11 Reasons Graduates Lose Out on Jobs
|June 24, 2013||Posted by experts under Interview Tips, Sales Job Search||
When I was working at a large US corporation, our management team was miffed at the increasingly lazy attitude of the majority of the graduates we were interviewing. They attended interviews without having researched who we were, or trying to understand how we helped customers – or even trying to work out how we made money!
The interviewees acted as though they were doing us a favour attending the interview and then they would reel off a list of what they were – and were not – prepared to do for their salary. Oh, and they would nearly always slip-up and tell you that they actually wanted a job in a different industry but this would do until they saved enough money to go travelling…because they obviously need a sabbatical after all those years of hard work!
We started to refer to them as the Y generation – as in ‘Why do I have to come to work for that many days per year?’
As a result, my preference was to build a small team of experienced professionals on high salaries. I decided it was better to surround myself with smart, experienced staff who helped drive the team forward. Other directors chose to fight on with a huge teams of graduates they could ‘mould’. Each to their own I guess. All I can say is that I am grateful for the global recession as it has knocked the high-expections-but-no-experience graduates back into their rightful place in the employment pecking order.
Anyway, this morning I spotted this excellent slide presentation that sums up our dismay at the poor level of understanding that UK graduates have about what an interview is, and what is expected of them prior to attending an interview. It is exactly what our team was thinking back in 2008, before the recession really kicked-in, so it is interesting for me to see that nothing has changed – our universities really aren’t preparing our graduates for interviews and employment.
Click here to watch the slideshow from The Undercover Recruiter.
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