Remember when you were a prospective intern, interviewing for your first position? It wasn't all that long ago,and I bet you'd be a wiz at interviewing intern prospects for your own organization. Some of you may even be doing it now.
I was intrigued bya recent article by a twentysomething New Jersey CPA. Her firm decided to entrust the whole internship program to young CPAs who are under 35 and under the managerial level. This has been a revelatory experience for her and her peers, as they blend both the company perspective and an empathy for what young recruits are going through.
And I really like how she concludes the piece. "Interview candidates should not be worried about being scrutinized from their tie to their socks. We want to hire quality people who are personable, friendly, and intelligent. It is about fitting in with the firm’s culture. I do not interview and hire accountants; I interview and hire my future associates and teammates."
Would you like to be involved in the internship program at your firm? Why not suggest it to your managing partner or head of recruiting?