The Best Way to Interview Fresh Graduates
February 15, 2016
Seven minutes—that's the amount of time recruiters like you have to decide over an applicant in an interview. That's also the amount of time candidates have to impress you. But when it comes to interviewing fresh graduates, you shouldn't be quick to judge. Most of the time, fresh grads have no idea how to do interviews. It could even be their first ever job interview after graduating college, and you're there grilling them like how you would an experienced candidate. If you do that, you might miss on getting your best employee yet. You can be firm and intimidating when interviewing fresh grads, but at the same time, you also need to be a little more patient and considerate. Here's the best way you should be interviewing young blood.
Ask behavior-based questionsNew grads usually don't have much experience with work other than school projects and internships, so don't expect them to always have the best answer to your question on how they would design a phone for deaf people (although, this would be quite interesting to hear!). Instead, ask him or her questions that illustrate skills and intelligence in other ways:
- Tell me about a time when you had several school projects all due at once. How did you handle the workload and get everything done?
- What was it like handling a team of 10 players? How were you able to pull through the challenges?