The biggest question is the level of experience these graduates will have.
Most graduates will only know the fundamentals to fill a position and not have real-life experience in the field. In some sectors, this isn’t too much of an issue, but in professional positions, they can be a recipe for disaster.
Training. When a company has the resources to train a recent grad, it is the perfect recipe for success. First, graduates are still in “learning” mode and are determined to make it in the field. This determination means they’re willing to go the extra mile to learn the demands of the job and will learn quickly.
With so many graduates to choose from, you need a strict hiring process that looks at all of the graduate’s credentials.
- Work Experience: Does the graduate have any experience in the field or a similar field? If he or she was an intern, this is a huge plus as they will already know what the job title requires. Also look for loyal employment where the person worked for a company for an extended period of time.
- Results: During the interview process, you want to focus on results. If the person has helped other companies save money or produce results, this shows ambition.
- GPA: Many graduates will not have experience in the field. As a result, you will want to look at their GPA. A graduate with a high GPA and that has taken all of the appropriate coursework, will be a benefit to the company.
Before we go on any further, it’s important to note that a GPA will not indicate a person’s true potential. Some of the best employees didn’t do well in college, but their drive and determination are what propelled their careers.
If the graduate has some work history, you’ll want to follow through with their work ethic. You want a person that is professional and shows up to work. If a graduate is responsible and has shown a good work ethic in the past, they will be an asset to your company.
The National Associations of Colleges and Employers state that 9% more graduates will be hired in 2015 than 2014. It’s up to you if you want to take the risk of hiring a new graduate that has limitless potential.