It is that time of year again when your company may want to hire interns. A large majority of companies hire interns in order to save money or find a potential candidate for future full-time positions, but recruiting these interns is just as difficult as finding full-time employees. Not all interns have what it takes to work in the “real world” just yet, and it is the job of the recruitment team to make sure that the company is hiring interns that will be able to work well in the field. This then begs the inevitable question: Should I recruit inters the same way I recruit full-time staff members?
The answer is of course yes and no. In some aspects hiring is hiring no matter what the position, but there are some things that are different between interns and full-time staff. Consider below some of the things that overlap and then some of the things that vary between the two types of workers:
Hiring an Intern and Using Your Skills
Hiring an Intern with New Approaches
It is also important to understand what an intern really is for a company. Interns are not always inexpensive to hire, they are not there to do your repetitive work, and they are not lazy. Interns can be a very valuable asset to a company, and this needs to be kept in mind when recruiting the best interns. The position does matter, so take recruitment seriously.
Have you ever been in charge of recruiting interns? What similarities and differences did you find between recruiting an intern and recruiting a full-time employee?
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Amanda DiSilvestro is a writer on topics ranging from social media to recruitment business plans. She writes for an online resource that gives advice to small businesses and entrepreneurs for the leading business directory, Business.com.