How to Hire Recent College Graduates

By Adam Robinson,
March 10, 2014

Many companies are steering away from hiring recent college graduates because they don’t have a lot of experience in the work force, which requires the company to do a lot of training. However, hiring recent college graduates can potentially be a great benefit for your company. Instead of taking the safe route and hiring an industry veteran, try taking a risk and hire a recent college graduate. 

After all, high risk can reap high rewards, but it is essential to know the proper way to recruit recent graduates in order to gain the greatest reward.

Don’t Overlook Experience

Keep an open mind when it comes to reviewing a candidate’s job experience. The lack of internships or full-time experience in the field is okay! Of course it is important that the individual has most of the qualifications that are required for the job, but those qualifications don’t necessarily have to come from a related job. Realistically, college graduates have been working jobs such retail or restaurant services before their first ‘real’ job. It is likely that the candidate has gained more valuable experience from their temporary jobs than an internship they snagged from their father’s good friend. A candidate that has spent time working minimum wage understands what hard work actually is and motivated to prove their abilities.

Ask the Right Questions

During the interview process it is a good idea to ask questions about the candidate stemming all the way back to their high school experience. Learning about the candidate’s history gives a better and broader idea of who they are. Ask questions such as, ‘What were some high points for you during high school?’ and ‘What would you do differently if you could go back?’ These questions are a helpful tool to develop insight on what type of performer they are and how they react to different situations. After learning about their high school experience the same questions can be applied to their college experience. The more information about the candidate the easier it is to determine what type of individual they are and if they are right for the company.

View Candidates as an Investment

There are several rewards that come with hiring a recent college graduate. Because the individual hasn’t had many years in the work force it can be a great opportunity for the company to personally mold their ideal employee. A recent college graduate is also likely to stay with the company for a longer period of time. College graduates are seeking stability because they are used to the structured life from college. Another way to view hiring a recent college graduate as a reward is by looking at them as investments. The more time and money invested in the individual, the more valuable they become to your company.

About the Author

Adam co-founded Hireology with the mission to help growing companies make better hiring decisions through data and better technology. Adam is passionate about entrepreneurship, donating time to a number of organizations that support the entrepreneurial cause. Adam completed his undergraduate study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received his MBA from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.

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