How To Recruit Candidates With Zero Relevant Work Experience

Candidates with little to no work experience should not be disregarded, as they can still bring significant value to your organization. If they lack the experience than they usually make it up in transferable skills that can be an advantage in your company. Some of the transferable skills that they can possess are typically strong research abilities, communication skills, and time management skills. Over time, entry-level candidates will have the opportunity to take on more challenging work as their experience builds. Candidates without the relevant work experience should not be forgotten and pushed to the side because they might be able to bring something to a company that maybe a candidate with a lot of experience might not be able to bring into the position. Here are a few examples that these candidates could bring into the workplace:

  1. Communication skills  During the interviewing process you are able to assess a candidate’s verbal communication skills during phone interviews and also in person. You can also evaluate their communication skills by reviewing their cover letter, resume, and work samples and see how they are written and worded.
  2. Analytical thinking: The way a candidate analyzes various solutions to a problem before they make the final decision can show how they answer these questions and their thought process.
  3. Teamwork/collaboration: If a candidate writes on their resume that they have been involved in sports teams, charity work or any other group involved activities than that can be a strong indication of how well they work with others. In addition, the interviewer should ask the candidate to provide an example of a time they had to work within a group to complete a project or assignment and what role they took on. This will give you an idea on whether they are more of a leader or contributor in that situation.
  4. Initiative:  You should look for candidates who are willing to have a helping hand as needed. Candidates should be able to provide you with an example of a time they took initiative and how the outcome was.  
  5. Accountability: This skill is important to ensure the candidate is reliable and can prioritize appropriately. You want to be able to have candidates that are accountable and know when they made a mistake and take account for their own actions. They also know right from wrong as well.
  6. Adaptability: Things are always changing no matter what. In large, small, nonprofits all types of workplaces and it is important for a candidate to explain their ability to adapt well and not become stressed by a change in direction. A candidate should be able to provide an example of how they adjust to personal pressure and how they learn from mistakes.

Hiring entry-level candidates with little to no work experience can bring great flexibility to your workforce. These new candidates will gain the new skills and will potentially grow within your organization. Finding the right candidates that can help grow your company and business is all that matters. That is why taking the time to screen resumes, and interview candidates to decide whether they have the right skills to help them grow and excel in the workplace.