Last week, the upmarket food superstore chain Waitrose (part of the John Lewis Partnership group) released its’ list of kitchen essentials for students. This was timed for when students were heading off to university. The chain revealed that its’ ‘starter kit for the fledgling cook about to fly the nest’ contained the following items:
Organic tamari soya sauce (£3.15)
Rose harissa paste (£4.35)
Organic cyder vinegar (£1.70)
Swiss vegetable bouillon powder (£2)
Organic Italian seasoning (£1.89)
The ingredients were selected to help the students make stir-fries, soups and marinades. However, this list was met with ridicule on social media when it featured in the Waitrose monthly magazine. The ingredients were mocked due to the price of the items and the sophisticated nature of them as well. It was felt that with expensive tuition fees being applicable in England along with high rental costs in housing for certain universities that these ingredients were unnecessarily expensive compared to the usual student diet stables of instant noodles and beans on toast.
However, there were a number of defenders of the list too on social media. Quite few people said that the ingredients were great for those students really interested in cooking and making their meals from scratch. You can read the full article here
This article got me thinking though about how this list of ingredients was viewed in 2 completely different ways. Neither view was right or wrong and this relates to the attributes of a candidate which can also be viewed in the same way. When you apply for a role some organisations might love the skill sets that you have to offer. However another business in the same sector mightn’t value those attributes quite as highly. Your individual ability hasn’t changed so it entirely depends on the view point of the hiring organisation. They’re looking at what their needs are at that moment and what their organisational culture is like. Getting the right balance between what is needed and what is on offer is crucial for the candidate and the client alike. If the situation favours one party more than the other then in our experience that situation is going to be short lived.
When we’re looking to recruit for our team here at Amoria Bond, we realise that you mightn’t have your full ‘list of ingredients’ just yet. You mightn’t know what your full potential might be. It could be that you’re new to a career in recruitment or sales. That’s why we look for the right attitude from our prospective candidates. Our award training programme will equip you with the necessary skills to develop your ‘ingredients list’ and our varied business requirements means that you can select a career path that suits your skill sets and interests. If you’re interested in a career with Amoria Bond, then get in touch here or apply for one of roles here