Students working part time can fall through recruitment cracks

How employers identify top students
By Graham Donald
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/17/2005

How do employers identify “top students” during the screening process? If they, like most, rely on top grades and extra-curricular involvement as evidence of leadership potential, they may be missing the cream of the crop.

Most employers begin by identifying specific schools and programs based on past recruiting success, and hopefully reviewed each year according to the organization’s hiring needs for the next year.

Once the list of schools and programs has been narrowed down, recruiters often rank and rate candidates based on a combination of criteria.