The Misadventures of Sibeh Sian

You can call me Sian. Sibeh Sian.

Monday, June 19, 2006

The long and short about The Progress Interview

Nerd’s professor dropped by the office this morning to check on his internship progress. As Boss and Ms Tan were both out of the office, I was interviewed instead.

I was faced with a great dilemma when I was asked about Nerd’s performance. To date, all that was tasked to him in the office were taking minutes at meetings, mundane data entry, and 3-in-1 coffee-brewing. I couldn’t possibly tell that to his professor, not unless I want Nerd to pay another semester’s worth of school fees. My Boss also mentioned that he wants to remain in the uni’s good books so that they will continue to provide cheap labor allow us to train leaders of tomorrow.

So I tried to bullshit my way through.

Professor: May I know what kind of assignments are Nerd tasked in the office?

Me: I am pleased to inform you that prior to the start of Nerd’s internship, we tailored a comprehensive training program designed to maximize his potential. The start of the program was spent on orientation, and a glimpse of how the organization operates as a whole. Nerd displayed great initiative during this period, and we developed enough confidence in him to spearhead the mammoth task of reorganizing the company’s market data, which was consolidated over the past two years. He also had ample opportunities to partake in the weekly office meetings, where he was exposed to management level decision-making.

Professor: I am glad to hear he is making himself useful. How do you find his attitude?

Me: Besides his eagerness to excel in whatever tasks that was assigned to him, I am impressed by how humble and down to earth Nerd is. For example, he does not think it is beneath his status to prepare beverages for his co-workers in the office. His humility is part of the many reasons why he is popular in the office.

Professor: That’s great! This is all very heartening to hear. Before I go, do you think Nerd is enjoying his stay here?

I thought about the many hours we spent battling over Puzzle Fighter in the office computer before confidently replying, “Yes, I think he had a very, very enjoyable time here.”

With Love,
Sibeh Sian


  • At Monday, June 19, 2006 3:48:00 PM, Blogger Sunflower said…

    what is the face expression of the Professor after he had your answer?

  • At Monday, June 19, 2006 4:13:00 PM, Blogger Sibeh Sian said…

    Very, very impressed. Heh.

  • At Monday, June 19, 2006 4:53:00 PM, Blogger eileen` said…

    tactfulness and a bit of lying never fails to do the trick huh?

  • At Monday, June 19, 2006 4:57:00 PM, Blogger Xia_mi_mi said…

    Oh gosh, I am amazed by the whole tonne of "good words" you could put in for Nerd despite the distress he has caused you..hehe

  • At Monday, June 19, 2006 5:08:00 PM, Blogger Winter_Cherrie said…

    am very impressed...u told the truth but in such Fabuloso way...

    smokey!(ala the Mask)

  • At Monday, June 19, 2006 5:55:00 PM, Blogger Adrenaline said…

    hmm ... puzzle fighter .... heh, we spent 6 mths playing that during attachment.

  • At Monday, June 19, 2006 9:00:00 PM, Blogger Spongy said…

    u are also si beh tok gong ! power! lol

  • At Monday, June 19, 2006 11:06:00 PM, Blogger Sibeh Sian said…

    Eileen: It's unpleasant truth packaged nicely. With Godiva chocolates.

    XMM: Hard to believe, but we are like the best of buddies now. Heh.

    WinterC: SMOKING! Haha. Fabuloso reminds me of this very old detergent advert jingle.

    Adrenaline: I got the 'shared' version, in case you are interested.

    Spongy: Thank yous, thank you yous verys verys muchs.

  • At Tuesday, June 20, 2006 3:05:00 AM, Blogger 欣架打鳥人 said…

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  • At Tuesday, June 20, 2006 3:05:00 AM, Blogger 欣架打鳥人 said…

    This is sad. Employer should cherish internship as an opportunity to "preview" a potential employee.

    Employers should not allow the university to anyhow assign any intern. Instead, emplyer should seriously interview and select only the smartest/best intern that the employer would want to hire as a permanent staff.

    Then Treat the internship as a probation period i.e. after internship, if intern performed well, encourage him to apply as a full time staff the next year when he graduate.

    In that way, employer can use this way to get the best brain -- a win-win situation. This is what top-class MNCs do, in their own country.

    Local singapore company should learn. Else, how to compete globally, sigh.

  • At Tuesday, June 20, 2006 9:46:00 AM, Blogger Green Ogre said…

    Well, I think that as long as Nerd showed the correct attitude during attachment, and I figure he is, why not give him a good assessment and let him be.

    Singablogger, no offence, but SMEs cannot continually expand, neither is it desirable to fire and hire constantly in the hopes of getting new staff. Maybe top class MNCs do that in their own countries, in fact, many big organisations do that here as well. But they people they'll offer to are the capable, smart, sassy, sociable buggers who'll get jobs easily anyway.

    However, what you propose isn't easily realised. Your compnay has healthy profit, turnover and enough work for ten fellas. Are you going to sack your old staff to make an offer for this bright young thing? Also, why would bright young thing want to work for you when he/she is waiting to graduate and join top class MNC or better yet, start their own venture?

    The work experience programme to just that, to let that experience a different work environment to that of a school, where making ends and money matter, not just the grades.

    And really, even if the firm takes the whole internship programme seriously, do you think the students do? Because even if they get sent to top-class firms, they may not necessarily come with top-class mindset and a top class attitude.

  • At Tuesday, June 20, 2006 9:58:00 AM, Blogger Winter_Cherrie said…

    exactly...hahaha..but tats what we used to sing to our principal when we were in sec school...becos he so loso...

  • At Tuesday, June 20, 2006 10:35:00 AM, Blogger Sibeh Sian said…

    Singablogger: Argh! An intellectual commentor! Heh, don't shoot me, I'm just an infantile blogger :)

    Green Ogre: What can I say, it's a very imperfect world that we are living in ;)

    WinterC: Ha! I knew it was that jingle! Yes, my classmates and I used that to irritate lor sor teachers too. Heh.

  • At Tuesday, June 20, 2006 12:15:00 PM, Blogger twinkies said…

    sian, such brotherly love! Nerd must be swimming in your protective embrace now... Oops. Is Office Bimbo reading this?

  • At Tuesday, June 20, 2006 3:13:00 PM, Blogger nadnut said…

    slacker nerd!

  • At Tuesday, June 20, 2006 4:24:00 PM, Blogger Winter_Cherrie said…


    Are you happen to be my classmate then??

  • At Tuesday, January 15, 2008 12:09:00 AM, Blogger The Horny Bitch said…

    Good supervisor..


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