Improve Your Interview Skills with BestTop Career Consulting (Singapore)

Are you currently looking for an internship or your first job?
Do you want to know about the recruitment procedures from experienced seniors?
Do you want to show the best of yourself and outperform other candidates in interviews?

If yes, then you find the right place!

About Us
We are a group of Singapore-based graduates who have been successfully enrolled into renowned companies in different industries. By going through stringent selection processes, we have accumulated first-hand information and valuable experiences. In recent years, we have helped a number of our own friends get positions from companies such as DBS, P&G, and Microsoft. Having seen so many successful stories, we are confident that our advices and suggestions are more relevant to our juniors. And thus, we want to extend our help to more juniors who are proactive to take the first move to manage career!

Our Services
BestTop Career Consulting provides tailored career counselling services to students who are looking for internship and permanent job positions, especially from various graduate trainee programs. 
We offer two types of services:

Individual Career Coaching
We will arrange a tutor, who is experienced in the industry you are interested in, to sit with you in a two-hour one-to-one session. Each session is highly interactive and you can ask about anything related. This provides a good opportunity to get to know key information from insiders and help solve your personal concerns (click to view testimonies). Typical career coaching topics include but not limited to,
  • Walk you through the whole application processes and make personalized plan for you;
  • Polish your resume and cover letter which best fit your application;
  • Provide you practical advices which will enhance your interview skills and performance;
  • Conduct short mock interviews with you using most relevant questions.

Group Sharing Session
We conduct sharing session in the form of a study group, consisting of 4-6 participants (click to view previous sessions). Four sessions will be provided on a weekly basis, each lasting for two hours. Group sharing session offers a unique platform for you to network with and learn from others (click to view testimonies). Exclusive preparation coaching materials, such as psychometric test question bank and most common interview questions, will be given to all participants. Group sharing session topics include,

Session 1- Resume and Cover Letter Writing
  • Write outstanding resumes and cover letters that best market yourself.
  • Receive customized feedback of your resume.
Session 2 - Effective Interview Skills
  • Learn essential skills to be prepared for tough interview questions.
  • Discover ways to stand out in group discussion interviews.
Session 3 - Mock Interview and Psychometric Tests
  • Practice real interview questions of face-to-face and group discussion interviews.
  • Learn techniques to crack online psychometric tests.
Session 4 - Career Development
  • Discovery your strengths, values and interests through personality test.
  • Acquire techniques for a successful transition to the workplace.

Events
BestTop has successfully held several social events where participants join us to learn, share, and grow with each other. Please look out for our announcements for upcoming events!










Testimony
Our participants have a lot to say about their joyful experiences with BestTop (click to view full version of testimonies).
  • "BestTop provides excellent career counselling services. Their consultants are highly professional and experienced, and have certainly helped to improve my resume and cover letter writing skills." R. Lee, University of Queensland
  • "BestTop career consulting workshop is really helpful. [...] If I haven‘t learned the interview knowledge previous I will waste my opportunities in interviews to learn it." S. Zhou, National University of Singapore
  • "It is quite useful to take the BestTop career consulting. Now I have a clear idea of my career and hope the skills learnt from BestTop can bring me the ideal job." T. Zhong, National University of Singapore
  • "[…] The BestTop has quite good, experienced and professional staff. […] The practice of the mock interview indeed enhances my confidence in doing well in real interview." T. Fan, National University of Singapore
  • "I have attended the sharing session in the last 2 months. BestTop consultants are really professional. […] I have made new friends and expanded my network." W. Zhou, National University of Singapore

Contact Us
Do not wait until last minute before your application. Take your action now and let us plan for you. The earlier you prepare, the more you will benefit. All are welcome to contact us at (+65) 8226 8045 or email contact(at)besttopcareer.com for more information.

