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"How do you feel about working with younger people?"

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by goalmouth, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. goalmouth

    goalmouth Well-Known Member

    Was asked this very question in a job interview last week. My response: How do you feel about asking that question?
  2. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    It sounds like the type of question an older, out-of-touch newspaper editor might ask.
  3. goalmouth

    goalmouth Well-Known Member

    It was asked by an older Latin woman, who didn't appreciate the acrid irony. Oh, and not for a journo job.
  4. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    Combative response in a job interview, not a tactic I use.
    Ace likes this.
  5. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    "I don't mind working with them. I only have problems with them during nonworking hours when they won't turn down that noise and stay the hell outta my yard!"
    HanSenSE likes this.
  6. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    I'd have been able to answer "at my age, I feel it's pretty much inevitable."
  7. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    So what would be a proper response?

    1. No problem. I find I can drink them all under the table.
    2. I love working with younger people. The younger the better! Do you have photos?
    3. I love it. I keep up with all the youngsters on Twitterbook and everything.
    4. I'm OK with it, except that reminds me I'm not allowed to play Santa at the office Christmas party. It's a legal thing.
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  8. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    5. I love younger people. Ask my wife of 9 years.
    6. I don't mind working with younger people. As long as they aren't black [use racial slur for proper effect].
    7. I prefer working with younger people. No peer pressure.
    8. Do you mean all of the interns I saw walking around when I came in?
    Batman and Ace like this.
  9. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    "I'm with it. I'm hip."

  10. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    Considering the amount of griping about Millennials around here, I'm surprised anyone would find this question very strange.
    There is a lot written about cross-generational management and the characteristics of Millennials in the work place.

    If I were asked such a question, I'd say something like: I enjoy the energy that young people bring, and I appreciate their ability to adapt to challenges and new ideas. I think it is helpful to clearly explain expectations and provide detailed explanations of how various job duties and projects support the organization's strategic goals and objectives; however, those are two things that benefit employees of all ages.
    YankeeFan likes this.
  11. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    You're hired!
  12. SpeedTchr

    SpeedTchr Well-Known Member

    "They're fine if they stay out of the way and let the grown-ups do their work in peace."
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