Tips for a successful job interview

January 30, 2008 at 2:53 pm (Personal, Tips and Tricks)

You might be a fresh graduate looking for the new job offer you’ve been eyeing for. However, you don’t know what to do or what to expect. Having the “paper” is definitely not enough to secure the job application.

What I’m going to share are some of the tips and personal experiences I got from various friends who managed to secure their very first job. You should always use these as a general guideline, and not take it as a whole. Pick the right ones for you.

  1. Learn about the company and the job scope. This is critical. I was asked this during my practice interview session, and I couldn’t answer it. It was one of the typical questions interviewers liked to ask. Make sure you check out the latest happenings in the company, read up about them, what they do, and make sure you know what to expect for your job application. You can work in a Banking company, but you might be doing Networking Administration job.
  2. Always be early. Let’s say your interview starts at 1pm, what time should you arrive? Preferably as early as ½ hour earlier. If you’re an experienced driver, and driving a vehicle, then it shouldn’t be a major problem because you should know how fast to travel from one place to another. What if you’re using the public transport, and that place seemed alien to you? Plan your route early, anticipate problems like “what if there’s a traffic jam?” or “what if I missed this bus stop?”. Plan and make necessary adjustments to your timing. Being late is definitely a no-no for the first timers. You wouldn’t want to show a bad impression to your interviewers by turning up late for the scheduled appointment.
  3. Dress appropriately. If you’re applying for a part-time job, in most cases you probably can just wear anything casual. As long as it’s presentable, it should be fine. Avoid wearing open-toes shoes, sometimes the toes can be the most unsightly thing you’ve ever seen. Don’t turn up in skimpy clothes either, it may just turn off your potential employer. Don’t be too casual either. You wouldn’t want to turn up in baggy hip-hop clothing. Over-dressing is definitely a no-no. If you’re applying for a position that works in an office environment, put on the office wear, dress smartly, and go for that interview.
  4. Be prepared, or over-prepare. Prior to the interview, there might be some documents that you need to bring (they will probably ask you to). If they don’t, just bring all the necessary documents to support your skills. If you have previous employment, you could also bring your last received payslip. All other documents that boost your values such as testimonials are definitely helpful in convincing the interviewer your value. Bring extra copies of your proof-read resumes. Being prepared shows that you’re reliable and proves that you’re serious about clinching the job.
  5. Speak out loud and confidently. You don’t want to sound boring to your interview. Being soft doesn’t help either, because they can get irritated if they can’t hear you repeatedly. Don’t stammer, pace your speech, don’t rush. Avoid shouting (I doubt anyone would do that?) at all cost. Make sure your intonations are pleasant enough. If you want, do role plays with your siblings, or your friends. If you’re shy, try practicing in front of the mirror. Look at how the interviewers would look at you. Speaking confidently also helps interviewers to picture your personality.
  6. Maintain eye contact. You can be the most shy-est person in the whole wide world. But think about it. If you keep moving your eyes around, the interviewer can get irritated by you. Maintaining eye contact means that you’re serious. You wouldn’t want to make the interviewer feels that he’s talking to the wall. Engage in the conversation.
  7. Wait for your turn to speak. Sometimes, you just wanted to say something. But no matter what you do, DO NOT INTERRUPT the interviewer while he’s talking. Let him finish, then you speak. Interrupting just shows how rude you are. No one wants to hire a rude personnel.
  8. Turn off or silent your mobile devices. You don’t want your handphone or pager to ring during the interview. It just creates a wall of disturbance and it distracts your conversation. Always remember to turn them off. You don’t need any calls during this period of the time.
  9. Be courteous. Not by actions, but by speech. Sounding pleasant and courteous makes your interviewer thinks that you’re friendly. The more friendly people joins, the more fun the workplace will be.
  10. Don’t over-talk. Some questions requires your answer to be a little lengthy, but avoid talking too much. There’s a saying that goes “the more you talk, the more you lie”. Over-talking can sometimes deviates from the original speech, causing more confusions between you and the interviewer. Keep your answers simple, but not too short, and make sure it answers the question.
  11. Always clarify. If you can’t hear what they are saying, politely ask them to repeat. Say something like “I couldn’t get your last sentence Sir”, and they will gladly try to repeat themselves. Most of the time, they will probably try to rephrase the sentence to make it sound clearer.
  12. Add some joy in the conversation. I remembered once during my interviewing skills lesson back in my poly days, where I managed to tickle my interviews. The thing is, if they find that you’re a fun person, they might probably hire you. Maybe their company is just out of fun people.
  13. Lie subtly. Lying is part of the skill. If you lie at the correct place and the correct time, they will never find out. Don’t lie about critical things like “I have skills in cooking” but you can’t cook, that’s not a very good lie. You lie about things that affects your situation. For example, if you’re doing part time studies, and your interviewer knows about it, you can tell them like “although I have my studies to manage, I’m confident that I can continue to give 100% commitment into the job that I do”. Remember, securing the job is one thing, doing what you say is another.
  14. Know your strengths and weaknesses. This is very tricky, and it’s a fairly common question to purposely tickle your bones. Don’t panic though, you should already be prepared for these kind of trick questions. Find out what you’re good at and what you are not. If you don’t have any weaknesses, convert one of your strengths and make it sound like it’s a weakness. For example, if your strength is that you are hardworking, say something like “My weakness is that I get bored easily when I’m not doing anything.” Look at how contradicting it sounds. This may make your interviewer put a trust on you in whatever you might be doing.
  15. Know what you want to be. Plan ahead. What do you want to do in 5-10 years time. Everybody starts low. Make sure you set a reasonable goal for the future. Share your aspirations to the interviewer. This will reflect on your determination to strive on becoming a better and invaluable personnel.
  16. It’s all about the personality. Like I said, it’s not all about the paper. The interview can be made to just trying to get to know you much better. Try to sound lively, share your experiences and hobbies, make them feel at home. The more friendly you are the better.
  17. Thank them for their time. Sometimes, the interviewer is a busy person. Make sure you thank them appropriately before leaving the room. Explicitly thank them for their time, because we don’t know if we have either wasted or utilised the time they set aside for you.
  18. Before you leave… Tell them that you are very interested in securing the job application and will wait for them to contact you back. Suprisingly, research shows that expressing interest causes the interviewer to remember you. If they have interviewed a few candidates on that day, they will probably get reminded of you because you show explicit enthusiasm in trying to secure the job.

