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  • 1. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd University of Sussex 12 March 2014

2. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd MANDARIN CONSULTING David Peckham Engineer 7 years Management Consultant - PwC 13 years, - PA Consulting Group 6 years Now - Director of Mandarin Consulting 3. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd MANDARIN CONSULTING Job Opportunities for Chinese Students and Graduates in the UK 4. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Why are you here? . . . Determined to work for an International company? Considering all options including International companies? Confused about career options and choices? Just need to get out of the cold and sit down! 5. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd This Seminar Covers . . . . Who are Mandarin Consulting? What opportunities are there in the UK? A little practical help The recruitment process what Chinese candidates find difficult 6. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Mandarin Consulting What We Do . . . WE CHANGE PEOPLES LIVES By helping them to get challenging and satisfying careers 7. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd How Does Mandarin Consulting Do This? . . . Understand their potential Find opportunities to match their potential By helping Chinese students and graduates . . . . . . through a one to one coaching programme 8. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd We Are Well Positioned to Help You . . . Or in our London office . . . . .In our Beijing office . . . . . 9. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Why Can Mandarin Consulting Help YOU? We have had over 2,000 candidates pass through our programme to get into international companies We have a high success rate in the UK . . . and a higher success rate in China!! We have a highly experienced coaching team with a deep understanding of international recruitment Some Facts! 10. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd The Mandarin Consulting Coaching Team . . . 11. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Job Opportunities for Chinese Students and Graduates in the UK 12. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Graduate Schemes in International Companies What are they? . . . . A job! usually paying in excess of 25,000 per year A unique opportunity to be trained while working probably the most important training in your life Usually results in a professional qualification often recognised internationally 13. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Graduate Schemes in International Companies What are they (continued)? . . . . The foundation for a fast track career Exposure to global ideas and methods, an opportunity to work alongside experts Usually offered one year in advance Often independent of degree major . . . . . but competitive 14. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Internships in International Companies What are they? . . . . Working in a company usually for 2 to 8 weeks in the summer vacation (but other variations exist!) Opportunity to try out a sector/company Understanding how International Companies operate Opportunity to develop competencies and strengthen CV Often results in a graduate scheme job! . . . . . but also competitive 15. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd What Other Useful Experience is There? (Remember: Develop Your Competencies) Voluntary Work Inside your University (Union, CSSA etc) Outside your University Many different opportunities Chance to improve your English Available all the year round 16. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd A Little Practical Help 17. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Plan Out Your Job Seeking A Typical Job-Seeking Plan . . . . FebJan Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Graduate Scheme Applications Graduate Scheme Interviews and Assessments Graduate Scheme Applications Graduate Scheme Interviews and Assessments Graduate Scheme Job Offers Voluntary work? Competencies Competencies 18. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Practical Help from Mandarin Consulting . . . Weekly Graduate Scheme and Internship update (You will receive this after filling in the registration slip) Voluntary work (Many resources on the internet eg timebank.org.uk) 19. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd The Recruitment Process Steps Chinese Candidates Find Difficult 20. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Typical Job Application Process Online tests Application JOB!! CV Covering Letter Interview Assessment Centre This is a SELLING process 21. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd What do we mean by Selling? You need to understand both these parts Matching: The Requirements Of The Job Your Skills And Attributes to 22. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd This car is the safest in Europe Automobile Association Benefit Specification This car has 0.5mm steel box sections front and rear with shear stiffeners at 150mm centres allowing high energy crumple zone absorption together with side bars . . . Sell on Benefits not Specification 23. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd What attributes are companies looking for. . . ? 24. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Hard working Loyal Carry out orders effectively Know their place in the heirachy Obedient Contacts (Guanxi) . . . . . And others Chinese International Motivated Team worker Leader Good communicator Questioning Having fun at work! . . . . . And others There are clear differences in requirements. . . Attributes Companies Look For 25. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd The Competency Based Application Process 26. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Organisations are Looking for Key Competencies These Include: Motivation and drive Leadership and teamwork Communication and persuasion skills Genuine motivation behind the application Innovation Awareness of the business world and implications Problem solving abilities The Ah HA!! factor How do Organisations Test for Competencies? . . . original thinking 27. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd By Asking Competency Questions . . . . Typical competency-based questions start . . . Describe a time when you . . . Give an example of . . . . Describe how you . . Tell me about a situation . . These questions aim to probe your abilities and skills in a practical setting 28. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Examples of Competency Questions . . . . Give me an example of a problem you have faced in the past. How did you solve the problem? Tell me about a time when you taught someone else something Describe a situation where you inspired others to meet a common goal Tell me about a time when you worked successfully as part of a team 29. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Answering a Competency Question Think of the purpose of the question Formulate your answer to address this purpose Use the STAR method to structure your answer Tell me about a time when you were unsuccessful Seeing if you try different things Adventurous Test for innovation, resilience Learning from mistakes Purposes might include . . . 30. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Another Inevitable Question: Why do you want to join our organisation? The Matching Is Between Your Requirements And What The Organisation Offers You need to be clear what your requirements are . . . (This is a motivational type question) 31. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Some Examples of Requirements High value, intensive training Working with world recognised experts Rapid assignment of responsibility . . . . . And there are others This is a better way of answering this question! 32. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd General Questions . . . . Tell me about yourself What is your main weakness (area for improvement)? Why did you choose the university you went to? Why did you choose the course you took? What do you see yourself doing in five years time? These need to be thought through 33. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Other, General Questions . . . . How many cows are there in the UK? How many people are on the London Underground at any moment? How many pingpong balls can be fitted into a 747 aircraft? These have been asked in interviews recently These test your thinking process 34. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Examples of Commercial Awareness Questions . . . Give me an example of a company that is doing well. Why is it doing well? Tell me about an item youve read in the news. How do you think this will impact our organisation? What do you think we should do about it? How have oil prices moved recently? What impact do you think this will have on businesses? . . . . . . and there are others 35. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd A Commercial Awareness Example . . . Give me an example of a company that is doing well. Why is it doing well? From The Economist 36. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd The Job Seeking Skills Equation . . . ACADEMIC LEVEL JOBSEEKING SKILLS JOB LEVEL ACADEMIC LEVEL JOBSEEKING SKILLS JOB LEVEL 37. Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd THE END Questions? 12-609 +86 10 8244 7189 : mandarinconsultant@yeah.net www.mcilcn.com 223a High Street Kensington, London W8 6SG Tel: +44 20 73761037 Email: info@mandarinconsultant.com Website: uk.mcilcn.com