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Should you hire interns? Interns will Kill your Company

Source:   Entrepreneurs are strapped for cash, so we turn to interns to help out. Let’s face it: they’re cheap labour that can think. And they don’t mind being called that, because when they graduate, they can tell that big MNC HR team that they’ve “widened their horizons during a fulfilling internship at a startup”. And they’ve got the testimonial to prove it (which they write, we sign). Win-win, right? GET REAL! Interns are double-edged swords. Useful in the short term, but in the long term they’re toxic creatures that could spell the end of your Big Idea.   Turnaround You get a fresh-faced NUS/NTU/SMU kid in April. He’s clueless till June, when he starts to get the hang of things. He may even become your MVP. Right up till August, when he decides that instead of working, he’s going to start planning his grad trip. And in September, he says sayonara, clocks his compulsory internship and off he goes to Estonia while you’re left with a mess of things.   You become a teacher — not a boss Interns aren’t good at teamwork, their coding pales in comparison to qualified individuals.  They won’t hand over things properly and they often make a mess of things. That’s okay for them, because they’re learning. But not for you, because you’re losing.   You also become a babysitter You have to figure out how to fill their time. They’ll come to you earnestly, “How can I help?” You then search your mind for something seemingly important to give them. If they’re efficient they finish the task in a jiffy, and then they’re back in...
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