Shell tempts the top talent with a billion dollarsOn 20 Jan 2004 in Personnel Today Potential recruits for Shell don’t have to do much – they only have toconvince the company’s senior management to give them $1bn. Shell has developed the ‘Gourami business challenge’ in a bid to recruit toptalent from universities in Europe, Russia, Africa and the Middle East. The challenge saw around 40 final-year undergraduates flown to Portugal forfive days to plan the long-term stability of Shell in the fictional country ofGourami. The students are split into teams and must create a coherent long-termstrategy. They must then pitch it to three ‘hard-nosed’ senior managers fromShell, who have the discretion to give them a budget of up to $1bn. The HR team had the task of attracting people to Shell in Gourami,determining the number of recruits needed and how to manage them, while payingclose attention to financial constraints. This year, Shell awarded the budding execs $725m. Navjot Singh, Shell’s global marketing manager, recruitment, said thatputting students into a ‘real life’ situation allowed Shell to assess a newgeneration of leaders and, at the same time, gave students a strong insightinto the world of Shell. “This allows the students to deal with day-to-day problems of astrategic nature,” he said. “The programme is designed to developtalent and talent is the bedrock of Shell going forward.” Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.