In conversation with… Rumbidzai Lyn Kasinamunda

Rumbidzai Lyn Kasinamunda is from Zimbabwe and is a customer experience and senior IT adviser based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

What we talked about…

Companies that make you go through the entire job application process with multiple assessments, then filter you out based on a call they make to you. Do HR executives even look at the candidate resumes at all?

Would you prefer to be informed by the HR that the company is not looking for foreigners, only looking for locals or you think being in the dark is better?

The experience hasn’t been all bad, though. Between 2015 and 2018, she was based in Cyberjaya and going to work was a major highlight of her time.

** Regarding people being deported, the interview was done in June 2019. I’m not sure what the situation is now. There’s the story of Jeff who—like the MBA student who died in police custody recently—spent a week in police custody even though he had valid work documents.

If you’re a foreigner in Malaysia, do you have local friends? Do you think that you should have friends who are Malaysian?

She talks about the black woman experience in Malaysia and how black women tend to stick to their people. “The dating pool is limited (for black women). But for black men, the dating pool is wider.”

This forms part the basis of Other Expats’ August 2019 theme: dating and relationships while black in Malaysia.

Share your thoughts, comments or opinions about this in the comments or let me know if you want to be on the series of interviews we have scheduled for this month.

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