Over the last couple of days I have been listening to a 3 part series from CIO Live on Generation Y in the IT industry (1, 2, 3) based on interviews with Foster Frontier’s Stuart Guest-Smith, a good listen. The last episode touched on several issues organisations need to be addressed to attract Gen Y’s.
One of interest was Stuart’s view that given the relative short lengths of employment Gen Y tend to exhibit, compared to other generations, we need to reduce the cost of recruitment. Makes sense. This means sorting out the poor and time consuming recruitment practices which scares many Gen Y’s away. The trick is to ensure the organisation’s needs are meet, like hiring the right person, and at the same time trying to make the process attractive to the candidate.
One idea Stuart proposed was to replace the early phase formal interview with a coffee discussion between the manager and candidate. This allows both sides to explore the benefits of working together. This should not be an all too foreign idea for recruiters as it happens at the the very senior levels all the time.