Interview Etiquette Gone Bad

Last Updated May 1, 2008 4:38 PM EDT

nose_pick.JPGAs Jessica Stillman noted in yesterday's BNET1, young job interviewees are failing in basic interview etiquette -- you know: texting on their mobiles, chewing gum, casually dropping f-bombs; the sort of stuff us 40-somethings tried to get away with in our high school social studies classes.

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!!

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."

And indeed, "Gen-Yers" are said to present management challenges all their own. Here are a few BNET tips on managing millenials.

Have an interview horror story of your own? Trouble with the youthful crowd of applicants? Share it.

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