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I guess I just don't get it, but I've always thought that being a
professional means being able to fulfill reasonable job requirements to a
high degree of quality. If a job applicant can't follow basic directions,
what does that say for that person's ability to complete an assignment in a
professional and timely manner?
This isn't mean; it's professionalism. It's meeting standards. Hopefully,
the individual sets personal standards that are higher than what the company
Frankly, I'd be cautious about working for a company that *didn't* enforce
professional standards for behaviour and quality.
Mr. Plato has the right idea. Maybe it's a sign of the times that
professionalism has become so lightly regarded. And that's not appalling;
(Any statements made above are mine, and mine alone.)