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Omoaiye
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Phone conversation after interview

Post by Omoaiye » 29 Feb 2020, 07:28

Hello all,

I was interviewed for a P3 TA position at the UN Secretariat 3 weeks ago, I was hoping to have my reference checked to indicate I was moving on, but last week, I was told the Chief of the Section wanted to have a brief conversation with me. He was harsh on phone asking me why I wanted to work with them, he asked if I often get angry? He also asked if I can work on weekends? He asked what my working time is and if I can work longer hours. He asked if I relatives in the US, and asked about my school in the US. He asked about my family as well. He sometimes interjects and says he does not have time that I should be fast. But after I answered him very well and professionally, he apologized and said he only wanted to see how I was reacting to him under pressure.

I just want to know if this is another form of interview or what do you guys think?

Thanks

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Re: Phone conversation after interview

Post by jane27 » 04 Mar 2020, 13:46

Hi!

Just to say a few thoughts, but just my opinion based on what hiring managers consider important in selecting new staff.

It's all about the attitude. EQ even.

Especially at particular jobs or functions (also depending on the organizational level and mandate of that office) that you are in constant pressure (by superiors or external), in extreme work environments, even traumatic situations.

If the duty station is in a field mission, definitely working over the weekends and for longer hours is normal. Again, it depends on the mandate of that office and the post you're applying for.

Having a PhD or a string of titles to your name is really nothing if you're not a team player... if you feel like you're always right, not listening to others, and causing problems and headaches in the office that affect not just the work but also to other colleagues.

So it's good you kept your cool and tried to be professional.

I wish you all the best!
“Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” - Howard Thurman

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Re: Phone conversation after interview

Post by Omoaiye » 05 Mar 2020, 05:29

Many thanks for those lines Jane, I appreciate it.

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Re: Phone conversation after interview

Post by finis_terrae » 14 Apr 2020, 12:49

jane27 wrote:
04 Mar 2020, 13:46

Having a PhD or a string of titles to your name is really nothing if you're not a team player... if you feel like you're always right, not listening to others, and causing problems and headaches in the office that affect not just the work but also to other colleagues.
You are probably right. Such subjective factors, however, are not verifiable during recruitment. Education, qualifications including PhD and certificates are objective factors.

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Re: Phone conversation after interview

Post by jane27 » 14 Apr 2020, 16:12

finis_terrae wrote:
14 Apr 2020, 12:49
jane27 wrote:
04 Mar 2020, 13:46

Having a PhD or a string of titles to your name is really nothing if you're not a team player... if you feel like you're always right, not listening to others, and causing problems and headaches in the office that affect not just the work but also to other colleagues.
You are probably right. Such subjective factors, however, are not verifiable during recruitment. Education, qualifications including PhD and certificates are objective factors.
That's also true. But I've also encountered cases that references of the candidate were also crosschecked before selection, especially if the post level has a leadership role. It's either the boss and/or colleague or common network. They say the world of the UN is small.
“Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” - Howard Thurman

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