Publication details [#62600]

Tan, Rachel Siew Kuang, Fauziah Taib and Teoh Mei Lin. 2017. When blinkers come off: Undergraduate students’ performance at simulated job interviews. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 2017 (244) : 39–64.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
De Gruyter


The interest in exploring the use of English amid Malaysian undergraduates emerged as a result of much media talk about the poor language abilities that these students exhibit upon gaining their first jobs in the workplace. This inquiry assayed simulated job interview sessions at a public university involving a group of final year students and a human resource manager. Assay of the interviews discloses a big gap between two “worlds”. Whilst university gets students who lack (foreign) language skills, government policy wants to have these students trained and set to communicate efficiently at the workplace within a period of three to four years.