Millennials are starting to make up the majority of the workplace, and they are looking for different things than previous generations were.  If you ignore their requests and your values are misaligned, it can lead to job hopping, which in turn costs a ton of money.  These are 5 things to avoid when hiring millennials.


If you fail to highlight the ways in which millennials can learn and grow within your company, they may not be interested.  Career growth is one of the key things that millennials look for, with around 87% of them stating that career development counts when evaluating whether to stay in a job.  By adding statements about the personal development that candidates can receive, you can attract more millennials to your positions easily.


Even though millennials are thought of as being job-hoppy, they actually desire stability from a position.  If you don’t present the job as being stable (e.g. having good career advancement opportunities, benefits, a pension plan, health insurance, healthy work-life balance, etc.), then millennials may not be interested.  Of course, the benefits you offer will be dependent on your company budget, but promoting the benefits you do offer and ensuring that the candidate knows how stable the job will be is a great way to attract millennials.


Failing to present the company culture is a mistake to avoid when hiring millennials, because candidates will want to know whether or not they will fit into the company.  It has been shown that Millennials look for a culture and people fit when looking for new positions, so allowing them to judge whether or not your company suits them is a good way to attract them to the apply button (and filters our candidates who would not fit).

Your job adverts are obviously one of the things which will either inspire millennials or put them off, so avoiding writing a boring, cliché job advert is important.  If a millennial doesn’t feel that the job you are describing will fit with their aspirations then they won’t apply, so attracting candidates relies on pulling from their career goals and inspiring them.  This is a pretty easy change to make, even if you just use different words to describe things.


Even when a millennial has applied for your position, your recruitment can put them off of your company.  An unstructured and unorganised hiring process will result in a bad candidate experience, meaning that this is a mistake you should definitely avoid making.  This is more of a problem than ever before, because millennials are likely to receive more job offers than previous generations, giving them the opportunity to be more choosy with which company they want to work for.  So, aim to build a streamlined hiring process in order to attract and retain more (and better) millennial candidates.


As millennials become the most prominent generation in the workplace it is important to tailor your recruitment process to their wants and needs. By following these 5 things to avoid when hiring millennials, you can make your company more attractive to those who you want to hire.  If you are struggling with writing an effective job advert, check out our free guide.