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...