Millennials, the next Great Generation, consist of those born between 1980 and 1999. Millennials value jobs that challenge them, inspire them, and help them fulfill their life goals. If you’re looking to hire these kinds of young people with digital potential you will need to appeal to their goals and needs in the hiring process. To help you with these unique hiring challenges, we here at Bloovi Me have put together some tips and tricks from our experience.
First, bear in mind that for many candidates, yours is their first interview ever. It is totally normal that they might be nervous. So, make the candidate feel at ease by opening with some introduction questions, and relax them … Importantly, be honest and to the point about your expectations: make a distinction between must haves and nice to haves.
Tip 1: Think of a short introduction
● Your company: its history, founder, milestones, etc
● Yourself and your professional path up to now
● The team, your current role, and the link with the open position
● The reason this job is open and the accompanying job tasks
Tip 2: Let the candidate introduce him/herself
Millennials value the opportunity to discuss their interests. Ask them to tell their story their way. Understand that they have energy and passion with burgeoning sense of adventure. Young people are looking for a job that fulfills them and gets them to their end goal.
Tip 3: Ask open questions to gauge personality fit
● What are your strengths and give specific examples?
● What would you say makes you the right candidate?
● Where do you see yourself in 3 years?
● What kind of relationship would you like to have with your boss?
Their answers will undoubtedly give you an idea about their expectations of working hours, and how they deal with authority.
Tip 4: Make sure you give the candidate the chance to ask questions, too
Millennials want to ask questions about the job, the company, its culture, and opportunities for growth within it. This reveals them to be genuinely interested in the opportunity at hand. Your interest in their questions will engage them and you’ll remember them when it’s time to make a hiring decision.
Tip 5: Be clear about when to expect feedback
It’s essential to give your feedback constructively and effectively as soon as possible after the interview. You don’t want to sound like you’re reading a script, but you do need to be clear about what you’re going to say. What are the next steps and who will contact who?
Successful interviewing is a two-way street. If you want to hire digital natives, be prepared to embrace new technology and new management styles that fit their needs and cultural expectations. Like with any candidate, finding the right millennial may take some time, but it’s worth the effort!