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MY FIRST OUTREACH

John Obanor

On my first day of resumption at ACE Charity, the first thing I saw was a wall inscription which read “Work for a CAUSE not for APPLAUSE”. These words struck a chord with me and confirmed my observations from the interview process that ACE Charity was all about impact! At that moment, I felt right at home. After all, my career path and purpose has always been to add value not for accolades, but to make a substantial difference in the lives of others. My interview for the position of Junior Administrator is one I will not forget anytime soon.

The interviews were scheduled to start at 12 noon and 3pm respectively; mine was scheduled for 3pm but I arrived much earlier. I met over fifty (50) young men and ladies in the waiting room, most of them very quiet and looking tensed. This possibly had to do with the fact that the verdict of the interview was immediate, you are either asked to wait behind or leave which meant that those asked to wait stood a chance to be hired while those asked to leave were unsuccessful. I pulled myself together and established an intellectual conversation with some of the applicants (this measure was to calm my nerves and also rate the intellectual ability of the applicants). I was able to spot my competitors from the conversation and simply asked God to help me. And lo! It was my turn, my name was called, my heart was racing, and nonetheless, I encouraged myself as I confidently walked into the interview room. I was just about to take a sit when I was asked “why should we hire you?”  [···]

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