Stay Connected
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BestTop Exclusive* - Strategy/Management Consulting (Junior /Manager Level) – KPMG (posted on 28 AUGUST 2015)

Company
KPMG
Industry
Audit, Tax and Advisory Services
Location
Singapore
Position Type
Full Time
Post Date
28 August 2015
Closing Date
n.a

Employer Description
KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. With more than 162,000 people operating in 155 countries around the world, the firm has outstanding professionals working together to provide value to local and global organisations. Committed to excellence, KPMG is proud to be a recognised Employer of Choice in Singapore.

Responsibilities
  • Develop business strategies and business plans for clients, develop investment plans/structures and advise client in decision making
  • Develop perspectives on markets and products in an industry/sector 
  • Lead team or work streams in client projects and ensure the quality of the assignments 
  • Develop business opportunities, project proposals and plans
Qualifications
For Junior Level Applicant:
  • Preferable: 1-2 years of working experience. Graduating students with good academic background are also welcome to apply
  • Preferable: MBA or masters in Management/Finance/Economics
  • Able to manage large projects and running multiple work streams
  • Able to work in team
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities
For Manager Level Applicant:
  • Preferable 3 – 8 years of consulting experience in a strategy/management consulting
  • MBA or masters in Management/Finance/Economics
  • Focus in one or two sectors
  • Experience in managing large projects and running multiple work streams
  • Prior experience in mentoring junior team members and building a team is highly desired

Application
Send resume to: Contact@BestTopCareer.com
Subject Header: Job Application: KPMG – Consulting (Junior OR Manager Level*)
*Please indicate which level you are applying!


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Graduate Trainee Program - Business Development – Marcus Evans (posted on 28 AUGUST 2015)

Company
Marcus Evans
Industry
Media
Location
Singapore
Position Type
Graduate Program
Post Date
28 August 2015
Closing Date
n.a

Employer Description
Marcus Evans is a global leader in the business intelligence and the market leader in its field that has grown in a multinational conglomerate over the last 32 years. ME Group, employees 3000 professionals across sixty three (63) offices generating annual revenues in excess of US$ 350million. With 7 different business units, from a hospitality provider at the World’s most prestigious sporting events to Ipswich Town Football Club to hosting over 1000 strategic conferences and summits annually worldwide. ME Group is a fast paced dynamic organization. We pride ourselves on progressive growth through strategic development of the company, and most of all our people.

Responsibilities
The role will involve indentifying and bringing on board new clients to use our business development solutions to generate new business and then nurturing those clients on an ongoing basis to give them access to prospects across the markets they target.

Qualifications
  • Fluent English communication skills (verbal & written)
  • Strong research skills
  • A passion for learning and self improvement
  • Self Motivated with a desire to succeed
  • Problem solving mind; Positive attitude and desire to succeed
  • A minimum academic qualification of a university degree (or equivalent)
  • The ability to learn quickly from our business leaders
  • Eligibility to work in Singapore is a must
Full training will be provided in Singapore and for the right candidates will be given an opportunities to lead or  transfer to an overseas office (Miami, Dubai, London).

Application link
Please send your CV and Covering letter quoting reference GFMI0915 to ljudmilaS@global-fmi.com



Management Trainee – Operational Marketing – L’oreal (posted on 25 AUGUST 2015)


Company
L’oreal
Industry
Cosmetics Company
Location
Singapore
Position Type
Graduate Program
Post Date
25 August 2015
Closing Date
n.a

Employer Description
The L'Oréal Group is a French cosmetics and beauty company, headquartered in Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine. It is the world's largest cosmetics company, and has a registered office in Paris.

It has developed activities in the field of cosmetics, concentrating on hair colour, skin care, sun protection, make-up, perfumes and hair care, the company is active in the dermatology, toxicology, tissue engineering, and biopharmaceutical research fields and is the top nanotechnology patent-holder in the United States.

Responsibilities
Designed to groom future leaders, our Management Trainee Programme offers talented and dynamic young graduates professional development through formal and on–the–job learning, networking and of course, early responsibilities to gain exposure and hone their skills.

