Q: Why couldn't you find a suitable job after such a long time? A: It's not difficult to find a job but it is tough to find the ideal one. I had worked for a large supermarket company for four years as a human resources manager before I started an MBA course in 2002. Experienced HR professionals are in demand because many state-owned companies need to update their personnel departments with modern management skills. And my MBA adds to my competitiveness. In some cases, my salary expectations were not met. In others, interviewers thought I was not suitable. Some said I showed a desire for power, which they disliked. What did you want to be? I didn't know. My experience gave me an advantage for a HR position, but I don't want this kind of job. The problem was I didn't know what else I could do. What was your career plan before taking the MBA course? I wanted to be a qualified HR manager. At the supermarket company, I was the head of the HR department. But as a finance graduate, I didn't have adequate HR knowledge. What was your solution? I worked temporarily for a management consulting firm last year. I enjoyed communicating with clients and presenting proposals. I finally found a suitable career. Why did you set up your own company instead of working for a consulting firm? I have classmates working with well-known consulting firms. If they work hard, they may have a promising future. But I don't want be a cog in a giant machine. Encouraged by friends who have their own businesses, I set up the company. Now I have six employees and we work in a 30-square-metre office in Zhongguancun. How is your business? We've got some clients, it's a good beginning. As long as we make sound decisions and work hard, we will not fail. What are your criteria for choosing staff? I chose people who are ambitious, like me. I do not recruit inexperienced graduates. I have no time to train them. Of the experienced ones, their blood type and parents' occupations are my concerns because I think they influence character and performance. Type A people are ideal for sales and marketing because of their aggressiveness. Office clerks are usually type B, who give attention to detail. Type O are usually managers, since they have a good grasp of the art of balance.