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Goldman Sachs MD quietly discloses the all-important quality required of Goldman hires today

Limpets wanted at Goldman Sachs

What does Goldman Sachs look for when it hires people? Is it intelligence? Not necessarily. Is it extracurricular extravagances? Not always. Is it teamwork? Kind of. Is it diligence? Sort of. Is it a willingness to stay with the bank for a long, long time? YES.

At yesterday's London School of Economics event on banking culture, the Goldman MD in attendance, responsible for hiring on the American East Coast, said the bank is no longer attracting the "best people by a mile" who are all going off to join Facebook, Google and Amazon instead.

Now that Goldman can't lure these high performers, it's settling on a different kind of person altogether said the MD. "We're recruiting people who are sensible, work in teams and won't leave us after three years," he said. Staying for more than three years has become really important, he stressed, echoing our comment earlier this week from a London Business School student who said what banks really want now are people who are committed and will stick around.

 

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AUTHORSarah Butcher Global Editor
  • HF
    HF_Manager
    25 November 2013

    The "best people by a mile"don't join Facebook, Google and Amazon. They go on their own.

  • Ci
    CityVeteran
    22 November 2013

    Let's just remember that commitment is a two way street. Are the Banks ready to live up to their side or will they still twist in the breeze of quarterly financial figures?

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