1. Please state why you are applying for this job?
1.Career preference. To work as a professional accountant has been my
dream through all these years and the ICI International Trainee Program
attracts me very much because it is very exciting and challenging.
?ICI’s heritage, size and market share, and mission. Everything of ICI seems to be fantastic to me. I believe that I will have a bright future
in it and gain experience that I will value throughout my life;
?the way ICI develops and looks after its people, and the way it rewards
excellence. All makes me believe that I am going to learn so much and become
a real professional in the near future.
?ICI’s emphasis on work and life balance. ?ICI’s people. They are smart, professional, talented and aspiring. I
am sure it will be wonderful to work in such a team of diverse,
?ICI’s good reputation among clients and employees. So I believe it will
be my best career beginning.
3.My identification with ICI’s culture and code of conduct. ICI’s
emphasis on teamwork, training, client base, business sense, and work and
life balance makes me believe that this is the company that I want to work
4.The connection between my qualification and the job’s requirement. I
have read ICI’ requirement for its people and I believe that I am fully qualified, especially my commercial judgment, business potential and
acumen, as you may find out through my resume and following interviews.
2. Give an example of a project you have undertaken or an event you have
organised. What goals did you set and how did you ensure you achieved them? Describe how your planning and organisation contributed to the success.
What would you have done different?
1. Background: My first project in University was to establish an
excellent relationship with the Hong Kong Global Education Training
Center Co., LTD, which provided great finance supports for activities of
our students’ union mainly due to my effort.
2. Goals: ?I never communicated with any businessman before I came into
university. Contacting and asking for some finance supports from this
company was my first goal when I became a Member of the Public Relation
Department in the Student’s Union of School of Management, GDUFS.?
Through hard work, to cooperated very well and finally succeed in forming a win-win situation.
3. How I ensure myself to achieve the goals:
My efforts. As a freshman, I challenged myself and put my whole energy
into this business. From contacting the boss of the company to negotiating the terms of the contracts, I finished everything carefully. These all
resulted in my successes of the task and an intern job provided by this
company the next year.
4. My contribution to the success:
?My negotiation skills and implementing ability. I must try my best to persuade the company to sponsor us while I was thinking of the ways to
publicize the company in my university. Thus I always stood at my partner’
s side, providing them with chances of advertising as much as possible.
And it worked. Now the company supports more than 5000 RMB for our school’
s activities every year.
?My perfect plan. I draft a plan which filled of promotion details, which discussed and amended by me and the company more than five times.
?my communication and interpersonal skills were proved by my recognition from both the colleague of the company and the Student’s Union which.
Since my excellent performance, the school authority appreciated my
initiative and conscientiousness while the company offered me an intern
5. What I have done different:
In the process, I was like a manager of a company (my school). I was
supposed and did achieve to provide the best service to the sponsor
(partners of the company), making the school authority (the stockholders
of the company) satisfied. This sense of achievement really encouraged
me and I will cherish this honorable experience through my life.
3.Describe a time where you had to make an unpopular decision and get
others to commit to it? What was the decision and what steps did you take
to ‘sell’ your decision? What was the outcome?
1. Situation; the students of our following grade were all study in the north campus. Thus it needed to set up a branch of the Students’ Union
there. We decided to recruit the freshmen during their military training. However, as the leader of this project, how to advertise and promote this recruitment effectively really caused me a great headache due to the
distance between two campuses.
2. My unpopular decision: to send the roses to the drillmasters while the freshmen were training. And then advertise the recruitment to the students. It of course can give our target customers (freshmen) a perfect image.
3. Actions to “sell” my decision:
?I analyzed the situation and the possible problems to my teammates, especially the uselessness of traditional way of promotion.
?I promoted my decision to teammates and promised that I would shoulder the expense of buying roses if my decision did not work.
?we prepared a bundle of roses on the day we held the interviews. Before the beginning of the process, we went to the training field, gave each
drillmaster a rose and encouraged our freshmen to attend our interviews.
4. Outcome: The results surpassed my expectation. The drillmasters leaded all the students to the venue where the interviews were hold. More than 1000 freshmen took part in our recruitment and we successfully found out the right persons finally.
4.Please describe your most recent experience of working with and/or
leading a team. What was the project and your role? What objectives did
you set and how did you ensure all the team members worked to achieve them?
1. Background: In April 2005, I, as well as another six members of the
Students’ Union was selected to organize a big activity: A visit to ZHUHAI
for practice. As the leader, I was responsible for: ?Designing the whole
plan and do some prepare work. ?Motivating my teammates and supervise their work including organizing the audients and contacting the companies
that we would like to visit. ?Solving the accommodation problems of the activity.
2. Objectives: ?To provide our students with a good chance to get close
to some famous companies and to help them to combine their knowledge and
practices together; ?To ensure the whole activity process goes smoothly
and safely; ?To control the cost to fit our budget effectively.
Because the visit was within a tight deadline, so it was actually a
3. Actions: ?We had a meeting to decide venue of this visit. After series
of brainstorming, we decided to challenge ourselves, choosing a new city
which is different from where we visit the former year(SHENZHEN); ?We
made up a detailed plan including the goal, the process, the alarm terms
and a reasonable budget, and then divided the project into small tasks;
?Every one was assigned with specific tasks by utilizing his or her
strengths;?I arranged meetings regularly except urgent situations. We
communicated very well, sharing our experiences throughout the task and
solving tough problems together. ?We thought out solutions to problems that might possibly happen; ?During the two-day’s visit, each one of
us was in charge of different responsibility and we kept taking care of
and motivating each other.
4. Results: ?With our efforts, the visit was very successful and receives
a great number of praises from the school authority and the participants
especially the freshmen. ?Most of the audiences learned a lot from it
which were reflected from their reports. ?We established a long turn relationship with the companies visited this time and the Students’ Union
of SUN YAT-SEN UNIVERSITY. ?The expenditure was much lower than our budget, which benefited our audiences a lot.
5.Describe a time when you saw a problem differently than others. What was you solution and how did you arrive at it? What did this experience
tell you about your ability to be innovative?
1.Problem: In June 2006, the election of members of the Students’ Union
of our school is coming. According to my excellent performance as the vice-chairman of the union in the former year, I was promoted to be the first candidate of the position of chairman. However, I had my own plan when I entered this university. That was, in the first two years of my university life, I will devote myself to students’ work; but from the
third year, I must try my best to concentrate on my major studies (Accounting studies). For me, different choice would lead me to different direction. I could not choose both due to the limit of my time and energy. So, it really a great dilemma at that time and I had to choose one.
2. Others’ view: The advantage of becoming a chairman was I can improve
my management skills and get a better position to job seeking. This opportunity was precious and I must cherish it.
3. My own view and solution:
I stick to my plan, giving up the opportunity to take charge of the union
4. How I arrived my view:
Firstly, I analyzed the job responsibilities, challenges and
opportunities of position. As we all known, the chairman must focus on the development of the union. He/She must be responsible both for the school and the students. If I take the job, it means that I must contribute more than half of my time and energy in it. But, at the same time, my study would become secondary.
And then, I analyzed my own situation. Own to my neglect of the study, my major skill and English skills were inferior to some top students. If I still did not pay enough attention to it, I would miss my main task in my university and became a useless person when I graduate.
So, balancing the two choices, I put my study in the first place.
5. My ability to be innovative:
?I am a person who have courage to breakout traditional ideas and walk on my own way.?Strong analytical thinking provides me a solid base to
?My innovative ability also related my persistence of my plan, which I believe will lead me to the success.