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How did you hear about the ModelOff competition? What made you want to get involved?

My work colleagues found out about ModelOff a few years ago and have encouraged me to enter. On a dark and stormy night in 2014, with everyone asleep and nothing on TV, I finally tried a past question (I think it was the poker question). I thought that wasn’t too bad, so the journey started.

How did you get so good at Excel? Tell us a bit about your modeling training.

Spent 5 years auditing models – a good way to learn how to and how not to model.
After that it is a matter of being in a modelling role and turning up to work.

Tell us a bit about your experiences in Round 1 and 2. Did you think you would make it to the World Finals?

It’s a different mindset knowing I don’t need to qualify for the finals this year, so I did the early rounds for fun and practice. The questions are a bit easier than previous years I think. Which probably means the Finals questions will be harder!

Favorite Excel Shortcut(s):

Crtl+\ to check for row inconsistency

What do your friends/family think about you being involved in the ModelOff competition?

My older son thinks it is good for me to get some experience (sigh). My younger son thinks it is “very cool”. He also said after Round 1 results came out, “I think Alvin Woon will win this year.” (double sigh)

What do you hope comes out of being a ModelOff Finalist?

Some prize money (albeit in a sharply lower GBP) would be nice… No really, after last year, I am happy just to be involved. There is always something to learn at the conference, but the main attraction for me is to meet up with the people again.

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