As thousands of graduates receive their college diplomas, employers across the country are gearing up for multiple rounds of interviews, being inundated with resumes and trying to find the best talent from a large group of candidates. Each year, companies receive a new crop of potential employees when colleges celebrate their commencement ceremonies. So, as a company, what should you look for when hiring a college graduate? We will discuss that in this post.
Do They Know What They Want to Do?
When sitting down with a recent college graduate for a job interview, you need to figure out if the person sitting across from you knows what they want to do with their career. Most college graduates will not know what they want to do, but they will tell you one thing; they want to work the job you have available right now. If a recent grad tells you they are applying to law school or are joining the Peace Corps, they have no idea what they want to do.
Do They Have Tough Work Experience?
We know that they are right out of college, but many college students will work while in school to either offset the cost of their education or to pay for their textbooks and other supplies. Look for a candidate who has worked through college or who has a tough work experience. This includes waiting tables, bartending or working in retail.
Look at Candidates Who Completed a Difficult Task
When you find a candidate who has done something difficult on purpose, such as playing sports while in school or earning a double major, you will have a fine candidate on your hands. Someone who has deliberately challenged themselves will be more inclined to do so in the workplace and they know what it takes to overcome adversity when it strikes.
Who are Their Role Models?
Try to find out who your job candidate’s role models are. Do they admire a family member or a close friend? Do they look up to someone who works the same job that you are firing for at another company? If so, they will have someone to turn to for guidance and support when problems arise at work. If the candidate has known his or her role models for most of their life, he or she will have a strong feeling for what their career track will look like.
What are Their Long-Term Goals?
In the perfect situation, you want the candidate’s goal to be related to business and the career success they want to have in the future. You want to hear that they want to be with the company for the long haul and that they want to be part of the company’s success.
Speak with an experienced staff member from B. Loehr Staffing today to discuss what you should look for when hiring a recent college graduate.