There's no doubt we're in a recession and business is tough. Yet CCS Insight is still on course to end the year with an impressive set of figures. A few months ago, I asked myself why we're doing relatively well in the middle of so much economic gloom. The simple answer is we employ the best people.
With this in mind, we advertised for a research analyst, looking for a graduate with at least two years' experience. We'll announce the results of our search soon.
I keep reading in the papers that grades may be high but quality's low. Not if my recent experience is anything to go by.
I interviewed nine candidates. Each of them had passed a very exacting selection process, and each of them was worthy of the job. The four that reached the second interview stage were outstanding, and the final choice was almost impossible.
I guess it's symptomatic of the economic climate that there are such great youngsters out there waiting to be employed. With so few vacancies, even the best graduates are finding it hard. And my advice to potential employers? If you've got the budget and the vacant post — go for it, there probably won't be a better time.