What Hiring Managers Really Want When Hiring New Grads

What Hiring Managers Really Want When Hiring New Grads

There is a wealth of information about “how to get a job” out there. And honestly, a lot of it can feel confusing and contradictory. So we’re breaking down exactly what hiring managers are REALLY looking for when hiring new grads. (And how you can meet those requirements and then some!)


We know, how can you have experience when applying to an entry-level job?! Try and think outside the box here. Experience doesn’t have to be other jobs! Consider securing an internship or taking online courses. In some cases, you may even be able to volunteer with a company to gain experience in your field. In today’s day and age, self-education is extremely valuable. Hiring Manager’s love to see new grads taking initiative to teach themselves 


You may have seen headlines that hint at the millennial generation being unreliable. While we acknowledge that this is a sweeping (incorrect) generalization, and certainly doesn’t apply to all young professionals, it can be a difficult stigma to shake. Find a way to prove to the hiring manager that you would be in it for the long haul. Some of our favorite strategies for accomplishing this? Do your research on the company. Go beyond their website. Read recent news articles, check out their social media. Jot down a few thoughtful, relevant talking points that only an “insider” would know. Come to an interview with a few ideas already formulated. Based on the job description and your research on the company, what are a few key things you could right off the bat if hired? Don’t be afraid to pitch an idea or develop a new strategy. These small steps can make a big impression on the Hiring Manager, showing your dedication to the position. (Before you’re even hired!)


What you lack in experience, you can make up for in ambition. When hiring new grads, employers value drive  and are on the hunt for “movers and shakers.” They want someone willing to jump in and get their hands dirty. You can often demonstrate this during an interview by answering choice questions thoughtfully. “If someone asks you to do something that is not part of your job, how would you handle it?” Respond by saying you would help out however you can, and if you can’t offer assistance, you’ll find someone who can! “That’s not in my job description,” should not even be part of your vocabulary.

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