When you know how to pick out the perfect candidate for your internship positions, hiring a college graduate could be beneficial to your business. This doesn’t always happen, though, and hiring someone with the wrong skill set could become detrimental to the company.
That’s why choosing college graduates with qualifying credentials who are strong candidates with pertinent experience, while challenging, should be a goal worth fulfilling. Keep in mind the myriad of pros and cons of hiring a college intern and you’ll be equipped to best staff your company with an individual eager to learn about your business and make a difference while bringing “new blood” and value to your projects.
Here’s what to keep in mind…
Pro: Interns Present Opportunities for New Ideas
Hiring a college intern affords businesses the opportunity to have new ideas brought in, especially during times when creativity has been stale.
Con: The Graduate’s GPA Doesn’t Match Up With Their Interview Skills
There are instances when a college graduate may not necessarily have a high GPA, but the rest of their transcript matches up with the requirements you’re seeking for the internship. By digging deeper into their transcript, hiring managers can see exactly why they did so well during their interview and why they could potentially be missing out on a good candidate if they focused solely on their GPA.
Pro: College Graduates Are Typically People Pleasers
The ability to develop a loyal employee is present when looking at college graduates as potential hires for internships because in addition to being interested in career advancement, these individuals often have the ability to learn and grow with their position. They walk into the internship with no bad habits learned from other company experiences, and they will learn the ins and outs of your business while developing company loyalty.
Con: Training Momentum May Seem Endless
There is a fine line between hiring a paid intern and a full-time employee, therefore the hiring manager must set boundaries and limits with regards to how much training and time is invested with the intern. If the training is comprehensive and on-going, they may as well be a full-time employee. Otherwise, the money spent on that type of time commitment is for naught.
Pro: Fresh Perspectives Are Brought In
When new hires are brought into any business culture, there’s a shift in perspective. However, when a college graduate is hired, something different happens and unique ideas are often brought to the table. Teams within the business may have been wrestling with ideas or issues but, with the help of the intern, they’re quickly resolved.
Con: Hiring Managers May Want to Keep the Intern Forever
This isn’t a good tactic because, the point of a college internship is to allow the graduate the opportunity to test the waters of several businesses while growing their skills and knowledge sets. While many companies do develop internships with the mindset that it’s to eventually pick out future employees, that doesn’t necessarily mean all interns enter into these positions for that reason.
As a hiring manager, if you have found candidates who meet your guidelines, it’s important to stay in contact and obtain a signed contract immediately. College graduates are actively looking for internships and other businesses are looking to hire them, therefore the competition for solid candidates is fierce. Establishing formal agreements early on is essential.
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