Handling Job-Hungry College Students: 3 Key Factors to Know When Hiring

If you haven’t been bombarded by sub-par résumés, you surely will now. The floodgates have been opened, as job-thirsty college graduates are free from being tethered to a textbook. So how do you and your small business handle this influx of résumés, and weed out only the best? Today, we’ve listed a few of our tips for what you should look for when recent grads come knocking.

1. Interview, Interview, Interview
We can’t stress enough how important multiple interviews are when finding the perfect job candidate. Not just for any qualified candidate, but especially those coming right out of school. We suggest bringing in a group of individuals you feel fit the job description, then invite back a handful of those you think deserve another round. Each interview session should be more focused on the job tasks at hand. Eventually, you’ll have it narrowed down to two or three all-star candidates.

2. Forget GPA
Sure, there’s no doubt a job candidate with an average GPA of 2.89 is likely less qualified than one averaging a 3.79. However, don’t rely solely on an individual’s academic achievements. It’s important to find those with passion. If a recent college graduate shows drive and enthusiasm for the position you are offering, then he or she will benefit you and your company far more than someone who had their head buried in a book for four or more years.

3. Do Your Research
A job candidate may list three references for you to contact, but it’s likely these were heavily biased. Why not do a bit of your own homework? Find out which classes the individual attended in school, and contact the appropriate professors. You’ll likely get an unbiased opinion of their work ethic and professional knowledge.

Have you had experience with hiring recent graduates in the past? What factors did you look for when making the hiring decision? Drop us a comment below and let us know!

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Brian Sutter

Brian Sutter

Director of Marketing at Wasp Barcode
Brian Sutter is the Director of Marketing at Wasp, responsible for the development and execution of the company’s marketing strategy. His role encompasses brand management, direct and channel marketing, public relations, advertising, and social media. He also writes and speaks on topics related to helping small business owners grow their business and improve operational efficiency.
Brian Sutter
Brian Sutter