March 09, 2020 | By NACE Staff
TAGS: internships, trends and predictions, surveys, recruiting, nace insights
Spotlight for Recruiting Professionals
When employers have two equally qualified candidates, they tend to choose the candidate with internship experience, according to results of NACE’s Job Outlook 2020 survey.
This marks the third consecutive year that employers identified internship experience as the top differentiator between two equally qualified job candidates.
Candidates who have completed an internship with a hiring organization have a slight edge over those with internship experience in a given industry, but both attributes show the highest influence ratings in choosing one candidate over another. (See Figure 1.)
A student’s major and having held a leadership position are equally influential, as are general work experience and involvement in extracurricular activities. Having a GPA of 3.0 or above also has somewhat of an influence, but having no work experience may influence the employer to hire another candidate who does.
Data for the Job Outlook 2020 survey were collected from August 1, 2019, through September 30, 2019. This year’s data collection not only surveyed 905 NACE employer members, but also 2,229 employer organizations that were nonmembers. A total of 150 surveys were returned; 115 were NACE members and the remaining 35 were nonmembers. The Job Outlook 2020 report is available free to members through MyNACE. Nonmembers can purchase the report through the NACE Store.
Figure 1: Influence of Attributes
Percent of employers that allocated more resources to recruit historically marginalized students
NACE September 2021 Quick Poll
Percent of students seeking employer that embraces diversity
2021 NACE Student Survey
Percent of employers with a formal diversity recruiting effort
2021 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey Report