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A pink IC does not give you the right to a job

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Wake up, Singaporeans! Complacency is as good as career suicide

Contributed by SG THINKER – 

“Being a Singaporean does not give you the right to a job. You still have to demonstrate that you deserve it.”

If you think that this is stating the obvious, then you will be shocked to see how many people think otherwise. Come on, a pink IC is not all that counts.

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All’s fair and square when it comes to job interviews. Or is it?

An Ugly Interview Tells It All

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to sit-in at a job interview panel. We were looking for Singaporeans with some IT and some management experience to take on a supervisory role. One of the applicants was particularly memorable.

And by memorable, I mean terribly awful. His resume looked alright (otherwise he wouldn’t have made it to the interview). And he dressed and carried himself decently, so it was not a bad first impression. But once he opened his mouth, you could tell that he was destined for rejection. He…

  • Wasn’t clear about our company’s core business (i.e. he didn’t bother to do some basic research)
  • Claimed he left his old job because he “couldn’t stand his ex-boss” (not inherently a problem, but it does raise some doubts about who was really the problematic person)
  • Unable to give a satisfactory answer on team conflict management.
  • Unable to give a satisfactory answer on time prioritisation
  • Couldn’t even explain some of the stuff in his resume (this really sets the alarm bells off)

Needless to say, the interview was over in less than 10 minutes.

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An interviewee who’s unprepared is destined for failure

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

We get applicants who perform poorly at interviews all the time. But this was the first time I had such an applicant sending us a nasty and rambling email, complaining that we did not pick him. Some of the accusations in the letter looked like a copy-and-paste from the usual Temasek Review complaints. He…

  • Accused us of favouring foreigners over Singaporeans (He probably forgot that the job advertisement said “Singaporeans only”)
  • Accused us of being “un-patriotic”
  • Accused us of being discriminatory towards men over 30 years old
  • Accused us of trying to squeeze the poor Singaporeans to get rich
  • etc etc

Stop Being Complacent, Singaporeans!

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Wake up, Singaporeans! Complacency is as good as career suicide

I’m all for limiting foreign labour because of Singapore’s infrastructure constraints. But jokers like this guy make me wonder whether it is a good idea to implement a “Singaporeans First” policy when it comes to job allocation. It also makes me wonder how many of those Temasek Review complaints are actually due to complainers who are blaming foreigners for their own incompetence.

A good programmer is worth about ten times more than an average one. A bad programmer is actually worth a negative salary. A company must hire good people if it wants to survive in the marketplace. The government should not go out of the way to protect weak companies.

A similar wake-up call is needed for some of these complacent Singaporeans. A pink IC does not give you the right to a job. The world does not owe you a living, brother.

By sgthinker (sgthinker.wordpress.com)

This article first appeared on the author’s blog here.

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