In light of the decelerating Malaysian economy, the job market is very competitive for job seekers. They would want to show interviewers that they are the talent the company is looking for. But to do this, they have to get past the deceptively tricky job interview questions.
Here are three of the most common job interview questions that you might be getting wrong. They are commonly asked even if you are a new hire looking for a first job or a veteran looking for more growth opportunities.
Tell me something about yourself. When asked this question, most job seekers try to recite what is already written on their resume. This is not what interviewers are looking for. Instead, be ready with a short summary of your life and career. Keep your story related to the job you are applying for. If you are applying for engineering jobs, for example, it makes little sense to talk about your experiences in a conservatory you attended.
Interviewers want to see how coherent you can be, so keep everything short and sweet. They are also assessing your confidence levels, so look them in the eye as you speak. They have to see what kind of person you are outside your resume.
Why did you choose this company? Many start off by reciting the merits of the company, which they have probable researched from the website. But the most important point here is knowing how the company’s culture works. What market does it serve? What do the employees have to say about it? You have to be able to relate to these two points to give a convincing answer.
Also, don’t simply say “I like the salary/benefits” or “I was referred by a friend”. Remember that the company wants to know what they can get from hiring you. You have to show them that you like the way they do things, and you want to contribute to that.
What are your strengths and weaknesses? This is a classic trap. You have to tell them the truth, but not the complete truth if it hurts your reputation. For example, saying that you tend to lose interest in a job after a few years isn’t going to make you look good. Same goes with admitting you are bad at organization and punctuality. In the same vein, extolling your virtues is also a no-no.
Instead, focus on how you take responsibility for your actions all the time. You could frame your weakness in such a way that you own up to it. For example, instead of saying “I am weak at organization”, you can say that “I tend to rely on my tools/apps to stay organized throughout the day”. This admits your weakness, but frames it in such a way that you are doing something about it.
As for strengths, focus on your abilities that help get the job done. If you are a professional seeking an engineering post, for example, focus on your problem-solving skills and your knack for precision.
Job hunting can be daunting, especially when pitted against many other professionals. But with the right know-how, you can ace any job interview. Simply keep an alert mind, and remember the tips you learned here.
Fancy showrooms or elaborate catalogues may seem like a good choice for people who are looking for furniture. Shopping for new pieces is one of the most pleasurable parts of buying or moving into a new condo or apartment. People expect to pay exorbitant amounts for high quality wood furniture. However, this is far from true. It is possible to procure elegant and sophisticated pieces without spending a fortune on it.
Here are a few expert tips:
Look for unique pieces online – good quality wooden furniture is timeless, but it doesn’t always have to be customized. You can find great home furniture by browsing shopping sites or catalogues online. You can filter your searches based on the style, colour, or price point that you prefer. When you shop for furniture online in Malaysia, you get the convenience of paying by credit card and having the items shipped directly to your doorstep. Plus, you can do it any time of the day or night!
Go to flea markets or garage sales – an old piece can be given a new twist. Some people have turned an old carriage wheel or tree stump into into an elegant corner or side table. There is no limit what a person can create with a vivid imagination and an eye for style. You can have the modifications made or you can have a go at it yourself. The end product will surely be to your liking. Additionally, since you made it yourself, the more reason to proudly display it at home.
Get a dealer – there are bargain hunters as well as collectors who shop for other people’s requested pieces. They normally go around and call people who are known to have collections of say, wooden frames or period furniture which they are willing to sell. Just let them know exactly what you need and how much your working budget is.
Shopping for furniture need not take up a lot of your time. The convenience of online shopping has simplified this task and made it even more economical.
“I want to have a career that evolves as I go on,” said Ed Sheeran. A job in Ipoh is a great starting point for a blossoming career. However, like the pop star, we all want our careers to grow and prosper, especially if we are to begin a profession in one of the country’s largest cities. How do we do this? We list down tips below on how you can impress your bosses and get that promotion you deserve.
Stop the chatter. Office gossip, especially in a big company, cannot be avoided. As much as possible, stay away from gossip mongers. If it cannot be avoided when you hear other workmates talking about colleagues and your boss, stay neutral. Do not feed off gossip and do not help spread stories whether it be true or not. Remember that gossip hurts two people, the one who is being talked about, and the one who is doing the talking.
