Jaideep Patel quizzed a couple of recruiters from a leading bank based in the heart of KL about their problems with Malaysian jobseekers.
Sitting rather nervously in one of the bank’s shiny new meeting rooms, I respectfully asked the 2 recruiters if they could indulge me on something that seems to constantly play on my mind: the communication skills of Malaysian graduates. While they politely accepted my brazen request for an impromptu interview, they reminded me that their opinions are solely their own. They made it very clear to me that I could not reveal the bank they are working for, but I have a clue for inquisitive minds: the bank’s name consists of 3 letters.
And 3 seemed to be the magic number. According to them, almost all jobseekers (including both students and fresh graduates) tend to make these 3 terrible mistakes when speaking to recruiters:
- Communicating in non-English languages
Many jobseekers fail to understand that English is the business language of the world. Even when speaking to recruiters, many students and fresh graduates tend to use vernacular languages eg Malay and Cantonese. This is something job seekers should not try to run away from.
- No CV
When approaching recruiters at campus events, many students are completely unprepared. Most of them don’t even have a CV, let alone an updated copy that is ready to be handed out to recruiters. ‘I didn’t bring my CV’ or ‘I don’t have a CV’ seem to be lines that are heard very often by recruiters.
- No prior research done
In some cases, students don’t even know the kind of job and industry they are interested in, and that shows a lack of interest and passion. It also displays laziness: some background search must be done on the companies you want to work for. What industry are they in? How big is their workforce? Plenty can be found out simply by Googling.