What do big companies actually look for in job applicants?

On the face of things you will be trying to pitch yourself to big companies based on their news coverage, corporate values, skill requirements, qualifications, your ability to meet job requirements, etc. However, that would not even guarantee that you will be considered. For most graduates who have no work experience, getting a job in your ideal company is almost impossible. I would like to know what the companies are really looking for from job applicants because even on an informal level the recruiters are looking for something other than what they publish in their graduate and recruiting schemes. I don't mind if people post information that might suggest discrimination in any way or imply that there is something else that is other than the truth that is published by these companies or anything unethical. I don't even mind stereotypes. I just want the answers to be honest, clear and comprehensive. Unhelpful comments are not recommended Cheers in advance

Asked By: Ingenious - 8/23/2009
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1) experience... More
Answered By: my_alias_id - 8/23/2009
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They look to see if you're related to someone else in the organisation. Otherwise forget it.
Answered By: Supersonica - 8/23/2009
Depends on the job I'm posting. I work in HR at a large food manufacturing company and we post a lot of line worker/production positions. I get tons and tons of resumes from people who say they want to be challenged and love being busy. But guess what? Line work is really boring! If you really want to be that busy... More
Answered By: Ruth the HR Asst. - 8/23/2009
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