Chee Hong Tat: Hurtful for S'porean man to be asked 'What is SAF?' by foreign HR manager during interview

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A Singaporean who attended a job interview at a multinational corporation was once asked about his two years of national service with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).

The question of the foreign human resources manager was: "You wrote in your curriculum vitae that you spent two years with the SAF; what is SAF?"

This story was related by NTUC deputy secretary-general Chee Hong Tat, who spoke on Thursday (July 22) at a virtual masterclass event by Human Capital Singapore on key trends impacting Singapore's economy.

Mr Chee said an important factor that affects the "lived experiences" of local workers is how their employers and HR managers treat them at work.

"These experiences are powerful in shaping perceptions, more so than our policy explanations and statistics. When the emotions in our hearts feel different from the logic in our heads, most people will follow their hearts. It is what makes us human," he added.

"As a proud NSman who had served and defended his country, it was hurtful for him to be asked 'What is SAF?'."




The anecdote illustrates the limitations of a foreign HR manager who is not familiar with Singapore, he said.

so.. that's all to it Mr. Chee? nthn' more to add or sense somethin' isn't right?
what now? 🤔
 

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Only can kpkb. In the end, still vote for pap.

Blame who?
 

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Most FTswon't even bother asking this question. The stinking ah neh just shaking their heads, thinking about where to buy coconut oil and curry powder in bulk. Laughing at us behind our backs that we have to do something so stupid while our govt begs them to come work for us
 

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So wishful thinking expecting sinkies to defend sinkie land when the time comes

PAP wan sui wan sui wan wan sui

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They still have the cheek to make every nsf answer those questionnaires on whether you will defend singapore when threat comes... But then again 18yo nsf wouldn't have known that the working world is filled with people you dont know, but have to "defend"
 

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really nonsense. Getting a alien HR working in Singapore is a joke.
 

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Only in Singapore are the servicemen disrespected and made fun of by women and foreigners.

In fact those JHK, Tiongs and CECAs often talk bad about our NSmen while our women reinforced their bias by saying things like NS is easy or like holiday camp when they themselves have never served a day in their lives.
 

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Only in Singapore are the servicemen disrespected and made fun of by women and foreigners.

In fact those JHK, Tiongs and CECAs often talk bad about our NSmen while our women reinforced their bias by saying things like NS is easy or like holiday camp when they themselves have never served a day in their lives.
And also the one who asked how come so tough but never shoot ownself right?
 

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Kena ask before during interview. Kena asked before more jialat questions also
 

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What this chao Chee is trying to imply is that employers who employ FTs as HR personnel must equip the correct resources to help these foreigners to understand the lingo of the local workforce. Song boh ?
 

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Why?

and why is HR in all the best paying MNCs filled with cecas?

Please refer the following US research paper which is a really good read:

❶ According to the paper, Indians “see it as their duty to get jobs for family and tribe members in the US to get them out of India.” When their teams become primarily Indian, “they become progressively more Indian.” The workers’ motivation is to make your life hell so that you will leave “on your own accord.” They also take over recruiting roles.



 
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A Singaporean who attended a job interview at a multinational corporation was once asked about his two years of national service with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).

The question of the foreign human resources manager was: "You wrote in your curriculum vitae that you spent two years with the SAF; what is SAF?"

This story was related by NTUC deputy secretary-general Chee Hong Tat, who spoke on Thursday (July 22) at a virtual masterclass event by Human Capital Singapore on key trends impacting Singapore's economy.

Mr Chee said an important factor that affects the "lived experiences" of local workers is how their employers and HR managers treat them at work.

"These experiences are powerful in shaping perceptions, more so than our policy explanations and statistics. When the emotions in our hearts feel different from the logic in our heads, most people will follow their hearts. It is what makes us human," he added.

"As a proud NSman who had served and defended his country, it was hurtful for him to be asked 'What is SAF?'."




The anecdote illustrates the limitations of a foreign HR manager who is not familiar with Singapore, he said.

the interviewer a FT?
 
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