Qualifications
We welcome graduates in any discipline. If you possess the passion, drive and the entrepreneurial spirit to excel in the beauty industry, you are the right talent we are looking for!

Application link

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Career Preparation Tips: This Is the No. 1 Predictor of Career Success, According to Science


Keep your doors open

It has been over three years since Steve Jobs died.

Since then, books have been written and movies have been made.

Each has celebrated his legacy and aimed to share the secrets he used to build the largest company in the world; things like attention to detail, attracting world-class talent and holding them to high standards.

We think we understand what caused his success.

We don’t.

We dismiss usable principles of success by labeling them as personality quirks.

What’s often missed is the paradoxical interplay of two of his seemingly opposite qualities; maniacal focus and insatiable curiosity. These weren’t just two random strengths. They may have been his most important as they helped lead to everything else.

Jobs’ curiosity fueled his passion and provided him with access to unique insights, skills, values, and world-class people who complemented his own skill set. Job’s focus brought those to bear in the world of personal electronics.

I don’t just say this as as someone who has devoured practically every article, interview, and book featuring him.

I say this as someone who has interviewed many of the world’s top network scientists on a quest to understand how networks create competitive advantage in business and careers.

The Simple Variable That Explains What Really Causes Career Success

In December of 2013, I interviewed one of the world’s top network scientists, Ron Burt. During it, he shared a chart that completely flipped my understanding of success. Here is a simplified version:

The bottom line? According to multiple, peer-reviewed studies, simply being in an open network instead of a closed one is the best predictor of career success.

In the chart, the further to the right you go toward a closed network, the more you repeatedly hear the same ideas, which reaffirm what you already believe. The further left you go toward an open network, the more you’re exposed to new ideas. People to the left are significantly more successful than those to the right.

In fact, the study shows that half of the predicted difference in career success (i.e., promotion, compensation, industry recognition) is due to this one variable.

Do you ever have moments where you hear something so compelling that you need to know more, yet so crazy that you’d have to let go of some of your core beliefs in order to accept the idea?

This was one of those moments for me. Never in all of the books I had read on self-help, career success, business, or Steve Jobs had I come across this idea.

I wondered, “How is it possible that the structure of one’s network could be such a powerful predictor for career success?”

How a Closed Network Impacts Your Career

To understand the power of open networks, it’s important to understand their opposite.

Most people spend their careers in closed networks; networks of people who already know each other. People often stay in the same industry, the same religion, and the same political party. In a closed network, it’s easier to get things done because you’ve built up trust, and you know all the shorthand terms and unspoken rules. It’s comfortable because the group converges on the same ways of seeing the world that confirm your own.

To understand why people spend most of their time in closed networks, consider what happens when a group of random strangers is thrown together:

David Rock, the founder of the Neuroleadership Institute, the top organization helping leaders through neuroscience research, explains the process well:

We’ve evolved to put people in our ingroup and outgroup. We put most people in our outgroup and a few people in our ingroup. It determines whether we care about others. It determines whether we support or attack them. The process is a byproduct of our evolutionary history where we lived in small groups and strangers we didn’t know well weren’t to be trusted.

By understanding this process, we can begin to understand why the world is the way it is. We understand why Democrats and Republicans can’t pass bills with obvious benefits to society. We understand why religions have gone to war over history. It helps us understand why we have bubbles, panics, and fads.

The Surprising Power and Pain of Open Networks

People in open networks have unique challenges and opportunities. Because they’re part of multiple groups, they have unique relationships, experiences, and knowledge that other people in their groups don’t.

This is challenging in that it can lead to feeling like an outsider as a result of being misunderstood and under-appreciated because few people understand why you think the way you do. It is also challenging, because it requires assimilating different and conflicting perspectives into one worldview.

