Millennials are joining the job market and employers are looking forward to hiring new talent. It’s key for millennials to understand what’s expected of them, so this article is about the Millennial Job Interview-How to hire the best talent.
Employers want to benefit from the fact that this is the first generation that is digitally native. Millennials get the vast majority of their information and news from the Internet.
So, here we list a few important features that will help both employees and millennials looking for work to meet each other. So the Millennial Job Interview plays an important role.
Tips for Millenials preparing for the job interview
Crucial to job interview success is scrupulous attention to your preparatory homework. You really should not ignore this part. Think about it. If you are, like my friend Johan, participating in the GEDENO course, you are stretching your time, so when you get your education diploma and have a job interview, you want to maximize this opportunity, right?
Interviewing for a new career opportunity in middle age, especially if considering a career tangent, can be a little daunting. Here are some tips for success. Today’s focus is on pre-interview preparation. A review of posts of the past 10 days or so will provide more background information on some of the issues mentioned here.
Crucial to success is scrupulous attention to your homework. Ask yourself how many exams you failed in your student days when you were well-prepared. None, right?
Exactly the same applies to job interviews: the job search has changed. Provided you prepare in advance and are as realistic as possible about whether the fit is right, you’ll interview successfully and succeed in your new career role.
Hiring Millenials – thing to remember
- 75 percent of millennials want the ability to work flexibly and still be on track for promotion. They believe that a flexible schedule would make them more productive.
- Millennials expect diversity. They are looking to interact and work with a broad range of folks of different cultures, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and generation. Don’t hesitate to hire high school dropouts with a GED diploma, says Steve Gory from Gedeno.com. Millennials will follow their own path.
- They want a coach, not a boss. They are looking for more mentorship rather than just direction.
- Millennials understand and want to learn about new technology.
- Millennials clearly say that they are looking to engage in this sort of job, also when they’re looking for a more low-stress position, and want to be emotionally and behaviorally connected to them.
Things to do
- Explain The Company Vision
- Prioritize Community Service
- Give Regular Feedback
- Offer More Flexibility
- Provide Professional Development
The homework stage
1. Consider every exchange with a potential new employer or supervisor as a part of the interview process – thus, whether via telephone, email, or conventional mail, be on your toes. Consciously or not, you are laying out the opening bars of an impression.
Are you courteous, responsible, punctual, and articulate? Do you appear informed, interested, and positive? In a reciprocal fashion, what are you learning about them? In other words, research the company and do that well!
2. Remember to have completed your earlier assignments with respect to networking, identification of unique abilities and transferable skills, preparation of a resume, and an elevator pitch.
[a] Networking opens up interview possibilities and allows you to be informed about both the particular job opportunity you are exploring and more general industry trends, opportunities and challenges.
[b] Your unique abilities and transferable skills allow you to articulate in a dynamic manner what you can specifically add to an employing organization.
[c] Your resume points to the career trajectory you’ve followed and the logic of this new career opportunity in your ongoing professional evolution. Tie past accomplishments to future responsibilities and make sure your resume is professional.
[d] Your elevator pitch allows you to answer a common opening gambit in an interview along the lines of “briefly tell us about yourself.”
3. Rehearse a particular listening and answering style so this appears natural during the interview. Practice with your spouse/partner or a close friend. Talk out loud to yourself in the shower or car.
Listen attentively to the interviewer’s questions or comments for clues as to what they think is important. Your answers should affirm that you heard their message.
Your responses should be to the point and draw straight lines between your past experiences and your expertise, and your potential new responsibilities. Avoid verbosity, which risks being interpreted as a lack of self-confidence. To learn more about this, read our post “Spiritual Wisdom & Career Change,” a very interesting and explaining article.
The interview proper stage
There are specific ‘of-the-day’ considerations to address, which I lay out below. I’m not here to tell you to wear a suit and tie, shake hands firmly, smile, and be friendly. You’re middle-aged, you know all that stuff.
1. Allow yourself the right to be nervous, and flub an answer or two. Just make sure you’re well-prepared for the interview. Would you want to work for an individual or organization that expects you to be superhuman?
2. Consider the formal interview as a dialogue, not a trial. Most of the time, it is reasonable to assume that you meet the basic qualifications of the role you are a candidate for. Now, at issue is ‘goodness-of-fit.’ This has to be a two-way street.
3. Bring your best mindset to the table.
[a] Project energy and enthusiasm.
[b] Emphasize the positive and the possibilities.
[c] Be assertive without being aggressive.
[d] If asked, convey an awareness of your biases and blindspots.
[e] Frame discussion of challenges you’ve overcome as “problems-actions-results,” and try to link how your experience of conquering these challenges enhances your professional expertise and would add value to your potential new role.
4. Discussion about salary makes most of us nervous. You can reduce this anxiety by framing matters differently.
[a] Use the word compensation in lieu of salary.
[b] Enquire about your “compensation package”- thus monthly or annual income (can you live on less than $50k a year), benefits like healthcare insurance, bonuses, incentives (usually geared to individual performance whereas bonuses may be more broadly applied to the success of a company or division), support for ongoing professional development and your opportunities for career advancement.
[c] You have an income range in mind. This is a product of your networking work discussed above. Unrealistically high or low-income expectations, like wanting to earn $100 an hour, will raise a red flag that you are not well informed.