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Interview questions that will help you understand millenials better

In order to build a world class business, you need a world class team. For that, you need to devise interview questions that will help you understand the candidate to the dot.

We all know that the generation Y or the millenials are extremely passionate and determined about their work. We also know that a major percentage of the employee base will be millenials. You can’t ask them the same questions as you always do in order to judge their future employee performance. You need new and better questions. We have compiled a list for you:

Inventor or leader? Which side do you come on?

This question does not have a right answer. It is a matter of choice. You should ask this question to understand where the candidate’s passion lies. In other words, you’ll know whether he/she likes building people or building things.

Was there a time when you were almost helpless but you pulled through?

The answer to this question will show whether the candidate is optimistic. Needless to say, you should hire optimistic people who will work through challenges without losing hope.

Tell me about a time when you failed.

Millenials have often been categorized as the spoilt generation or as the generation that gets its way. Well, many things support this categorization but they may have failed in some way or the other. Knowing how they react to failure and cope with it is an important aspect of talent management. Taking failure in stride affects employee performance greatly.

Have you been or are you involved in charity work or volunteering?

The new generation is passionate about giving. They are often associated with charities or have volunteered. This attribute is very important in team building. Selflessness is also a mark of a great leader.

What are your work preferences?

Work environment affects employee performance and not every employee thrives in every situation. Some like working from home while others want an office setup. Knowing what different employees want can help you create a preferable work environment.

Was there a time when you thought you deserved a promotion or reward but didn’t get it?

Along with being passionate and optimistic, millenials also get frustrated very soon. The answer to this question will tell you whether the candidate is committed and resilient.

The workplace needs to be dynamic and to find the right match you need to be able to assess employee performance through interviews.

Entrepreneurial Learning

Modify your interview questions to suit the nature of millenials so that you understand them better. This will help you make a decision about hiring them in order to fit your needs and the work environment.

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