6 reasons to hire an entry-level candidate

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With demand for experienced mining industry workers outstripping supply, here are six good reasons to hire an entry-level candidate.

The supply and demand for workers in mining shifts with the fortunes of the industry and there’s little doubt that, right now, demand for experienced workers is outstripping supply.

As a result, many mining companies have long since given up on including “X years of experience” in their job ads or on the criteria checklist they give their recruiters. Finding a candidate that meets that expectation is just not realistic in the current candidate market.

So, what can we do? One solution to the shortage is to hire entry-level candidates for certain positions. While this might not sound ideal, there are many benefits that come with hiring a “greenie” that could put your workplace ahead of others in the long term.

1.      Entry-level candidates can provide new perspectives

Entry-level candidates often like to challenge the “this is how we’ve always done it” mentality that can become entrenched in workplaces. They can bring fresh, new ideas to the workplace.

They’re good at questioning processes and can often see a better way of doing things that experienced people may not.

2.      Younger candidates can be at ease with technology

Many of our workplaces involve some form of technology, whether it is a data tool, online training matrix or purchasing system.

With technology at the fingertips of so many young, inexperienced candidates these days (let’s be honest; they’re practically born with an iPhone in their hands), they can make the learning and teaching process much easier.

3.      Trial periods often lead to something more

A contract role can be a great way to see how much potential an entry-level candidate or recent graduate has in the field.

You’ll get to see their skills and work ethic as an “intern” and might choose to bring them on as a permanent employee down the line.

4.      Help with projects or tasks you’re struggling to complete

Without any prior experience, these candidates are less inclined to have the “that’s not part of my job description” attitude when it comes to accepting ad hoc tasks or projects.

Indeed, they’re more likely to be keen, enthusiastic, and willing to take on new challenges and learn new skills.

5.      You can gain brand advocates

From an HR and recruitment perspective, the successful placement of an entry-level candidate can lead to positive word-of-mouth recommendations spreading among others seeking employment within your company.

6.      They’re ready to go right away

Lastly, most entry-level candidates offered through a recruitment company have already gone through the pre-employment process to ensure they have everything they need in order to be “work ready” when that opportunity comes.

This means they can normally be mobilised much faster than candidates who have been headhunted or poached from their current workplace and need to complete notice periods.

MPI has three decades’ specialist experience helping mining companies find the best candidates across every job category. Find out more here or get in touch today.


Dan Hatch
Mining People International