7 Tips To Making Your Malaysian Interviewer Remember You

Hey kids! Now that a whole bunch of you have been unleashed upon the Malaysian workforce, here are some things to help you not screw up ace your interview. And in order to ace your interview, you need to ensure your interviewer remembers you.

So how do you make someone remember you? In a professional way, I mean. Streaking through someone’s office is not the way into their org chart; you can save that for after you’ve worked there a few hours.

1. Inform Lah

Best not to be late to your interview, but if you operate on Malaysian time, or you have difficulty finding the place, then ring ahead or drop a message before the interviewer moves on.

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Hell, even if you’re not late or know exactly where the place is, dropping a courtesy message to confirm your attendance will go a long way in making your potential employer remember you.

2. Do Your Research

The number of times people come in without even glancing at the company’s website or social media pages is baffling!

At the very least, you’ll get an idea if this company is a place where you’ll fit in, especially if the company puts some effort into their social media.

I’m aware you’ve probably applied to a crap-tonne of companies, but the interviewers have probably sat through a crap-tonne of candidates that they couldn’t care to remember either.

If you want to be remembered, show that you’re interested. If you want to show that you give a rat’s ass about the position, show that you’re remotely interested in the company you’re applying for.

Even if the interviewer doesn’t ask you, drop some of that knowledge later on by preparing a question or two. But that’s a later point.

3. Bring Your Resume

If you think the interviewer is going to print out your resume for you, then you haven’t been to enough interviews.

If your resume stands out, then letting them keep a copy increases the chances that they’ll flip back to it.

Oh, pro-tip: even if you’re not a supermodel or have the jawline of Superman, put a professional but friendly photo of yourself in your resume. People remember a face.

3A. Be Friendly

Smile for Allah’s sake!

There’s a saying:

“Your smile is the best accessory you could ever wear.”

Whether you agree with it or not, people remember a genial, friendly person. You can do no wrong by smiling, as long as you’re not creepy about it.

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Well…at least they’ll remember you.

But yeah, you’re allowed to make small talk because interviews can get awkward as hell. And if you crack a joke or two, they might hire you as a comedian!

Being friendly naturally makes you come across as more confident as well. Even if you’re nervous as fuck on the inside, if you force yourself to interact politely you’ll help to break the ice and it will make a much better interview experience for both parties.

5. Draw From Real Experience (STAR)

When answering questions about how you conduct yourself or carry out tasks, use the STAR method.

Situation, Task, Action, Result.

Situasi, Tugas, Tindakan, Hasil.

STTH sounds like a hormone.

Basically, when you tell a story, hit these four points. Explain the situation, state what task was involved, tell them what action you took, and what the final result was.

Anyway, even if you don’t use the STAR method, always try to draw on real experiences from your past. Makes you sound more credible, as opposed to getting all hypothetical. You’ll probably embellish a little, but if it makes for a better story then who’s to know?

Be prepared for follow up questions, though. So don’t go too overboard in case they start poking holes in your story.

Tie your stories and examples to real life experiences and accomplishments, and if these fit the job requirements, then there’s a good chance you’ll ace this thing.

6. Ask Questions (Preferably Smart Ones)

Once the interview is over and they ask if you have any questions, now is a great chance to make yourself stick in the interviewer’s mind (if you haven’t already done so in the interview). Try to show some interest or make yourself more intriguing by firing off some thought-provoking questions.

If you’ve done your research and know something unique about the company you’re interviewing for, now is the time to work it into a question.

Even something innocent like: “how long have you guys been making this tasteless chendol for?” will make you stand out from the rest of the slipshod candidates.

Avoid some of the typical ones, because the interviewer may be tired of hearing them and may make you come across as insincere.

Try one of these:

  • What should I expect next? When can I hear back?
  • What would a normal day at work here be like?
  • What are the skills or characteristics needed for someone to succeed in this role?
  • Do you mind if I reheat my fish curry in your microwave? (Yeah, please don’t actually use this one…)
  • What are the challenges you’re currently facing in your role?

Better yet, if you can make the interviewer imagine you in the role you’re applying for, you’ve got a good chance of being shortlisted.

Try asking something like:

  • What is the culture like here? How well do you feel I would fit into the culture here?
  • If I were to get this position, who would I be reporting to? (Not necessarily the person, but the position of the person.)
  • If I were in this position, how would my performance be measured?
  • If a tree falls in the hutan and nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound? (If your interviewer is zen, you win liao.)

A great idea would be to send a thank you or courtesy message to the interviewer after you’re done. Even if you crashed and burned, this will put you in a positive light and make you a million times more memorable.

7. References

Don’t make people have to chase you for references. If you don’t want to put it in your resume, then at least promise to send it to your interviewer. That way you’ll have another opportunity to communicate with them, thereby increasing your chances of being noticed by senpai.

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Hope these tips help you!

Remember, the interview process is biased towards those who are more socially attuned and better at talking (especially about themselves), so just be genuine and practice a few good lines and don’t forget to breathe.

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