Last week, I received the result and I was offered the scholarship to do Ausmat at Taylors College and degree in New Zealand. So in this entry, I will share my experience during the interview.
I reached Kolej Damansara Utama, the place which the assessment will take place at 7.00 am. My parents were asked to go for a briefing about the scholarship while the candidates were told to wait in a hall. While waiting, I met my PKTR friends and chatted about everything so actually, I was less nervous at that time. Then, we registered at the counter by submitting our original and CTC documents.
For those with incomplete documents, they had to wait to settle something with the officers while the others including me went back to our seat for the briefing session. Basically, we are going through two kind of assessments which are online assessment that consist of TSA and personality test. The other one is the group assessment. I was expecting a briefing about the scholarship or the bondage contract but apparently, that kind of details were briefed to our parents.
Ok, so the online assessment.
We were brought to KDU computer lab and started the test. Personality test was to measure yourself whether you are able to work as a team and whether you are a suitable kind of person to work for petronas, so the questions are somehow like ' I am an ambitious person' so you just have to choose 'most likely' or 'less likely'. Very simple hahaha
The thinking skills are quite challenging because the questions are given to see how do you come up with a calculation or a method to find the accurate answer. They were not SPM-kind of questions and you can answer any way you know as long as the answer is right. I cant remember of one question to give as an example. Sorryy!!
But overall, they were easy although there were some questions that I was unable to contemplate. Khazanah questions were much much tougher.
At noon, we had lunch and after that, the shortlisted names from the online assessment were announced. I think most of the candidates on that day succeeded for the group assessment.
For the group assessment, we were sort to groups consisting of five people and we were given a study case. This time, the topic was initiatives we would propose to make more people come to petronas petrol station and the Mesra mart. We were given 15 minutes to brainstorm individually, 5 minutes to voice out our personal proposal to our group and the rest 30 minutes to discuss with our group on the final proposal because only one idea will be taken. We tried to take all of the members' ideas under one bigger scope of idea but toleration was the key as well so some of the ideas were not accepted.
Other than that, the revenue and the expenditure are discussed too besides the strategic place for the petrol station (maybe at cities or by the highway where there are many cars)
Then, one of us had to present it to the assessors followed by q&a and finished with the assessment!
The assessment was quite simple compared to other interviews that I've been to. My mom told me that Petronas selection are based on academic result, coco achievements, TSA and personality test, group work performance and family background (income and social status).