OUT ON THE ROAD: KHAZANAH GLOBAL SCHOLARS
It was like any other scholarship application process. You are required to fill in personal details and also write an essay about how will you contribute back to Malaysia in the future.
You will be informed to log on into a system and answer the questions given within the limited time frame as stated. It is very likely that you will not have enough time to recheck your answers as the time given to answer them is very short. In my opinion, these questions are similar to the questions of reading comprehension where you need to have critical thinking in analyzing the data provided in these questions.
I received an email from Khazanah at approximately 11.40pm (yes, YK team do work late during ‘peak period’). In the email, I was informed to attend the third stage interview at Corus hotel, Jalan Ampang. I was a bit shocked because there were only 5 people including me when I reached Corus Hotel. After enquiring from the interviewers, they explained to us that they had separated many sessions for those that were selected where each session only consist a maximum of 6 people.
The interview consists of 3 parts, and it started with group discussion. Everyone was given 2 resumes and were required to discuss which person would be more suitable take up the position considering that the company has who to put in what position with company’s limited budget. It was less stressful as there were guidance such as data and instructions. The group discussion went on for 30 minutes with the Khazanah interviewers observing the progress of the discussion.
The next part was the case study personal presentation. We were given a case and were required to present individual presentation about launching a new product. We need to analyse and decide the venue, time, types of advertisement and many more. At this stage of the interview, everyone was guided as data and instructions were provided. After 30 minutes of preparation, we begun our 15 minutes presentation and ended with a question and answer session.
The last part was regarding a personal interview which I would personally advise those who will be interviewed to stay calm and be yourself. You need to be honest with everything you say as it will not be surprised that these experienced interviewers will know whether or not you were lying. I would also advise to do simple preparation before coming for the interview. I prepared files containing my resume and certificates but it was not used during the interview.
This is the picture of me with YK director and managers during my pre-departure briefing.
**All above are just my personal experience and it may be different for other candidates**
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