Wednesday, March 24, 2010

more on spm 2009

overall sbp ranking: 19

ranking negeri bagi setiap subjek:
  • bm: 1
  • bi: 5
  • math: 1
  • add math: 1
  • pai: 1
  • sej: 3
  • fizik: 3
  • kimia: 3
  • bio: 3
  • seni: 5
  • akaun: 9
  • est: 10
  • keseluruhan: 3
  • gpn (pengiraan baru): 1.66
  • gpn (pengiraan lama): 2.02

no need for boasting, comparing, and other mazmumah behavior. personal reflection is all that is necessary

Friday, March 12, 2010


To greet people:
  1. greet
  2. shake hands
  3. find something interesting on that person (like a piece of accessory or the outfit) and compliment it in he sincerest way possible.
  4. thank them if they return the compliment.

why must we do this?

for making a good first impression on people!

First impression is based on:
  1. visual (how you look and present yourself, body language) 55 %
  2. vocal (your intonation of voice) 38%
  3. verbals (what you say) 7%

be careful what you post on the internet especially in your profile or blog, your interviewer might already be checking you out, and if your website is like, well, urhm, bitchy and childish and in many ways obnoxious, you're in big trouble, that is if they found you out in your website.

Look good in your passport photo when you submit your CV and resumes, it also makes an impression on your charcter, imagine in your passport photo your face is oily, you didn't comb your hair and you have sleepy eyes, what does that tell the interviewer?

3A's of Image Management:
  1. appearance
  2. action
  3. attitude
increase your likeability factor to people, don't have inferiority(you feel a low self-esteem and self-worth of yourself)/ superiority(you feel that you're better than others) complex.

Body language:
  1. smile a lot
  2. have eye contact
  3. good posture (no slouching or mendada)
  4. have a good handshake (close and firm grip, palm to palm)
  5. body odour is a NO-NO. Girls, to wear perfume, put it on the points of your pulse.
Don't invade people's personal space, stand at a correct distance to that person.

How to kill nervousness during a presentation:
  1. steeple hands
  2. smile
  3. do a sound check before you begin
  4. nod to get nods from irresponsive audience
effective communication is not about what is said, but what is recieved.

well, that's about it that I gathered from Wendy Lee, another professor, Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd. Azree bin Idris (Timbalan Dekan HAl Ehwal Pelajar dan Perhubungan Luar UNITEN) said:

we must create rapport, mirror what the interviewer is doing appropriately, make them comforatble with you, and simulate leadership when speaking in public.

I hope this is beneficial for those of you going for interviews soon.

more info on interviewee's ideal criteria here.


Choosing your clothes:

Rule of thumbs to follow:
  1. structured materials work best because it makes you look prim and clean cut, don't wear flowing materials.
  2. the more like a man you look (i.e. wear shirts and pants and blazers) the more professional you look. Sorry, I'm not being a sexist, but it is the preferred professional dress code.
  3. the more layer you put on, the more professional you look, so do wear your blazers!
  4. the more skin you show, the less professional you look. It's simple logic, more skin, more slutty you look, and you walk around as if you have 'sex' written all over you. For non-muslims, skirts should at least cover your knee caps, muslims, tahu-tahu sendiri lah ye aurat kamu.
  5. wear heels (not too high, just a bit of heels. no stillettos please) and closed toe shoes. preferably black or browns.
  6. clothes material should not be too shiny. your outfit must not be too tight or too big.
  7. girls can either wear suits or kurung.
  8. for kurung, opt for small flower patterns instead of big flower patterns.
  9. If you're wearing suit, then the conditions for the choice of shirt is exactly the same as the guys. please refer to previous post.
  10. If you have a short face (i.e. the length of your face is almost equivalent to your face width), push the fringe away from your face, so your forehead looks wider.
  11. put on some make up, but not too much, just a bit of foundation and lipstick will do.
  12. avoid oily faces!
  13. check your teaath, eyes, nose. You don't want to talk with your interviewer with a booger hanging from your nostril!
  14. for people who have eyes close to each other, don't wear full-frame glasses
  15. the distance between two eyebrows is two fingers, so shape your eyebrows a little.

International dress code hierarchy for women (from professional to less professional) :

  1. matching skirt suit (but in Malaysia, matching pants suit come first, followed by unmatching pants suit, then only skirt suit)
  2. unmatching skirt suit
  3. matching pants suit
  4. unmatching pants suit

Don't pull off wearing scarves around your neck if it looks selekeh. oh, please button your shirts all the way up! For muslims, please don't wear black tudung. And for those not wearing tudung, tie your hair neatly, jangan just main lepas, preferably, tie it up in a bun.

oh, I forgot to mention, all of these information is sourced from Wendy Lee, professional image consultant from Chapter One Asia.


For those budak-budak FAris yang still di bangku sekolah, here are some tips for your corporate day wear, for other ex-FArisians yang akan pergi interview mana-mana, this is for you as well.

Choosing your shirt:
  1. Avoid dark colors, choose pastel colors (light blue, pink, etc.) instead. It must be lighter than your pants. Black is a NO-NO.
  2. look for structured materials like cotton instead of polyester.
  3. the most professional color is white, followed by pastels, then stripes. If possible, if you want to wear stripes, choose small and narrow stripes, and please, no contrasting colored stripes, looking corporate, you'd might want to reduce the colors. Rule of thumb, the more patterned and striking your shirt is, the less professional you look.
  4. tightness of collar is one or two fingers can reach into the collar. three is too longgar.
  5. balance the size of your tie knot to your collar size, you don't want your tie knot too big or too small.
  6. don't wear button down collar, the one with buttons at the collar.
  7. your shirt is too small for you when you can see the wristbone when you stretch your arms sideways.
  8. tuck your shirt into your underwear for more neat tuck-in, if your underwear peaks out, it's because your pants ride too low.
  9. don't mix too striking patterns of your shirt and tie. If it is noticeable from a distance that there are two patterns on your upper body, you are not professional.

Choosing your pants:
  1. Dark colors like black and dark browns, no light colored pants please.
  2. Avoid patterned pants. Pinstripe is okay.
  3. The pants must hug your bum, otherwise it looks baggy.
  4. If you have a small bum, don't wear pleated pants.
  5. Pants must not be too long or too short. If you can see a bit of the shoe heel from the back view, that is most ideal.
  6. Once again, choose structured material, not the licin sort.
  7. socks must match pants
Choosing your belt:

  1. dark colors, no studded belts please.
  2. The belt width must not be thicker than your thumb.
  3. the belt buckle is not that big that it is noticeable from a distance.
  4. the belt must go through the first loop only. more than that, it is too long and selekeh, less than that, it is too short.

  1. Wear a working watch
  2. your tie must reach the middle of your belt buckle, that is the ideal length
  3. If possible, wear blazers.
  4. Wear square toed shoes with thin soles. The more rubbery and thicker the sole, the less professional you look. Tolong, no slippers, sandals or boots. keep those shoes well-polished.
  5. Hair short, but not too short, no long hair, but no skinheads, and definitely no mohawks and dreadlocks!.

Hierarchy of International Professional dress code for men:

  1. 3-piece suit (with vest and matching blazers and pants)
  2. double-breasted blazer
  3. single-breasted blazer
  4. blazer