Speaking at the New Zealand Asian Leaders Conference at Vodafone on Friday, Mai Chen said that being from overseas was a benefit as opposed to a reason to fear discrimination.
“Smarts are always important ... but I predict that in 10 years’ time the most important characteristic in recruitment will be CQ – the ability to have the cultural intelligence to work with people who are not like you,” she said.
According to The New Zealand Herald
, the graduate candidate pool is 50 to 90% Asian – and Chen said that recruiters needed to start taking note that differences in culture and perspective are assets.
Swee Tan, a renowned plastic surgeon, also held a presentation at the event.
reported that he said he had faced “many obstacles” as a jobseeker.
“There were many obstacles – not having a track record for one,” he explained.
However, he added that he would not allow this to make him leave New Zealand.
According to a leading lawyer, ‘cultural intelligence’ will soon overtake high IQ when it comes to employers’ priorities when hiring new staff.