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.

Semi-final 2015 at Odgers Berndtson

Phase One

Enrollment: Students complete and submit an application form which is reviewed by Odgers Berndtson’s team of executive search experts. The application includes:

  1. Contact information
  2. Academic information
  3. Experience: CV, including paid/unpaid work experience, extra-curricular activities, community/volunteer experience, awards
  4. Personal career goals
  5. Expectations from first employment
  6. Thoughts on leadership
  7. 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 27th, 2016

Phase Two

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 2016

Phase Three

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 2017

Phase Four

Personal Interviews/Evaluation: Semi-finalists are invited to a half-day evaluation at the Odgers Berndtson office in Brussels.

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 2017

 

               
Nicolas Chavotier Timothy de Meester William De Vliegher Heidi Van Dyck Hadrien Duhem

Phase Five

CEO x 1 Day 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 CEO x 1 Day 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 2017