Ali’s interview at Syarikat Zumaju Sdn Bhd


Year THREE/2015 MONTH SEPT 2015

Weight 10% Submission Date 10th week
Student Name Student Name


A. Late Submission

• A 10% deduction per day of total coursework marks (excluding weekends and public holidays).
• Late submission between 5 to 10 days, results in a 50% deduction of total coursework marks.
• Late submission past 10 days results in an automatic 0% for coursework and the student will be barred from the final examination.

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B. Deliverables

Students must submit all materials supporting their coursework listed in the deliverable section.

 The coursework must be done INDIVIDUALLY and must be entirely your own work. Please make sure that you are aware of the rules concerning plagiarism. If you are unclear about them, please consult your program coordinator/lecturer.

 The coursework should exhibit formal research skills i.e. with a table of content, proper citations, references, and appendixes.
 The coursework write up must be able to demonstrate critical analysis and application of both theory and practical issues.
 Student may include additional relevant data/information apart from the proposed guidelines in conjunction to your research. Additional marks will be awarded for such attempt.
 Your coursework should not be more than 2000 words.
 You should bind your coursework with the coursework cover as the 1st page.
 A CD containing the softcopy version of your coursework should be submitted as well (if required).

COURSEWORK – Questions

Case study: Ali’s interview at Syarikat Zumaju Sdn Bhd

Ali was feeling pleased with himself as he had been called to attend an interview for the vacant post of Market Research Officer in Syarikat Zumaju Sdn Bhd. He had put on his new white shirt and colourful tie which he had bought specially for the interview. According to the company’s letter, his interview was to start at 10.00 am but when arrived at 9.45 am, he found there were 10 other candidates waiting to be interviewed. The receptionist told him to take a seat and apologize for the delay. His interview was now scheduled for 12.00 noon.

At 12.15 pm, he was called into the interview room where he found himself faced by three stern-looking interviewers. The man in the middle said, “Are you Ali Ahmad?” Ali confirmed this information. There was some confusion while the other two interviewers looked through some papers, exchanged files and whispered together. Ali stood patiently. Eventually, the man on the right said, “Don’t you want to sit down? We can’t interview you while you’re standing, you know!” Ali immediately sat on the seat facing the interview panel and said, “I would like to thank you for calling me for the interview I would be pleased to explain why I think I can contribute to your organization as a Marketing Officer.” Upon which, one of the interviewers said, “Young man, just answer our questions, please. Why are you wearing such a colourful tie? Don’t you think it is important to dress conservatively in the office?” Before Ali had a chance to respond, the interviewer seated in the middle asked, “what do you think of company’s product?”

Ali’s heart sank. This was not what he had expected at all. He began to regret having applied to this company for job.

(Aminuddin, M. 2008, Human Resource Management: Principles and Practice, First Edition, Oxford University Press)

You are required to answers following questions:

1. Do you think if the interviewing process in the above case was appropriate? Discuss your answers with reasons.
(20 marks)

2. Discuss the relevance of face to face interview session at present days. Include your critical views.
(20 marks)

3. What might be Ali’s considerations after attending this interview? Discuss your answers
(18 marks)

4. Explain the possible ways to improve the interview in the above case.
(20 marks)

5. Explain what could have been informed to Ali (in terms of preparation) before the interview to take place.
(6 marks)

6. Assume that Ali is given a job offer, discuss on how might be the job orientation will be made useful to him.
(6 marks)

(90 marks)

Refer Appendix A for the remaining marks allocation. Therefore, total marks for this assignment is 100% but it carries 10% of overall assessment for this module.

Assignment of Grades for Written Work

Written assignments will be graded according to the following distribution:
• 80%: Content (thoroughness of preparation, information, and content)
• 10%: Style (grammar, writing quality, clarity of writing at the sentence level)
• 10%: Presentation (organization, clarity of writing at the paper level)
*What this means in practice is that if you do the work, but don’t organize your thoughts or write clearly, you will end with at most a B in the class. However, you will not be given full credit for content if the lecturer cannot understand what you’re saying, so if you don’t write clearly, you will probably end up losing points on content as well.

This may vary according to the respective modules. Kindly refer your module lecturer for respective assignment grading criteria.

Report Presentation Requirements:
• A Microsoft Office Word Document or other relevant applications as permitted by module lecturer/ typed using computer. Usage of typewriter or hand – written is STRICTLY not allowed.
• 12 font size, Arial font and bold title and sub titles
• A4 sized paper
• Fully justified alignment
• 1½ line spacing
• Margins of 1” at top and bottom; left and right

Faculty of Business, Accountancy & Management (FOBAM)


Name: __________________________________ Student ID: _________________________________
Assessment Criteria Weightings Marks Allotted by Lecturer

• Explain the parts of interviews which is not appropriate
• Mistakes of the interviewers

2. • Relevance of face to face interview sessions. 20%
3. • Ali’s consideration after attending the interviews
 Implications
 Perceptions
 Improvement 18%

4. • Ways to improve interview:
 Improvement on the interviewer
 Suggestions

5. • Pre-interview preparations
 Do’s and don’ts
 Preparation 6%
6. • Explain the benefits of job orientation to a new employee 6%
Others • Presentation of the analysis:
i. Appropriate citation and references.
ii. Style and readability including proper organization of answers.
iii. Involvement and critical discussion
iv. This coursework must have a Cover Sheet, Table of Content and Page Number and Proper Heading/Title for each part answered, list of references (Use of Harvard Referencing System)
v. Overall presentation.
Total 100%


____________________ ___________
Lecturer Signature Date
* 100 marks will be converted into 10% of the coursework weight.
Faculty of Business, Accountancy & Management (FOBAM)
(Academic Year 2015)


Course Details



Lecturer’s Name : Radziah Abdul Rahman

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Declaration by student:
We, hereby declare that the attached assignment is my own work and understand that if I am suspected of plagiarism or another form of cheating, my work will be referred to the Programme Director who may, as a result recommend to the Examinations Board that my enrolment in the programme be discontinued.

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