At face value, hiring an intern may seem like more hassle than it’s worth – you’ll have to put aside time to train your new acquisition and keep a close on their work to begin with. But with the wealth of potential talent – fresh from college or university – looking to get their foot in the door when it comes to employment, you may find yourself snagging a possible gem of an employee, who could very well go onto build a successful career within your company. Here we’ll look at some great reasons to open your doors to budding talent, by offering internships to young graduates.
1. Take possible future employees for a test drive
It’s a common theme within many businesses I’ve worked with – you’re bowled over by an all-fireworks impression that a job candidate has given you in an interview, and ultimately you offer them the job. However, within a month of putting them on the payroll, you find that they don’t quite ‘gel’ with the rest of the team, adding little unwanted friction within the office.
Opening the position up as an internship, however, allows you to gauge the effect possible employees have on the office before you snag them for good. It gives you the option to evaluate their strengths, weaknesses and overall potential before deciding to make them a permanent addition to the team.
2. Fresh perspective
It’s often said that planting a sapling among a copse of trees helps to rejuvenate their growth and colour, which is absolutely analogous with injecting the fresh outlook of a young prospect into an experienced office. Hiring an intern can help breathe life into your team, by boosting creativity and offering an ‘outsiders’ viewpoint on the business.
3. Productivity increase of other staff
One of the most researched topics – when it comes to team management – is the ability to increase the productivity of employees. Many workers often find themselves bogged down with lesser tasks, meaning they’re unable to devote their full attention to more productive work, thereby reducing the efficiency of the team.
While there’s certainly no miracle potion that can cure this problem, by hiring an intern you’ll be boosting the man-power of your workforce. Smaller, less important tasks which would often tie up a good portion of the morning for a few – more experienced – workers could be handed over to the intern to handle. Not only will this free up time for the rest of your team, but also give your intern the opportunity to learn the ropes from the ground up.
4. Low-cost labour
It’s a well-known fact that around 60% of small businesses fail within the first 5 years of trading. Add that to the financial crisis we currently find ourselves in, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a potential company meltdown. There are many reasons that those who do survive the first 5 years pull through unscathed, but one of the most important factors is employing effectively. A good company knows how to mix youth and experience in order to employ the most cost-effective and dynamic workforce – and interns play a big role in allowing them to do that.
Most interns are paid significantly less than full-employees, yet they still remain amongst the most motivated of any team – such is their desire to learn and progress within their field. It’s obvious then, why many small to mid-sized companies prefer to source a good chunk of their future employees by taking on a number of interns.
If you do decide an intern can help you and your business, then HiringMadeSimple.co.uk can help you advertise your internship by posting your advert across multiple UK job boards.