While looking at Consultant vacancies I saw this line: "First professional experience within a Consultancy" as one of the listed qualifications.

This is so vague. Do they mean that they want someone with previous Consultancy experience with only 1 company?

Edited: Added information below.

Here is an except from their listed "Desired Qualifications":

  • Above-average degree in Engineering or Science
  • First professional experience within a Consultancy
  • Analytical and strategic mindset
  • High communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team...

So do they want someone with consulting experience or not? I have tried HR on multiple days at different times. No one ever answers. :/

Emails have also been ignored. I only sent 2 because I didn't want to seem like I was pestering them.

Guess this is a sign to not apply...:D

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    It could also at a pinch mean that your first "professional experience" (i.e. real job) was at a consultancy, or they could be saying that this job should be your first experience within a consultancy, i.e. you shouldn't have been a consultant anywhere else. I think you'd have to contact them and ask. – Rup May 23 '16 at 17:00
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    To me it is "Never having been a consultant before" which sets off all kind of red flags. Are they counting on inexperience to take advantage? But like anything else doesn't hurt to respond and ask. – JasonJ May 23 '16 at 17:38
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    Need context. Could be asking applicants to tell the company when their first ... was. – keshlam May 23 '16 at 17:50
  • Like many other vacancy descriptions, they are kinda vague. I will edit my original post to include more of the listed "Qualifications" – MoonGoddess May 23 '16 at 18:12

This would be purely company specific, it's not a common requirement. Since you can't contact HR to actually ask them. I suggest you move along and avoid anything to do with them.

Being unable to contact HR on multiple ocassions is enough of a red flag for me.

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