Millennials are failing even at job interviews: texting, taking calls, etc.

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Niccolo and Donkey
Managers to Millennials: Job Interview No Time to Text

Newly minted college graduates soon entering the job market could be facing another hurdle besides high unemployment and a sluggish economy. Hiring managers say many perform poorly—sometimes even bizarrely—in job interviews.

Human resource professionals say they've seen recent college grads text or take calls in interviews, dress inappropriately, use slang or overly casual language, and exhibit other oddball behavior.

"It's behavior that may be completely appropriate outside the interview," says Jaime Fall, vice president of the HR Policy Association. "The interview is still a traditional environment."

Fall and other HR executives say such quirks have become more commonplace the past three years or so, and are displayed by about one in five recent grads. They're prompting recruiters to rule out otherwise qualified candidates for entry-level positions and delay hiring decisions.

The trend reflects a generation of Millennials—ranging in age from 18 to 34—who grew up texting and using smartphones and social media, says Mara Swan, executive vice president of staffing firm Manpower.

"Life has gotten more casual," Swan says. "They don't realize (the interview) is a sales event."

So much off-the-cuff speaking in tweets and text messages has left many young people with stunted social skills, says Jonathan Singel, director of talent acquisition for Avery Dennison, a packaging and label maker.

Fall says Millennials also have been coddled by parents. "It's (a mindset of) 'You're perfect just the way are,' " he says. " 'Do whatever you're comfortable doing.' "

About half of HR executives say most recent grads are not professional their first year on the job, up from 40 percent of executives who had that view in 2012, according to a recent survey by the Center for Professional Excellence at York College of Pennsylvania.

The HR Policy Association recently launched a website, , to provide advice to first-time job seekers about interviewing, resumes, and workplace behavior.

Why some job candidates flunked their interviews:

Taking calls and texting. A male graduate student seeking a managerial position in Avery Dennison's research and development unit took a call on his smartphone about 15 minutes into the interview. The call, which lasted about a minute and wasn't an emergency, ruined his near-certain chance for a job offer, Singel says.

"If he thought that was OK, what else does he think is appropriate?" he says.

• Helicoptering parents. A man in his late 20s brought his father into a 45-minute interview for a material-handling job on an assembly line, says Teri Nichols, owner of a Spherion staffing-agency in Brooksville, Fla. At Cigna, a health insurance provider, the father of a recent grad who received an offer for a sales job, called to negotiate a higher salary, says Paula Welch, a Cigna HR consultant.

• Pets in tow. A college senior brought her cat into an interview for a buyer's position at clothing retailer American Eagle. She set the crate-housed cat on the interviewer's desk and periodically played with it. "It hit me like—why would you think that's OK?" says Mark Dillon, the chain's former recruiting director. "She cut herself off before she had a chance."
Niccolo and Donkey

Honestly even if elements of this are true, this trope is bull. Old people are stupid, and stuff like this:

is the kind of "common wisdom" thing we've all heard a million times, but doesn't really make sense apart from it feeling good to say. School is ultra-competitive, and kids are told from a young age that if you aren't rich and white collar (or some sort of artist)you're a failure. If there's anything young people have too much of, it's apathy, not overconfidence or having too much "self-esteem" or whatever other thing the neo-con windbag of the hour is saying. Millennial love of homos aside of course.
Yeah I've wondered what planet some of these commentators live on. In any middle class (not even superzip) high school, kids basically are made essentially neurotic by being told over and over again that if they don't attend college and land a job befitting an ''educated'' man that they are not only mentally deficient but are morally errant as well.

Kids are basically told that doing a normal job (repairing cars, being a carpenter, being a plumber) is for untouchable serfs who are lower than whaleshit and that to be part of the Brave New World of the future, one must be a 'symbolic analyst' with a flawless resume.

Millennials are basically being told they must perform tasks they often literally aren't capable of (due to intellectual and psychological limitations) under pain of total ostracization from what remains of peer groups or ''society''.
Randall McMurphy

These are bottom rung "Human Resource Professionals", if they are sifting through entry level positions with recent college grads. They are admitting to being lousy recruiters, and still trying to rationalize their $100,000 student loan debt bill as a wise investment.

Harold Lloyd

A generation with a glut of labor, low wages and little job security doesn't give a fuck about the traditions that the folks who sold them a bill of goods insist on? Shocking. Don't blame the kids, blame the ones who molded them.


Those of us that, while still somewhat young, have had the advantage of receiving a more traditional, disciplined education, find ourselves without a rival in the job market. I have never been rejected in a job interview, even when applying for positions I was underqualified for. Kids today are homos, but fortunately they wont procreate.

After the 20th interview without a job offer, the interview process becomes an informal routine.

I'm posting as I interview for assistant editor of Hockey News.

Good point. Humyn Resources are the most useless department of any company yet they possess the most authority. Their duties are shuffling benefits paperwork, hiring and dealing with "associate issues." If they deal with issues between employees on a regular basis than either the company culture needs improving or they hire complete nincompoops which is the fault of HR. This article is little more than HR personnel saving face for doing a shitty job and having unrealistic qualifications for lousy, low paying jobs.