Sunday, October 17, 2010

Chapter 6 Oct 18 Technical Skills

For most professions, the interviewer would want to know whether you possess sufficient technical skills to handle a job.
Professions which require most technical skills are consulting, engineering, science, medicine and finance.

If you are in any of the above, you had better be prepared to answer questions about your technical skills. The first being

1) What kind of technical skills do you have?
Doctors have very different skills as compared to engineers compared to financal planners. Assuming you are tip top in your own field of knowledge, that is a good start.

However in the ever changing world, companies are hiring out of the box.

For example, there are many more engineers going into finance, not because that they know about accounting and economics, but because they have certain skills which are desirable to the said companies. Yet, people who successfully get into these financial jobs do not go about bragging about their engineering skills! As such, you should

2) Demonstrate the ability to think in the area of the job your applied for. Many skills are widely appicable in real world situations whilst being transferable into other fields. Give various examples of how you applied your analytical/thinking/problem solving skills and at best, relate it to the job you are appling for.

For example, say an engineer applies for a job in a financial company, one ccould say, "The focus of my course is highly numerical and problem ssolving based. After attending ... courses, I am very proficient in mmanipulating numbers and analysing patterns. I recall this is what some ffinancial analysts do in their everyday job as well, as such, I think I wwould fit well into this position".

Therefore, do not think just because you are studying say biology, you are limited to being a biologist! Perform a post mortem on your skills ASAP and try to dig out what kind of skills you can refine out of it and apply to the job you are looking for.

The other important thing about knowing your skills is that recruiters usually have only few positions open. Hence, you have to fit into that position not the other way round. Since there are only very limited people born for the job, you have to be very flexible indeed.


3) Look at the job scope and the position. Draw out the skills that you think are required to perform the job well and then try to think of as many examples you can on how your skills match what the job is looking for!

Apart from a good match, there is also a question of experience.

A graduate who comes out of a university with only a piece of paper is considered GREEN! As an employer, it is usually very expensive to make a bad hire so you would typically hire people with experience in the field. So

4) Do talk about your work experience in the field of your interest. If you are applying for a nursing position, talk about your summer in volunteering at the hospital.

If you find yourself without much experience to talk about, do not fret! The next chapter will show you how to gain a better chance at interviews!

Objective of the interview

Things to prepare

At the Interview

Introducing yourself

Teamwork Skills

Technical skills


IT Questions

Hobby Questions

Ambition Questions

Money Questions

Fermi Questions

Weakness Questions


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Anonymous said...

Kepada Saudara-saudara dan Saudari-saudari yang hormati sekian,
Bahawa saya, peguam Yip Jiun Hann, Pemuda MCA Gombak seorang anak Yip Kum Fook ingin bertanya mengapa orang ramai begitu dengki bapa saya beristeri lebih dari tiga? Ini sebuah Negeri demokrasi, dia mahu sepuluh isteri pun hak dia sendiri, sekiranya dia bolih bertanggujawab.

Demi Islam pun bolih berkahwin lebih daripada empat perempuan. Saya harap orang ramai berfaham dan jangan bodoh.

Kalau semua mahu cabar demokrasi dan hak asasi, orang ramai bolih bertanya pada YB Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and Pengurusi MCA Malaysia Datuk Dr. Chua Soi Lek, kerana memperbuatan mereka sama dengan bapa saya.
Yang benar

Pemuda MCA Gombak
Sdr. Yip Jiun Hann

Anonymous said...


敬爱的马来亚佛总理事先生Buddhist Maha Vihara, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia佛寺理事先生以及佛教信徒.

自从Yip Kum Fook (MCA Gombak Chairman)当任主席, 有预谋的迫走本地和尚(吉兰丹), 而遠聘缅甸和尚, 当任主持之后Samnak Sambodhi Thai Buddhist Temple No: 19 Jalan 38 Taman Desa Jaya, Kepong 52100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia(暹廟)就一直发生种种的是是非非, 以引起方民間議論纷纷.

其因是Yip Kum Fook (MCA Gombak Chairman)所领导的理事会, 勾结外耒的缅甸和尚, 以啇業経营, 不依佛法的精神办事, 只借宗教之名捞取权和私利所引起………. 最近又自行一套商业手法, 规定任和人, 若想出家当和尚修道者, 必先供给RM400大元, 否则免谈. 這种啇業手法, 已引起广大的信徒愤怒而不满.

Samnak Sambodhi Thai Buddhist Temple (暹廟)是佛总之联会, 而身佛堂之主席Yip Kum Fook (MCA Gombak Chairman)不以佛陀的教誨, 修心養性, 却反其道而行, 接着权势, 无悪不做, 三妻四妾, 骗财骗色, 破坏別人的家庭.....现在他的排聞满天飞, 不但给佛寺帶耒不好的名声, 也間接的耻辱佛教信仰者.

所从我们祈望马来亚佛总与Buddhist Maha Vihara, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia理事同仁, 给以关注, 共創義举, 维护佛法

此致, 并
祝安康, 工作愉快.

Please translate in Bahasa Malaysia and English, and send to everyone, Thanks

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