Top Interview Questions to Ask Millennials

Millennials have different concerns about work as compared to older workers – they want to know what they are getting into before they take a job. These younger workers also tend to have specific expectations about how a job will advance their career and how long that will take. And they are not automatically going to feign loyalty to a company if they don’t feel that the company will be loyal to them.

As the largest generation in the workforce to date*, it is therefore essential to make great hiring decisions. Mix and match any of these interview questions below to help select the right Millennial for your organization.


1. Would you rather be an inventor or a leader?

It will simply help tell you where their passions lie and if they like to build things or build people.


2. What have you done in the past that will help you do this job?

Younger millennials may not have a great deal of work experience, but that shouldn’t be a showstopper. Asking about their transferrable experience, such as projects they’ve worked on at school, a team they were on, or volunteer work, also helps put them at ease.


3. Tell me about a time when things felt helpless but you knew you would pull through.

Millennials are an optimistic group, and you want to be sure you are bringing that into your organization. Hire people with optimism and you will find they reach for big goals and try to change the future for the better.


4. Tell me about the time you failed.

Right or wrong, millennials have been pegged as a group that gets their way. Failure happens and it’s important to know how they respond to it.


5. Have you ever had to wear a uniform, cover up a tattoo, or work at a timing that was difficult for you? How did you handle that?

This question allows you to see how millennials coped with tasks that required them to make compromises in personal style or conform to standards they didn’t agree with.


6. How do you like to receive feedback?

The goal of this question is to gently point out that your employees hear things they don’t want to hear. Millennials often fear making the wrong decision. By asking about feedback, you’re signalling that this position will need involve some trial and error.


7. What kind of relationship do you expect to have with your boss?

Millennials may have never had a formal relationship with a boss; this interview question prevents a mismatch in expectations.


8. What do you read or listen to everyday to get the news of the day?

This question reveals the candidate’s curiosity and interest in the broader world. Do they read anything beyond Buzzfeed and Twitter?


9. Would you rather work at home, in a traditional office, or in an office with an open floor plan?

People have preferences for how to work and you will want to ensure that you have a workplace aligned to this (or provide clarity on your work environment).


10. If we gave you time off to be involved with the community, what would you do?

Asking this question serves two purposes. It lets millennials know you value philanthropy; it also identifies the candidate’s enthusiasm about contributing to a holiday food drive or a charity walk.


11. What do you want to accomplish with this job? What are your goals?

Finding out if a millennial candidate has a clear idea of what he wants to accomplish in his career shows you’re interested in him apart from the job you’re interviewing him for. This can also determine is his goals are in line with that of the job position and the company.



*Source: Channel NewsAsia