Written Test aims at examining one’s language ability and / or logical thinking, it on average lasts for 1 to 2 hours. It is used by employers to recruit staff with special skills. Normally only those who meet the cut-off score will proceed to the next assessment stage. The format can be very diversified, examples include:
- Translation (from Chinese to English / from English to Chinese)
- Essay Writing
- Documents drafting
- Aptitude Tests
- Other tests e.g. CRE
Different topics are covered in the essay writing. For example,
- Please describe yourself.
- What was the hardest decision you have ever made, and how did you handle that?
- What is your career goal?
- Knowledge about company, industry
- What do you know about our company?
- Who do you see as our company’s competitor?
- Which luxury brands in the Hong Kong market do you find the most successful?
- Social Issues
- Do you think female generally suffers more from sexual discrimination than male in workplace?
- How is pollution affecting the lives of Hong Kong people?
- Current Affairs
- Please comment the “one country, two systems” in Hong Kong
- More and more developing, low-income countries are becoming members of WTO, what will be the impact on these countries?
- Case Studies
- Product X will be launched later this month. How should company XX market this new product to maximize its profits?
Points to note:
- The length of the passage varies according to different companies, bear in mind that the length of the passage has no linkage with your scores.
- Every essay must consist of an introduction and a conclusion, regardless of the content. One of the most common formulas is: introduction + Body [3 arguments/ points] + conclusion.
- Avoid using too many jargons, idioms, fancy vocabularies which give you no credit, but a sense of show-off.
- When dealing with social / current issues, the most important thing is that you should take a position, and develop your ideas with examples and details.
Source: Placement Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University