Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)

Nurul Aqilah Mhd Najri

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Aqilah MCMC
Nurul Aqilah Mhd Najri
Deputy Director, Talent Management
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Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission


Deputy Director, Talent Management


  • Bachelors in Business Administration, MMU
  • Certified Total Rewards Professional, SHRM Certified Professional

Has been with the company for

2 years (as of August 2023)

How has the covid pandemic affected your graduate recruitment efforts?

We have taken significant steps to elevate our recruitment efforts and expand the reach of our talent pool. One of our key strategies has been leveraging various online platforms, such as LinkedIn, to connect with a broader audience of potential candidates.

By actively promoting our employer brand, we have not only managed to reach more potential candidates but also fostered a positive reputation among job seekers. This has resulted in increased interest and engagement from highly qualified individuals, ultimately leading to a more diverse and skilled talent pool.

Moreover, our efforts in employer branding have helped us establish a stronger online presence. Through compelling content, testimonials, and showcasing our company culture, we have successfully positioned ourselves as an attractive and sought-after employer in the industry.

In addition to utilizing LinkedIn, we have also tapped into other relevant online channels and networking platforms to ensure our message reaches a wide range of professionals. Our proactive approach to connecting with potential candidates has proven to be highly effective, resulting in a steady stream of qualified applicants who align with our company values and objectives.

In summary, our enhanced recruitment strategies, focusing on platforms like LinkedIn and investing in employer branding, have significantly broadened our talent pool reach and attracted top-tier candidates who are eager to contribute to our organization's success. As we continue to adapt and innovate, we are confident that our workforce will continue to flourish and drive our company towards new heights.

How would you advise a candidate to make a good impression during a virtual interview?

In the pursuit of success, every effort, no matter how seemingly small or significant, plays a crucial role in making a positive impression. It begins with the meticulous submission of all required documents in a well-organised manner, showcasing your professionalism and attention to detail from the outset.

Punctuality is a mark of respect, and being on time for an interview demonstrates your commitment and reliability. Additionally, ensuring that you are well-prepared in terms of connectivity and location underscores your dedication to making the interview process smooth and efficient.

Remember, your approach to the interview reflects your level of seriousness and dedication to the opportunity. Putting your best foot forward and investing time and effort in your preparations will undoubtedly be noticed and appreciated by the interviewers.

Furthermore, being thoroughly prepared for the interview not only allows you to answer questions confidently but also showcases your enthusiasm for the position and the company. Demonstrating your knowledge about the organisation and the role indicates that you have done your research and are genuinely interested in becoming a part of the team.

Lastly, your demeanour during the interview speaks volumes about your professionalism and suitability for the role. Displaying a positive attitude, active listening, and thoughtful responses exhibits your interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively.

In conclusion, every detail, no matter how seemingly trivial, matters when it comes to making a lasting impression during an interview. Emphasizing the importance of preparation, punctuality, and professionalism will undoubtedly set you apart and leave a lasting positive impact on the interviewers. Taking the interview seriously showcases your dedication to the position and increases your chances of success in landing the opportunity you desire.

What is the one skill (or quality) you think is more important for fresh grads to have now compared to pre-pandemic times?

Adaptability is not just a desirable skill but an essential trait that we seek in potential candidates. The modern business landscape is dynamic and ever-changing, and individuals who can swiftly adapt to new situations and challenges are invaluable assets to our organisation.

In today's fast-paced world, businesses encounter various unexpected situations, technological advancements, market shifts, and even global crises. The ability to adapt allows individuals to stay resilient and thrive amidst uncertainty. We look for candidates who can embrace change with a positive attitude and view challenges as opportunities for growth.

Adaptable team members can quickly learn and integrate new information, tools, and processes, making them versatile and efficient contributors. Their openness to learning and their willingness to step out of their comfort zones enable them to handle diverse tasks and take on new responsibilities effectively.

How would you recommend students increase their chances of landing a job in our tough times?

Mastering your interview skills is a pivotal step towards securing your dream job. To excel in this endeavour, dedicated and consistent practice is the key. Here are some effective strategies to elevate your interview game:

  • Practice with Purpose: Embrace the mantra of "practice, practice, practice." Don't simply rehearse answers mechanically; instead, focus on articulating your experiences and skills concisely and confidently. This will help you appear more natural and engaging during the actual interview.
  • Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Begin by practicing in front of a mirror. This simple yet powerful technique allows you to observe your body language, facial expressions, and gestures. Making eye contact with yourself will boost your self-assurance and help you convey a positive and professional image.
  • Mock Interviews with Supportive Allies: Enlist the help of friends, family, or a mentor to conduct mock interviews. Choose individuals who will provide constructive feedback and honest assessments. These simulated interviews simulate real-life scenarios and give you a chance to refine your responses.
  • Study the Job Description (JD): Thoroughly analyse the job description of the position you're applying for. Understand the key responsibilities, required skills, and the company's values. Align your experiences and accomplishments with the JD to demonstrate your suitability for the role.
  • Tailor Your Responses: Customise your answers to highlight your most relevant experiences and achievements that align with the requirements of the position. Showcase how your skills and accomplishments make you a perfect fit for the role.

How feasible and/or effective are non-face-to-face internships? How has your organisation prepared for this?

While remote internships may not entirely outweigh the benefits of on-site internships, they have undeniably opened up new opportunities and brought about significant changes in the professional landscape. Embracing remote internships has led to several noteworthy advantages, including a rise in the utilisation of online tools and the adoption of new technologies.

One of the key advantages of remote internships is the increased integration of online tools. As remote work became the norm, companies and interns alike had to adapt to various digital platforms for communication, collaboration, and project management. This shift has not only streamlined processes but has also introduced interns to a diverse array of digital tools and software, which are increasingly essential in today's tech-driven world.

Moreover, the remote internship experience has accelerated the adoption of new technologies across industries. Companies have had to innovate and implement cutting-edge solutions to facilitate seamless remote work experiences. As a result, interns have been exposed to these new technologies, giving them valuable hands-on experience and positioning them as tech-savvy candidates in the job market.