Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University
Describe yourself in 15 words or less: A hard-working and warm-hearted foodie who loves travel and reading.
Hometown: Beijing, China
Fun Fact About Yourself: If I’m not on a trip with family or friends, I must be reading somewhere. I enjoy traveling to try different real foods and reading to explore spiritual food. So far, I have been to over 100 cities and towns in China and over 30 cities and towns abroad.
Undergraduate School and Major: Capital Normal University, Chinese Literature and Culture
Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:
Zhaopin.com, Human Resources Junior Business Consultant
Manpower, Human Resources Business Consultant
Siemens, Outsourcing Services Program Manager (contract)
Amazon, Recruiter/Recruiting Manager/Leader of China Operations Recruiting
SmartConn (A start-up), VP, Operation and HR
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: At Amazon China, I led a team to successfully recruit more than 600 direct hires (30% being technical talents) during Amazon China’s exponential growth between April 2010 and March 2015. My team’s average recruiter productivity stayed 20-35% higher than worldwide average data. I also led the team to effectively campaign recruiting-related programs, including campus hiring, interviewer educating and support to associate hiring that led thousands of hires across China Operations and Global Tech. The successful integration of Chinese technical and managerial talents provided strong support for Amazon’s sustained lead in the global market.
Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? A good interview preparation starts from your decision to pursue the MBA. A decent GMAT score is important, but it would be more helpful to spend enough time on thinking through what you want from a MBA program than to improve GMAT from 660 to 700+ (Consulting is exempt as many top firms require certain level GMAT scores). Please start to think about your own story from the very beginning and put it into words in a SPECIFIC and LOGICAL method (e.g. STAR). Write down your answers to core questions and review them again and gain. Some core questions include:
1) Who am I? Strengths and weaknesses; Some key points that set myself apart from peers.
2) One or two significant achievements and lessons learned?
3) Why do you want an MBA?
4) Where do I want to improve immediately?
5) Why do I think some certain program can help?
6) What’s my short-term-term and long-term career goal?
7) What can I bring to the community when admitted?
All those questions will be deeply explored by admissions committees during the application review and interview. In your preparation, I suggest everyone talk to current students, alumni and business professionals whom you respect and trust. Listening to their feedbacks helps you understand how other people expect to observe and examine you.
What was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you? Tepper is very well-known for its strong analytics, where I expect to improve. Working for tech companies, I witnessed how important is data analytics in our business decision-making process and daily operations. I did take time to grasp some data skills and practiced them in my work, which is proved very useful, but I noticed there are still gaps when I moved to a senior role with growing responsibilities. What attracts me most is that Tepper offers more than simply taking a few quant classes. Our students will be given “the tools for economic understanding, optimization, predictive and prescriptive modeling, as well as responding to uncertain, complex business issues.” At this point, I received a lot of positive feedback from current students and alumnus. And I’m really looking forward to my advancement in this area.
What would success look like to you after your first year of business school?
1) Improved my leadership plus analytical skills and built some reputations in our classmates through practicing them. I hope my classmates find me helpful and supportive.
2) Got an internship opportunity where I can work on complex organizational problems and make a significant and positive impact.