Tuesday, January 11, 2011

What do I look for in interviewing and recruiting

This article, http://www.tonyfernandesblog.com/main.php/2011/01/04/what-do-i-look-for-in-interviewing-and-r was taken from a post by AirAsia most famous personality, Datuk Tony Fernandes and it is my greatest pleasure to share the insights of this great entrepreneur with friends and others.

Many asked me to write about this, so here goes.

I'm not really the most conventional person in conducting interviews but I have been blessed with getting good people.

What do I look for?

1) The hunger in their eyes -- the look that says they're determined to go out and prove to everyone that the world has missed them, and made a mistake doing so.

2) Looking at their present job. If they are bored, then that's what I want. Someone who's raring to go.

3) People who believe in themselves. Believe in meritocracy.

4) Team players with little politics (not always easy to find).

5) Humility. I hate people who are into how large their office is going to be, or "what car do I get?" And, of course, "what's my title?" Being humble and proving one's own ability is the key. Then everything else follows.

6) The ability to adapt to change and move from department to department (much like Holland's total football concept). And innovators: People who dare to take risks and change the norm.

7) Adding extra value to the organization. In whichever way and whichever area. Musician, artist, sportsperson, etc. I like all rounders.

8) Doers rather than talkers.

9) And last on my list: academic credentials.

That's it. Good luck for all those dreamers. Remember, always be postive. Life is much more fun that way. And live your dreams. You only live once so go out there and do whatever you want. You only have one life - make the most of it.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Appalling Writing Standard of a University Lecturer

The comment below was extracted from one of many Dr Mahathir's replies to a post on his blog (http://chedet.co.cc/chedetblog/2011/01/adverts.html). The content of his post is not the highlight here, this particular reply from a seasoned university lecturer in one of Malaysia's prestigious universities (as proclaimed by him) is. Ask any of our primary school students, many can easily string proper sentences than this lecturer. I have only one word for it, gosh!


Ever since you became the prime Minister I have always admire you and will always encourage my students at the universiteis that i have taught for almost 30 years (4 in all ) an I am now lecturing at Utp the prestigous university of the nation. Sad to say that the building is not been maintained especially the seminar rooms . Once a room that house some electrical things was flooded and no one noticed. I came to know when the room next to THE ONEi i was using could not function . After reports and more reports for nearly 1 month then came the maintenance. NeXt the contractors. This again delayed the whole process. I HOPE PEOPLE UP THERE SHOULD PRACTICE THE MANAGEMENT BY WALKING AROUND AND NOT JUST THE CHANCELLORY AREA.sORRY FOR SUCH TRIVIAL ISSUES BUT YOUR BLOG DISCUSSES EVERYTHING FROM ADVERT TO HIGHLY IMPORTANT THINGS. iT IS A REAL AVENUE FOR THE OLD AND YOUNG TO EXCHANGE IDEAS AND NOT BAD MOUTHING OTHERS. sTAY HEALTHY ANDMAY ALLAH BLESS YOU.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Dr Mahathir's Crooked Bridge Plan Continues...

The crooked bridge, as long as it is not materialised continues to bother Dr Mahathir even while holidaying in Mumbai. Below is the latest posting on his blog by the great man himself, http://chedet.co.cc/chedetblog/2011/01/mumbai-bridge.html and it is my (dis)pleasure to post his rather 'stinking' article (titled: Mumbai Bridge) in another of his futile attempt to stoke sentiments on both sides.

1. I spent my annual holiday in India. After three days in Delhi I flew to Mumbai. The population of the city is 20 million spread over seven islands linked by bridges to each other and to the mainland.

2. From my window in the Taj Lands End Hotel I can see a bridge across the sea to the City Centre.

3. The bridge is curved forming a half circle from end to end. The centre part is cable-stayed with two supporting pylons. The rest, both the eastern and the western ends are supported by concrete pillars.

4. The haze is bad but the whole curved bridge can be clearly seen in the evening.

5. I wonder whether the Mumbaians protested about being curved and not straight.