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mardi, juillet 29, 2003


{*} Hi, you're a useless idiot.

Well. The EDB interview went well. Second round of interviews: my task was was to prepare an impromptu presentation on the question: In light of Singapore's desire to create a knowledge-based economy, what can EDB do to ensure the availability of quality manpower in the manufacturing and manufacturing services industry?

No problem; I don't think I was supposed to solve the problem in half an hour, so I did what I could, presented it within the time limit, then sat down to the interview.

Bad, bad, bad.

Firstly, the main guy didn't listen to my presentation. Not at all.
Then, as I sat down for the interview, and it was clear right from the beginning he didn't think me suitable at all.

He said that he needed people who were versatile, and who could adapt to things that they weren't familiar with.
I pointed out that i was involved in the arts, more than averagely fluent in matters involving information and computing, and am now finding out more about property development because I'm working with CapitaLand.
He then implied I was too broad, and didn't know what I wanted to specialise in.

I pointed out that I hadn't applied for the job that I was being offered - I had applied for a position in the Media and Communications Development Cluster - but would be able to take up the Resource Development job too if it were available, specialising in telecommunication policy. Then he said I wasn't versatile enough to handle all the EDB departments.

Asking about what aspect of the arts I was particularly interested in, I said, "Drama and plays." He then smirked a smarmy smile, sat back and said "You know, I'm also sitting in the council of something-or-other-by-mita. I also like the arts." He then threw me a hypothethical question - so, if I were tasked to set up a creative cluster industry, to make it into a profitable one, and had to spearhead this effort all by myself, could I do it? Of course, I said, given the right people to help me, working with MITA and NAC, I would be more than capable of doing it - all the while thinking in my head: who in his/her right mind would say no to a question like that? (And I'm not lying; I think I could handle a project like that.)

He then went off into this long lecture about being versatile (doesn't my academic track record tell you anything?), and EDB having job rotations (again, same point), and blah blah blah... the only thing that I can give him credit for was for sensing that I didn't really want to work for EDB per se; any public sector job would satisfy me. (But hey, the government said not to be so picky right? Heh.)

I pretty much gave up after the first five minutes, sat back, and tried to enjoy the interview after that because it was very, very clear he didn't think much of me at all, and was getting quite ticked off with HR for calling me in for the second time. It was rather amusing to see this pile of pretension sit back and congratulate himself for being such a "well-rounded man", involved in the industry, as well as sitting on the arts council's committee-for-something-or-other. My friend suggested that it might have been a game to them - they were purposely being mean and testing how I could respond to their crap - I think I can play mind games, but I don't think I want to work for an organisation which plays this particular genre of mind games. Call me idealistic, fussy, whatever. I don't want to be jaded at 23.5 years old.

I left, feelings about this episode rather mixed. Little bit disappointed because of the rejection, but added with a generous dollop of relief - the mind games that they played during the job interview alone was an indication that their management styles are a little bit archaic. And the only thing good that I've heard about EDB is the contacts there that you will make with industry people. And that's only ONE person. EVERYONE ELSE has been telling me that they suck, and that I'm better off without them. This strikes me as rather odd - I had the impression that EDB was one of the better places to work at. But oh well, que cera cera.

Sngs Alumni @ 29.7.03 { 0 comments }


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