One reader, bruce, chimed in, confirming Jessica's findings:
I've been interviewing for nearly a month to fill an outside sales rep position and a marketing manager position in a health care related company. These are both professional type position[s], yet one rep candidate had her cell phone on, it rang and she answered it!!And indeed, "Gen-Yers" are said to present management challenges all their own. Here are a few BNET tips on managing millenials.
Another sales rep candidate showed up in black denim pants, a striped long sleeve shirt over a dark blue t-shirt with the collar open and no tie, Birkenstock-type shoes and grey socks, and, to top it off, a large tongue pin, or whatever they call those things... I've heard that Gen-Xers and Gen-Yers are motivated differently, but this is incredible. I crave to speak to someone who can actually converse in an intelligent manner without many "ya know" and "sorta" and "kinda."
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