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Does Gen Y Set the Bar Too High During Job Interviews?

June 5, 2009

When your firm interviews a young candidate today, does it seem like the prospect is asking more questions and outlining more expectations than the person conducting the interview?

You’re not alone.

I stumbled across a blog containing a transcript of a mock interview to help relieve some of the frustrations of an employer attempting to hire a Gen Y employee.

The candidate pretty much sets the stage, dictating to the boss exactly what that boss must do to make the employee happy: Let him start at 9:30 a.m., provide him with an office, put “executive” on his business card and give him a copy of the company’s green policy.

The dialogue is hysterical. But is it true?

Well, the blogger—who happens to be a Gen Yer—posed the question, and interestingly most of the people who answered admitted that it was, at least to some degree.

One even asked whether the blogger had copied the transcript from their last job interview.

So is Gen Y “setting the bar too high for themselves,” as the blogger suggests, or should Boomer employers lighten up and try to appease them?

Comments (2)
I believe it depends on the person. I have 2 Gen Y employees and one is very much as described above and has very little patience and wants instant gratification, the other is able to figure things out on his own and requires so much less attention.

I wasn't even aware of the issue until I attended a conference that touched on this new generation. I don't think this age group should be generalized but taken on a case by case basis, at least in my experience.
Posted by mcdougal | Monday, June 22 2009 at 3:17PM ET
generation y candidates are the future homeless. their expectations are higher than their productive capacities.
Unless they get a job in texting and gaming that strokes them personally, they can stay home. Few of them have "WE" instead of "ME". Pass.
Posted by WOLFSOHN | Friday, June 19 2009 at 9:50AM ET
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