Through a rigorous selection process, Odgers Berndtson Brussels chooses five students with strong leadership potential from the applicants from Solvay Brussels School EM’s Masters program and matches each of them with a CEO from one of Belgium's most prominent companies.
Phase 1: Enrollment
Students complete and submit an application form which is reviewed by Odgers Berndtson’s team of executive search experts.
The application includes:
- Contact information
- Academic information
- Experience: CV, including paid/unpaid work experience, extra-curricular activities, community/volunteer experience, awards
- Personal career goals
- Expectations from first employment
- Thoughts on leadership
- Reason why to choose the applicant
- Evaluation Criteria: Students are evaluated on their grade average, the breadth of their work/volunteer experience and extra-curricular activities, and the quality of the written material.
Timing: before November 26th, 2018
Phase 2: Online Leadership Assessment
Selected students are asked to complete an online assessment to create a profile of their competencies and leadership potential which is then reviewed by our consultants.
Evaluation Criteria: Applicants are assessed on the strengths and competencies that are reflective of a confident and ambitious individual who handles stress effectively, is politically astute and dependable, and who values learning and developing new skills (all applicants receive their results by email).
Timing: December 2018
Phase 3: Phone Interviews
Quarter-finalists are contacted for a 15-minutes telephone interview with one of our executive search partners.
Evaluation Criteria: Applicants are evaluated on the quality of answers to the interview questions and their ability to articulate themselves over the phone.
Timing: early January 2019
Phase 4: Personal Interviews/Evaluation
Semi-finalists are invited to a half-day evaluation at the Odgers Berndtson office in Brussels.
The 10 semi-finalists in February 2017
Semi-finalists 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 partners. Students selected for this phase receive personal feedback on the online leadership assessments they complete in Phase Two.
Evaluation Criteria: Semi-finalists are assessed on how they think on their feet, how they work in a group situation and on their overall fit with our CEOs, through activities like case studies, presentations and personal interviews.
Timing: early February 2019
Phase 5: CEOx1Day Event
Each finalist spends a full day shadowing a CEO and learning about their background, career path, and how they create value in the organisation.
Finalists have an opportunity to spend one-on-one time with the CEO, attend meetings with their leadership team and tour the company’s facilities. Each CEOx1Day event includes elements unique to the host company, that ensure a meaningful and memorable experience for both the student and the CEO.
Timing: February - March 2019
“Odgers Berndtson has just launched the 2018 edition of CEOx1Day and what a panel! I highly recommend all the students enrolled in a master at the Solvay Brussels School to take part in this program. I personally had the chance to shadow Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company, in 2016. An unforgettable experience”. — Timothy de Meester, ex-participant – now Economist at FSMA