BDO LLP - How to Get Hired

Jocelyn gives an insight on what it takes to excel the hiring selection processes at BDO LLP.
Jocelyn Goh
Talent and Assurance Partner
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Please describe the assessment process for applicants to your organisation.

Shortlisted candidates will be granted an interview appointment. During the interview, there will be 3 phases:

  1. Introduction by graduates - getting to know them, their background and their 3-5 years career objective.
  2. Questions and answers – testing of eloquence, confidence level and presentation skills when handling questions.
  3. What BDO offers – sharing of organisation structure, types of industry and job exposure, training and travelling opportunities, discussion on structured career path and employer's expectations.

What are the skill sets you look for in fresh graduate applicants?

Young graduates are generally energetic and enthusiastic. Having the right attitude and good academic foundation will enable fresh graduates to develop the relevant expertise quickly. However, these young talents may not have a good understanding of the industry that they aspire to work in. An outstanding candidate is one who is focused and well prepared. They come to the interview with a list of questions that they need to clarify.

Notwithstanding the basic expectations of the graduate being eloquent, confident, inquisitive and trustworthy, the thinking process of the graduates in handling questions and hypothetical scenarios would demonstrate if a person is well balanced. An all rounder with good involvement in co-curriculum activities is a definitely a plus point.

Please give us an example of an area which your organisation is focusing on in developing talents.

Here at BDO, we are passionate about nurturing and developing talents to be an all-rounder:

  1. Leaders for exceptional Client Service
  2. Analytical and Innovative employee
  3. Career development

Does your company have a structured graduate programme? If so, what advice would you give to graduates wanting to make the most of these programmes?

Yes, our firm does have a structure graduate programme. In fact, I strongly encourage undergraduates who have not quite decided on what they should do, to intern in the industry that they are interested to pursue. In this manner, they will be able to get a sense of the industry as well as their potential employer. They should also take this opportunity to discuss with their supervisor their suitability for the industry and obtain further career advice. Learning from other people's experiences is always valuable.

How do you identify culture fit during the recruitment process?

We can never be 100 per cent sure about culture fit during the recruitment process but first impressions definitely matter! The ability to answer questions direct to the point and demonstrating a down-to-earth attitude would be the basic factors to identify suitability.

Please describe your company's culture in three words.

Integrity, Innovation, Empowerment.

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