Our graduate intake days start apace tomorrow. It’s been months in the coming and our recruitment have been working hard – in the words of our head of HR: there’s steam coming off the keyboards.
In any case, in the morning, I will be interviewing 6 of the best of the 2000 candidates that have come through our graduate process. It’s one of the highlights of the year because the consultants of tomorrow are born through this process – or at least some of them, for we’re obviously not the only source of talent.
With this in mind, I thought I’d write a blog about what I’m looking for in a graduate.
1) Restless Curiosity
We’re looking for people for whom the status quo isn’t good enough. You don’t have to know it all but you do have to know that you want more – and gently investigate your way into knowing more. Showing this is a key part of consultancy because we don’t want people who will just accept customer requirements – we want people who will gently challenge our customers to run their businesses in a better way.
2) Ability to Research
You need to show the ability to research – and this is easily demonstrated by the ability to research the company and the individuals that will be interviewing you. Just reading this blog might give you a competitive advantage over your peers.
Knowing the company you are interested in is a key research interest, because we want to employ people who want to work for us.
3) Technical Qualities
You need to have an interest in technology (why apply for a job at an Enterprise IT company otherwise?) but it’s not a question about the detail of your technical knowledge just now. My questions will be tailored towards your specific knowledge and how you can apply that.
4) Bigger picture of detail
Great consultants can zoom into the minutiae of detail and then back out to 30,000ft within the blink of an eyelid – can you show the ability to balance the two? Showing the ability to apply the right level of detail to a situation is key.
5) Personal Brand
Your personal brand will be incredibly important to you as your career grows but it might be important right now. Do you know how to work your social network on Facebook? Do you have a LinkedIn page yet and do you tweet? If you do then you might know what your business brand is starting to be, and this will be key in years to come. If not, then there’s still time.
I’m penning this blog for some fun before the graduate programme starts, and to see if today’s graduate intake is on the ball in terms of online presence. In the end, we’re looking for great people and the process outcome won’t be determined by this blog. I’m looking forward to the next 2 days. See you there.