Startup hosts “Dragon's Den”-style hiring event to get fresh graduates hired faster!

Press Release   •   Sep 07, 2014 06:04 GMT

Social recruitment startup, TribeHired, recently ran a youth hiring event partnered with and hosted by Universiti Malaya (UM), with the objective of getting fresh young talent hired in companies that fit them, within a few days.

The event was split into two days - with day one dedicated for mentoring talent to develop pitches for interviews and day two being the hiring event. Participants were able to hone their interview skills through a panel of mentors assembled by TribeHired and pitch themselves to companies in the most unique way they could.

Mr Cr.Surenthiran Pillai (Psychology Officer, Division of Student Affairs, UM) concluded that, “University of Malaya is more than happy to have partnered with Tribehired on bringing forth the event as it proved to be trendsetter and a benchmark for many more to come!”

The initiative was born as a result of feedback from employers in various industries about the current state of fresh talent. Devan Singaram, Founder and CEO of reveals that “the articulation of thoughts is a nagging problem with fresh graduates and the event was about building a social community that helps students understand that finding a job is not a lonely process; that there are people out there willing to aid you land that dream job.”

From roughly 700 fresh graduates that signed up from across 12 Universities in Malaysia, only 75 participants were finalized. Not only did these finalists qualify for the jobs being offered but they were also passionate and hungry to grab those opportunities.

Ajay Singh Sangwan, Operations Manager of believes that “not only did the event inspire raw-young talent to be industry ready, but it also embarked a change in the way hiring takes place in Malaysia.”

The finalists included both locals and foreigners. The partnered firms comprised of renowned workplaces like Hartalega, Nielsen, PWC, Hitachi Sunway Information Systems, Aegis, Osim, Senheng Electronics, TCRS and start-ups like MyTeksi and Good People Co.

Mr Vincent Kuan Vin Seung, HR Director at Hartalega Sdn Bhd thanked TribeHired team by mentioning that “Hartalega’s collaboration with TribeHired for the event proved to be a very fruitful one as TribeHired not only attracted and filtered candidates for our interviews, but also linked us up for other forms of collaborations. Hartalega’s recruitment team found that the candidates had good attitudes and were well prepared for the interviews.” Whereas, Jennifer Lee (HR Executive) for Hitachi Sunway Information Systems Sdn Bhd applauded TribeHired’s effort by stating that: “I spent months through other portals or career fairs to find 20 talented people for our firm and its nothing short of torturous! But, with TribeHired, our firm found 20 potential candidates in a day. It was a highly productive event”.

Participants were very positive with their experience of the event. Azieatul Azrin mentions that she “was a very nervous person in front of people and the initiative has boosted my confidence level so that I can perform better during my interview.” Another participant, Maryam Siahdoosti, said “TribeHired team really cares about you, your career and your future”.

Rewardingly, around 68% participants were found worthy of job-offers and are awaiting their second round of interviews, while the rest will be further coached by the team to increase their employability.  

The TribeHired team is already planning to run their next bootcamp, happening 18th September 2014. If you are a talent who want companies to compete to hire you, you can register for the event here -

Tribehired Sdn Bhd, Block H-1-4, Plaza Damas, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, 50480, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

TribeHired -

TribeHired is a social recruitment service that helps find the shortest way to get an interview within a company. By using already established networks of friends, the service shows the companies a user is connected to through their friends and the likelihood of getting a call-back for an interview.
TribeHired first went online in the middle of 2012 as a graduate of JFDI’s Seed Accelarator Program and since then, has managed to secure RM1.7 Million in funding and partner with various universities across the Klang Valley, including the prestigious University of Malaya. Today, TribeHired has brought in more than 1000 active jobs on to their system with 80,000 unique visitors accessing the website per month.


Ajay Singh Sangwan, Operations Manager, TribeHired


MY: +60 111 286 5697

Arman Attarzadeh, Marketing and Public Relations, TribeHired


MY: +60 17 621 8217