My fiance recently got a transfer to HK and we are in the process of moving and I am on the job hunt. For context, I am wrapping up my MBA at a top-tier US university and have about 9 years in consultative sales experience, specifically in the technology insight sector. I am targeting management consulting roles as well as sales management in my past industry BUT so many of the postings have a Cantonese/Mandarin language listed as either a requirement or advantage. I got fairly far with one company already (who btw didn't have Chinese listed as a requirement) but was told that language would be an issue so they are pursuing other candidates.
My question is - when Chinese is listed as a preference by the employer, is it even worth applying? What about if it's listed as a requirement? I would imagine for the former they are more flexible but in others' experiences, is it even worth my time applying for those positions?
Thanks in advance for everyone's insight, can't wait to start our new chapter together in HK!