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Five elements to a successful graduate induction
8 January 2019
Dan Hawes of Graduate Recruitment Bureau shares advice for refreshing your induction programme.
1. Start early
Your induction needs to begin before the actual start date. Keeping candidates ‘warm’ and better informed post-offer builds the relationship and a much stronger bond – especially if they are able to communicate with other new starters in a social media group. Furthermore, this strategy can help reduce the likelihood of a reneged offer.
On day one with your opening presentations try and bring your company to life with anecdotes, milestones, quirky facts and a bit of gold dust to really engage new starters. Go one step further and begin by explaining your career journey from start to where you are now. Guaranteed to get buy-in!
3. Out of office
Remember that social connections made outside of work can help inside work, so look for opportunities during the induction period for graduates to socialise during lunchtime or evening activities. Inclusion is the key.
4. Assign a buddy
Having a fellow employee take a new starter under their wing can work wonders and really help them to feel involved. Being able to confide in a peer who isn’t their boss can enable you to address any issues that may not have been communicated otherwise.
5. Get feedback
You may think things went well, but it is essential for onward success to guarantee that all new staff are able to comment – anonymously if preferred – on what they liked and disliked during their induction.