Traits of a young apprentice

We know how difficult the job market is at the moment, and many individuals are struggling to find work. The increased competition means that employers are looking for more than simply good grades at school or university. And if candidates don’t have the right personal attributes for the role, chances are they will not get the job, regardless of their educational history.

Interestingly, this issue was highlighted in the first episode of this year’s Young Apprentice, which aired last Thursday. Despite being an A* student at GCSE level, 16-year-old Max was fired by Lord Sugar for failing to get stuck into the task. He may have been the perfect candidate on paper, but often a CV can only tell half the story. And as Lord Sugar pointed out, he seems to be more of a thinker than a doer, and didn’t have the right traits to succeed in the show…

Read this article in full on our HRZone blog.

News Archive November 2012