When deciding to hire an intern, you need to know what you’re looking for. What are the most important characteristics for your intern to have? What skills do you need them to have? What do you value the most? Make a list of the attributes you’re seeking and rank them highest to lowest to understand what you need, and the results you want.
Outline daily tasks to be done.
Brainstorm and list all the tasks you’d need an intern to handle on a daily basis. Knowing what tasks you can comfortably hand over to your potential intern will help create a job description or a set of job functions for them. Additionally, this will allow you to pinpoint what you need to focus on to grow your business to achieve more success.
Share your opportunity.
Get the word out about your internship opportunity by sharing it on your business and social networks. In your advertising, be sure to include local and regional colleges, job listing resources, organizations, outreach programs and universities to help the right students find you. Many of these places allow you to post your ad for free or at a minimal cost and will help identify quality prospective interns. The more places it’s shared, the more people will know about it.
Be prepared to provide hands-on training.
Many business owners may think that hiring an intern means that person will just ‘show up and start working’. It’s important to understand that when you take on an intern, you must be prepared to provide hands-on training and answer whatever questions he/she has as they learn the ropes about your business. Every business operates differently, and it will take a little time for your potential intern to grasp how you do things. Be sure to reserve time in your schedule to train, communicate with, and guide your intern.
Offer a competitive wage.
While hiring an intern may be more cost-effective, at least in the initial stages of your business goals, offer your prospective candidate a competitive wage. As you reasonably invest in their training and development, present them with an attractive compensation proposal for their intended job functions.
Consider future possibilities.
Many small business owners prefer to hire someone part-time rather than a full-time employee. However, if your future goals include expanding your business consider the possibility of your part-time or temporary intern becoming a full-time employee who will help propel your business forward. You may only require the filling of a short-term vacancy at this point in time, but be open to the potential of your internship flourishing into a meaningful business partnership.
How can you find the right intern to you with your business’ operations?
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