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Jailbreak iPod Touch 1.1.3, the world’s simplest method

January 29, 2008 at 11:52 pm (How to, iPod Touch, iPod Touch Jailbreak, Technical Stuffs, Upgrade, Version 1.1.3) (, , )


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How to: Manually fix problems uploading files into Applications folder, without wifi

January 28, 2008 at 11:23 pm (How to, iPhone, iPod Touch, Technical Stuffs) (, , , , , , )


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Hi guys.

I’m sure you had fun jailbreaking your applications, and you will probably try to install each and every available application on the Installer repo. Then suddenly, some unexpected errors occur. You don’t want to restore your device. You need help.

You will read this post if you encounter these related problems:

  • Installer crashes after trying to install (more) applications
  • Installer tells you that “You’re running out of disk space” even though it’s a newly restored device
  • You delete videos and pictures, but still can’t clear that disk space
  • You can’t manually install applications via SSH, Total Commander, CuteFTP, WinSCP, iphonebrowser, ibrickr etc
  • Your favourite SFTP program reports that there is an error
  • You can’t add BIOS files for applications that requires them (e.g. gpSPhone and psx4all)
  • (editors note: maybe there’s more, but I can’t think of any right now!)

There are 2 known methods. The easy way (no fun way 😛 ) and the hard way (more fun, more risk!). Whatever method you choose, the outcome will be the same. However, I’m only going to touch on the Hard way, because I cannot fulfil the requirement to do the easy way (having a wifi)



Yeah I know this is boring, but you will have to read it, so that you don’t keep blaming me for errors!




Whatever happens, FOLLOW THE STEPS CAREFULLY. I will carefully examine each and every step I write here to avoid any errors. Do whatever you need to do (e.g. wear your specs, increase monitor’s brightness etc). Make sure you don’t miss a step. Make sure you don’t confuse “l” (small cap “L”) and “1” (the number one) and “I” (capital i). I won’t spend my time explaining each and every letter to be typed in though, but be wary of the characters.

