Getting Honest answers from intern candidates during interview
My small company is expanding their internship program and we’re reaching out to local colleges to get involved in their internship programs. One college (which is a third-tier institution, which explains a lot of the following) only officially has part-time internships, at 10 hours per week. The reason given when I asked is that it’s a university wide policy, and some interns aren’t paid enough (ugh), or aren’t paid at all (double ugh), so many of them need to work part time to make ends meet. Also, many of the students want to be able to take classes while they intern. Now, working a full-time internship is fine with the college, so long as it is fine with both the student and employer. In fact, when I mentioned our intern payscale, the intern coordinator mentioned that the students might prefer to work full-time since we pay more than minimum wage. (Not that we pay some particularly large amount, in fact I’m embarrassed to admit we’re a bit low on the scale, but that’s the difference between a first-tier school and a third-tier school. And I mean no offense when I say “third-tier”; they admit they aren’t the best school around but they try to do right for their students.)
Anyway, I know that during any interview there’s some motivation to tell the interviewer what the candidate thinks we want to hear, even if it’s not totally the truth. So if we budget for 40 hours of interns, we could hire 1 full-time, 2 half-time, or 4 quarter-time interns (or some combination). Our issue is that if someone tells us they want to work full- or half-time, we’ll need to hire fewer interns, but if they then start the job and really only wanted to work half- or quarter-time, it’s not really worth it to us to fire that person if they’re only going to be here for 3 months (although of course we’re not hiring them a second time around). But, at that point we would have turned down the 2nd/3rd/4th candidates that we would have used to make up those hours, and we’ll be short-staffed for that semester.
Now, I realize I am putting the cart before the horse. Perhaps none of the candidates will want to work full time. Perhaps all of them will. Perhaps none of the candidates will pass the interview. But in the event that the situation above comes to pass, how do I get the actual amount of hours someone wants work, instead of what they think I want to hear?
I realize, in the grand scheme of things, there will always be some lying. And if the intern changes their mind or even quits halfway though the semester, we’ll probably just suck it up and keep going. But I’d rather minimize the issues before they start.
TL;DR: Interns could work part-time or full-time. How do I get them to be honest in the interview so we can schedule/hire the right number of interns?
CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD: http://goo.gl/mFgeQ0
we offer a collection of 100 BEST Horse Images.