Another crop of recent graduates (congrats, class of 2014), and another crop of job applicants. Now, I know some of you may dislike the term “millennials”- but really, is Gen Y a better one?- but really, there are a few things worth noting about this young demographic that would do more than a few employers and business well to keep in mind.
These kids are no longer kids. They were born at the tail end of the Cold War, if not after it’s end. They came up in an era that saw, among other things, the United States as the sole global superpower. Millennials saw communication and interconnectivity expand at a near unprecedented pace: the .com bubble, personal computers becoming commonplace in homes; mobile devices, pagers, beepers- you name it. But they’ve also seen 9/11, the resulting post 9/11 world, the volatile nature of national politics, and over a decade of armed conflict abroad. Basically, American millennials have seen their home country, the U.S., at unprecedented highs and lows.
Which means that their attitudes and expectations are similarly affected. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what’s so different about these twenty-somethings; why they can be so deeply cynical yet wonderfully nostalgic for their days of youth. Basically something’s going on, and as they enter the workforce, too many employers aren’t really grasping why. CNN Money (Fortune+Money) contributor Anne Fisher has provided some tips that current employers should remember during this newest wave of applications. Check out a few of them below.
For starters, one of the best things that can be done is to talk about the ways in which the company can be used as a platform for future opportunities. Many young people are mentally geared to thinking about the future, so factors such as corporate stability and culture are far less interesting in the interview room. This might seem selfish at first, but remember that this is as much an opportunity for you as it is for them. They want to work for you, and you want their talent. It’s equally the part of the employer to sell the company as it is for the prospective employee to sell their skills. Just stick to selling points that matter to them.
On that note, the traditional job interview itself may be dying. A quick look at the data reveals that the companies offering entry level jobs that are getting the most accepted offers are shying away from in-house interviews, opting instead for meetings in more casual environments, like cafés.