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Tips for hiring the best new graduates

Take a moment to consider everything you can gain by recruiting a graduate: an affordable employee who’s excited about their first job, eager to make a strong impression, equipped with an up-to-date education, and ready to absorb whatever training you can offer. Here are our top tips on hiring the best graduates.

Call in an expert

Not all companies have a fully-fledged graduate recruitment team that fly around the country courting the top students from various universities and colleges. If that’s your company, get in touch with our team to do the leg work for you. You give us the job spec and we do all the CV sifting, interviewing and screening. All you need to do is to sit back and wait for the shortlist of best candidates, saving you both time and money.

Hire for soft skills

Hire for soft skills and train on the hard skills. Providing your employees with development and growth opportunities is not just a selling point for new grads, it also increases overall employee retention. It’s a win-win.

Look for signs of excellence

Recent graduates don’t always have the opportunity to attain experience in a professional setting. When hiring, look for signs of excellence in at least one discipline, which is usually academic success in their chosen areas of study. Alternatively, look to athletic accomplishments or any other indication of putting in sustained effort and achieving results.

Time your recruiting efforts right

You have to think about the timing of your recruitment efforts. When hiring college graduates, you have to make sure your recruitment calendar correlates with the academic calendar. It’s common sense that college graduates will be looking for job opportunities near the end of the academic year.

Widen your fishing pool

Thousands of smart, hard-working people graduate from universities and colleges every year in South Africa. Don’t just fish in one college or university. You have an entire nation from which to choose. Using online recruiting allows you to reach job seekers and people wanting internships on a national level as many are willing to relocate.

If you have a graduate or internship job, and you would like expert assistance in filling it, make sure to get in touch with one of our recruitment consultants today!