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You know that when you’re hiring experienced job candidates, you ask about work history, accomplishments and references. But what about those with little experience – or none at all? How can you hire the best applicants for entry-level jobs without much to go in terms of career background? Here are some tips from Adams & Garth – one of the leading staffing agencies in Culpeper – to help you make avoid the risk of a mistake and make the right choice:

Be clear about what you’re seeking.

Not only are entry-level job candidates newbies when it comes to work, but also to the interview experience. To learn as much as you can so you can thoroughly evaluate them, it’s important to offer some guidance through the process.

For instance, when you ask a question, let them know you not only want details but also examples. If you’re asking about their strengths, you can say something like: “Can you tell me about your biggest strengths you think would be helpful in this role and give me some examples of how you’ve put them to use in the past?”

In addition, expect to prod candidates more so than you would have to for experienced applicants. You can do so with follow up statements like “tell me more about that.”

Ask situational interview questions.

Oftentimes, during an interview, you’ll ask candidates behavioral-based interview questions. These prompt candidates to describe past behavior or accomplishments; for example, “tell me about a time you had to deal with a difficult customer.”

However, without work experience, situational interview questions are a better path to take for entry-level candidates. You can still ask similar questions; you’ll just have to phrase them differently, such as: “What would you do if you had to deal with a difficult customer? How would you handle the situation?”

Offer skill-based assignments.

When you’re hiring candidates, you want those who can follow directions and produce quality work. That can be especially hard to measure with entry-level candidates. However, by giving them a simple homework assignment that simulates the job duties, you’ll be able to gauge a number of important traits. You can get a better sense of their critical thinking skills and how they work. You can also make sure they’re able to follow instructions and turn in the assignment in a timely manner.

Hiring entry-level employees is always a challenge. But by following the tips above, you’ll be better able to assess their abilities and attitudes, all so you can make the best hiring decision for the job and your company.

Need more help with your hiring process?

Turn to the team at Adams & Garth. As one of the leading staffing agencies in Culpeper – and Central Virginia, we’ll work with you to learn about your organization, your culture, and your key hiring needs. We’ll then get to work sourcing, screening and interviewing applicants, so we can find the ones who are a great fit for your jobs at all levels, from entry to management. Contact us today to learn more.

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