Incorrect procedure or incomplete procedures might make your iPod into an unusable state. The safest way (less headache) way to remedy that is to do a complete restore. However, you won’t notice where the problems are.

I will try my very best to explain each and every step if necessary. That way, you will feel confident if you are attempting to proceed with the steps.

Don’t worry. Mine cocked up in the first try. Luckily with my level of experience, I’m able to restore the problem and start all over again.


And no, I don’t take credit for these information because I learned it from other sources like,, etc. There are too many variations, so I will only write the variation that works.

Phew. That’s the end of the stupid disclaimer. Now enjoy!


In order for things to be done smoothly, there are a few requirements that I assume to be available in your device.

  1. Jailbroken iPhone/iPod Touch with version 1.1.2 recommended (1.1.1 should work fine)
  2. Installed BSD Subsystem
  3. Installed Term-vt100 (any other terminal should work though)

What’s happening?

If you haven’t noticed, there are 2 partitions in the iPhone/iPod Touch. All files in Applications folder is stored there, hence you only have a maximum of 300 MB worth of data. However, due to firmware installs, the OS for the iPhone/iPod Touch also takes up space, and you’ll probably have less than 50 MB to install applications.

Once you have completely filled up this partition space, no matter what you do you will not be able to install more applications even though you still have tons of space inside your device.

The trick here is to “re-link” your original Applications folder, and point it to another folder, which is inside another partition. And that partition is the one where all your songs, movies and pictures goes to. So if you have a clean iPhone/iPod Touch, you essentially have 7.5GB or 15GB (depending on model, and other factors) worth of free space to install programs. Install until you’re mad! 😛

How to know how much space I have?

Run Term-vt100, and type the following in the prompt:

cd /
df -h

It should show you 2 partitions (mine is already fixed though, you probably would get 100% for the first item) like my screenshot here.

If you don’t understand, nevermind. Just take note of the values. If it shows 100% for the first item, it’s full. So you’ll need to move the files in order to continue installing applications.

So how to move?

You can use BossTool (near the end of this tutorial) or you can continue reading this.

NOTE: This is very complicated, so try to follow as closely as possible. Note that I did not use any SSH or SFTP programs because I don’t have a running wifi network in my house.

Now you run Term-vt100, and type in the following (cAsE sEnSiTiVe so pay extra attention to it, also watch out for spaces. There might be lags, so wait for the # sign to appear before continuing the next command):

cd /
cp -pr Applications /var/root
mv Applications Applications.old
ln -s private/var/root/Applications /Applications

Detailed explanation

1. Change directory into the root (just in case step)
2. Copies /Applications folder into /var/root folder
3. Moves /Applications folder into /Applications.old folder
4. Creates a symbolic link from private/var/root/Applications to /Applications

That’s it?

Not yet. Although you think that it’s finished, you will need to test it. Now cross your fingers, while rebooting your iPhone/iPod Touch. Turn it off (not sleep) and turn it back on.

Once it’s restarted, you will feel that nothing has happened. If something happens, then it’s screwed. But I did these steps while I was writing it, and mine didn’t get screwed (phew!). This is normal. You can now run Term-vt100 again, and check if your applications have moved correctly. Type in the following:

cd /
df -h

You should now at least see that it’s not in 100% anymore. It would probably be around 80% used. If you want to know why, it’s mainly because wallpapers and ringtones takes up the main partition too. But I’m not going to touch on that. If it’s still 100%, you probably have missed a step or two, so try again.

Now you need to delete the /Applications.old folder. That was used as a backup, IN CASE something got wrong (like mine did… 😛 ). I will explain further.

Delete the temporary Applications.old file

NOTE: DO THIS ONLY IF THERE’S NO PROBLEMS!!! I cannot stress enough that this is your only lifeline if something gets screwed. Just make sure you test all your programs, download more programs etc, and when everything seems fine, then do this delete.

To delete the folder, launch Term-vt100 again, and type in the following:

cd /
rm -rf Applications.old

Shit! I can’t see a single icon/iPod Touch gets screwed.

Well that happens to me the first time, so that’s why I learn.

