Assalamualaikum, it's me again with another update on this blog. I'm going to try my best to tell in detail from the very beginning of the interview. I was struggling to look for blogs that tell
in detail how the interview went and other things that I need to know before attending the interview itself so here I am, writing an entry for those who seek for what kind of questions they might ask and the do's and don'ts during the interview. Since I'm in a very good mood right now while listening to Back To You by Selena Gomez, this might be quite a long entry. Without further ado let's get started!

I attended the interview on 30th May 2018 at 8 a.m sharp and I was the sixth person for the architecture course. I didn't tell the person in charge for the registration that I needed to be interviewed in interior design course because I wasn't really interested in that course so I just got one small paper instead of two and it was written there the number (mine was 6) and what panel you will be interviewed by. Then I was ushered to the lecture hall where we were divided into 3 sections for Quantity Surveyor, Architecture and Interior Design.

In that hall, they showed us the video of School of Housing, Building and Planning but they had to drag the time cause they were having some technical problems. Right after we finished watching the video bamm! the whole hall went into a total darkness. Then we moved to another hall and were given a talk by the Dean of that faculty, Prof. Dr. Aldrin Abdullah.

Oh before I forget, both for architecture and interior design there will be two sessions; drawing and individual interview. First, they brought us to a studio and we were given an eraser, 2B pencil, a piece of A3 paper and a question paper. We were asked to draw a house by a river with a dock for a personal boat for only 45 minutes. I noticed some of the candidates didn't manage to finish up the whole drawing but for me, I had more than enough time to draw the whole thing alhamdulillah.

Next, we were ushered to the waiting room where we will be interviewed individually. I wasn't prepared for the individual interview at all since most of the bloggers stated that they were interviewed in a group of four. "Dang, I'm gonna die shivering the life out of me" that was what I thought in the beginning but as I waited for my turn, they were seniors who came and talked to us about this course in detail and they were sooo nice. Thank god I've finally calmed myself down and entered the scary room.

I was so surprised that I wasn't nervous at all! And that's because all of my panels' faces were so welcoming and they had a big smile drawn on their faces. I had 5 panels altogether and these are their questions (I insert together my answer for each question):

1. Q: Tell me about yourself
    A: My full name is Farah Syazana Bt Wahab and I'm 19 years old. I just graduated from
         MARA College Kuala Nerang in and my secondary school was St George's Girls' School. I
         really like drawing and reading especially English books. One of the reasons I chose this
         course is because I know my main ability is to draw so I would like to pursue my studies in
         the course where I could use my talent. I'm very passionate about what I love. For
         example, I had a problem in understanding certain subjects back in my college, then I
         took the initiative to see my lecturers outside of class and alhamdulillah I managed to
         understand everything. Maybe that's also one of the reasons why I was chosen to participate
         in drawing competitions that were held in Johor and Perak.

2. Q: Why did you choose USM which is very near to your house out of the other universities?
    A: As we all know, USM is one of the best universities in Malaysia. It has top professors and is
         located in the middle of the hectic city and accessible to everything. I believe this kind of
         environment could help me study and practise healthy competition among my coursemates.

3. Q: You can speak English fluently, why don't you go for an English course?
    A: As I mentioned earlier, drawing is what I like to do the most so I want to do what I'm good at in
         the future and as my career. I think this is the right course for me to pursue my studies in.

4. Q: Describe your drawing in Bahasa Melayu (describe based on what you drew earlier)
         *keep on talking and describing your drawing until they stop you or ask another question

5. Q: What are your co-curricular activities in secondary school?
    A: I joined a young entrepreneur club since I was in form 2 and became a president when I was in form 5. I had a team which consisted of 5 head leaders. We then joined a competition in state level and won second place. I also joined JUDO club and I participated in a state level competition.

6. Q: What will you do if you are not accepted in this course?
    A: I will pursue my studies in banking and financial course as you know I have an accounting
         background and that's my strategy for now.

7. Q: Are there any famous architects and buildings that you know?
    A: *I talked about Frank Gehry and his famous building Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and other
           local building, TM Tower

There you go. The answers written were not exactly accurate but I tried my very best to remember every single word I told them. There were a few questions like where do I live, where's your father's workplace and so on.

Now I'm going to give you some tips:
1. For drawing test, do practise to draw a house/building that can suit in any situation. Draw at least
    3-4 types of houses and skyscrapers so that you wouldn't be blur during the drawing test itself.
2. Try to draw as much modern technology as you can and try not to use any ruler when you draw.
3. Do your research on questions they might ask. You can find them on other blogs and collect as
    much information as you can from the USM website.
4. During the interview session, please smile and answer with confidence. They can read you just by
    looking at your facial expression. Be yourself, be honest and do not lie, they can detect it.
5. Sometimes they will doubt your answer by saying "are you sure" or "oh I" just stick
    to your initial answer and show your confident.

Wahh I didn't expect this post will be this long hahaha. I hope this might help you to sit for your interview. All the best!

Bye xoxo.


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  2. a motivating blog! I hope I can be as confident as you! Did you get the course? I hope everything goes well to you! <3

    1. Yes alhamdulillah I'm now preparing to further my studies this Sept for that course. Aww thanks!! :))

  3. Do you need to bring any drawing instruments?

    1. Pencil, eraser and drawing paper will be provided to the candidates :)

  4. Do we need to speak bm or bi during the iv?

    1. I was asked to speak in english during the 'introduce myself' part and malay when I needed to explain about my drawing