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The MRC program winter 2017's intake is currently closed. If you are interested in our program, please visit our website on the 2nd of April 2018 for the 2018's summer intake.
Graduating from the two-week intensive training boot camp and soon getting everyday hands-on experience with real-life projects, I have come to the realization of how much we freshers can get out of this trainee program.
Each MRC member will be closely mentored by their manager to walk through full project management cycle and get exposed to various tasks that require practical application of methods and agile solutions.
On top of that, forget about such market research stereotypes – you will find no boring data-crunching geeks or statistical nerds here. This is a true hub of cool, smart, ambitious and party peeps in Saigon!
The MRC program was communicated very thoroughly and transparently from the beginning, giving me a clear idea of what to expect and prepare.
I also got to learn about the functions
and organizations of each team in the company, which helped me narrow the options that best fit my interests.
The MRC program is a great opportunity for you to step into the dynamic environment of market research.
A combination of training, mentoring and on-the-job experience is designed to expose you to multiple areas of expertise, challenge your ambitions and develop you into a leading consultant of the industry. And working here is really fun too 🙂.
Once applied to the MRC program, you can reserve your starting date for future intakes. For example, if you applied for the winter intake of 2017, but can’t join us on Feb 2018, you’ll still have the opportunities to start out on August 2018 or February 2019.
This is a full-time position tailored to final year students, recent graduates, or young professionals with a few years of working experience.
If you are a part-time working student, you are still eligible to join the program, and we recommended you to apply for the Associate level. In fact, we had a case of a final year student who was finishing her dissertation while working with us. Hence, it is definitely applicable to working students but not part-time.
We welcome applicants from any business-related majors in general, because we really think that your college major doesn't matter that much, as long as you are indeed passionate and interested in market research.
In fact, this program is organized twice a year, during which intakes are held in the summer and winter every year. Unlike other training/ recruitment programs, this program is very flexible and allows accepted candidates to choose their preferred starting dates. In short, you can apply for the summer intake and start your first-day in office in the winter.
Having said that, we highly recommend accepted candidates to start immediately after getting accepted. The sooner you join the training, the more experience you'll get.
The first round that you’ll need to pass is common for whichever job you apply, which is the resume and cover letter, so we will screen applicants first through this process.
After that, you will have to do an online test, which will test how much you are actually suitable for market research (logic, math, essay, etc..).
Finally, there will be two rounds of interviews with your future peers and our co-founders. In total, there are four rounds.
The answer is yes. Decision Lab’s office is located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. We have always welcomed talents from across Vietnam and overseas. In fact, more than half of your future colleagues are from places like Ha Noi, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Copenhagen, New Delhi, Manila, just to name a few.
The good news is, for candidates who live outside Ho Chi Minh City, we offer a one-month relocation support package so that you could have more time to find proper accommodations.
After receiving your application, if qualified, we will invite you to take an online assessment to evaluate your logical thinking and writing skills. If successfully passed the online test, you would be invited to the second round of face-to-face interviews with Decision Lab's consultants and co-founders.
For candidates who live outside Ho Chi Minh City, we'll conduct the online interviews via Skype, which we have done successfully in the past.
The four main teams at Decision Lab are Foodservice, Digital Measurement, Deciders, and Online Community. You'll learn in-depth about their functionalities during the training program.
Our main goal in this program is to give you maximum exposure to all Decision Lab's products and services. Therefore, you'll sure be rotated. Depending on your aptitude and career orientations, sometimes you can stay a bit longer in one team than the others.
All of our teams are now in urgent needs of talented people who can provide creative solutions and execute them well. During the training courses, you will be able to identify the focused business areas of Decision Lab and how you'll help the company in the long run, not just in urgent cases.
We are looking for an ideal number of 5 - 10 exceptional candidates on each intake, so 10 - 20 people annually. However, it's the quality of the candidates that drives the success of the program, not the number. We rarely compromise on this matter.
So far, we haven't eliminated anyone during and after the training. We have always worked very hard during our assessments to prevent this case. Nevertheless, there were cases that people stopped right after the training program.
In most of the cases, people stopped not because of their performance during the training, but their attitude toward the program changed. Some just found that their characteristics could not fit the job after a few weeks. Therefore, we highly recommend you to take a careful self-assessment before applying for this program.
If you have worked for a few years, you are advised to join the Consultant level, which is designed for young professionals from 24 years old. Regardless of your past experiences, we believe that your attitude toward the challenges and the ability to learn are the recipes for success.
The MRC program will provide you with training and exposure to various tasks that will challenge and allow you to take initiatives, definitely not making coffee and running errands. So you will learn a lot even just starting as an associate and mature quickly through the opportunities and requirements to be proactive, responsible, and analytical with your tasks.
We encourage you to still apply. We welcome applicants from various backgrounds with interest and the willingness to learn about market research.
You absolutely can. In fact, your persistence and drive to join Decision Lab for the 2nd time is a big plus for your application. One of our current consultants was hired after her 2nd application attempt at the MRC program.
The Associate level targets soon-to-be graduates, fresh graduates, or those with little to no working experience but interested in market research. The Consultant level targets professionals of at least 24 years old with at least 1-2 years of working experience in related fields.
You will have a small chat with 1-2 members of the Decision Lab team. This informal conversation aims to help us find out more about you and your personality to see if you are right for us. It also works both ways: it is a chance for you to assess if we are the right company for you. Once we notify you the outcome of the interview, you can proceed into the final interview.
You will have an interview with one of our cofounders/directors (Thue or Aske) and one member of the Decision Lab team. The interview consists of 3 parts: case study analysis, case study presentation, and a face-to-face interview. It aims to assess your analytical competency, presentation skills and your attitude to see if you and Decision Lab are truly a perfect match.