With millennials now the largest generation currently in the U.S. workforce, organizations of all sizes need to adapt their hiring processes to effectively recruit and retain young workers. On the surface this may seem simple, but it’s important to remember that millennials have a much different attitude and mindset towards employment than the generations before them. Therefore, it’s important that you evaluate and adjust your interviewing process to attract millennials to your organization and create a culture which fosters a positive workplace for years to come.
The bottom line is that traditional interviewing methods will no longer work for this unique generation. Consider revamping your interviews with millennial candidates by asking these questions.
Where have you volunteered?
Millennials value their volunteer work and take pride in the time and efforts they make to support causes they care about. In addition to showing that your organization also shares philanthropic values, this question gives candidates the opportunity to share pieces of their backgrounds and the efforts they’ve made to make a difference in the world. A candidate’s answer to this question will allow you to see how they spend their time outside of work and how committed they are to other causes.
What is your dream job?
Millennials are known for having big aspirations for themselves, both personally and professionally. By asking this question, millennial candidates will appreciate you taking interest in their “big picture” dreams, hopefully opening them up to discuss their career goals. Additionally, asking this question will allow you to determine if there’s any correlation between the candidate’s dream job and the job at hand, which is important for evaluating whether the candidate is a good fit for the position at your organization.
Why do you want to work here?
Millennials tend to be very opinionated about what they believe is an appealing workplace, so give them the opportunity to share with you their desire to work at your organization. Maybe it’s the culture of your workplace or the professional growth opportunities offered. Or, maybe the candidate just really needs a job. Either way, getting feedback about the candidate’s perception of your organization will open up the conversation about how their experience and skills may or may not align with the job opportunity.
Keeping these types of questions in mind when recruiting millennials will result in more effective interviews that will allow you to thoroughly evaluate candidates and their potential at your organization. Millennials are here to stay, so it’s time to embrace them during the interview process!
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