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Admin & HR Roles

How to hire a graduate for a role in Admin and HR

Candidate profile: A highly organised and efficient team player who will be able to bring together all departments and will be confident in dealing with a variety of people on a daily basis.

Humanities, languages and communications based degrees suggest the candidate has strong verbal and written communication skills which are vital to the role.

Top skills

  1. People skills
  2. Organisation
  3. Multi-tasking
  4. Written & verbal communication
  5. Attention to detail

Non-office experience

  • Any experience in a customer facing role is a great sign as an HR and Admin role requires dealing with a lot of people on a daily basis. For example, previous roles in retail, waitressing or any bar work indicate use of the core skills required for this role.
  • Similarly, participation in societies at university and roles on committees show organisation and people skills.
  • Team sports are another bonus, as great HR exectuives have to be team players.
  • Any charity or pastoral care roles are also useful as they suggest the candidate is personable and good with people.

Office experience

  • Any office experience is valuable and does not need to be HR specific.
  • Customer service roles show the candidate has experience in dealing with clients in a professional setting.

Red flag

  • Poor written skills are a warning signal here – any errors on the CV or cover letter indicate a lack of attention to detail.

Green flag

  • Confident speaker who will enjoy interacting with lots of people on a daily basis.

At interview

  • Creating role-plays to see how candidates would react in certain situations. This is a great way to test judgment and common sense under pressure to see if they would be a good fit for the role.
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