The PR (pal) Experience
Pal Medical Building, Mactan Cebu International Airport
First Step: Passing of resume, then measuring of height and weight and eyesight test.
Second Step: Impact interview. I entered a small room. One male interviewer asked me to stand straight, walk, look to the left, right and back. Then i was asked one question: tell me about yourself? After that i was asked to leave the room and wait for the result outside.
Then my name was called, I was given a piece of paper saying congratulations you made it to the next step. With the paper was a schedule for the orientation.
Third Step: The Orientation. It was held at the Days Hotel. On that day the hotel was very crowded, there were about 150 to 200 applicants. The Orientation had to be done in 2 batches. On the orientation itself they discussed the company’s mission, vision, salary and benefits and there was a mention of the training bond (50k).
After the discussion we were then asked to introduce ourselves in front of everybody within 30 seconds.
Next, we were asked one by one to go at the back, they will then look at your arms palms up then palms down, the face, teeth, mouth open, then the legs front view and back view.
After the assessment, a group of people were called and they were for ‘conditional’ status. This means they have a condition that they need to meet first before they can continue their application process. It can either be the weight or the eyesight.
For the rest of us we were given papers with either thank you for coming or a schedule for the IQ exam.
Fourth Step: IQ exam, english exams, math and IQ exams. Time pressured and quite difficult.
Fifth Step: Panel Interview. After exam we were asked to call the pal office in 2 weeks time. I was one of the passers, we were then briefed that the Panel Interview will be held in manila. Airfare and hotel will be shouldered by us. (this kind of turned me off for a bit, I can’t afford it at that time) We will then be informed of the schedule of the interview. It took me about 2 months in waiting.
Conclusion: While waiting I was hired by Airphilexpress/ PAL Express and I decided to withdraw my application with PAL.
But my friends who went through the panel interview shared with me their experience.
Airfare was shouldered by PAL, you have a roundtrip ticket to cebu for free on the same day.
The Panel Interview
It was held on PLC (Pal Learning Center)
Upon arrival at the building you will have to register, and wait in line to be called. Once called you will enter a room where in there will be a panel of Company executives, trainers and HR executives to interview you. You will stand in front you will see a line up of tables and chairs, it is exactly like an audition. Then you will be questioned from simple and easy to unexpected and uncommon questions. And after that the verdict is given right away and some comments on how they find you in the interview.
*note this happened 2 years ago (feb 2010), now the company is owned by another entity and there is an additional step for the new recruitment process: The Mr. Ramon Ang interview, wherein there is a one on one interview with the President of the company.