Recruiters look beyond grades to find the right candidates

November 11, 2010 As the summer internship recruitment process draws to a close, hiring managers point to a shift in the mix of character traits and skills that define successful candidates. Academic credentials remain important, but managers say that they putting greater focus upon life experience and emotional qualities.

US firm Saul Ewing uses a ‘behavioural approach’ to the selection of candidates, seeking out key obstacles and achievements in the candidate’s life experience in order to gain insight into how they might function in the work environment.

Bradford Kaufman, cochair of the national securities litigation group at US firm Greenberg Traurig, said the firm, while focusing intensely on academic credentials, also looks hard at candidates with business experience. He is particularly impressed by job candidates who worked to pay for their tuition.


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