1. Motivation interview with your placement coach
You should be able to
• Clearly motivate why you would like to go on placement to your preferred country;
• Demonstrate you strong points, your areas for improvement, your personal skills and experiences;
• To come up with concrete examples using for instance critical incidents that occurred during PBL, practice or during your part-time job (if you have one of course);
• Convince the placement coach that you have conducted adequate research about the placement country of your choice;
• Explain what you would like to develop during your placement, not only in terms of professional skills and knowledge but also in terms of personal development;
• Describe your ideal placement company and department, if applicable by indicating your preferred placement company. Should you have a preferred city, feel free to share and of course share why you believe this company and/or city would be a good fit for you.
During this interview you will have opportunities to ask questions and seek advice. It is perfectly normal at this stage that you may not know everything yet, but it should at least become clear to the placement coach that you have the right motivation and that you have thought things through. Don’t worry, although this interview is an official interview your placement coach will also coach you during this first interview and will give you tips and feedback on how to further improve your preparation.
When accepted (*), your placement coach will ask you prepare a specific application letter for the company and department that has been decided on during the motivation interview. If needed your CV might need some final adjustments. Then you should be ready to send the application letter and CV to your placement coach (via email) who will then forward to the hotel or to local partner (ImmerQi).
(*) Your placement coach may, in some cases, advise you to look for other placement possibilities and/or, may even be asking you to consider another country altogether when there is sufficient doubt that your expectations and desired professional development may not match with what is available.
You should never contact the hotel or local partner directly, but always your placement coach.
2. External Motivation Interview with the placement company (*)
Upon successful completion of the various interviews, the hotel will hopefully be impressed by you and will inform you that you are hired as intern/management trainee, the moment you have been waiting for! Now the actual process can start to prepare all required (visa) documents and make sure you achieve all academic requirements so that placement office will be able to prepare your contract.
(*) Motivation Interview with ImmerQi
It is important to realise that non-Chinese students seeking to go on placement in mainland China are only able to go on placement with the help of our local partner ImmerQi. This, as currently it is not possible to obtain the right papers without a local partner. Stenden Hotel Management School and ImmerQi are working very closely together with the aim to offer non-Chinese students a great internship in mainland China. After a successful interview with your placement coach, your CV and motivation letter will be forwarded to ImmerQi as they are the ones that will bring you in contact with the placement hotels. Moreover, they will support you in obtaining all the documents required to obtain your visa and they will be your sponsor during your stay in China. More information about ImmerQi, click HERE (ImmerQi Flyer 2018)
The motivation interview you will have with ImmerQi can be compared to the motivation interview you will have with your placement coach. The helpful ImmerQi staff would like to get to know you as well, to ensure they will recommend the best hotel and department fit for you. At the same time they would like to be assured that you have the right level of motivation and expectations to go on placement to China (after all, they will also be your supporter during your stay in China). During this interview you will also be able to ask them questions and learn about the current placement opportunities and general questions about living in China.