dress for Success brunch event at our Adams Arcade office. (Get excited!)

For me, the event brings back not so very fond memories of my very first interview. I thought it important to share this embarrassing story with you so that at least I can save you from a complete wardrobe disaster which could cost you a job (yup, happened to me!).

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