Hiring Interns? Acknowledge and Understand the Generation Z
The impacts of Generation Z's impending entrance into the workforce, consumer markets, technology, politics, and culture will be felt immediately and profoundly. This generation views work and achievement in life and the workplace very differently than the Millennial generation did. Employers must acknowledge and understand the Generation Z to hire the right interns.
Every year companies approach colleges, universities, intern marketplaces to hire fresh batch of interns. These interns constitute Generation Z (between 10-24 years of age). Out of these, the 18-24 year olds of the lot definitely are moving towards making their careers and look for internships. Companies need to stay ahead in their communication strategies. When it comes to hiring this generation, they are fast, full of energy, tech-savvy, competitive, and are social media aficionados.
Is your team ready to recruit and train them accordingly?
Do you have mentors who can get together with them and match their pace to get the required results out of them? Are the recruiters trained to contact and communicate with them with the help of the various mediums? What must you do to attract them to your company? Let's look at some essentials needed to make your team intern-training friendly:
- Growth Prospects: Companies today need to provide Gen Z with continuous growth opportunities laced with skill-based training. They are tech-savvy, which means they can grasp things quickly despite being amateurs at the required skill or process.
They love to learn and are curious about many things at a time. The internship supervisors must be equipped with the latest and relevant training material. This can assist the new interns with better learning and development.
- Connect with Internwise.com: Intern hiring is made easier with niche websites like Internwise.com. They help connect the employers with the required candidates effortlessly. Employers need to ready themselves with utilising such mediums, apart from the traditional mediums of regular job portals. That will help them hire the best talent from the industry, with fewer efforts and in lesser time.
- Work Culture and Use of Advance Tools: Generation Z consists of smart worker. Getting the required software, tools and equipment for them to get better results should be a priority for the companies.
A forward-thinking workplace and culture will help them connect with the team members. For that employers need to introduce or initiate independent working owing to their approach towards gaining desired outcome. Micromanagement doesn’t work so trusting them is essentials. Periodic evaluation method will also help enhance confidence from both sides. Allowing them to develop their logical thinking skills will work wonders in the long run.
- Tech Savvy trainers: Gen-Z are born in digital world where everything is tech, and new information is at the tip of their fingers. As an employer, your workforce will need people who can catch up with the latest trends of the industry they are in.
Speaking their language is a better connection strategy than trying to bind them with the age-old practices. Letting them grow in a tech-savvy environment and allowing them to contribute in the company’s success will make them responsible employees.
More than 80% of the audience of this generation expects straight communication, sans any sugar coating. They may seem inadequately skilled for the current company requirements but believe them when they seem mindful yet anxious towards their future. They strive to be hard-working and want to learn more to grow. They also make mistakes but know how to correct them with your help.
In conclusion, Gen-Z are your company’s future, you cannot deny that, and for that you will have to think like them. This will guarantee your success and growth as well.
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