March 25, 2016

YTN scholarship interview 2016 (Part 2)

Hey peeps! before we progress, this is actually the second part of my YTN interview post. So click here for the first part.

Again, I was sitting in the conference room together with the smart-asses I suppose, paying attention to Mrs. I-don't-know-her-name while she was giving us a simple briefing on TNB and the scholarships offered. And dear people, please remain focus because the panel of interviewers might be asking you of what you were told during the briefing session later.

The process took quite a while before we were given a sheet full of questions and we were told to answer them within 10 minutes. Remember, time waits for no person so please don't underestimate the time given. I know that you people are geniuses but just don't.

If I'm not mistaken, the set comprised of about 10++ questions?? Sorry because I can't recall lol. The questions were all KBAT-oriented and sadly, they did mentioned about integrity so we weren't supposed to share any of the questions to the public.

But you don't really need to worry at all! Trust me, they were not really as bad as the KBAT sounds because mostly they will ask you about your personal life, what you were doing during your childhood days whatsoever.

Or else I would be banging my head against the wall since I was sitting right next to it. Hahaha.

Then there was the photography session.

So folks, rock the best outfit! (besides for good first impression from the interviewers)

So that concludes the briefing session. And break, whilst we were served with jam filled breads and packet drinks, later we shared our feelings, nervousness and even our background before we were called for the individual interview by groups.

At least, race doesn't even matter at that time because we all shared the same thoughts of having butterflies in our stomachs. And some last minute interview tips as well. Living perfectly well in union, right? BTN (Biro Tatanegara, just so you know) would be very proud of us! *facepalm*

Now, the interview. The akak in charged called us one by one and we had to sit first outside the room before entering. So, this is the perfect time to wish anyone around you good luck because thats just our tradition right? We wish good luck to everyone we meet.

So basically, my interview was pretty much the same as what we were told by our teachers, our seniors or whoever else it may be. At least the starting was like that because the interviewers ended up asking me questions like when was the last time I went to Big Bad Wolf, my opinion about Freemason and Illuminati (I'm not joking, this is true) and how frequent do I go to IOI City Mall after I told them that I'm currently living in Bandar Baru Bangi. (I admit Bangi and IOI City Mall is quite near so no wonder)

Needless to say(or type), my advice during the interview;

1. Tell them about yourself, in a way that they cannot find or read from your resume, folder or whatever it may be. For instance, after telling them your name and school, try to elaborate more on your hobbies (beneficial only) like the pros of doing it or something else good. From there onwards, you will be able to articulate yourself better.

2. Please avoid lying as possible as you can, especially if you're not good at it. During interviews, honesty is the best policy most of the times (not at all times though). This is to avoid stutter during your explanation because you have to think about the made up stories of yours. Unless if you have already prepared a fake inspiring story earlier and have undergone adequate practice, maybe that's okay.

3. Avoid using "emmm" and "ahh" at all times. Albeit you might be telling the interviewers a true story of yours, but it is most likely for them to think that you're making up stories. Maybe you might be having some trouble conversing in english because most of the interviews are in english. So the best tip is to have confidence. How? By not freaking out or thinking too much on your grammar. Seriously, most of us are afraid to communicate in english because we would be embarrassed if other people would make fun of our grammar. I'm not saying that you have to totally ignore your grammar because your english might end up sounding ridiculous or even hard to understand. But again, practice is really the key. Preparing an outline for your speech is good too.

4. Keep a good and consistent eye contact. Avoid looking into the ceiling or any windows while presenting your interview speech. In my case, there were three interviewers so you have to keep looking into their eyes for a more convincing look. I know some of you would be very nervous to have to look continuously into one's eyes. So I reckon you to practice first like whenever you're having a business or dealing with a cashier in Tesco, or a waitress in a cafe, try to make an eye contact with them first. I know this might sound weird and a bit awkward but trust me, it actually works! Don't forget to smile too.

5. Lastly, I'm just going to add from the first point. I know that every one of us, including me senses the urge of telling the interviewers that we are the best candidate compared to anyone else. You can easily go from showing off your thick certificates from your school days or bragging about your daring personality just to convince them that you're the creme de la creme. Trust me, especially if you are in the evening session, the interviewers have already heard the same boring things about the students' achievements during their high school days even from the morning. I wouldn't say that it is not right but I would prefer to tell them more about my personal life and the adversities that I have gone through and how I overcame them. By doing so, it clearly shows that I possess the admirable qualities without having to mention about them so often.

All in all, my interview went quite well but it wasn't really satisfying because these tips were extracted from my own experience of doing mistakes (and also a big thank you to Kak Ayman Hazwani for the advice!). Good luck!

Break a leg!


13 comments:

  1. Do you have any tips for group interviews as well?

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    1. maybe I will be posting that up later since I've been to group interview too ;D

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  2. Creme de le creme tu apa ?

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    1. the best of the best. Btw kenapa kau comment kat sini? Hahahaha

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  3. Thank you for the tips! I actually really nervous as I have never been to any kind of formal interviews.

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    1. Hi Najihah,

      Glad to know that someone is still reading my blog ;) Hopefully this post helps. Good luck and all the best!

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  4. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING YOU EXPERIENCE. AND I REALLY HOPE THAT YOU CAN SHARE THE QUESTIONS ASKED DURING THE IV(I HOPE YOU CAN STILL RECALL THEM). IM GOING TO ATTEND THE YTN INTERVIEW NEXT WEEK AND IM REALLY SCARED TO KNOW FROM SOMEONE THAT ONLY 20 CANDIDATES WILL BE CHOSEN. PLEASE PRAY FOR ME. SORRY FOR THE ANNOYING USAGE OF CAPSLOCK.

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    1. Hi Fara Natasya,

      About the questions during the interview, everyone will not be asked with the same types of questions. In fact, my interview didn’t even feel like an interview but instead like a chit chat with the interviewers. I’ve asked some of my friends about their interview with Yayasan Tenaga and I found out that most of them were asked with different kinds of questions. One of my friends, who is currently a YTN scholar, was asked to share about her hiking experience with the interviewers while my other friend was asked to share about her favorite book, which is a Hlovate’s book (I don’t know the title) and I guess they (my friend and the interviewers) ended up fangirling with each other lol. So I guess you don’t have to worry much :) but during my time before the interview, I was given like a set of questions on a paper and I was required to answer them in like 5 minutes?? (I cant recall) but please be honest and answer the questions truthfully because or else the interviewers will find out if you’re lying. Hope this helps!

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  5. Hye thank u so much for sharing this. Im going to the interview soon!! Omg im nervous. Thank u atleast now i know alil bout what to do .im afraid that theyll be an essay or asked what book i like coz i like comics only huhuu

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    1. Hi Hunter Game,

      Thank you so much for reading. Just make sure that you remain calm and confident throughout the process because eventually everything will turn out right :) Good luck!

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  6. Hey,Thanks a lot for sharing your experience about the interview!! Just got the mail that ive been shortlisted and will be going to the interview on 14/4 fuhhh hahaha.. again thanks,this thing really help me and boost my excitement for the interview.

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  7. Hey,Thanks for sharing your experience about the interview really calm my nervous abit.I got shortlisted and will be going to it this 14/4.Thanks again!!

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    1. Hey there,

      First of all, congratulations for being shortlisted! Since you’ve reached this level, it shows that you actually have what it takes to become a very successful scholar. Worry less and don’t forget to have fun and make as much friends as possible. Good luck and all the best!

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