Futurestep Executive Survey Shows an Eye to Future Leaders is the Top Priority When Hiring College Recruits
Survey Also Shows Cultural Fit More Important than Past Professional Experience, Identifies Video Interviewing as Key Recruiting Practice
The survey also found that more than half (54 percent) of respondents support the notion of hiring for the future by assessing college candidates for leadership potential. Thirty-one percent assess candidates for cognitive ability, followed by 13 percent for cultural fit and 2 percent for technical capability.
“Clearly, today’s executives have an eye toward tomorrow when hiring
college recruits,” said
To further support the concept that it’s as important to consider not only what a candidate has done in the past, but who they are now and will be in the future, nearly half of the respondents (42 percent) said fit with the organization’s culture is the top attribute they look for when hiring college graduates, followed by “drive” at 37 percent and “previous experience” at 14 percent. Only 5 percent cited grade point average (GPA) as the top attribute, with the university the student attended coming in last at 3 percent.
When considering the most effective form of college recruiting, “partnerships with college career centers” and “on-campus job fairs” ranked at the top, with 36 percent and 35 percent respectively.
And while “face-to-face” interviewing is still the top choice for initial interviewing at 57 percent, “video interviewing” came in second at 28 percent. Futurestep expects the use of video interviewing to increase as companies continue to learn how this technology enhances the hiring process. For example, at a large telecommunications client that hires 500 college graduates a year, Futurestep uses video interviewing to shortlist all applicants. Since this process has been put in place, the interview-to-offer recommendation success rate has increased to 69 percent. Furthermore, virtual technologies allow students to complete a key portion of the screening process on their own time, which has brought average response times under 48 hours, ultimately expediting the entire process.
“Effective recruiters meet graduates where they are, and today that means video, social and digital, in addition to traditional methods,” said Kay. “The key to success is to employ several tactics and methods to find the right graduate for the job.”
About the survey:
There were more than 800 responses to the executive survey, which was
What is the top attribute you look for when hiring a new college graduate?
|Previous experience||14 percent|
|The university they attended||3 percent|
|Fit with our culture||42 percent|
What do you assess your college candidates for?
|Cognitive ability||31 percent|
|Technical capability||2 percent|
|Leadership potential||54 percent|
|Cultural fit||13 percent|
My organization’s college hiring program is designed to:
|Support our immediate operational requirements||12 percent|
|Develop our next generation leaders||54 percent|
|Build on technical capabilities||4 percent|
|Build our business/corporate/sales capabilities||12 percent|
|We do not have a college hiring program in place||18 percent|
What is the most effective method to conduct college recruiting?
|On campus job fairs||35 percent|
|Job boards||5 percent|
|Social media||19 percent|
|Online talent communities||5 percent|
|Partnerships with college career centers||36 percent|
What is the best method of initial interviewing when it comes to college recruiting?
|Video interviewing||28 percent|
|Face to face||57 percent|
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