Not only are CVs unhelpful, so too are interviews  and references are the most pointless of the lot. Photograph: Getty Images/Hemera

Let’s face it, the traditional CV and interview route is a bit old hat

Conscientiousness makes work and life run a lot more smoothly: it’s time to value it more.

Conscientiousness is a far more valuable commodity than ‘passion’

Stanford University. Its ambitious female MBA students gathered together to have the hard skin rubbed off their heels and their nails painted cerise and blue, while at the same time being told by McKinsey how great it would be to work for the world’s most formidable management consultancy.

What’s next? A sponsored event involving ironing and dusting?

There is a catch to Sir Richard’s plan –  staff will only take time off when they “feel a hundred per cent comfortable that they and their team are up to date on every project”. Photograph: Rob Kim/Getty Images

There is a 100% condition to the Branson plan

“In my intake at JPMorgan in the 1980s there was no race to the door by the smartest. Out of a group of 10 the two who quit after the first two years weren’t so much the brightest as the misfits – we were the ones who shouldn’t have been hired in the first place.” Photograph: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

Opinion: the cleverest use top employers as a training ground and springboard to get out

The two things that people will always be better at than machines are motivating others and coming up with original ideas. Photograph: Getty Images

Momentous article based on years of research by firm’s sharpest minds

Being in the library at opening time is only cool if you’ve been up all night. Photograph: Getty Images

Looking gorgeous is cool. And looking thin. So is wearing the right clothes

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Opinion: paper is faster, requires no password and never runs out of batteries

As eBay clearly demonstrates, consumers are sometimes irrational. The data show auctions with an opening bid of 99p get buyers so excited they usually end up bidding the price up more than when the starting bid is higher. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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