How to Determine a Bad Millennial Employee During a Job Interview

Millennials have been dealt a bad hand: an enormous student loan debt level, a hellacious labor market and a depiction that portrays them as self-entitled, lazy and uncouth human beings. Although there are individuals like that, not every single millennial maintains this type of behavior. 

It’s a fact that millennials do have a lot of education and are very talented when it comes to technology. However, for hiring managers, whether they’re Baby Boomers or Generation Xers, it may be difficult to determine a bad millennial employee before selecting them to be the person to receive this employment opportunity. 

From whining to asking about vacation right away, there are a number of methods to conclude if this applicant is the right professional for the job or better equipped to work at a job that will give them a six-figure salary and an executive position within one week, as well as the perks of being a corporate executive (good luck). 

Here are six ways to determine if a potential millennial job candidate is not actually right for the position during an interview: 

#1 References 

We have been informed from the day we entered high school that it’s important to have a good series of references that can attest to your character and work ethic. However, over time, we believe that the hiring managers don’t actually check these references, which is somewhat true. With that being said, it’s imperative for the employer to actually speak with all of the references and find out crucial details about the job candidate. 

#2 Entitlement 

If there is even one sense of self-entitlement, then the interview should be terminated almost immediately. How to determine self-entitlement? Well, if the applicant is saying they won’t work certain times, they won’t perform tasks that are beneath them, they want a raise and a promotion immediately, they feel they’re better than the company and they admit they’ll seek greener pastures if there are any available, then you know this isn’t the best person for the job. 

#3 Attire 

There are predominantly two types of millennials when it comes to the apparel they wear: fashionable (skinny suits, neon colors and big glasses) and indifferent (ripped jeans, sneakers, messy hair, etc.). In any corporate environment, every employee must depict themselves in a professional manner, including their attire. If they refuse to obey this, even during an interview, then they won’t perform this on the job. 

#4 Tardiness 

Every job applicant must show up on time. There is no other way around it. For every one person that’s late there are 10 others that are willing to show up early and promptly. This means, if an appointment is set for 12:30 then they most certainly should not show up at 12:50 with excuses. Indeed, there are circumstances that can be out of your control - public transit delay, a street close down or an at-home emergency - but most of the time there are people that just choose to be late. 

#5 Negative questions 

In today’s ultra competitive labor market, we have been encouraged to prepare for an interview. This leads us to have a preconceived notion as to what will be asked and take place, which then also causes prefabricated responses. To avoid phoniness, shake it up a bit by asking negative questions: "Why shouldn’t I hire you?" "Was it a good thing that your previous employer fired you?" "What lie do you often tell?" and "Why would I let you go after three months?" This will make them ill at ease but it will incite creativity and honesty. 

#6 Social media habits 

Ask the interviewee what social media outlets they participate in, what topics do they often discuss and how do they speak on Twitter and Facebook? They may not be honest, but prior to the interview, you should already have an idea how they communicate, whether it be political discussions or racist comments. 

Job interviews are very hard to both conduct and take part in. With numerous candidates applying for one position, these are very difficult to navigate and every minute is precious. It’s imperative that both sides are honest with each other and don’t beat about the bush. By doing this, the employer and employee can have a fruitful working relationship. 

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