Hotels.ng has formalized its hiring process through an online jobs portal, job.hotels.ng. Job applicants are taken through one of the most rigorous job application process in the world. Candidates submission of some of the most bizarre applications from job seekers and online commentators.
The vetting process for prospective candidates is by all standards unconventional. Applicants are taken through a vetting process where questions put before them to answers are not things they can easily Google. Getting through just the first-stage of the tests has been likened to sitting for an online test.
Back in April last year, Hotels.ng’s founder and CEO, Mark Essien did publish the result of one of the screening process for hiring a new staff in a blog post. The post attracted the attention of authoritative media houses like the CNN among other top news outlets. Hotels.ng has indeed made it clear that it is looking to recruit only the best minds around; nothing short of a genius.
In the past three years, the company has received and evaluated more than 5,000 jobs applications, out of which they have only hired 150 people for the posts advertised. If you want to work at Hotels.ng, then you need to pick the do’s and don’ts from the following statement by the founder and CEO.
Mark Essien, says: “On average, 90% of applicants to Hotels.ng do not make it to the interview stage. Over the course of screening applicants for key roles in the team, I have found out that most people who never make it to the interview stage share a marked similarity in their approach to job applications. I believe also that mercifully – people who are perpetually screened out of job interviews can understand the reason for this and make fixes accordingly.
One simple perspective alignment technique applicants should adopt is understanding what a job means. The objectives of the job seeker is a little different from that of the hiring company: the average job seeker needs a job that gives them money. The hiring company is looking to employ people who will help it make MORE money.
Consider this example: when you come across an ad for a sales position, you should implicitly understand that the company is looking to employ someone who can increase the sales of the company by a factor that is greater than the salary the company pays you. To put this succinctly: your benefit to your company must always outweigh the cost of having you on the payroll.
With that in mind, if it is perceived that you do not have the skills that will allow you add revenue to the company, you will automatically not get employed. This is why it’s a bit interesting to find non-engineers applying to engineering jobs: you would be merely wasting everybody’s time, including yours.
Define, then, before you apply, your value proposition to the company you are engaging.
Social media makes everyone accessible to everyone else, so it is quite easy to send a private message to a potential employer on Twitter, or Facebook – even before arriving at their email inboxes. This is your opportunity to shine, so it is counterintuitive for you to have bad grammar or spelling in your messages. Use the right punctuations: be polite and professional – be stellar at all times.
Writing has become a blanket requirement for employees of modern companies. It is essential that all team members be able to write well and communicate fluently. If you were unable to properly format and proofread your CV before sending it in, it is an indication that you would be equally unscrupulous with official communications.
People say cast your bread upon many waters, but the easiest way to not get a job is by applying to too many jobs. What you should do is research the company you want to be a part of and know enough about the team that it reflects in your application.
If you mass-blast your application, you will be greeted by loud silence.”