In one of my all-time favorite movies, The Matrix, the main character, Neo, is exposed to a completely new world. Once he is, he can’t go back. He’s an outsider in the new group, and he’s an outsider in his old life. He’s had an experience that everyone he’s ever met would never understand. This same phenomenon happens when we enter new worlds of people.

On the other hand, having an open network is a huge opportunity in a few ways:

More accurate view of the world. It provides them with the ability to pull information from diverse clusters so errors cancel themselves out.Research by Philip Tetlock shows that people with open networks are better forecasters than people with closed networks.

Ability to control the timing of information sharing. While they may not be the first to hear information, they can be the first to introduce information to another cluster. As a result, they can leverage the first move advantage.

Ability to serve as a translator / connector between groups. They can create value by serving as an intermediary and connecting two people or organizations who can help each other who wouldn’t normally run into each other.

More breakthrough ideas. Brian Uzzi, Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at the Kellogg School of Management, performed a landmark study where he delved into the tens of millions of academic studies throughout history. He compared their results by the number of citations (links from other research papers) they received and the other papers they referenced. A fascinating pattern emerged. The top performing studies had references that were 90% conventional and 10% atypical (i.e., pulling from other fields). This rule has held constant over time and across fields. People with open networks are more easily able to create atypical combinations.

The Revisionist Timeline of Steve Jobs Success

As a result of pursuing his curiosity in different fields throughout his life, Steve Jobs developed an extremely unique perspective, skill set, and network; one that no one else in the computer industry had. He turned these unique advantages into the largest company in the world by having a razor sharp focus. Within Apple, he cut out people, products, and systems that weren’t world-class.

Many are quick to label parts of Steve Jobs’ life as the ‘lost’ or ‘wilderness’ years. However, when we view his life in retrospect, we see that his diversions were critical to his success.

What is labeled as the magic of Steve Jobs or the quirks of his character become replicable principles we can all follow.

It is from this vantage point that we can begin to understand the following quote from a Steve Jobs interview for Wired in 1995:

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something.
It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.
Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences.

So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Throughout human history, all societies including our own have created myths that share one common element, the hero’s journey.

Here’s what the journey looks like according to Joseph Campbell, the originator of the term…

Things are going great. You feel normal and fit in. Then something, happens and you change. You start to feel like an outsider in your own culture. You hide parts of yourself to fit in, but that doesn’t help. You feel called to leave and fulfill part of yourself, but that has a lot of uncertainty. So, you hesitate at first.

Finally, you take the plunge. You go through difficult times as you’re learning to navigate the new world. Finally, you overcome the challenges. Then, you go back to your old culture and have a huge impact because you share the unique insights you’ve learned.

The hero’s journey myth is embedded in everything from our society’s classic movies (i.e., Star Wars) to the heroes we glorify (i.e., Steve Jobs), because it hits on core parts of the human experience.

The field of network science shows us two things. (1) The hero’s journey is the blueprint for creating career success. (2) We can all be heroes. It just takes a little faith as you follow your heart and curiosity into unknown worlds. As Steve Jobs said, “ You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”

This article originally appeared on Forbes.com & http://time.com/4006770/career-success-networking/

S&P Ratings CREDit Graduate Program – McGraw Hill Finance (posted on 24 AUGUST 2015)

Company
McGraw Hill Finance
Industry
Finance
Location
Singapore
Position Type
Graduate Program
Post Date
24 August 2015
Closing Date
20 September 2015

Employer Description
McGraw Hill Financial is a leader in credit ratings, benchmarks and analytics for the global capital and commodity markets. MHFI includes Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, S&P Capital IQ, S&P Dow Jones Indices, J.D. Power, Platts, and McGraw Hill Construction.

The program begins with a comprehensive four-week training course in New York focusing on a variety of areas, including: Accounting, Ratings Methodology, Risk & Compliance, Capital Markets, etc.  Participants will continue with additional training throughout the remainder of the program.  They will also be required to successfully complete required certifications exams during the program and pass a rigorous evaluation process.

