Hiring: Grades matter but other factors vital

Companies are still drawn to good grades as these are a strong sign of a prospective employee's capability, leading employers told students..But other factors, such as how candidates work under pressure, are increasingly being considered in the hiring process.

In a five-minute speech on the same topic, Singapore Management University undergraduate Tan Xin Hao said: "Titles come and go, but there's no substitute for values... which cannot be picked up within the four walls of a classroom.

"Would you prefer a second-class honours graduate with stellar leadership experience, or a first-class who has no heart to groom the next generation?"