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    Jan 20, 2015

    Why memorising answers for job interviews may backfire

    MEMORISING and rehearsing a script just before an interview might seem like a good idea, but it could prove to be detrimental.

    While rehearsing for typical interview questions is fine, it should not sound like you are reading off a prepared speech, said Joao Paulo Ponciano, dean and senior vice-president of PSB Academy.

    "Scripting restrains a person's dialogue of experiences and personality," he said. "An interview is not a constrained act, but a space and moment where candidates elaborate a reflection of their knowledge and experiences."

    Dr Ponciano explained that "such reflections must come naturally from the candidate to the panel of interviewers".

    He will discuss this and more at an upcoming My Paper Advance Education Series Seminar happening on Saturday, from 2pm to 5pm.

    Shirley Taylor, chief executive of STTS Training, will shed light on why one should avoid writing too formally at the workplace, but do so in a more conversational way instead.

    For those in the finance, business and marketing sectors, speaker John Heng, a senior lecturer at PSB Academy, will share tips on ways to advance their careers and to create value for themselves in the workplace.

    The Advance Education Series Seminar will be held at Singapore Press Holdings' News Centre auditorium in Toa Payoh North. There is a registration fee of $5, and light refreshments will be provided. To register, visit