Mind the generation gap

By Snehil Priya. March 4th, 2011. Posted in Your career No Comments »

Companies are now investing more in initiatives to attract the best graduates to join them – and not their competitors. In this quest, they are recognising the need to update and modernise their policies to suit the new “Gen X” candidates who are tech-savvy, time poor, uber-confident and bursting with ambition to climb the ladder as fast as they can. There is a stark difference in the mentality of graduates today versus graduates 20-30 years ago. The words ‘meritocracy’, ‘opportunity’ and ‘autonomy’ have replaced words like ‘experience’, ‘loyalty’ and ‘hierarchy’. Over recent years, consulting companies have accommodated for the Gen X mentality by having open plan offices, flattening lines of reporting, investing in new technologies, allowing for flexible working hours … the list goes on.

With the emergence of young CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook (26), Andrew Mason of Groupon (30) and Pete Cashmore of Mashable (25), Gen X graduates are leaving university powered by the thought that there is no limit to what they can achieve – and rightly so.

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What is your interviewer really thinking about?

By Snehil Priya. December 6th, 2010. Posted in Your career 1 Comment »

Like all of the recruitment websites and interview handbooks will tell you, adequate preparation for an interview is essential. The more you prepare, the better your chances are for success. During a consulting interview, your interviewer will be looking to see if you have a sound understanding of the role, company, industry and competitors. They will also be expecting you to demonstrate key competencies which make you suitable for the job – all of which should be detailed on their website or job description.

However, even if you tick all of the checkboxes in terms of understanding and competencies, this does not necessarily “guarantee” you a golden ticket to next step of the recruitment process or getting a job offer.

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