16 January 2013 07:30 PM
"Well done, Carruthers. First at Oxford, eh? Just the ticket! When can you start?" This pastiche of recruitment practices in the 1950s and 1960s is only partly apocryphal. (There weren't too many people called Carruthers even then in the higher echelons of the civil service.) It would be totally out-of-date if applied to the recruitment of university graduates in the 21st century.