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Monday, March 12, 2012

Yayasan Sime Darby Pre-University Scholarship Programme 2010/2011


1st LEVEL ASSESSMENT:

Task 1: Fill in your particulars in their website
Task 2: Write an essay in less than 450 words about your future life or career.

You are supposed to write the essay within the time limit suggested even though there is no timer. This is as a practice to enable you to be used with the timed tasks in the next stages (if you qualify).


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2nd LEVEL ASSESSMENT:

Round Table Discussion.
This is a group activity consists of 6 people with an assigned business case study.

You'll be given around 5 minutes (if I'm not mistaken) to read the case. Then, you'll be given another 5 minutes to read the questions. After that, you'll be given another 5-10 min to draft your answer and idea for the discussion.

Well, all I knew was that everything was timed by the facilitator in the room. I still remember that I don't even have enough time to read the last page...I advise you to just read through briefly and if you still have time, you can scan for important information from the case study. The case study was about Harley Davidson. We were given information like the history of Harley Davidson, it's ups and downs, product range and so on in about 3 pages. We were asked to discuss on the marketing strategies and others. The discussion was recorded and everyone was grabbing the chance to talk since the discussion time is very limited and we wanted to prevail among others. I actually don't even know what is Harley Davidson until I came back home and searched online...pity me...but I still crapped a lot.


BRING along:
Please provide the following documents for submission (DO NOT bind or put in file):
1) Photocopy of IC (Write across the IC "For Sime Darby Use Only")
2) 2 passport-sized photograph
3) SPM Result
4) 5 certificates (original and photocopy) that you had stated in the online form and you most proud of

You see, in the email, they did not ask to bring along photocopy of SPM result, right? But, when I went there, the receptionist asked for it. So, how? I went to the office and photocopied a page of my result slip for RM 0.50!!! RM 0.50 for a page of black and white paper? I was like...OMG...

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3rd LEVEL ASSESSMENT:

Task 1: Presentation
This is an individual task, which requires candidate to extract key information and solutions from the case study given to be presented to the assessor.

You have to read the case study, find out the important information like strength and weaknesses of the company and present it out in point form or graph or anything you like. Then, you have to give your ideas and solutions to increase the sales of the business. You will be given marker pens and mahjong papers.


Task 2: Group Discussion
Candidates will be given a case study and will be working in a team to solve the assigned tasks.

This one was pretty funny. We were given another case study with their simple account summary. We have to choose between 3 options, namely, to move the factory, to build a new factory at another location or to close the factory. Each options will have pros and cons. Thus, we have to discuss about it in long terms and short terms, whether it'll decrease the profit, tarnish the image of the factory or so on.

Suddenly, at the middle of the discussion, there was a 'fax' coming in (new information sheet brought in by the facilitator). Now, we had to analyse the new info and make new considerations again. We saw the account summary and started to count the profitability with the calculators provided. All of us on the table counted really long, busy pressing the calculators...because we don't know what to count for! Plus, I hate Accounting! Later, a girl came out with a figure and we all just agreed with her and keep on crapping till the time finished...sad case...


Task 3: Role Play
This is an individual task, which requires candidate to play a certain role as described in a case study.

I was given a case study. I had to stand in the shoe of Mr A. Mr A have to choose whether to continue working in Malaysia or to migrate to Singapore. Again, there are pros and cons like higher salary but family members are used to local environment and so on. The facilitator served as an interviewer that will prompt you with complicated questions on your choice. So, you must have a firm decision and strong reasons for your decision.

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4th LEVEL ASSESSMENT:

Interview about yourself

This was definitely the easiest stage. This one was just like a normal interview, asking about your hobbies, studies, ambitions and others. I did not qualify for this stage. I waited for their call and email really long because they said that candidates will be informed whether they get through or not. Somehow, I waited and did not get any reply from them...But, I knew that I was disqualified because my friend went to this stage and I was not invited.

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Another sad thing was...it was a nice place but no lunch provided at all stages that I went...



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