What Are Your Expectations for New Grads?

Jack Vinson writes in New Grad Hires: Ready and Willing, but Are They Able?,

The solution is to hire people who have the general skills, capability, and/or experience you need and then train them in the missing aspects. That’s the way it has always been.

For technical staff, expect to spend time helping them develop interpersonal skills, such as being able to facilitate a conversation and come to consensus, how to give and receive feedback, how to work with other people. If you’re a new-ish manager, you may not have had specific training for these skills either. (Read Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management and practice.)

If you’re not sure how to interview new grads, read my column, Interviewing New College Grads.

3 Replies to “What Are Your Expectations for New Grads?”

  1. The number one thing to look for in a new grad is:

    “What have you done besides go to class?” (That’s not the question to ask, of course — you get at it through a series of questions).

    What you’re looking for is someone with initiative, who has sought out challenges and gained experience actually doing things, not just being fed information.

    This can take a lot of different forms (which is why you need a series of questions). Interesting work, personal projects, volunteering, involvement in research projects. But more than anything else, it delineates the people who will dive in, and figure out how to get productive right away, and keep on building their skill sets.

    Generally, you’ll just have to make sure they have what they need to grow, and keep out of their way!

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