HR Reflections

I was tasked to be part of the Recruitment process at work. Merrily, I took the chance to research!

This time the book is from Veechi Curtis. (2016). Small Business for Dummies. (5th Australian & New Zealand edition). Milton. John Wiley.

Curtis (Chapter 11) highlights the importance of a detailed and specific job description (5 qualities, quantifiable/clear goals, purpose, reporting officer etc). This becomes crucial for selecting the right candidate and even asking valid/suitable questions during the interview.

For the interview, she suggests:

  • Tests during the interview e.g. on the spot Excel calculations or note taking.(where applicable of course)
  • A scale say out of 5 or 10 is useful in tracking questions repsponses and comparing between candidates.
  • Unconventional questions – ask what the person would do if he/she became Prime Minister or President. [This is a good, and polite way to understand the person’s values and working style]
  • Inquire of the candidate how he/she tackled a difficult situation; also ask whether they would have used another method/way [Rather helpful in seeking out problem solving ability and whether the person reflects/learns]
  • [Trap] Find out what the candidate disliked or liked least about his/her previous/current company [Hmmm… I shan’t say more…]

FAQ Employers – Republic Polytechnic (RP) Internship

[Geographical restriction – Singapore only – FAQ for Employers. Republic Polytechnic. Accessed 14 Feb 2018.]

Notes/Summary/Paraphrase for research (Non-exhaustive)

  • To join RP’s internship programme, firms utilise the online Internship Application Form at Thereafter, an assigned officer initiates a discussion
  • Student allowance benchmark between $500 and $1000 (monthly)
  • Between 20 and 24 weeks length but different schools/centres may set unique timeframes
  • “total number of hours should not exceed 44 hours per work-week as per MOM’s guideline. Overtime pay is expected for work beyond 44 hours per week”
  • Full time matriculated/registered students RP employed for training approved by RP do not need to make CPF contributions
  • Any “misconduct have to be referred to School Liaison Officer (SLO) first for advice on the appropriate set of actions”
  • The SLO may
    • liaise with the assigned Company Supervisor
    • monitor intern’s knowledge, attitude and skills
    • visit attachment workplace and appraise intern performance with the assigned Supervisor
  • The assigned company supervisor will :
    • Guide the student on assigned duties
    • Help the intern adapt to the company culture
    • Evaluate intern performance based on the student’s attitude, reliability,  quality, productivity, teamwork, and initiative and communication skills, and attendance
    • Update the SLO regarding the student’s performance and progress
    • Manage misconduct with the SLO

Relevant link:

Internship. Republic Polytechnic.

Bachelor of Science in Logic and Computation – University of Auckland

Perhaps Charles Percy (C.P.) Snow (1905-1980) – British novelist, scientist, and bureaucrat would have been pleased to see the Undergraduate degree in Logic and Computation in New Zealand? See the copywriting (Undergraduate Handbook 2018)

Logic and Computation is about symbolic systems used by humans and computers.
It applies ideas and techniques from Computer Science, Philosophy, Mathematics and
Linguistics to relate the structure of symbolic representation in human thought and
computer software.
Can you imagine life without your smartphone, your computer, or your gaming console? Computing technology is everywhere in everyday life. Every industry is becoming more and more dependent on computing technology and the market for experts in that field continues to expand and diversify. Graduates who are adaptable and who have demonstrated skills in computing, analytical thinking and communication will always be in demand. The Logic and Computation programme can provide students with programming knowledge, problem solving, communication skills and the logical and critical thinking skills that are highly valued and sought-after in the marketplace.
[The words are basically the same as those of the brochure I took from there in end 2015.]

D.A. Carson – Basics for Believers (2004)

[I am disposing of this book – for the general reason see the post on book preservation.]

There is one topic I had wanted to tackled earlier:

I am able to do all things through the help of Christ, which strengtheneth me. [Philippians 4:13 – New Testament, Geneva Bible 1599]

Carson wrote: “This verse is often wrenched out of its context.” (p.124) He expresses the need to see it in light of earlier verses from the letter like verse 11. Carson states Paul’s intent as – in whatever situations, he has trained himself to wholly rely and seek refuge in God and thus “be content.” This is a view supported by Matthew Poole’s Commentary (Biblehub entry):

we are not to understand it absolutely, but restrictively to the subject matter he had before mentioned in the precedent verses, intimating he could by the Lord’s help use well both prosperity and adversity: or, all those things the Lord called him to and put him upon

The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges (Biblehub entry):

13. I can do all things] More exactly, I have strength for all things; whether to do or to bear. The Latin versions, beautifully, render, omnia possum. The “all things” are, of course, not all things absolutely; he is not the Omnipotent. They are “all things” with which he has to do, as the will of God brings them to him

The dissenting view by Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers:

(13) I can do all things.—Properly, I have strength in all things, rather (according to the context) to bear than to do. But the universal extension of the maxim beyond the immediate occasion and context is not inadmissible. It represents the ultimate and ideal consciousness of the Christian.

My conclusion is to take the conservative stance in the vein of Carson. The reason is logical inference, where ‘all things’ is simply not possible. Further,  the Greek rendering of: “I have strength for all things” and the context is unlikely to mean universal usage and application. 

I hope this is of value.

Healing Relations: 3 July 2005 [JH]

I remember a phrase along these lines: Christianity has been tried, and not found wanting, but merely impossible.

How tough it is to recognise that in any relationship, we actually fail to see our own flaws (however minute or small or concealed) that contribute to conflict or discomfort? (See 1 John 1:5-10, New Testament of the Bible)

How tough it is to restrain one’s mouth and to be “wholesome” and “edifying” in one’s speech. (Ephesians 4:29, New Testament of the Bible)

How difficult it is for us to avoid jumping to conclusions based on experience or our historical/ingrained worldview?

How many are willing to be peacemakers? (Matthew 5:9, New Testament of the Bible)

I should be repenting “in dust and ashes”. (Job 42:6, Old Testament of the Bible)

Note: All scripture from 1599 Geneva Bible.

Book Preservation

Upon the interpretation of advice and considering several factors, I have thrown away quite some books (less painfully than expected) and printed material. I have been digitising other works, and I hope to digitise my final university year Independent Study Module (ISM) on the historiography* of the August Revolution (Vietnam, 1945).

Some suggested references from the National Library Board/National Archives of Singapore (after seeking their counsel in Jan 2018):

  • The preservation management handbook : a 21st-century guide for libraries, archives, and museums / [edited by] Ross Harvey and Martha R. Mahard.

    Call No.:     R English R 025.84 PRE -[LIB]

    Description:        Includes bibliographical references and index.I. Fundamentals — Mapping the preservation landscape for the 21st century — Preservation principles — Managing preservation: policy, assessment, planning — II. Collections — Artifacts and information — The environment — III. Materials and objects — Creating preservation-friendly objects — IV. Media and material — Introduction — Holdings protection — Paper objects and books — Photographic materials — Sound materials — Moving image materials — Digital storage media and files — Textiles — Paintings. Availability:         Lee Kong Chian Reference Library Lvl 8-Reference

  • Preservation and conservation for libraries and archives / Nelly Balloffet and Jenny Hille ; Judith Reed, technical editor ; Jenny Hille, illustrator.

    Publisher:  Chicago : American Library Association, 2005.

    Call No.:     R English R q025.84 BAL -[LIB]

    Availability:         Lee Kong Chian Reference Library Lvl 8-Reference


Hope this is helpful  :  )

*Historiography = a critical examination of historical sources and products, including in this case Vietnamese magazines (hardcopies from the Yusof Ishak Institute, and online etc.)