On Monday, USA Today reported that today’s college graduates are utterly incapable of performing basic interviews. They glance at their phones, they take text messages, or even pick up calls. They curse, they dress oddly – and worst of all, one out of five do one or more of those activities. According to Mara Swan of Manpower, which handles staffing, “They don’t realize (the interview) is a sales event.” A full half of human resources professionals say that recent college graduates are not professional for a full year. Jaime Fall, vice president of the HR Policy Association, blames parents: “It’s (a mindset of) ‘You’re perfect just the way [you] are. Do whatever you’re comfortable doing.”
College students are, according to the latest polls, more entitled than ever before. An analysis of the American Freshman Survey shows that students are less qualified than students of the 1960s, yet believe they are “above average” in writing, academic ability, math, and self-confidence. Psychologist Jean Twenge, who helped compile the study, said, “Since the 1960s and 1970s, when those expecations started to grow, there’s been an increase in anxiety and depression. There’s going to be a lot more people who don’t reach their goals.”
These are the future members of the Occupy Wall Street movement: disillusioned college grads with delusions of qualification. No wonder they can’t get through an interview.
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).