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China's tech job applicants seek tutors as competition heats up

Candidates pay up to $3,000 for tips to pass interviews

Fierce competition for jobs in China's high-paying tech sector is fueling a new industry of interview coaching.   

HONG KONG -- When Eileen Chen resigned from a respectable bank job three years ago, the then-25-year-old set her sights on a position at one of the top internet companies in China, keen on the industry's growth potential and generous pay.

To increase her chances of being selected, Chen paid more than 10,000 yuan ($1,500) for a three-month online course that offered to teach everything from tweaking her resume in order to catch the eye of tech recruiters to negotiating a good salary. Also on offer: simulations of the written tests used by the internet giants, and mock interviews.

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