It seems like a slow news day, so here's my old man, Sunday afternoon rant to liven things up. Apparently not everyone realizes that during job interviews, texting and checking twitter are not exactly activities to give the candidate a leg up on getting hired, and according to some HR professionals, such behavior is increasing:
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....
[Jaime] 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.
Here's some advice, if you're going into a job interview and you think you might be tempted to check your messages or send a text, turn your damn phone off!
Geno Smith certainly seems to be part of this trend that HR executives are noticing. As Jason Cole reports on Yahoo Sports, texting and checking Twitter may be part of the reason Geno Smith dropped to the second round in the NFL Draft:
Two sources indicated that when Smith went on some visits to teams, rather than interact with coaches and front-office people, he would spend much of his time on his cell phone. Instead of being engaged with team officials, he would be texting friends or reading Twitter or a number of other distracting activities.
"All these other players who were in there were talking to the coaches, trying to get to know people and he was over there by himself," one of the sources said. "That's not what you want out of your quarterback."
I guess Geno's agents failed him for not telling him that that sort of thing was frowned upon.