SOP for Interviews

Largely inspired by Ramit Sethi’s work on interview prep. I’m streamlining that down into a “standard operating procedure” to follow.

Before the Interview

1. Background info.

[Especially important for scholarships] For Singapore’s context, read the news a bit more. Read the budget, too. Check out the Industry Transformation Map to see where Singapore’s economy is heading in general.

Also, do some industry research. If you’re going for finance, read up about finance current affairs + what finance actually is. Clear up fuzziness about the topic.

Then, look at the company’s:
i. newsletters, press releases etc. the “media” section
ii. Internal newsletters
iii. Their values and mission
iv. LinkedIn (for step 2)

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Notes from CommaCon’s Conflict Intervention Workshop

I’m referring to this conflict intervention workshop by CommaCon.

Bullyfree: A general resource for bullying

An interesting start to the workshop:
Facilitator listed down values that the participants (us) think is important, then asked us, “what would [that value, eg respect] mean to you particularly?”

In conflict intervention, listen. Listen to what the other party needs. He cited a TedTalk by Ernesto Sirolli (Want to Help Someone? Shut Up and Listen!) as an example.

How do we build trust? Confidentiality. The stories stay in the room.

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An Ode to Learning

Below is my submission for Activia Training’s UK Scholarship.

Why is learning important to you and how has it impacted your life?

I am a cat. Curiosity killed me several times, but satisfaction has brought me back many times, too. When I was younger, Wikipedia’s hyperlinks were laser pointers aimed at a white wall, and I couldn’t help clicking on every link I saw. What’s behind all those links? I had to know and hunted them down. Simply put, learning was – and still is – my catnip.

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How to Make Your Own Bicycle Raincoat

Finished product:


In Singapore, some bike parking places don’t have sheltered parking. Here’s how I made my own raincoat for my bike. Basically, I used an iron to meld two disposable raincoats together to make the raincoat.

Unfortunately I didn’t take photos of the process, so have some quick inside-of-the-envelope sketches (yes I drew them on an actual envelope and a letter).

Time taken: 3 hours (should be faster if you know what you’re doing. I was experimenting too.)

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