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8 things to look for in entry-level employees

3/26/2021

8 things to look for in entry-level employees

When your company has an entry-level position available, you may be hit with a flood of applications from candidates who are nominally qualified and ready to grow into any given role. The question you may have is how to identify the absolute right one for your organization.

The following skills are what you should highly prioritize to ensure your next entry-level hire is a home run:

1) Great communication skills

This is important for any position, but it's critical at the entry level because they need to be able to process what you're telling them, but also alert you to questions or concerns they may have, according to Glassdoor. Simply put, entry-level hires often require a little more hand-holding, and you need to make sure all communication efforts will go smoothly.

2) A working knowledge of your most commonly used software

You no doubt rely on some computer programs more than others in your daily operations, and your hire shouldn't need too much guidance on how to handle them, Glassdoor said. That way, you can expect them to get the basics right, while still getting some help with the particulars.

3) Willingness and ability to learn

Part and parcel with the above issue is the fact that you can't expect all entry-level hires to be fully up to speed with what you're asking of them within a few days, Glassdoor added. But what you do need is for them to be willing to learn by doing and develop their skills quickly.

4) Work ethic

Ideally, all your hires will have a strong work ethic, but it's particularly important for those with limited relatively little experience, according to The Undercover Recruiter. That's because they might have to put in extra work to get up to speed before they develop other highly necessary skills that will serve them well going forward.

5) Team skills

You certainly need your new hires to be able to integrate well with your current workforce and team skills, along with a willingness to build some chemistry with their coworkers, are a must[fragment], The Undercover Recruiter advised. Treating others with respect and professionalism, and being willing to lend a hand as needed, will all go a long way.

6) Relevant experience to tap

You're hiring an entry-level employee, but you don't want them to be totally new to your industry, according to EffortlessHR. They should, at some point, have had some experience like an internship, or summer job, or at least a lot of university coursework on your subject, to ensure they fully understand what they're wading into.

7) Honesty

Sure, you will occasionally encounter applicants who fudge the details on their resumes to make themselves look better[suggest changing the wording here. the way it's phrased suggests this isn't that big of a deal. i don't think the source suggests that], but you want workers to be able to confront the things that might not look so great as well, EffortlessHR noted. If a candidate is up-front and open about past stumbles, that's actually quite valuable.

8) Great references

Even if one of your candidates has all of the above skills, take for granted thatdon't assume they'll be a great hire without talking to the people they list as references, EffortlessHR cautioned. If those references are also fully transparent and forthcoming, they'll tell you exactly what the candidate is like in a work setting.

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