Anyway, if you cannot see any icons, it’s probably not pointing to the right place. You’re still in luck because it can be remedied easily.

Download and run iphonebrowser. Look for /Applications folder, DELETE IT (you will have to go through a stupid backup process though). The program might crash, so just close and launch iphonebrowser again. Then RENAME /Applications.old into /Applications and you’re good to go (or redo it, or ignore it, or throw it… Whatever you want to do with it! 😛 ).

If you see a “Applications” file inside the /Applications/ folder, DELETE IT.

If your iPod keeps restarting, try to manually delete the last known installed file using iphonebrowser. When mine keep blinking, I was installing iPhone applications, so that’s why it crashes. But this might not be normal SO DELETE THEM FIRST.

You will start to feel that it’s really screwed, but I waited a good 30 mins for the blinking to suddenly stop. Once it stopped, that’s when everything went back to normal.

Trust me, you wouldn’t want to reach to this problematic stage. You would feel like throwing the damn piece of shit. 😀 Anyway jokes aside, if you DO hit this problem, just be patient, and try to off the device (it probably won’t) or holding the Home button. DO NOT HOLD BOTH. Choose either one.

But if you’re not confident, you would want to try BossTool instead. The safe, automated way to move those files via Installer. Well, that would require a working wifi connection doesn’t it? Read on.

Can’t this get any easier/safer method?

Well, yes. Use BossTool. But that defeats the purpose of this tutorial where it’s clearly written for those who don’t have the luxury of having wifi connection at home (like me!).

Anyway, you can download and use BossTool to automatically correct this problem. However, you will need a lot of free space in order to do that. So make sure you delete enough applications to make some room for BossTool. Or else it won’t even install properly, and you’ll face another problem.

Add as a source in Installer, then download BossTool.


If you followed the long winded story to move your files, DO NOT INSTALL BOSSTOOL. I just did, and guess what? My iPod Touch goes to disco! It keeps flashing for no apparent reason. My guess is that I tried to do something weird to it, so it’s probably crashing.

If you encounter that, connect the iPod via USB, launch iphonebrowser, then just delete After a while your iPod will restart by itself, and everything will go back to normal.

If you do use BossTool, you can uninstall it after the process have ended. It is a one-time change, and it is a permanent one. If you uninstalled BossTool, it will not move your Applications folder back into the first partition though, so be careful.

I got questions!!!

Well if you have any questions/problems, just comment me/use the contact form and I’ll to my best of knowledge to help you with whatever I can.

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Can’t upload files in /Applications/

January 28, 2008 at 6:07 am (Personal)

Seems I’m not the only one here.

I always thought that I installed too many files, hence the installer won’t even install any more programs. Or there’s a buggy program.

Then I found out something from a reader that she’s facing the same problem too.

I probably have to do a clean restore again, but it’s too troublesome for me because I don’t use wifi at home. Unless all programs are running in PXL format, then I can probably use iBrickr to install applications.

But it seems that everyone is using wifi. Dammit. I’ll have to figure a workaround for this problem.

But I can upload any other files in any other directory except /Applications/*. That means, I can’t put in BIOS (for GBA and PSX), and I can’t manually install applications. Even if I upload to another directory and try to move it into the /Applications/* directory, the file just gets “corrupted”.

I tried uploading the files multiple times, there are success rate, but it’s not constant. So I can’t conclude that re-uploading will improve. There have to be some sort of a trick, somewhere.

Someone show me a link please? I tried google, and modmyifone is down at the moment.


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Pablo Francisco – William Hung

January 27, 2008 at 4:29 pm (Funny, YouTube videos) (, )

In this clip, Pablo Francisco is suggesting that William Hung comes from Singapore. Want to know why? See the video!

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January 27, 2008 at 3:42 am (Personal, Technical Stuffs) ()


Read: CES 2008 Video: eJamming online live jam sessions software

Last time, I was proposing this project idea as my ITEN (IT Entrepreneurship) module back in my poly days. It was called Zicmu (it’s supposed to be opposite of music). But my team’s proposal was so bad, we almost failed for the module.

Maybe I lack the “entrepreneur” blood in me.

