Hiring managers three times as likely to hire older workers: Survey
Millennials are not going to shake that derisive stereotype of being entitled if a new survey of hiring managers is any indication.
From Adecco, a human resources consulting company, comes findings that Millennials are most likely to break the cardinal rule of job interviews: Wear appropriate clothing. About 75 percent of the 501 hiring managers surveyed dress Millennials down for their penchant to commit fashion faux pas.
Their second most common mistake is posting “compromising content” on social media networks such as Facebook, followed by not conducting appropriate research on the company or position for which they are applying, or asking questions about the company or the position. Almost half (46 percent) said that Millennials need to work on their professional writing skills
But Millennials’ loss is the baby boomers’ gain, according to the Adecco survey. The hiring managers said that they were three times as likely to hire a worker age 50 or older. The reasons? More mature workers are considered to be more reliable (91 percent) and professional (88 percent), the respondents said.
Less than one-quarter (24 percent) of respondents said that older job applicants dress inappropriately, while only 19 percent said that boomers post inappropriate content online. However, their biggest mistake is asking for a high salary, according to 51 percent of hiring managers.
Older workers also excel at listening, 77 percent of hiring manager said, while 75 percent praised boomers’ work ethic. The same percentage praised their leadership skills while 61 percent said they were good problem solvers.
Millennials are sorely lacking in these skills, hiring managers said, but they do best their older counterparts in other areas. Seventy-four percent praised Millennials for their creativity vs. 17 percent who consider older workers to be creative. Millennaials, according to 73 percent of respondents, are also better than more mature workers at networking. They are also considered to be much more technically savvy than older workers.
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.