College students getting hired more often

31 Dec

College students are being hired more frequently this year.

Employers are hiring college students again, according to Human Resources Executive Online. This is ultimately good for college students, but even better for companies because they can choose whoever they want from a list of many good candidates. In a climate like this, it makes sense for a business to take its time and look at multiple people. In other words, the employer's market of the recession has returned when it comes to hiring recent grads.

A recent study by Michigan State cited by HRE Online showed that college hiring has increased year-over-year by 16 percent. The study also indicated that businesses planning to hire college students were choosing those with backgrounds in business, engineering and computer science.

"As the economy continues to strengthen, employers are clearly much more confident about hiring college graduates," said Philip Gardner, director of MSU's College Employment Research Institute, according to HRE Online.

How to hire new employees
With so many people to choose from, the question becomes a matter of how to properly conduct all of the interviews and find the right candidates.

According to Talent Circles, the best recruiting policies are ones that simultaneously break new ground and at the same time don't necessarily go overboard at being different for difference's sake. A good example of this would be the examination process of the candidates. Companies should avoid using Facebook to see what a candidate is like because information could be found that isn't supposed to impact a job applicant's chances of employment. At the same time, don't hesitate to create a compelling online presence and accept applications through LinkedIn or another similar site.

Remember also that even though it's OK to pick and choose from a list of candidates, a company must also make an effort to differentiate itself from the competition because there are a large number of businesses that cover similar ground. At the send of the day, a job candidate might choose one position simply because it's close to his or her house and pays well, while someone else will go to another state for work because that person wants a specific industry that isn't available where he or she is living.

Interviews
The interview process is one many people use to base their opinions of a candidate on, but remember not everyone interviews well, and not every job will necessarily require someone with perfect interview skills. While sales personnel will be expected to sell themselves, an engineer might not have that same pressure.

On the subject of interviews, those charged with human resource planning must remember to avoid asking illegal questions. This doesn't mean an interviewer can't find out the relevant information to the job, but it means people have to be careful. Instead of asking someone, "How long have you lived in the U.S.?" to someone with a foreign accent, which is illegal, it may be better to ask, "How familiar are you with our customer base." This, according to Rikka Brandon is the proper way to get the information someone really wants to know without positioning a company for a lawsuit.

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