This eJamming thingy is exactly the same as my proposal; using internet as a medium for jamming session across the globe. I can’t make a claim now, because my unsupportive lecturer said that “this project will never make money in real life”. If I have the chance to meet him again, I’ll definitely say “fuck you it’s already been done” because now I see a living proof. Even if I don’t make money, I still want to make a music community. It’s also cheaper to pay $10 per month, than the cost of travelling.

I was telling my team members that I wanted to create an application that allows musicians to connect to one another using the internet. The scheme was simple because of successes of voice messaging (via MSN) that drives my inspiration. I thought that in this way, people can connect to each other no matter where they are across the globe. My team members were very reluctant to the idea because they think that it’s utter rubbish. By my ideals were very simple, music is universal.

But my lecturers think that this kind of application will never sell. Today, I just witnessed that every subscription is $10 (their currency) per user, per month. The way I see it, it’s still earning money because the cost of maintaining the server, is not that expensive. The amount of unique visitors is very promising.

But I guess, it’s all over. Thanks to the stupidity of my lecturers. They don’t deserve to be a lecturer if they can’t even motivate their students to explore more on something they believe is possible.

I could have be that young Singapore entrepreneur.

Damn I hate schooling.

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How to: Make your iPod Touch in DFU Mode

January 27, 2008 at 3:24 am (How to, iPhone, iPod Touch, Technical Stuffs) (, , , , )


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How to: Force Restore your screwed iPod Touch

January 27, 2008 at 3:11 am (How to, iPhone, iPod Touch, Technical Stuffs) (, , )


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Heath Ledger Searches May Lead To Cyber Attacks.

January 26, 2008 at 2:19 am (From Stomp)

Thought I’d share something I came across from STOMP. Personally, I would never download anything from the Internet unless my boyfriend certifies it as safe. 🙂


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How to: Jailbreak 1.1.3. It’s released! Unofficially…

January 25, 2008 at 2:11 pm (How to, iPhone, iPod Touch, Technical Stuffs) ()


There is a better jailbreak method, without downgrading at all.


Yes ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, people of all ages… Introducing, the revolutionary, offi… wait a minute… It’s unofficial? Unofficial release of the Jailbreak for 1.1.3.

Well… To my dismay, I thought it was the real thing. But it does makes your device run in 1.1.3, jailbroken. Well here are the details.

There have been some drama and dispute over the release of this jailbreak 1.1.3, so I suggest you can try it AT YOUR OWN RISK.

NOTE: Prior to jailbreaking 1.1.3, there have been reports on applications not working. So I strongly suggest waiting for a better release, with better compatibility. I’m sure you guys don’t want to screw up your iPod for nothing.

Visit here on how to jailbreak 1.1.3.

Here’s the “drama” part.

From, written on 24th January 2008:

NateTrue has recently leaked a v1.1.3 Jailbreak without the Dev-Team’s permission, getting himself kicked off the team. Against our wishes, he’s included both files belonging to Apple and patches which contain copyrighted information by Apple, making his personal release illegal and unethical. This is directly contrary to the spirit of true hacking, honorable competition, and sharing of knowledge. He’s a disgrace to developers everywhere. I’d like to strongly advise against using his system for upgrading, and make it known that the rest of the dev team does not support software piracy or copyright infringement. The method the Dev Team was/is planning on releasing allows you to perform the jailbreak without violating federal law.

If you asked me, I’ll probably wait for another release. I’m sure the iPhone dev team has something better to offer, since they wanted to keep it all legal, although Nate True has already done his personal release. I wonder which part of hacking is legal? Hmmm… :-/

Anyway, here’s a video tutorial on how to Jailbreak 1.1.3.

I wonder what’s taking ipodtouchmaster so long? Maybe he has other better things to do than to entertain with jailbreaking and stuff. 😛

For now, I am not going to upgrade my set yet. I’m going to see how far can this controversy go.

Well, for those who’s willing to give it a try, why not? After all, the iPod Touch was a personal computer, and we bought it, so it’s perfectly legal if we can do whatever we want with it.

And for Apple, how does hacking the iPod Touch makes your sales go down huh? Don’t bullshit. If there are people who knew that hacking their iPods is possible, people wouldn’t mind buying it so that they can enjoy more out of it.

Just a piece of my mind.


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