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Postby Strong Eagle » Tue, 09 Jun 2009 10:22 pm

shakanr wrote:I thought that the interview went well, but they came back with "not enough years of experience". They knew the extent of my experience from my CV and my recruiter before the interview, so that was strange. Maybe the interview didn't go as well as I thought...


Yes... that is a red herring answer... there must have been something else that set them off. Too bad they didn't have the integrity to give you the real answer as to why they would not consider you... it might have been a lesson learned and an opportunity to deal with a perceived negative the next time around.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 09 Jun 2009 11:22 pm

After 16 years here as a recruiter and HR Manager, I can probably tell you exactly what happened as it happens all too often. What you insinuated in your CV didn't measure up in your conversations at the interview. This often happens as most people tend to embellish their CV in order to try to sell themselves to get that all important 1st Interview. Problem is, if you have naught to back it up, you will soon be found out. This problem is very prevalent amongst Singaporeans and those from the subcontinent as well. If you aren't 100% with what you wrote, and get interviewed by the end user, you will be caught out for sure. On the otherhand, if your were interviewed by a run of the mill HR exec. then there is the possibility you got interviewed by an imbecile as most HR execs here couldn't interview themselves out of a wet paper bag.

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Postby morenangpinay » Wed, 10 Jun 2009 12:54 am

its ot...but once i got a question like...so you're applying for a job in singapore...why would you want to apply for a job here. if you can get this salary in the Philipines.

i was dumbfounded tho because it was obvious i couldnt earn the salary in the Philippines lol

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Postby Strong Eagle » Wed, 10 Jun 2009 7:25 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:After 16 years here as a recruiter and HR Manager, I can probably tell you exactly what happened as it happens all too often. What you insinuated in your CV didn't measure up in your conversations at the interview. This often happens as most people tend to embellish their CV in order to try to sell themselves to get that all important 1st Interview. Problem is, if you have naught to back it up, you will soon be found out. This problem is very prevalent amongst Singaporeans and those from the subcontinent as well. If you aren't 100% with what you wrote, and get interviewed by the end user, you will be caught out for sure. On the otherhand, if your were interviewed by a run of the mill HR exec. then there is the possibility you got interviewed by an imbecile as most HR execs here couldn't interview themselves out of a wet paper bag.


Which would have been the truthful answer to give: We felt, after the interview, that your actual skill sets and experience did not match those we had thought we had read into your CV.

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Postby shakanr » Thu, 11 Jun 2009 9:43 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:After 16 years here as a recruiter and HR Manager, I can probably tell you exactly what happened as it happens all too often. What you insinuated in your CV didn't measure up in your conversations at the interview. This often happens as most people tend to embellish their CV in order to try to sell themselves to get that all important 1st Interview. Problem is, if you have naught to back it up, you will soon be found out. This problem is very prevalent amongst Singaporeans and those from the subcontinent as well. If you aren't 100% with what you wrote, and get interviewed by the end user, you will be caught out for sure. On the otherhand, if your were interviewed by a run of the mill HR exec. then there is the possibility you got interviewed by an imbecile as most HR execs here couldn't interview themselves out of a wet paper bag.


Well, their final feedback was that they were going to keep me active for a more relevant position. I have to admit that I am younger than most others with my title in the US, so it might have been a stretch in Singapore. Also, my current pay package may have scared them off. That, combined with the fact that I am relatively younger for that position, may have taken me out of the pool. But like I said, they had all this information before the call. I was interviewed by the SVP (head of the division) and the senior HR manager (at the same time).

I have interviewed and have been interviewed numerous times and I believe I can tell when an interview goes well. The conversation was lively (no awkward moments) and friendly and it ended with them telling me to reach out to them if I had any questions at all. Now that I think about it, maybe this was never meant to be a serious interview, perhaps an informational interview. Hence their decision to keep my CV active for a more relevant position....?

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 11 Jun 2009 11:03 pm

Well, as you already know it all. I'm out of here...... Good luck. :-|

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Postby irvine » Fri, 12 Jun 2009 1:29 pm

What I got once from a few local interviewers. Verbatim

"How old are you?"
"You look very young for doing this much. Tell me again what exactly did you do."
"Oh you're getting married?"
"Are you planning to have a baby soon?"
"I hope you're not having a baby in the next 1-2 years. Bcoz you will be very busy doing the job."
"How much time do you spend with your partner? Do you have to spend a lot of time with your partner?"
"Where are you staying? Why don't you move nearer to the office so it's easier for you to come to work?"

Hahaha.. interesting. For a while, I thought they were interviewing for a 24/7 maid.

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Postby madura » Mon, 15 Jun 2009 3:00 pm

road.not.taken wrote:It's not affirmative action though as SE The bias doesn't just include the want ads either, how about the classified ads for real estate that say NO INDIANS.


Well, I see expats advertising for housemates - "(certain nationality) only" or "(certain race) only". Racism isn't a Singaporean thing, they're just more blatant about it.

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Postby kaseyma » Wed, 17 Jun 2009 2:54 am

madura wrote:Well, I see expats advertising for housemates - "(certain nationality) only" or "(certain race) only". Racism isn't a Singaporean thing, they're just more blatant about it.

When it comes to living with housemates, not everyone is into cultural diversity. Just the way it is.


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