As we head into the end of the school year, now is the time when many students will be looking for, and setting up, internships. This is also the time when graduating students will be looking for their first job.
When hiring someone straight out of college, we tend to forget how green and inexperienced students can be when it comes to the inner workings of a business. To this end, you need to consider how you are going to educate, orient, and nurture a recent grad hire in addition to how you are going to integrate them into your workplace in order to secure productive behavior from them. Some formal buddying or mentoring goes a long way (see tips on setting up a buddy system by clicking here). Pairing up the new hire with someone a bit more experienced, but ideally close to their age, can help ease the transition, as well as having a thorough on-boarding process that involves communication throughout the beginning of the new hire’s time at the company.
Overall just be aware and be prepared for some bumps in the road.