MillenialMillennials – they have a false sense of entitlement, have no work ethic and only care about a paycheck.

That’s the impression that many hiring managers have regarding 20-somethings, and while it might be true about some, it’s unfair to assume that all 20-somethings are that way.

If you find yourself interviewing a millennial, don’t simply assume that they wouldn’t be a fit for your organization. Ask questions that will afford you some insight into their mindset, level of motivation ,and experience. Their answers should enable you to determine if they are right for your business. Don’t judge them on the “generation” they belong to.

Get the information you need during an interview by following the tips below:

  • Test for motivation. Ask about their past work experience or extracurricular activities. Find out what they enjoyed most. What they liked least. What they found challenging or difficult and how they overcame those obstacles. Inquire about their goals, both short- and long-term.  Their responses will help you to determine if the position and their expectations align.
  • Measure their work ethic.  Inquire about moments in their professional or educational experience in which they were assigned to do something they didn’t enjoy. How did they motivate themselves? Did they get the assignment done? Have they ever put a little extra time into completing a project, even if it meant working late or sacrificing personal time? This will afford insight on their follow-through and commitment to tasks they are assigned.
  • Check for entitlement.  Take note of immediate questions regarding pay or vacation time. Pay attention to any bragging regarding educational level or status. It may be beneficial to inform them of menial tasks they may be required to do and see how they respond.  If their attitude or responses give you the slightest inkling that they may have a sense of entitlement, think twice.
  • Be honest.  Tell them about the types of challenges they might encounter on the job. What a career path at your organization looks like. Inform them how long it takes to advance.  Don’t glamorize the job. If you notice that they hesitate or don’t sound as eager as they did when they first came in, they might not be a good fit.

It’s important to remember that everyone needs to start somewhere and often times people just need to be given a chance and a little coaching. However, there are some attitudes and behaviors that are difficult to coach. Ask specific questions and trust your gut.

If you’ve found interviewing millennials to be too much of a challenge, consider partnering with a staffing firm. They are equipped and experienced in finding top talent.

Reach out to the expert recruiting team at Masiello. Our experienced staff is ready to help you find the best fit for your organization. We’d love to tell you how our services can benefit your organization. So if you find yourself hiring new staff, or are simply interested in more information, contact us today!