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Old 08-04-2014, 06:17 PM
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Hi guys, anybody working in MFA? I have been shortlisted for this position, but i am quite nervous about attending the interview as im not sure how to go thru all these tests. anybody know what these tests are about?


2 Stage 1 of the selection process consists of a Roundtable Group Discussion
Session as well as the following assessments:-

(a) Written Essay (30 minutes)
(b) Writing Skills Test (1 hour)
(c) Logistical Skills Test (1 hour 20 minutes)
(d) Situational Judgement Test (untimed)

(The tests do not require you to have any specialised knowledge so there is
little that you can do to prepare for each test specifically.)


A little tip please? Thanks!

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Anyone from MFA??

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frank review of life as a MFA officer -

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Everything is confidential and classified at the MFA. And you have got to know the pecking order and your place. Mine happened to be on the administrative desk, particularly in the realm of diplomatic real estate owned by the Singapore government. It was not terribly exciting.

I also learnt that taking notes has been elevated to an artform. First the posture, you huddle in between two important people who are having a dignified conversation. Sometimes, they have interpretators even though they can understand each other perfectly in English. It's a matter of national pride. Now, as they and their translators talk, you try your best to scribble down EVERYTHING they say. Every single detail must be captured. For some antiquated reason, they do not use recorders back then.

Later, when they adjourn for tea or cocktails, you must scramble to some backroom to feverishly type out the notes of the meeting. After which, it will be scrutinised by everyone above your rank. When you are a rookie, that means everyone.

I have learnt quite a bit in the MFA but the life of a diplomat is not for me. I would elaborate, but then it's classfied.
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I went through all the rounds, but for the P&E position. Here is what I can share about the first round.

(a) There will be a single statement (e.g. How effective are online videos in reaching out to the people?), and the candidate will be expected to write an essay about it.
(b) This one asks the candidate to spot grammar and relevant mistakes in a piece of work, if I remember correctly.
(c) I don't remember this one.
(d) Easiest of the lot. Something like a psychometric test. There is no right or wrong answer for this one.

Round 1 is the easiest and tests basic skills, so there really is nothing much you can prepare for. Your English is either good enough or not good enough for them. Don't be too stressed out about it and go with an open mind. Hope this helps.
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