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  • Job Interview 101

    Job Interview 101

    Author: Lea S.

    When I have an interview coming up, friends and family would usually advise, ‘Just be yourself and you will ace it!’. Yes, it is very important to let our true personality shine in front of a future employer. After all, we would not want to be faking it throughout our career because it can get rather tiring! The problem is, if I am to be myself, I am afraid that my sometimes over-the-top attitude can scare my future bosses away! Hence, the whole ‘be yourself’ advice should only be taken to a certain limit because although it is essential to bring our real behaviours to light, it is probably more crucial to realise which habits we should keep to ourselves and what are more appropriate ways to behave at an interview.

    I remember my lecturer once said, “The interview begins as soon as you step into the room” and I cannot have agreed more. Some people think that if you can respond well to the questions and have a fantastic resume, your interview will be a piece of cake and that the job will be yours in no time. Of course, such is not the case. Do you know that within the first few minutes when you walk into the room, the interviewers have more or less already made up their minds about the outcome of your job application? Because of that, the first impression is important with a capital I.

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  • Emmagem Exclusive: Interview with Khoon Hooi

    Emmagem Exclusive: Interview with Khoon Hooi

    Papierblog, fashionweek editor Ali Manning fell in love with his designs at the Singapore Fashion Week in December 2006, quote? “the designer we should all look out for?” His Spring Summer 2007 line is raved in all the fashion blogs in the USA. Yep, sure sounds like the fashion world has just had a wake up call. Well, wakey wakey?- Khoon Hooi is set to take the world by storm. His line “Khoon Hooi” is currently represented in United Kingdom, Taiwan, Australia, Kuwait and United States (stores in Beverly Hills, Texas and New York).

    Emmagem checked out this local boy to find out what is like for him to be a success overseas and how did he managed to do it! This is by no means an easy feat, most local designers who are based in Malaysia find it extremely difficult to gain a foothold in the export market save for a few brands like Bernard Chandran and Zang Toi. But like well known Malaysian phenomenon, Zang Toi, and other international successes, their careers actually started overseas before bringing it back to Malaysia.

  • Emmagem Exclusive: Debbie Lee

    Emmagem Exclusive: Debbie Lee

    Have you ever met a happy person? How often have you had the pleasure of sitting down and talking to someone and coming away totally enriched and imbued by their enthusiasm for life and their positive outlook. I hope that it is often for you and I had the pleasure of meeting one such person recently. Her name is Debbra Lee, our personality of the month.

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    Hers is a privileged life, proud owner of three restaurants (Fit For Two, Bijou (read Guilt Free Designer Food), Bianco (read Pure Pleasure at Bianco) and soon a pastry shop called Bissou ), mother of a cute four year old girl (Jordan), wife to a kind considerate and (very cute, methinks) husband and friends with the who’s who of Kuala Lumpur’s top chefs, an excellent cook, a fitness instructor to pregnant mummies and babies, homemaker, reads Martha Stewart and other cookbooks for bedtime read, great friend to at least 6 lucky people and most importantly a very happy person!

  • Emmagem Exclusive: Interview with Calvin Thoo

    Emmagem Exclusive: Interview with Calvin Thoo

    Amidst the frenzy of Siti Nurhaliza’s wedding, a local designer was preparing to move into his new boutique. Calvin Thoo’s boutique is now located at Prestige Floor, Lot 10, Jalan Bukit Bintang as befitting his prestigious clientele. Calvin can rightfully boast as a designer for the stars and calls among his regulars, Anita Sarawak or Kak Nita as he fondly calls her. Other stars include Erra Fazira, Sheila Majid, Fasha Sanda, Nurul of Nurul and Ajai, Adibah Noor, Lisdawaty, Nita and well even Siti Nurhaliza herself is a client, and that is just to name a few! Star struck yet?

    Anyway, emmagem caught up with Calvin for a quick chat despite his busy schedule. We asked Calvin how he managed to build a name among the stars who are household names in Malaysia.

  • Emmagem Exclusive: Interview with Peter Lum

    Emmagem Exclusive: Interview with Peter Lum

    Peter Lum is a renowned Malaysian stylist. He is a veteran in the fashion industry and his work include styling celebrities like Sharifah Aini, Camelia and recently, the contestants from Malaysian Idol 2. emmagem caught up with him recently and got his professional views as well as hot fashion tips on fashion in Malaysia.

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