Monthly Update: September 2012

Poll Result

In our September Poll we asked for your views on when you would expect to receive feedback following an interview. The results can be seen below:

Over half of you expect to receive interview feedback within 1 week of attending an interview. Another 40% of you said you would expect to hear feedback with 2-3 days of an interview. This isn’t really so surprising. Most of our candidates chase us for feedback after an interview and it shows a level of enthusiasm for the opportunity. Average feedback time from clients can vary greatly. Some are very quick, often coming back within a day or two with feedback and next steps. Some companies however are very slow in providing feedback. It isn’t uncommon for some people to have a lengthy multiple interview process spanning a number of months – although this is usually for more senior hires. Part of our roles is to represent you to the client and ensure they provide us with timely feedback. The advantage of working with a recruiter that has strong client relationships is that we can influence the feedback process and move things forward effectively in the vast majority of cases. We will be passing on the poll results to our clients and making recommendations based on your votes. Thanks to all who voted!

What’s Hot

September was even busier than our incredibly busy August! A range of new roles and clients came through the door and we placed record numbers of people into work. Demand seems to be increasing, particularly in China and by using our strong client relationships we have been able to help companies find some very good people in the last couple of months.

Our leasing, marketing and business development sector continues to go from strength-to-strength with new positions in a number of top tier developers and client side organisations coming through. Positions for senior leasing candidates with retail backgrounds are still coming through and we also need Property Management candidates and even some HR people for roles at our clients. We continue to foresee strong growth in this area of our business and strongly recommend you to contact us if you are thinking of a new position in these sectors.

We received a number of new Project Management positions ranging from Project Management through to Project Director level with developers and operators in Hong Kong and China. The majority of these roles continue to need architecturally trained staff although we also have a number of positions for people with Quantity Surveying / Cost Control backgrounds. We are also fortunate to have some needs for staff based in Hong Kong with frequent travel. For those of you who follow our blog and speak to us regularly you will know how rare this can be! That said, we still need people to be placed on site in some interesting locations in China.

Within architecture and design we have received a lot of new instructions in August. We need architects in Hong Kong and across China. These will be candidates either with strong design backgrounds (in China mainly) or good Project Runners (in Hong Kong mainly). We still need good senior level team leader candidates in Shanghai and Beijing up to Director level. The key here would be design leadership. The same interior designers are needed although some of best clients have opened up the search for us to find them junior staff, which is really unusual for a recruiter. If you are talented and enthusiastic and want the chance to work with internationally recognised design firms, we have multiple opportunities in Hong Kong and even China for junior interiors candidates. Retail design seems a particular focus but the need for hotel designers also remains.

Most Urgent Requirements

We have outlined below the urgent vacancies we have had through from clients over the last month.

  • Manager of Retail Leasing – Hong Kong working on top retail projects
  • Design Directors of Architecture – Creative Leaders Sought for a global design name
  • Project Architects – Hong Kong and China – Project Runners needed for Projects Region-Wide
  • Project Manager Hotel Interiors – Consultancy Firms and Developers Need People Here
  • Retail Interiors Candidates – Immediate opportunities from Junior to Senior level
  • Contract Managers/Quantity Surveyors – Senior roles with a reputable Hong Kong developer and also a Hotel Group
  • Project Director – Luxury Hospitality Developer
  • Leasing Director – Luxury Retail Developer
  • Maintenance E&M Candidates – Top Retail Developer – still need people here
  • Project Managers – anyone willing to be stationed in China on some truly epic projects! Some Hong Kong positions now too…

We also have many, many more roles posted on our website and these are only an overview of our top positions at this time. Please check back regularly. The easiest way to stay up to date with our latest positions is to follow us on Twitter.

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Hong Kong Employment Visas & Redundancy – What’s the Scoop?

Following our video last month on Hong Kong working visas (found here) we thought we would again ask our expert Stephen Barne’s to give us further insight. This month he explains what happens if someone is made redundant from their position in Hong Kong.

If you have ever wondered what happens to your Hong Kong working visa if, through no fault of your own, you end up losing your job in the HKSAR then, this video from immigration guru, Stephen Barnes (author of the Hong Kong Visa Handbook) sets out where you stand and what your next move is to regularize your immigration status and move forward with your life in Hong Kong.

Opinion Poll: September 2012


This month we are keen to gauge the expectations of candidates who have or are attending interviews. How quickly do you expect to hear back from a company? Is quick feedback really important to you or are you prepared to wait for longer? Please let us know by voting below and also by giving us your comments on the subject. We’ll report on this at the end of the month – our clients are often asking us for guidance on this and it will be great to be able to direct them to your responses so they can manage their feedback in the future.

10 Interview Questions to be Prepared For

We recently came across another post online which we thought was extremely helpful in getting candidates prepared for their interviews. With so many websites offering advice and sample interview questions, it’s often difficult to pick out the relevant information before an interview. This article puts things together in an informative and concise manner and when combined with our other articles on interviewing (please see our Interviewing Techniques Revisited post) should help candidates greatly in preparing for that all-important interview.

Original link to article here: 10 Answers You Should Know Before Your Job Interview

“Although no one can predict the questions your potential employer will ask, you can think about how you’d answer some of the commonly asked ones. Here are ten questions for you to consider and a few hints about how to answer them:

Tell me about yourself.

Chances are the employer doesn’t want to know how much you weighed when you were born, when you learned to tie your shoes, or how much you had to drink last night. He or she wants to know how you would fit into the company and what your relevant job experience is. You might answer by asking the interviewer what he’d like to know. Or you might talk about your education, the fact that you’re a team player, or whatever you think might be important to this particular company.

Why should we hire you?

Even though five people may be waiting outside, you need to sound confident, calm, and capable. Explain how your experience has prepared you for the job. Emphasize the qualities you think the employer is looking for, such as your outstanding work ethic or the fact that you’re a fast learner.

What is your worst characteristic?

Some human resource specialists suggest that you make a virtue sound like a flaw. “I tend to be a perfectionist,” or, “Everyone says I work too hard.” But others say these answers have become clichés. Mention a minor flaw, such as, “I think I’m too outspoken at times, but I’m working on it.”

Where do you want to be five years from now?

Let the interviewer know you’re looking for job stability and that you aren’t planning to use this job as a temporary stopping point in your quest for a better position. You could say, “I’d like to be employed in a small company like this one, where I can learn, contribute, and advance.”

Why did you leave your last job?

Never put your former employer or your co-workers in a negative light. Don’t blame them for your departure. Give a positive reason, such as you left to take advantage of another opportunity that was better suited to your skills.

Tell me about a problem you had in your life and how you solved it.

Be prepared with a short answer that shows you’re resourceful. “I really wanted to go to a private university, but my parents didn’t have the money. I went to a community college for two years, worked part time and saved my money so I could attend the last two years at the college of my choice.”

Have you had difficulties getting along with supervisors or co-workers?

You’d have to be a saint to have had no problems with the people you worked with. You might answer, “Nothing major. I try to get along with everyone.”

How do you deal with stress on the job?

The employer wants to know if you’re going to run out the door when things get stressful. Ask yourself if you thrive on working with deadlines or if you need creative time to function more effectively. Think about how you handle stress and be honest. “I focus on the work I’m doing,” or, “I make time to work out at the gym.”

What salary do you want for this job?

Rather than stating a definite figure, tell the interviewer you’d expect to get somewhere in the standard range paid for this position.

Do you have questions for me?

Always have a few questions. They show that you researched the company. Ask about a current issue the company is working on or how their recent layoff in another department affected company morale.”