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Unfortunately, Mercer's careers web site doesn't have any information for students and graduates seeking work in the Asia Pacific region—only for those in the U.K., the U.S. and Canada. For Asia Pacific opportunities, you can head to the firm's online job search. Alternately, go to the Mercer country web site of choice (click the "Our country sites" link from the main page) for English-language pages on Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, the Philippines and Singapore. Sites for China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan are in the local language. However, all of the country pages simply redirect to Mercer's main careers page except for Korea, which has local recruitment information in Korean.
The firm lays out four simple steps for students who wish to work within its ranks. First, submit a resume and profile on its web site and search the online job list for positions in the Asia Pacific region that fit your background and interest. For those who are selected, expect "a combination of tests, personal interviews and reference checks for recruiting staff," according to one source. The firm generally conducts a phone interview to get to know the candidate, followed by a day of interviews with several staffers at a Mercer office. During these interviews, candidates will discuss their interests and background, and may face several case study questions. The last step is the decision, which Mercer reports is usually made within a few weeks of the final interviews.
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