This is a guest post from Sirona Says blog http://blog.sironaconsulting.com/sironasays/
I have been having a good few gen y conversations with clients recently, and when we got around to discussing their interview processes they had some strange stories. Well, it appears that the gen Y’ers are returning to character (pre-recession) and living up to the type of gen Y traits I have written about before.
This issue got me thinking about interviews, and whether the interview itself will need to change based on responses from the genY and gen Z candidates. Below are some interview responses that may annoy you with their approach, but as the gen Y ‘arrogance’ appears in the work place (and it will I am sure), these could represent the milder interview responses. So here are ten gen Y interview responses to expect some time soon:
- I have a short attention span, if I don’t like this job then I will move on to something I do like.
- I have 2 other offers on the table so can I have a response now please?
- As long I get the job done, I don’t think it matters if a few rules are broken along the way.
- Is it possible to get the job without providing a reference, I don’t have any?
- Be nice to me, bear in mind when I get the job, I will be your boss.
- If a customer has a problem with how I work then they’ll just have to deal with it, I am not their best friend you know.
- After I have done my 3 month probation, what will I be promoted to?
- The only reason I want this job is that it is near my home, and I can stay in bed longer.
- I don’t need to take my headphones off – the volume on my ipod is low so I can hear both the song and you.
- I really like the job and the company, but I don’t like you. Can someone else be my boss when I get the job?
[These are real now – No. 9 happened to someone I know last week interviewing for staff in London!!]
I know that some of these types of answers are already appearing in the interviews that a couple of my clients are carrying out – most of their candidates fit the gen Y and gen Z demographic.
So as an interviewer – whether you are an agency or a direct employer – would you adjust your interview style, give them a quick rebuff during the interview or simply walk them straight back out of the door?
>>And of course, remember that they are just as likely to jump straight onto Facebook or Twitter and tell everyone about the interview they had with you and your company!
Now will that change your approach?