Although at times the firm also relies on experienced hires with special expertise who can strengthen the workforce in terms of talent diversity, its recruitment strategy is, first and foremost, "recruitment from within".
"Whenever there is a vacancy, priority is given to internal promotion or other internal sources, such as internal transfer," says Dr Angela Wong, BDO Hong Kong's human resources director. "With this mechanism, we have built up a reliable internal pool of talent which is strong in professional skills, and who readily share BDO values."
Fresh graduates are hired for all service lines - such as assurance, tax, risk and special advisory and business services - and are provided with systematic training and development programmes, as well as excellent career development opportunities.
They are welcomed into the company with a lunch, an office tour and an induction that help them to understand BDO's values and adapt to their new environment. They also have a two-week training programme and are assigned a mentor.
Wong says that one of the company's attractions to fresh graduates is the opportunity it offers to expose them to a diverse client base within a short time, rather than confine them to one or two industry types for several years.
"Understandably, youngsters like to try something new from time to time, and they look for variety in their jobs," she says. "Even within their first year alone at the firm, our young colleagues have plenty of opportunities to work for clients from a variety of industries and of various scales, and to travel outside Hong Kong as well."
The firm, which has over 1,000 employees, also stands out due to its caring and supportive culture. One of its core values is to identify high performers, who are then put on fast-track development. Work-life balance is at the top of the agenda, and the firm offers the opportunity for staff to take breaks for self-enhancement and to sit professional exams.
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