Ong Hong Him

Thanks to the DMS course at SIM, I established a strong theoretical foundation. I understood where I did wrong and corrected my mistakes, and where I did right and reinforced it.
Discover SIM GE HR and training veteran Ong Hong Him at SIM's Management House WHAT'S the psychology behind selecting the right employee? Ask Ong Hong Him, 67, HR consultant and trainer who has written a book with just such a title. With the energy and enthusiasm that belies his age and decades of work experience in human resource, Hong Him has been sharing his knowledge as a mentor and counsellor to students at SIM Global Education. A pioneer graduate of SIM’s Diploma in Management Studies (1975) and MBA programme (1988), Hong Him is a strong believer in lifelong adult education and training. Relating practice to theory Why should working adults go for further academic education? Surely, their own practical experience and skill on the shop floor or in the office would be adequate to serve them in their long-term career advancement? Not so, according to Hong Him. Before he enrolled in the Diploma in Management Studies, he couldn’t relate practice to theory. “Thanks to the DMS course at SIM, I established a strong theoretical foundation. I understood where I did wrong and corrected my mistakes, and where I did right and reinforced it.” Professional experience Hong Him is a Fellow of the Singapore Human Resources Institute (SHRI) and an accredited Senior Human Resource Professional with more than 25 years of working experience. His former positions included director of HR consulting and executive recruitment in Deloitte, regional HR manager of Philips Petroleum, and HR Admin head with BP. In addition to his career in HR, Hong Him also spent more than seven years as CEO in a manufacturing organisation, and six years as managing director in a real estate company. Currently, he’s into workplace training (as specified by the Workforce Development Agency) and consulting. “I want to help SMEs grow by helping them develop their workers’ skill sets,” he says. Employability of first-time graduates Hong Him has encouraging words for graduates of the "soft" sciences who have no previous work experience. In his opinion, for jobs that do not require strict technical qualifications (such as accounting, engineering, computing and law), HR managers have no bias towards applicants with certain majors. For instance, if there’s a marketing position available, the HR manager would consider equally applicants with marketing, psychology, economics or general management degrees. “What matters is the individual’s attitude, work ethics and innate aptitude (the competency to do a certain kind of work at a certain level),” Hong Him says. Here’s a tip to doing well in your next job interview: read Hong Him’s The Psychology of Selecting the Right Employee which features cultural and job matching processes in recruitment and selection. Interview, and posted online, April 2013