Interview a HR instead during CHARM

Hej! I am Qian Sun, a Chalmers student ambassador from China. During CHARM, many students have chances to communicate with companies directly and some of them are even selected to attend CHARMtalks. For me, I decided to do something different. I am honored to have an opportunity to interview Jacob Krafft, a Human Recourse administrator from CEVT. He graduated from Gothenburg School of Business. In 2015, Jacob, as an exchange student, studied Management in Zhejiang University, which is one of the best universities in China. 
An Innovation Center for Future Cars


China Euro Vehicle Technology (CEVT) is an innovation center for future cars of the Geely Group with the purpose of being at the forefront of new developments in the automotive industry. The whole industry is now undergoing a transformation with new ways of thinking about the car as a product. CEVT is a fast growing, fast moving and exciting company where no day is like the other.

CEVT currently consists of some 2000 people with offices in Gothenburg and Trollhättan in Sweden. CEVT currently works on projects for the car brands Volvo Cars, Geely Auto and Lynk & Co. CEVT is a subsidiary of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group.

                                                                                CEVT AT CHARM
Q: Impressions about Chalmers University of Technology
Jacob: Students at Chalmers University of Technology are so innovated. They have presented a lot of impressive projects and they are always eager to try. Above all, they have distinct perspectives and ideas to problems. It is a fantastic university for CEVT to recruit new employees!
Q: As a student in Sweden and China, what do you think of studying in China. Any Differences between studying in China and Sweden? Would you recommend? 
Jacob: I enjoy studying in China, and it was a great experience and memory. However, there are also many challenges and differences - one example is the way of studying. In Sweden, students would like to question the facts while students in China do not do that very often. But Chinese students study extremely hard and they are so dedicated. Additionally, the other challenge is the language. At first, I could not communicate with others in Chinese fluently and I did not even know how to register an exam.
However, I will definitely recommend Swedish students to study in China. China is playing a more and more important role on the international stage with its own development. Studying in China is another great chance to know more about China, such as the culture, the history and etc. Also, it is awesome to make some Chinese friends and I am still in touch with my Chinese friends now.
Q: As an employee at CEVT, what things about CEVT attract you the most? i.e. management, corporate culture and etc. 
Jacob: Definitely, it is because of the corporate culture. CEVT does not have a long history compared to other companies, but it has its own shinning point – the driven employees. CEVT provides a great platform for these people to work together and there will always be innovated ideas and solutions. Also the employees are always trying to find new ways doing things, which makes the environment of the offices interesting.
Q: As a HR, what abilities/expectations you think are the most important for the students? 
Jacob: An entrepreneurial mind-set, taking own initiatives, open-minded, driven and solution oriented. Most importantly, students should have their own ideas to find solutions and put them into reality.

Text: Qian Sun​
Photo by: Sarah Wills Carlsson
Interviewed/edited by: Qian Sun

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