Fresh Grad Hiring - 4 of 4
HIRING & ONBOARDING
1. The welcome
Fresh grads tend be nervous & unsure on their first day.
- Don't isolate them in a waiting room for hours on end.
- HR should greet them as soon as they arrive.
- Use small talk & humor to ease the butterflies.
- Fast track seat assignment & swag.
- Make intros quickly.
2. Buddy up
When pairing them with someone they should shadow, pick someone who has been in their shoes fairly recently like an employee with 1 year of experience.
They will be able to relate better to the new hire's situation & guide them accordingly.
3. Onboarding material
When expecting a fresh grad hire, know what skill deficit he/she will need to cover & assign an appropriate onboarding program.
Prepare a list of documents, videos & courses they need to take & set a timeline.
A LMS works great, especially if you're hiring in bulk.
Don't cram trainings in a day.
Try to conduct short sessions over a number of days for better information retention.
Fresh grads crave for time & mentorship.
Ease this by setting up weekly 1:1s to check up on progress & discuss obstacles.
When they finish their first task successfully, praise & encourage them. Make them feel they made an impact.