Since starting Morpheus back in 2006, I’ve been keen to recruit graduates into the business. Taking on someone ‘fresh’ from University is exciting, but of course it has it’s pro’s and con’s. On the one hand grad’s have little, if any, genuine experience of the real world of work, however in my experience they are generally full of enthusiasm, keen to learn and eager to prove themselves. We find employing graduates gives us a blank canvas and the opportunity to ‘mould’ a person into our company way of working – instilling a positive work ethic from the start!
We use assessment centres to recruit our graduates, partnering with Graduate Fasttrack, a London-based graduate recruitment agency. Graduate Fasttrack have supplied us with a number of fantastic graduates over the years and their assessment centres allow us to see a number of potential recruits in action at once. It also gives us the chance to see how graduates cope with industry related tasks and how well they present and think on their feet – basically they give you the chance to sell yourself to me! Equally I think it’s important for me to ‘sell’ my business to you, setting realistic expectations of what I expect from our graduate recruits. I will generally take along with me one of our recent recruits, who can talk from first-hand experience about what the job will involve and how they have progressed through the business.
Here’s my top tips on what I expect from our graduates:
- If you are invited to attend an assessment centre, use this as your chance to shine – this is your shot, so use it well. Come prepared, listen, ask questions and show me that you have both the qualities and hunger required for the job. Above all, try and stand out for the right reasons – you must be memorable!
- Your degree will often have little relevance to your job in recruitment. I am more interested in a positive mental attitude, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn and work hard. I am looking for evidence that you are a “rounded” person and that you have had interesting and formative life experiences in the past!
- As a new graduate, you are going to have pay your dues – you will undoubtedly have to do some more menial tasks when you start out. No matter what you are asked to do, treat every task with the same level of enthusiasm and professionalism. Demonstrate to me that you will take this in your stride.
- Take every opportunity to learn. If you’re asked to attend a client meeting, make sure you’re prepared and try and contribute appropriately – this is your chance to prove that you’re future consultant material.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. We don’t expect you to know everything from day one. Seek advice and ask relevant questions. Do visit our website and get a feel for our customers and candidates, because you never know, you could soon be working with them!
- Take the initiative. There are always opportunities to improve and make changes in our business. If you have an idea, share it with your manager. If you have a particular interest in an aspect of our business then please step up and ask if you can be involved. We’re keen to invest and grow our graduates’ skill sets. Our graduates get broad exposure to our business and customers very early on in their careers. For instance, our recent grad hires are now instrumental in driving forward our social media strategy!
- Make the most of your probation period, show your commitment to the business and before you know it promotion could be on the cards. The majority of our graduates make consultant within six months.
- We’re a sociable company and make an effort to integrate our graduates into the business. If you’re invited out for drinks, try and come along to get to know us all better! To celebrate success, we also have team away days and achievers lunches, so there are plenty of opportunities to get to know your team mates.
Lastly I would encourage all graduates to make this most of this opportunity. We will do everything we can to support and encourage you, but it is down to you to make your new role a success.
You can find out more about life at Morpheus and see pictures from our last company away day on our Facebook page.
By: Mike Swetman