Course Applied: Biotechnology
* Skip all the waiting part (you wont want to know, it was 5hours long
I was in the last batch before their lunch.)
There were 6 in my group including myself, 3 boys 3 girls, 2 biotech 1 german engineering 3 engineering. Our names were called and we were given a number tag each . I got number 1. We then entered the room and greeted them. There were 3 interviewers, 1 Malay lady, 1 Malay man and an Indian lady. After we were allowed to sit, the Malay lady gave the 'welcoming speech' and we started our self introduction in BM. The introductions were brief as they mentioned clearly what they want (name, previous school, family background, course chosen and preferred country). They did ask certain questions based on our introduction.
Interviewer: Why do you want to study in US?
Me: I did some research about this course and found that US is the most advanced country in this field and most of the top biotech universities are located in US.
Interviewer: So which university offers the best biotech course?
Me: Harvard University.
Interviewer: Wow, so you want to study in Harvard.
Me: Well... (I wasnt able to continue my words because another lady continued with the second interviewee
They also asked:
1. What is your second choice if we cannot give you the course you applied for?
2. What is the alternative path you've planned if you failed to secure this scholarship?
Then we proceeded to the first question about how to menguruskan sampah. I think I screwed this part
There wasn't any time given for us to think. Since I was the first one, I was asked to answer first. I froze for one second, then I asked for permission to speak in English and my request was granted. I wanted to talk about the incinerator but I didn't know what is it called!
Me: Malaysia should prepare a... a... a... a place (-.- I was trying to say chamber but it didnt appear in my mind that time
) specially to burn the rubbish in which the gas produced should be treated and filtered before it is released into the atmosphere.
Interviewer: Ohh, you mean incinerator! Pusat pembakaran sampah!
Me: Ahhh yes.
Interviewer: So do you know any country which uses this method?
Me: Sorry I'm not sure about that.
Interviewer: Where did you get the idea of incinerator?
Me: I remember reading about it but I forgot which country is practising it.
Interviewer: Ohh ok, thank you.
[I screwed this part real bad I think
Maybe because it was the first question and I was too nervous.]
Nowadays internet social networks like Facebook and MySpace are often used by politicians, GMO and organisations to keep in touch with the citizens. As a citizen, do you think it helps? (Cant remember the exact questions but its something like that) You're given 30seconds to think.
I was the second to answer. I said yes, because it is the fastest and easiest way for the citizens to express their view and suggestions blabla, then said I agree with what the first interviewee said, that is we can keep ourselves updated with the organisation's latest activity blablabla so they know what we want and we know what they are doing blabla.
Third ques (asked by the Malay lady):
H1N1 and denggi are now the two most threatening diseases in our country. As you are planning to study overseas, have you taken the H1N1 vaccine?
All of us said no, and she asked WHY?
Again I was the first to answer, so I replied honestly: Actually my mum did call Selayang hospital to ask about the vaccine. However, she was told that it is not available. (No joke, it was only few days ago.) She didn't seem to quite believe me, so she asked me again, which hospital? Oh, Selayang Hospital. Ok I will call them later and ask about this.
After asking everyone, she said: FYI H1N1 vaccine is now provided for free in all government hospitals and clinics. Then she told us that for all the suggestions we gave on what the government can do, the government is actually trying to educate the public now.
And that's the endddd! PHEW. The interviewers were actually kind I would say. There was no Q&A session unfortunately. I actually prepared some questions to ask
Rating: I dont know
Guess it isnt well.
Advice/Additional info: Like what all the other Recomers said, be confident while you speak
I'm glad that its over, wooo hoooo! I've tried my best and now I shall just pray that I will get it. Good luck all!