Millennials are adaptive, tech-savvy and their generation makes up the largest share of the American workforce. It’s no wonder that the business world is obsessed with hiring Millennials. But traditional recruiting methods are unlikely to work with this skeptical generation. They know their skills are in high demand, and they are adept at connecting with people in ways beyond phone and email. So what is the best way to work with Millennial candidates? Last year, KPMG UK conducted a survey of 400 new graduates and asked them about their experience applying for a graduate job. The study revealed several secrets you can use to hire Millennial employees. Companies Hiring Millennials Should Streamline the Interview Process Twenty-eight percent of Millennial candidates in the survey were frustrated by the number of stages in the interview process. Screening interviews, phone interviews, first, second and third interviews and final interviews. If it takes that long to decide whether a candidate is a fit for your organization, there might be something wrong with your hiring process. Millennials Appreciate a Streamlined ProcessDecision-making marathons are frustrating and demoralizing for job candidates. Millennials are unlikely to hang on through weeks of interviews and indecision when they may be fielding offers from several employers. That’s not to say you shouldn’t carefully evaluate candidates before making a decision, but it does mean you should consider doing what KPMG did and consolidate three separate interviews into one day of panel interviews. This speeds up the process significantly and saves time for both interviewers and candidates. Communication is Important when Hiring Millennials Forty-three percent of candidates in the KPMG survey cited poor communication from the potential employer as a top frustration with the interview process. Make sure your candidates know the steps in your hiring process and the anticipated timeline. The best and most sought-after candidates are likely in contact with at least half a dozen other companies during their job search. If they haven’t heard from you in a couple of days, they may think you are not interested and accept a competitor’s offer. Never end a conversation with a candidate without letting them know Read More »
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