Responsibilities
The S&P Credit Ratings Excellence Development (CRED) Program is a three-year training development program commencing in August 2016.

Demonstrates an understanding of rating principles and methodology; has a working knowledge of S&P Rating’s criteria and aids in researching criteria development needs.
Contributes to the analysis of credit using S&P rating methodology and standards, financial models, financial data, and financial statement analysis, ultimately producing ratings recommendations.
Takes responsibility for performing variance analysis and interpretation of results.
Aid in identifying market trends, client developments and client’s financial projections.
Coordinates with global & regional offices to ensure data is treated consistently across international borders and available to S&P's global network.
Carries out research for industry monitoring including examining corporate or municipal financial information.
Prepares and submits detailed reports and summaries incorporating information required for evaluation by the rating committee. Participates in rating committee meetings as assigned.
Provides analytical support on a portfolio of credits under the guidance of a lead analyst.

Qualifications
  • Completion of Bachelor's / Master's degree by May 2016 within Finance, Economics, Accounting, Engineering, Mathematics, or a related business/quantitative discipline
  • Learning agility, Creativity, and Problem-solving ability
  • GPA equivalent to 3.0 or 2:1 degree & above
  • Strong verbal & written communication skills
  • The ability and the desire to learn to conduct analysis and research
  • The ability to work in a deal-driven, collaborative work environment is required
  • Interpreting financial statements and writing reports in Chinese hence proficiency in Chinese is a must
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Graduate Program – GTP Securities Trading – UBS (posted on 24 AUGUST 2015)

Company
UBS
Industry
Investment Banking
Location
Singapore
Position Type
Internship
Post Date
24 August 2015
Closing Date
05 October 2015

Employer Description
UBS Investment Bank's Securities (Investment Client Services - ICS) business provides services to professional investors across financial markets. These investors could be asset managers, hedge funds, sovereign wealth funds or other large pools of professionally-managed capital. Our Investment Bank's Securities (Investment Client Services - ICS) business provides services to professional investors across financial markets. These investors could be asset managers, hedge funds, sovereign wealth funds or other large pools of professionally-managed capital. Our offering incorporates investment advice and all trading and post-trade services. We're a top-tier global equities house with leading franchises in research, cash equities, derivatives and prime brokerage. We also offer sophisticated structured solutions on our market leading FX and precious metal platforms. Our rates and credit business provides secondary trading capabilities, primary issuance capability and more structured solutions across government and corporate bonds.

Responsibilities
You keep on learning once you join your team. You may be rotated through a number of desks and departments to broaden your product knowledge and extend your network of contacts. In some departments, regular lectures and presentation events allow for the sharing of knowledge as well as promoting team spirit. Ongoing training and development encourages your career progress. Customized programs build your core competencies and enhance your skills.

Qualifications
Graduates with a range of perspectives, experiences and skills, who have the potential to make a real difference. Highly talented individuals who can bring something different to our organization and offer them superb career opportunities to match their potential.

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TURF Graduate Program - Audit – KPMG (posted on 18 AUGUST 2015)

Company
KPMG
Industry
Audit, Tax, and Advisory
Location
Singapore
Position Type
Graduate Program
Post Date
18 August 2015
Closing Date
28 August 2015

Employer Description
KPMG is one of the largest professional services companies in the world and one of the Big Four auditors, along with Deloitte, Ernst & Young (EY) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Its global headquarters is located in Amstelveen, the Netherlands.

Responsibilities
KPMG will sponsor a 3-month full time training program for Audit Trainees with no accounting background to help them gain foundation knowledge of accounting and auditing. During this period, you will be given an allowance and a mentor (managerial level) will be assigned to provide the necessary support and guidance to you. Once you have completed the foundation program, you will join the Audit function as an Audit Associate.

Qualifications
  • Only for Non-Accountancy Students
  • Able to work in teams to acquire an in-depth understanding of our client`s business, carry out the audit based on audit planning, prepare appropriate audit work papers
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