Recruiting Recent Graduates

Why did I choose this resource?

I chose these resources to learn the best practices and places for recruiting recent graduates.

What did you learn from it?

I learned the best practices and places for posting job positions that appeal to new graduates as well as very successful processes for hiring these graduates.

Key Knowledge


  • Provide current and detailed information about the positions being offered
    • Describe an average day in that position
    • Use videos and written content
  • Have candidates interact with recent hires and younger individuals in the company
    • Have recent hires perform follow up calls
    • Have the younger staff perform the second interview
  • Students are much more receptive to feedback from their peers
  • For students you are truly interested in hiring but need a little encouragement, offer them the chance to shadow a team member for a day
  • Let students know who their “teacher” or mentor at the company would be
    • Who will be helping them improve their professional development
  • Explain the career opportunities within the company
    • Give time frames for reviews and advancement
    • Give details on the criteria for promotions
  • Be flexible with days and times for interviews and other on-boarding meetings
    • Students may be finishing school and still have exams and other activities
  • Keep candidates informed throughout the hiring process
    • What the next steps will be
    • If there is a delay in the process
    • If there are travelling costs and if they will or will not be reimbursed for these
  • This generation is very concerned with ethics
    • Inform them of public interest programs and green initiatives
  • Clearly explain the perks of working at the company
    • Ask current employees for suggestions that would appeal to the younger crowd
  • Give the students time to make a decision if they want to accept the  job offer (about 2 weeks)
  • Provide a clear explanation of the position and the requirements in the offer letter; as well as if the offer is conditional
  • Ask for feedback/tips from career services partners at the local universities.


  • College career sites
  • LinkedIn
  • Company Website
    • Make it easy for candidates to apply
  • Easy to find link on the first page (preferably at the top)

How are you using what you learned?

I am using what I learned to increase the number of graduates we are recruiting and to improve the hiring process.

Key Changes / Key Actions

  • Have graduates speak to younger employees of the company
  • Offer candidates to shadow an employee/contractor for a day or a few hours
  • Post positions on LinkedIn


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