Last November 21, four students represented their BM sections as they participated in a mock interview organized by the Business and Management subject teachers. The entire International Baccalaureate (IB) cohort watched expectantly as Mario Ongkiko, Percival Lao, Russell Tee, and Jason Friedlander went through the job interview process for a theoretical management trainee position. The four were selected based on the self-introductory videos that were deemed among the best in their respective sections. The other IB students watched them from a live feed shown at the MPH.
It was conducted by a three-man interview panel. Invited for the activity were Ms. Marie Joan Lim and Ms. Cris Rosenthal. Ms. Lim is the Human Resources Business Head for DHL Express Corp. and used to be a member of the Xavier School faculty (IT department). Ms. Rosenthal is the vice president for Human Resources of TELUS International Phils. and has two teenage children who are currently enrolled in the IB program. Joining them was Mr. Brian Maraña, head of the IB Office.
Each of the four candidates had his own special traits that set him apart from the others. Russell, the first of the four, demonstrated grace under pressure, as he remained calm and pleasant as the judges examined him. Jason Friedlander showed a sharp and quick intellect as he masterfully breezed through the questions. Percival Lao took charge of the interview with his strong presence and amiable personality. Mario presented an agreeable personality, oftentimes bringing the panelists to his side.
In the end, however, there could only be one successful applicant. After intense deliberations, the panel finally decided on Percival Lao as the best of the four. They explained to us that Percival’s consistency in his answers and relevant and specific examples of past experiences made him the best fit for the position. As the event headed to a close, Mrs. Cacacho, the high school principal, came in to congratulate the students as well as to thank the panelists for sharing their expertise and experience.
The activity was planned to enrich the students’ appreciation of the recruitment process studied in their Human Resource classes and to provide a “real life” experience to prepare us better for something we would surely undergo in the future.