In my previous entry（新鮮人求職奮鬥記）I’d mentioned that two companies that I went for interview in KL actually shortlisted me, but I rejected the offers from both the companies. Why?
The two companies were Invention Marketing Group and Pacific Asiawide Group.
Invention Marketing Group
Level 24. 24 01-02, Wisma Goldhill,
Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur,
Pacific Asiawide Group
Suite 9-2nd Floor,
The Boulevard Building of Offices,
Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur.
I saw their posts on Jobstreet saying that they’re looking for vacancies for “Event Executive (Marketing Department)”, thinking that the job scope wouldn’t be much different from what I learned in class and what I did during internship, so I decided to give it a try and applied through Jobstreet, They replied me in a few days and asked me to go for an interview. That was the reason why I went all the way to KL in the beginning of September. Some people probably saw me in uni during that time.
So yeap, the first interview I went was with Invention. I remembered it was a Tuesday. The interview was just simple, and short. It was literally SIMPLE AND SHORT, probably just 5 minutes. Basically the interviewer just asked me about what I studied and my experiences in planning and organizing events. That’s all. She told me that her supervisor was not around and informed me to go for another around of interview on Thursday, morning, 8am.
Heck, I was staying at Sunway area and you asked me to reach your office in KL at 8am. THUMB DOWN >__>
I went Midvalley for an interview with Pacific Asiawide. The staff showed me their company magazine while I was waiting for my turn. I realized that their company magazine was kind of similar with Invention’s. So I thought, maybe they’re two companies under one big organisation. Same as what happened in Invention, the interviewer just asked me about what I studied and my experiences, and asked me to go for another round of interview, too, on Friday.
I woke up at 6am and reached the office around 7.45am omg ~__~
Walau damn early ok. I joined their “morning meeting”, it was, very energetic, and encouraging. After the “morning meeting”, the lady who interviewed me two days ago explained to me about the entire company, in depth. From how the company established to what were each and every of the staffs in the office doing right . at . that . moment. It might sounds like a joke, but, this around of “explanation” took around 3 hours. YES, 3 HOURS.
I went to Pacific again this morning. Oh by the way, I received call from Invention when I was on my way to Pacific, saying that I was shortlisted for the position, but anyway I still went for the second interview with Pacific. So one of the staff from Pacific started explained to me how the company works. It is actually the exact same thing as Invention. Both of the companies are under the same organisation, doing the same thing. The only different thing is the company name. But I have to say that the staff in Invention has a better explanation skill, lol. I wouldn’t understand a single thing if I didn’t go to Invention a day earlier. The explanation skill of the staff from Pacific was pure bad. I wouldn’t say I speak English fluently but hers was worse. She can’t even understand what I was trying to ask
(have to buat tak tau a bit ma) even when I talked to her in Mandarin. Not sure if my speaking skill is bad, or her understanding skill -.- So after her super-content-less explanation, her supervisor accept me directly, on the spot.
Why I rejected both companies
I only really got to know what is this company doing when Invention explained to me. Not sure if any of you heard about it, but Invention AND Pacific are companies under APPCO. Appco is more to a direct sales kind of organisation. Their clients are mostly NGOs, banks, and telco companies. Basically the staffs in the companies are doing direct sales, not “event executive” as it mentioned. They go to a place, set up a booth, and start approaching people. Sometimes in a mall, sometimes in front of a bank, sometimes door-to-door.
This is not the job that I want. “Event executive” sounds glorious, but what you do is nothing different from “salesman”. I think anyone who graduate from secondary school can work as a salesman/saleswoman. Besides, there is no basic salary given. It is a 100% performance based job, which means, if I didn’t get any in sales that week, for the whole week I have to eat grass. (Yep, they pay on weekly basis).
I think 100% performance job is quite risky. But that is not the main reason I rejected both companies. The main reason why I rejected is because these companies does not provide SOCSO (Social Security Organisation) and EPF (Employees’ Provident Fund). I believe everyone (well, at least everyone in Malaysia) knows the importance of SOCSO and EPF I don’t think I have to elaborate on this part la hor?
I see they are constantly looking for vacancies, always looking for immediate starter, I guess this shows that their staffs come and go fast. I believe one of the reason most people joined the company without knowing more is because the companies use “travel opportunity” to attract fresh grads, they basically “brain washed” you with the “advantages” of joining the company. (That’s why the explanation took 3 hours) Besides, the figures that they showed you (when they were calculating around how much you can earn in a month) is really, not bad. Around RM2.5k and above depends on how many sales you get.
There were comments on forums saying that Appco (and all the companies under Appco across the world) is a fraud or scam. Click 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 for more. I won’t say it is a bad company. I won’t say it is a scam la, if you understand their job scope, and if you’re happy with it, just go ahead. If you’re really good in doing sales, then you can probably earn a lot.
As desperate (lol) as I want to get a job outside hometown, as much as I want to leave home, I still turned down the job offered. Don’t accept right away when any company accepted you. Always keep in mind that it is not just the company who choose us, we have the right to choose company that suit us too.