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Part of professionalism is tact and diplomacy. I wonder why Mr. Plato
bothers informing sub-standard applicants of their submission omissions
(forgive the assonance)? Surely, as an earlier person pointed out, it
wouldn't be particular prudent to hire these people. Should we share all our
evaluations with the applicants:
"Well, Jim, thanks for applying. I certainly liked your resume, and you've
got excellent references. However, I'm not going to hire you because you
seem like kind of a freak and have lettuce in your teeth."
I think not. If Mr. Plato pulled that on me the last thing I'd expect would
be to get the job. DB.
From: Meek, DavidX L [mailto:davidx -dot- l -dot- meek -at- INTEL -dot- COM]
Sent: Wednesday, February 03, 1999 2:22 PM
To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
Subject: Re: Appalled, eh?
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.)