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Employers now place personal attributes above the importance of a degree among potential job candidates, a study has shown.

Research carried out among 2,000 business decision makers found most now believe a degree is 'a given' and so judge applicants on a string of key personality traits rather than qualifications.

Characteristics such as confidence, leadership and a good spread of outside interests are more likely to help a candidate land a job, it emerged.

Other key features which employers look for are involvement within the local community, and nearly a third said they liked to employ well-presented members of staff.

The insight was revealed in a study carried out by Aldi who is looking to recruit more than 100 graduates throughout 2012.

Richard Holloway, Head of Graduate Recruitment at Aldi said: "Strong...

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