Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Hong Leong Foundation Scholarship Interview 2012

About last 2 weeks ago, I got a call from Hong Leong bank for a scholarship interview. Three days later, I received an email which was the same information as what was told in the phone call. You can take a look here:



Dear my name,

We received 700 applications this year, and YOU have been selected for the next stage of the Scholarship Programme. Congratulations!

Please make yourself available for the interview on:

Date    :  Monday, 18 June 2012
Time   :  2.00 pm (please be very punctual)
Venue  :  Level 8, Wisma Hong Leong,
              18 Jalan Perak,
              50450 Kuala Lumpur.
              (see attached map)

If you are taking public transport:
- Take a Monorail from KL Sentral or any other Monorail stations
- Alight at Raja Chulan Station (in front of Wisma Genting)
- As you alight from the train, walk down to the side of the street (Jalan Sultan Ismail) where Wisma Genting is located
- Wisma Genting should be on your right-hand side now. Walk down/along the pavement for about 300 metres
- You'll pass by Kompleks Antarabangsa & Menara Kenanga, Equatorial Hotel & finally Menara MBF (you’ll see Subway Sandwich) which is also on your right side
- Walk into Menara MBF, use the staircase to go down to its lower ground car-park and exit from behind it
- As you exit from the car park (which is behind the building), you will see a brown colour building in front of you along Jalan Perak. This is Wisma Hong Leong

Please bring along the following documents :
- original copies of examination certificates (e.g.SPM, STPM, Foundation, Matriculation, A-Level, Diploma, Degree, etc.)
- offer letter from University / college (only if available – please show us your original, and also provide us a certified-true-copy for our keep)
- Bus / train / toll receipts to claim travel expenses (for outstation candidates only - we will reimburse you up to RM50)
- Pen / pencil to be used for on-the-spot essay writing

Dressing code:
- Smart casual or formal
- NO t-shirt, singlet, jeans, shorts, slippers and/or sports-shoes

Please confirm your attendance via return email or call the number below as soon as you have received this email.
Thank you and best regards.


And here's the map that were attached with the email:


Okay, once you reach the place, you'll register first ie. show your original certs and IC.
Next, you were given 30 minutes to write an essay (no word limit). 
If I'm not mistaken, there were about 6 questions to choose from. Some of the questions were:
1) Global warming..why?
2) Is it ethical to buy pirated DVDs and illegal downloads?
3) 1 Malaysia. Do you think that we need to be united? (were asked before in 2010)
4) Facebook, Multiply, Twitter, Blog, Linked...Do you think that those social medias will affect the interpersonal skills of the young generations? (were asked before in 2010)

Mostly were on current issues that happened in Malaysia. As you can see, 1 Malaysia and social medias were some of the most famous topics to be asked in scholarship interviews like JPA and Hong Leong.

I was running out of time when I'm writing the essay...seriously...I guess my opening was good because I took about 10 minutes to think for it. I picked the second topic and just wrote 3 points...That's all the time that I have. I wrote about 300 words..I guess...

Later on, you'll be called for the interview. Before the interview starts, you have to wait outside the interview room alone for about 30 minutes!!! There are 2 interviewers which are 2 pretty young ladies...I mean...quite young..not pretty and young :D

They'd just finished reading ugly-written essay and they were extremely nice! I'm serious! Well, I as I said, they're quite they're nice and not that serious in talking. The interview was like a friends conversation but there are still some questions that can't be avoided. Examples:

1) Explain about yourself, family and your background. 

2) What is your hobby? 
    I said watching TV. Then, they said, "Why everyone likes to watch TV? Besides that?
    I said Facebook..(Damn..I was way too honest!) 

3) Any other hobbies? What's your favourites from your hobby?

4) Why should we choose you out of all the 700 shortlisted applicants?
    I said that was a good question! *Damn*

5) What did you know about Hong Leong?

6) How did you know about this scholarship?

7) Why do you choose this course? What do you want to be?

8) Did you apply for other scholarships? Any reply from them?

Again, those interview questions were almost the same every year even though the interviewers may be different. 
So, now you know how is the interview like...

I talked a lot of craps...but somehow...I'm pretty satisfied with the 15 minutes interivew...Ermm...Not really..Sigh..

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