I've had the privilege to go through an interview over the phone with an american conglomerate lately (30 minutes). It is some sort of a first round interview. Getting or not getting the job is secondary, I felt the questions being asked are quite challenging and worth to be shared. Anyway, just recording them down for my own reference in the future.
1. Describe your working experience in detail.
2. Describe the key satisfaction from your current work.
3. Describe the key dissatisfaction from your current work.
4. What is the pushing or pulling factor for you to apply for this position?
5. Tell me a time in your work where you had to cope with less resources.
6. Everybody makes mistakes. Tell me a time you have made a mistake and what you have learned from it?
7. Tell me a time where you had to convince a customer that did not agree with you in the beginning.
8. Tell me a time where you had to take a risk and it turned out to be a good outcome.
9. If I was to contact your line manager at this time, tell me two qualities that he/she will use to describe you.
and a few more questions.
Just imagine how would the final interview be!!!
First post of the year 2012! Last post was October 2011. Half a year not blogging! What can I say..I was busy with life?!?
If you have been following this blog, you should know that I love music and musical instruments. I have been learning and playing the Yamaha Electone since I was 7 years old and I still play occasionally. I know a tiny little bit of guitar and violin and always wished to learn drums. Another instrument similar to the Electone that I have always fancied are keyboards and synthesizers. Modern keyboards can produce such real and rich sounds! Not forgetting the drum kits and effects. I could sit here watching youtubes on keyboards and pianos for hours!
Out of my love for these instruments, I have created a website dedicated to them!
At the moment, I am writing on the big four keyboard manufacturers KORG, Yamaha, Roland, and Casio. In the website, I give a personal review/opinion on the keyboards and also list the specifications and youtube video for the readers easy reference. I hope you will enjoy reading them as much as I do writing them. Will sure update from time to time with latest products and also expand on the brands.
Have a great day!
Every 25th of the month I receive my pay cheque. It is the same for this month Oct 2011. As I check my account balance and also took some cash from the ATM, I suddenly had this urge to post this. I have been wanting to post it for some time now. Seems now is the time.
Mr Q works in Company A. He has been a hardworking employee(at least that is what he believes). As of now, Mr Q has been working in the said company for three years plus already. Actually, Company A is not bad(that is why he managed to stay for three years), his bosses(there are a lot of bosses in Company A) are all nice people, but Mr Q still feels he is overworked and underpaid.
One fine day, Company M called Mr Q up to see if he is interested to work for them. Out of curiosity Mr Q went to the company to listen to what opportunity is laid for him there. Actually, Company M is of a smaller size than Company A, much much smaller in fact. The work Mr Q is expected to perform there is almost of the same nature that he has been performing in Company A. However, Company M could provide a monthly salary which is 37.5% more than Company A. Mr Q was quite excited!
As mentioned, Mr Q loves Company A and his bosses. He went to discuss this new-found opportunity with his boss(let's call him Mr J) to see what his boss thinks. Mr J is such a knowledgeable person and Mr Q values his opinion highly. After listening to Mr J's two-cents and also a long night of thought, Mr Q decided to kindly turn down Company M's offer and to stay put in Company A for the time being.
Just a little more than a week after turning down Company M's offer, Mr Q got another opportunity to have an interview with Company S! Company S is doing something different from Company A and M. Actually, what Company S is doing is what Mr Q has always wanted to learn and explore. Mr Q was successful in his application. Company S could provide a monthly salary which is 33.75% more than Company A. Mr Q has more or less made up his mind this time.
Mr Q went on the tender his resignation to Company A. Unexpectedly to Mr Q, this triggered a frenzy as Mr Q's boss, boss's boss, boss's boss's boss, were notified and all called him to request him to stay with Company A. Mr Q's boss's boss(let's call him Mr A) asked him out to a cup of coffee to discuss on this issue. Mr Q knows Mr A but rarely speaks to him. During the coffee, Mr Q got to know Mr A a bit more and was immediately attracted with his charismatic leadership. Mr A believes Company A will be able to counter-offer Mr Q in order for him to stay on. Mr Q also hinted a number that he will be satisfied with. However, because of the huge size of Company A and the many legislation involved, Mr A could not solely decide on money matters but he will fight for it for Mr Q. Mr Q was quite touched by Mr A's sincerity.
That afternoon, Mr A called Mr Q to inform the counter-offer by the Company A is 33.75% more and a promotion to Senior. To be truthful, Mr Q is quite disappointed with this number as he feels it is just a bit more than of Company S's and it could not compensate for the knowledge that he will not obtain if he was to stay on with Company A.
Mr Q sighs, "It's time to go."
p/s: After accepting Company S's offer, unexpectedly, Company M called Mr Q again. Company M asked what was the reason that he turned down the offer and could they counter-offer? Mr Q is completely STUNNED! He has never expected a company of that size could actually do this in order to get the man it needs. He is more saddened by the fact that Company A could not have done the same for him. However, Mr Q has no regrets as an adventure awaits him in Company S. Mr Q again kindly turned down the offer but Company M's name will remain in his mind for a long long time.