A growing business could do with an extra pair of hands. Interns provide that much needed help. They also offer a fresh perspective on your company’s process and add value to your business – if given the time and space to grow.
If you’re thinking of employing an intern, here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that this new addition to your company turns out to be a good investment of your time and money.
Do you have the time?
If you’re drowning in work and think an intern will solve your problem – think again. An intern needs to be trained and mentored. So if you, or someone from your team, don’t have time to dedicate to the intern, it’s best not to bring one in until you do. Taking in an intern when you’re too busy will not be beneficial to either of you.
Know what you’re looking for
Make sure you know exactly why you’re getting an intern and what role that person will fulfil. Start by drawing up a description. Apart from listing the job role and qualifications required, include qualities you’d want your intern to have, such as “good time management” or “creative thinking”. You should also include personality traits that would ensure the intern fits in with your company culture.
Spread the word
Once you’ve drawn up a clear description, it’s time to spread the word that you’re searching for an intern. Interns usually search online for new opportunities. Post your internship vacancy on your company’s social media channels as well as your website, and on any other popular and renowned job hunting web portals.
Use a ranking system
It’s easy to employ a friendly intern you really clicked with. However, keep in mind that you’re not looking for a new best friend. You’re after an intern who can add value to your business. The best way to do this is to filter out all emotion by using a ranking system as you go though the applications.
Start by shortlisting the applicants, removing those who don’t fit the bill. Then rank the shortlisted applicants according to how many boxes they tick in your priority list. You might want to set up interviews to gauge the final contenders.
Prepare your office
You’ve chosen your intern. Before he or she turns up at the office, make sure everything is ready for a smooth start. Make sure that people concerned are aware of the new addition. The worst thing you can do is “lump” someone with training an intern last-minute. The results will be disastrous. See that the intern’s desk is set up, and that someone is ready to greet them and dedicate time to them.
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