Before we proceed, if you still not sure what FSTEP is all about, you can read the details of it here. Eventhough, the closing date is in September 2011, but based on response we received from Graduan2u readers, few of them was called for interview since June 2011 by stages.
FSTEP is very costly, the cost of the programme including the monthly allowance is more than RM50,000 for each candidate. Therefore, for those who were accepted in FSTEP programme should be lucky as every year thousands of candidates applied for FSTEP and very limited space are offered.
All students under FSTEP will be sponsored by any of the participating financial institution (FI). Every FI has their own criteria/eligibility. These criteria is normally forwarded to FSTEP organiser beforehand so that they can screen, shorlist thus recommend to FI.
The FIRST STEP is english assessment. All candidates are required to sit for English test online at FSTEP campus. The test is quite simple but can be tricky, it depend on your English proficiency. There are 40 questions all together in subjective, and objective format. You are given 30 minutes to complete all questions and only candidates who scores certain marks will proceed for interview.
If you PASS the english test, the next awaits you is the INTERVIEW.
Since, all students will have sponsor, it is important for you to ask the organiser who will be your sponsor for interview preparation. The panel of interviewer is comprises of rep from FSTEP and also from the respective FI.
FSTEP Interview Tips
The interview for FSTEP is similar to other job interview. It will be good if you can prepare yourself before attended the interview. Some tips for your consideration :
- You must clear why you want to join FSTEP. Is it because of you are unemployed or its your ambition to work in insurance/banking industry.
- Get to know about your sponsor. Ask the organiser who is your sponsor and find out details about them.
And last but not least, read the FSTEP objective.
FSTEP is targeted at high calibre students who recently graduated from local and foreign institutes of higher learning and those who are working in the non-financial sector with interest to pursue careers in the financial industry.