About the Interview
Stages: 3 Main stages. 1st – Group Discussion, 2nd – Essay Writing, 3rd – The Interview
Modules may vary
Stage 1: Group Discussion
Students are usually put into a group of 4 or 5.
Last year’s topic was: You are given a huge amount of budget. Please plan on how to build a Malaysian Landmark i.e. skyscrapers. Please minimize your budget. You must give your presentation on this.
Key things for this assessment:
- Be moderate, don’t be bossy
- Remain calm, but speak out loud and clear
- Share your ideas during the group discussion, and don’t shut other ideas out
- Take the chance to speak during the presentation
- Give fresh ideas and opinions
- Support your arguments with solid evidence (examples, ideas)
Stage 2: Essay writing
This is to test your proficiency of English and your ideas. They want to look at how you organize your thoughts.
- Polish up on your grammar and writing skills
- Be able to express ideas
- Read a lot – Newspapers, books, etc.
- If you have internet access, look for articles on economic and social issues
- Find out about a few economic terms such as Sub Prime, Deficit, IMF, GDP
Stage 3: Personal Interview
The questions posed will be related to Bank Negara or any economic issues and/or development. Be sure that the answer you give must relate back to Bank Negara. Questions can sound like: How can your contribution to school help achieve Bank Negara’s Vision? Or; what is Bank Negara’s role in economic development?
- It’s important to know Bank Negara very well
- Make sure you know your chosen course very well
- Don’t make up any points
- Be calm and always smile
- Organise your thoughts properly
- What matters most is how brilliant your content is, not how long you speak
Other things that might happen
Two years ago Bank Negara did Role Playing as a part of the interview process. They will give you a situation, and you will have to act as people in charge of the situation. So be prepared! (And Make sure not to fight for the roles!)
- Be outspoken, and polite
- Don’t be bossy
- Show your confidence and be mature
- Be unique, different, yet relevant when giving out ideas
- Don’t be afraid to speak and give ideas