What Are the Best Ways to Recruit Interns? | No BS Hiring Advice

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Hi, I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I coach people and organizations to be more effective, to play big. I received a question from Quora, about how to find and recruit product management interns in the Bay Area. I re-crafted the question to generalize it more because I think it's more useful as an open ended question not necessarily specific to product management.
So here's how you do it. I think this is true of looking for interns anywhere in the world. You want to be developing relationships with professors at universities. Maybe, there are people in your organization who are teaching at a particular University so they are doing a reconnaissance team. You want them to start developing relationships with other adjuncts and professors at that particular school, to help them reveal who some of the better students are and why, what's their perceived strengths are, where they can use some work.
"Use some work" is really not an issue, because we're talking about university students, you know, undergrads, people in Masters or PhD programs. So they're looking for people who are willing to work for nothing, and you expect them to be perfect. They may say, "this person's wonderful, they're fantastic. There's nothing wrong with them." You've gotta dig deeper, because you know, the person is lying to you; as soon as they start working for you you are going to find their faults. So, if you get an answer like that, and the person won't reveal anything else, they don't know them that well.
So, you want to be developing the relationships with the faculty, to have them start identifying students too. But I also want to give you a plan B. Plan B is the person who's been out of work for a while. Maybe it's the returning parents. I don't want to be specific to any one gender, because it can be mom or dad. So it's the parent who's been out for a while caring for the young child, the family member, and they want to return to the workforce.
Maybe they've gotten rusty, you know and haven't sold in a while. You feel reluctant to hire them onto full time staff, but as an intern, maybe.
So start looking for people like that as well and I think you'll find, between the two alternatives, some great options available to you.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1500 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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