How College Grads Flub Interviews, Fail On The Job [Infographic]

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The current dearth of jobs may seem reason enough for the recent batch of 2 million college graduates to put their best foot forward when interviewing for jobs.

But many of them are failing to make the grade, according to the 2012 "Professionalism in the Workplace Study" from York College of Pennsylvania (via U.S. News & World Report).

The study found:

  • Nearly half don't dress appropriately for job interviews (40 percent).
  • Almost 1 out of 3 show up late for job interviews (29 percent).
  • More than 1 in 4 (26 percent) show up unprepared, failing to adequately research the company to which they were applying.
  • Nearly 1 in 4 exhibit "poor verbal skills," including mangled grammar (23 percent).

The study of more than 600 human-resource professionals and employee supervisors also found younger workers fail to exhibit professionalism on the job. Among new hires, managers noted these four problems in particular:

  • Lack of urgency in getting a job done (reported by 32.6 percent of managers).
  • A sense of entitlement (27.2 percent).
  • Poor job performance coupled with a mediocre work ethic, which may include things such as failing to take initiative or being unreliable (23 percent).
  • Being tardy, leaving early or numerous absences (22.2 percent).

The report further notes that along with the lack of urgency, managers reported that the new employees also didn't effectively manage their time.

Some of those factors also contributed to employees losing their jobs. Of the HR professionals surveyed, 25.7 percent cited a poor work ethic as reason for dismissal, while 22.8 percent reported that IT abuses, which include such things as excessive use of Twitter or Facebook or texting at inappropriate times, led to employees being fired.

Supervisors also listed a poor work ethic (34.8 percent) as their chief reason for firing employees, but poor time management (31.1 percent) and unethical behavior (30.7 percent) were also top reasons that resulted in dismissals.

For more findings from York College of Pennsylvania's 2012 "Professionalism in the Workplace Study," check out the infographic below.

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