Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Recruiting Generation Y

It is difficult to ask the right questions when interviewing with a recent graduate or an entry-level job seeker. In his book, Hiring the Best: A Manager’s Guide to Recruitment and Selection, Martin Yate gives some tips on obtaining the right information from a novice.

Yate highlights three major job skills that are used in most entry-level positions – time management and organization, problem-solving skills, and communication skills. He offers up some questions for study, such as: “Tell me how you organize your day,” “What were some typical problems you experienced in that job,” and “What platforms are you familiar with in addition to Facebook and Twitter?” These questions, tailored for the recent graduate and/or entry-level worker, give you the answers you are looking for while also helping the job seeker beginner answer the questions with confidence.

When assessing soft skills, Yates recommends asking questions pertaining to professors, such as “What would your favorite professor say about you?” and “What would your least favorite professor say about you?”  These questions help reveal how they will relate to authority in the workplace while also giving you a glimpse of their worldview.

Lastly, explore what motivates your job seeker by asking questions about their outside activities, such as “What did you enjoy doing most at college?” “When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?” Move from these general questions into more company-related queries, such as “What do you know about this job? What would you like to know about this job?” These answers will reveal the applicant’s values and desire to making a contribution.

The most important thing to remember when coming across an entry-level candidate is making sure that they are a good fit, not only for the job but also for your company. Helping them understand the responsibilities of the role you are hiring for by asking them to do a job shadow, for example, is a good way to see if the Generation Y candidate is right for the job.

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