Praise others and show humility. Win over colleagues by genuinely complimenting them on their work. Not only will you be making new friends, you can also ask them for help for future tasks that you have problems with. They will be reliable officemates whose work you have seen, so you can trust that they will do a good job with you. If another officemate sings your work praises, say thank you and stay humble. People in your office can be your contacts for an expanding network, so it is best to not burn bridges and keep a positive outlook.
Do more than is expected of you Pitch in ideas and participate in tasks that you enjoy even though these do not cover your job description. This will impress the bosses, prove that you value your job and show that you are capable of doing other things than you are regularly responsible for. This will also show the bosses your potentials as well as your talents.
Continue on learning Browse online articles, watch videos, and even sign up for short term courses that you feel are related to your chosen career. If you have the time, you may even apply for a Masters degree, and if you are lucky your company might even have a scholarship program.
Show off those leadership skills. The best way to progress with your career and get a promotion is to demonstrate that you can be a good leader. Initiate projects, share your knowledge, and do not hesitate to take the lead in certain tasks. Show the bosses that you are a responsible individual who they can trust to leave the operations of the company to.
As you apply these tips to your work life, remember that it is always up to you to achieve the success that you would want to have. We wish you luck in a scoring that big promotion.
Botox is used as a cosmetic treatment to banish wrinkles and sagging facial muscles. The compound is administered to the target area by injecting with a very fine needle. The entire procedure takes about 10 minutes and the patient can easily go back to his normal routine immediately after. Usually, the effect begins to become visible within three days and the client enjoys a wrinkle-free face in a span of three to four months. As a therapeutic drug, it is used to treat chronic migraine and a host of other muscle control disorders.
It being a neurotoxin, or a poisonous substance targeting the nervous system, means that it may cause adverse reactions from the body. In spite of this, allergy testing is not regularly done on patients before the substance is injected into their system.
To be on the safe side, here is a list of the most common Botox side effects experienced by patients. Although these are considered regular occurrences among most people who have had Botox, patients are still strongly encouraged to seek a doctor’s opinion at the first sign of a negative reaction. Each person has a unique capacity to withstand irritants and allergens and this is something you do not explore on your own.
This can be very uncomfortable and may take four to six weeks before the eyes start looking better.
If the patient has always had perfect vision, this side effect might scare her. You should start seeing clearly within five weeks after the procedure.
Bruising and swelling.
The area where the Botox was injected would normally exhibit redness and blotching. This may be the most common of all side effects and should be gone in a day or two.
Nausea and loss of appetite.
This is a pretty complicated reaction and one that needs your doctor’s immediate attention. Do not wait until you’re too weak to seek medical advice.
The reactions are not limited to these four although these are considered to be the most common. A Botox side effect is not to be taken lightly as the drug can directly affect the nervous system. If this is your first time to try Botox, it is best that you have it done by a doctor you are familiar with.
Commuting through public transportation is exhausting especially under the blazing heat of the sun and the unbearably heavy traffic. There is one thing worse than commuting, though, and that is commuting during a national holiday. In case you can’t help but go from one place to another despite the increase in the volume of people on the streets, here are some tips you can do to at least make your travel a bit more bearable
Know the KTM Timetable and the ETS Schedule by heart
In their website (www.kltransit.my), you’ll find notices, timetables, train ticket bookings, and other alternative mode of transportation you can take. If you really must travel on the Merdeka Day Parade, make sure to know the KTM timetable, parade route and steer clear of those routes as much as you can.
Use technology to your advantage
There are a lot of apps that would make your commuting life so much better. Google Maps can show you real-time traffic advisory and route information. Waze uses your GPS location to accurately tell you how to navigate the road with real-time updates on traffic jams, accidents and road blocks. It may even be wise to hail an Uber or Grab taxis if you’re carpooling with friends to save time and avoid paying the price for parking.
Don’t be afraid to take the longer roadIf you are in your car and you happen to encounter a traffic jam that looks like it will not end anytime soon, you should consider going the long way. This might seem like a bad idea at first, but consider this: more people always want to take the nearest route, so you have a higher chance of smooth driving along emptier roads using the longer route.
Make sure that you are safe on the road
This may not seem like traffic advice, but hear us out: if you are safe on the road, nothing much will hinder your travel. On the other hand, if you got into an accident, this will only be an inconvenience to you, but also to a lot of other motorists. Which is why before you should make sure that your vehicle is in good condition and your tank is full before you take on the road.
Public transportation is a huge help in lessening the heavy traffic on the roads. Even if you own a car, schedule days where you could take the KTM or ETS trains. Chances are, you will spend less, and your day will have a bit of adventure in it.