Selection Process

Students will be selected and matched with a local CEO for a day. Finalists will be chosen through a rigorous recruitment process designed to gauge their leadership potential. The stages of the interview process are as follows:

1. Online Submission

Students will need to complete and submit an online application which will be reviewed by Odgers Berndtson’s team of executive search experts. The application will include:

  • Contact Information
  • University
  • Course and grade you are on track to receive
  • Academic transcripts
  • 1-2 page CV (no more than 2 A4 pages) summarising any paid and unpaid work experience, extra-curricular activities, community involvement or charity work, and awards.
  • 3 short summaries on leadership


2. Online Leadership Assessment

Selected students will be asked to complete an online assessment with Hogan to create a profile of their competencies and leadership potential. This will be reviewed by Odgers Berndtson consultants.

Evaluation Criteria for Phase 2:  Applicants will be assessed on the strengths and competencies that are reflective of a confident and ambitious individual who handles stress effectively, is politically astute, dependable, and values learning and developing new skills.
Approximate Time Commitment: 20 Minutes 


3. Telephone Interviews

Following on from the online assessment, selected students will be contacted to participate in a short telephone interview with one of Odgers Berndtson’s researchers.

Evaluation Criteria for stage 3: Applicants will be evaluated on the quality of answers to the interview questions and their ability to articulate themselves over the phone.
Approximate Time Commitment: 15 Minutes


4. In-Person Interviews/Evaluation

Students selected for the next stage will spend half a day in person with the Odgers Berndtson team. These semi-finalists will participate in individual and group exercises, including: speed interviewing and presentations, and have an opportunity to meet and network with some of Odgers Berndtson’s consultants and partners.

Evaluation Criteria for Phase 4: Semi-finalists will be assessed on how they think on their feet, work in a group situation and their overall fit with our CEOs through activities like case studies, presentations and in-person interviews.
Time Commitment: 4 hours


5. CEOx1Day Event

Each finalist will get to spend a full day shadowing a CEO learning about their: background, career path, and how they create value in their organisation. Finalists will have the opportunity to spend one-on-one time with their CEO, attend meetings with their leadership team and tour the company’s facilities. Each CEOx1Day event will include elements unique to the host company that ensures it is a meaningful and memorable experience for both the student and CEO.

Timing for Phase 5: September - November
Time Commitment: 1 Day - 3 Days


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