Opinion

Finding good graduates

School's out for summer - great news for some but for others, the entry into the world of work made hard by the sheer pressure to find a job against the odds. Research from High Fliers reckons that in 2010-11 some 343000 graduates were chasing jobs, up by a third on the previous year.

So in a buyer's market, what are the top tips to recruit the best graduates? According to sources, employers should be looking for:

Experience - do they have an understanding of the real world of business?
Unpaid work - does the candidate have a social conscience?
Other activities - has the individual been involved in clubs etc?
Grades aren't all - do you want well honed people or technical top flight graduates?
Self assured - how do they relate with others in a team environment?
Research - can they be bothered to find out about your business?
Professional - are they punctual or well dressed?
Out of the box - have they used their initiative in some way?
Motivation - have they a good reason for wanting to work for you?

The warm body approach - the first person through the door - just isn't good enough anymore. I wonder what Lord Sugar would think?

This was first published in July 2011

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