Posted December 07, 2015 by

Value, experience, and cultural fit as reasons for hiring students early

Employers have their own criteria when searching for quality candidates. For example, candidates potentially adding value to a company will interest employers. Experience can also factor into hiring decisions. The more experience candidates have, the better their chances of landing new jobs. Fitting into the company culture is important too because employers need to know that prospective employees reflect a positive image of their companies. Value, experience, and cultural fit are three reasons for hiring students early.

Leading up to the Graduate Employment Conference Europe (GEC Europe), which has been postponed, College Recruiter is publishing the opinions of experts based on a series of questions related to global recruitment and talent acquisition. In today’s article, Brin McCagg, CEO of RecruitiFi, answers the following question:

Why do employers hire students for co-op work, internships, and other temporary jobs a year and sometimes more before those students are scheduled to graduate?

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Brin McCagg, CEO of RecruitiFi

1. “Employers may hire students prior to graduation for a number of reasons. For example, if a company finds someone they feel will add value to their organization and is a good cultural fit, it makes sense to present him or her with an offer before he or she can be hired by a competitor. Internships and other temporary jobs can provide young professionals with valuable knowledge and experience so that they may be able to step in and contribute right away after graduation. Additionally, by hiring students prior to graduation, companies can create brand advocates. Their new hires may tell their equally talented friends about the great jobs they have waiting for them when they graduate, thereby generating interest and perhaps even the ever-coveted referral hire.

2. Experience is the name of the game in hiring, so people with strong experience in any number of fields (sales, marketing, programming, etc.) will always be coveted. That being said, programmers, and particularly those with proficiency in Ruby on Rails, are especially sought after currently.

3. Hiring talented individuals is not a science, but rather more like a dance. Employers will struggle to find good cultural fits at times, but that does not mean they should settle on subpar candidates, thereby wasting money on poor hires who will likely not thrive in their work environments. Additionally, finding candidates with very precise skillsets can often be a costly, time-consuming undertaking for many businesses. Lastly, relocation may be difficult for candidates unwilling to leave their friends and family behind, so companies may find themselves working against that.”

Brin McCagg, CEO, RecruitiFi

After attaining an MBA from Wharton, Brin has stayed true to his entrepreneurial passions, having built several companies from the ground up to billion-dollar organizations and public companies. With the better part of a decade in the recruiting technology space, Brin brings his business acumen and deep market insight to the team. As a man on the go, Brin always manages to stay active, whether it’s in the board room, on the tennis court, or just spending time with his family.

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