What to Look for in a College Hire

What to Look for in a College Hire

You’ve decided to leverage students to help you get the job done. Naturally, we think this a great decision! At the same time, we understand that it can be confusing to know what to look for in choosing the right student workers for your business. We’ve developed a quick guide to help you know what questions to ask and what documents to review in your quest to find the right fit.

How to choose the right college hire for your business

Just like for your full-time hires, judging a student’s potential fit at your company—even for a short-term or seasonal project—comes down to three things: experience, recommendations and individual abilities.


Yes, you should ask for a resume. But it’s very important not to put the same amount of stock in a college resume as you might from someone who graduated years ago. The resume of a current college student will not likely show experience that is directly related to the role that needs to be filled, or even to your business’s industry. But this doesn’t mean that you’re not finding the right person for the job.

Keep in mind that the student you hire doesn’t necessarily have to be the student who you want to spend the next 20 years working for you. Yes, that may be a best-case scenario. But so long as he or she is willing to work hard and help you get the job done there’s nothing wrong with the relationship existing solely for the duration of the task at hand. Instead, rely on recommendations.


By partnering with HireOwl, you’re given easy access to recommendations from other employers who have hired students for the same type of positions: part-time and short-term. Even if the student has handled other sorts of work that doesn’t relate to yours directly, recommendations can answer important questions such as whether the student was reliable in meeting deadlines, understanding the assignment quickly, and completing it satisfactorily.

Individual abilities

If the recommendations haven’t answered your questions, look for those students who are already practiced in multitasking and handling busy schedules. You might automatically want to consider the student who has a lot of time in his or her schedule—and that’s not necessarily a poor fit. But if you look at students who are already practiced in handling several responsibilities at once, from schoolwork to extracurriculars to other HireOwl jobs, you’re likely finding someone who you can rely on to get the job done.

Once the apprenticeship is finished, compare the student’s success with the standards of your recruitment rubric to know whether you’d like to extend another invitation to work with you. If not, your time was still worthy of the investment since you now have a finished project in hand! Sign up for HireOwl today to browse recommendations and peruse resumes. The right fit for your business is only a few clicks away.

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