Investec is associated with distinctiveness in offering unique and bespoke services in building and managing specific needs of each client. When it comes to recruiting, Investec is focused on finding team players who can fit in to the long-term goal and vision of the company.
Investec’s head of human resources Marc Kahn says that the young people who Investec recruits indicate they are mainly attracted by the different culture compared to mainstream corporations. “Our environment allows for a lot of freedom to operate, we are low on unnecessary red tape and give our people room to exercise their talents,” he says. “This is very attractive for young professionals who know that in other corporations they will probably be put in junior ‘boxes’ and have no voice.”
While it follows trends in the recruitment space, the investment firm is not purely searching for talent with traditional backgrounds of excellence. “We mostly look for youngsters who are smart, energetic and on top of their game, but they must also be relationship-focused and fit our entrepreneurial mindset and culture.”
Kahn says that Investec is not for people only interested in climbing the corporate ladder and pushing their own success because working as a team is important. “Investec is not for everyone,” he says. “We are looking for a very particular kind of person who will embrace our way of doing things; someone who sees themselves as part of something very special for the long run.” ••• KPMG South Africa’s head of graduate recruitment Bil al Moosa s ays: “We of f er our people opportunities to be part of an organisation that is at the heart of what matters and we focus on what makes an impact to our clients, the community and people. We believe this makes us unique when students see us.”
To ensure it keeps in line with its employer branding strategy, KPMG looks at global research to determine key attributes students look for when selecting one brand over another. “We want students to see us as a firm that offers professional stimulation and challenge, meaning and purpose, one where they can further their career advancement opportunities [meaning] constant learning and development, a firm where people care.”
But keeping a close relationship with varsity students also ensures the brand keeps being recognised as an attractive employer of choice in the auditing industry. Partner at KMPG South Africa Yusuf Abed says: “A lot of people we deal with are very young individuals from varsity, so our biggest branding is from our people that go out and talk to their friends.”
Moosa s ays th a t al t h o u g h ac a d e mic achievements are important, they are looking for well-rounded candidates who when called in for an interview will not give textbook answers.