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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.

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