For every new hire, there is a learning curve and an adjustment period. However, when hiring a college graduate, the curve is much more steep and the adjustment can be incredibly challenging. College students enter the workforce with a lot of unrealistic expectations. It’s easy for them to get overwhelmed by the responsibilities of the “real world.” Many companies will shy away from hiring a recent college graduate altogether. But sometimes, it is worth the risk, especially if you know what to look for.
The goal is find raw talent, applicants who are up for a new challenge and are willing to work hard.
Austin Merritt, Chief Operating Office at Software Advice, shares with New Talent Times six things he looks for when hiring a college graduate. He believes your best candidates are the ones who know what they want to do and have deliberately challenged themselves in school. They are able to give your business a two-year commitment. In the article, Merrit also shares three things that don’t really matter when hiring a recent college graduate, and they might surprise you.
For young people searching for their first job outside of college, this article is an invaluable resource to see what savvy employers might be looking for during the interview process.