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An “Off the Record” Seminar about Human Resources












From left to right: Rick Li, Giuseppe Milito (Managing Partner of Stones International), Alessandro

Paparelli (Regional Human Resources Director, Asia Pacific at Salvatore Ferragamo) and Alex Carini

(Business Analyst at McKinsey and HKUST-MBA 2011)

HONG KONG - On June 3, Alessandro Paparelli, Regional Human Resources Director, Asia Pacific at Italian fashion house Salvatore Ferragamo, and Giuseppe Milito, Managing Partner of IIC Partners’ member firm in Hong Kong Stones International, were guest speakers at a rather unique seminar entitled “Off The Record: How HRs and Headhunters Really Look at You”.

The event was organized at the Hong Kong Club by the Alumni of the MBA programme of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (ranked by Financial Times in 2010 as No.1 MBA in Asia and No.9 in the world), thanks to the initiative and organization of McKinsey’s Alex Carini and Stephen Shih, Head of HKUST-MBA Career Services.

Alessandro Paparelli and Giuseppe Milito went through case studies, placing particular emphasis on attitudes, geniality, pitfalls and, more essentially, the reasons why the applications of those candidates eventually were (or were not) successful, also providing their views and giving suggestions to the audience about the dos and don’ts during the selection process, as well as the often untold expectations recruiters may have for particular appointments.

The focus of the evening moved to the importance and ethics of networking, trying to identify the right balance between today’s increased accessibility to contacts (for instance, through platforms such as Linkedin) and the need for being selective and personal for real quality networking.

The international audience was particularly active in participating with questions from the floor. “The event was a great mix of creativity and professionalism”, said Alex Carini, adding “It was an eye-opening experience! Several days after the event, I am still receiving thank you emails by the attendees.”

“It is an uncommon privilege to have the chance to talk to such an impressive group of of alumni through one of the world’s most prestigious MBA programmes”, said Giuseppe Milito.

Alessandro Paparelli emphasized how "an MBA class is not a typical audience when it comes to talk about the job market, especially if it's the No. 1 MBA in Asia. These are people who already have relevant experience, and are aiming for the top-end of the job market. That's why we could afford the luxury to cut to the chase and discuss what's working and what's not in different practices of the job market". He added, "It has been a refreshing exchange, a not so common opportunity to have an honest view from both candidates and recruiters. When looking at how recruiting theories and tactics translate into real cases we face everyday, I think we realized how much effectiveness can be gained by focusing on bricks and mortar, rather than ornaments and decorations".