Who are the millennials? They are individuals born between 1977 and 2000 and they make up approximately 25% of the U.S. population. They are a significant force in the workplace and managers need to understand them by finding out what they are looking for, what they can expect and how to set clear expectations that work with this population.
Millennials are technology savvy and social media is a big part of their lives. They will most likely search out a company via a social media site to further understand the company’s culture.
When a manager has to hire a new employee, millennials will be part of the recruiting process. So what information do you need to understand and evaluate in order to interview a millennial?
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As it stands, about one-third of the current workforce is either Gen Y or millennial, but this is predicted to rise over the next decade to around the three-quarters mark. By 2025, companies of all shapes and sizes will be reliant on these groups to maintain productivity and competitive edge.
Given the year range of 1977 to 2000, millennials can come with strong experience or just starting out in their careers. Depending on what level of experience you are looking for, you will be evaluating their actual experience or potential in their performance.
The tool to use is behavior-based interviewing. The foundation of this style of interviewing is the belief that previous performance and behavior is a good indication of the future level of performance. For example, millennials who are just coming into the workforce, you can ask them, “Tell me when you had a challenging project to do. What was the project, what made it challenging, how did you handle it and what was the outcome?”
Since high-performing millennials need variety and challenges in work and want to make a difference, keep digging deeper into what they need in order to be their best.
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