Why you should hire graduates is probably one of the biggest questions, you, as an employer, asks yourself. Graduates are fresh-faced, keen to learn and tend to have a lower salary expectation; this means hiring graduates can be a benefit to you and your company. We, at StudentJob, have a list of reasons why you should hire graduates.
Reasons You Should Hire A Graduate?
- Graduates will take a lower salary.
Most graduates start jobs at an entry-level and will have a lower salary expectation. However, this does not mean cheap labour! Graduates are keen to learn and get more experience; this could be in training courses and other skills.
- Graduates can adapt.
Usually, the job you offer to a graduate will be their first job; hence they will want to impress. Most graduates will be willing to work those extra hours, come up with new opportunities and can be more flexible with their free time.
- Graduates are great with technology.
Graduates have grown up with the latest technology and are very knowledgeable about how technologies work. Graduates also understand new technologies and can learn very quickly on how to use them.
A lot of graduates will question the way things work and this, in turn, may push your company to improve its processes, especially if they are out-dated.
- Graduates will learn and improve.
Hiring a graduate is a good idea in the long-term. A lot of the time, this will be a graduate's first job, and they are a clean slate. You can take this opportunity to teach them, and mould them into an employee; your company will not want to let go off.
- Graduates are creative.
People who are straight out of university will have a different perspective on life and will contribute to you and your company in new and innovative ways. Graduates are also very aware of the marketplace, what is trending and will increase your company's diversity.
How Do You Recruit Fresh Graduates?
Now you know the reasons why you should hire a graduate; now you need to know how to recruit them. One of the best ways to recruit and attract graduates is to make sure you and your company are relevant, keeping up with the times and is flexible. A lot of graduates want to join companies with an ethical ethos, are environmentally aware and stand for a good cause.
It is a good idea to have a strong social media presence; think of an online brand. Having a social media presence is an excellent way to keep your company in the spotlight, and its advertising, mostly for free. A lot of graduates will follow your pages and will believe in you and your company's brand. What a great way to make sure you're hiring people who want to work for you!
Another way to recruit fresh graduates is to boast about your training and personal development schemes. Graduates want to learn and get that experience, and it is also a great way to ensure your employees are long-term and not short-term. Ultimately, the more attractive you are to graduates, the more fresh graduates you will have applying for your jobs. You can explore our employer tips section for more information.
Graduate Recruitment Sites
You’re lucky because right here on StudentJob we specialise in graduates! We cater to students and graduates and provide you with a platform to post your open vacancies and attract the right people. If you have any entry-level job positions or require an internship, whether that is full-time or part-time, all you have to do is post a job listing with us. If you have any questions, about us or about posting a vacancy, contact us.
Hire A Graduate
The best and easiest way to hire a graduate is to register yourself with us! Finding young talent has never been easier. Why should you choose us to hire a graduate?
- You can post your vacancy in 5 minutes.
- We provide tailored professional advice for you and your job vacancies
- You can post your vacancy for free!
- We have over 1 million registered students and graduates in the UK.
- You can increase your brand image by having a company page.
- We have competitive and flexible pricing to suit you.
Finding employees can be stressful, and it takes up a lot of your precious time; let us do the hard work for you.
Interview Questions To Ask Fresh Graduates
Now that you have had graduates applying to your job vacancies; it is now time to interview them! We have a list of interview questions to ask fresh graduates, for you. Of course, you can tailor these suggestions to suit you, your company and the job graduates are applying for. Remember, for some graduates this will be their first job, so in regards to questions about work experience; you can ask questions about experiences they may have had at university. Such as, how they coped in a group project, or what their most significant achievement was during their course. Here are some interview questions to ask fresh graduates:
- How has your university experience prepared you for a career?
- What was your biggest challenge as a student, how did you tackle it?
- What motivates you?
- What are you hoping to achieve here?
- Have you got any extracurricular skills or experiences?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Why do you want to work with us?
- Why should we hire you?
- What are your salary expectations?
- Do you have any questions?
Remember, a lot of graduates will not have any (paid) working experience. Some graduates may have volunteered or have had a part-time job during their studies. These are all bonus points, but it's a good idea to remember that a fresh graduate can be moulded into the employee that you need and want for your company to prosper and to grow. Hiring a graduate is indeed a long-term and successful commitment.
Do you want to learn more about StudentJob? We also have a business advice section on how to employ generation Z and more.
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