While CARA does not typically hire new college graduates to consult on client projects, we do our fair share of interviewing junior candidates. They need the practice, and we can offer solid resume advice. Plus, sometimes we find a diamond in the rough who might just be perfect for an entry-level opportunity.
Not long ago, we positioned a bright graduate student for a writing assignment. We’ll call him John.
Here’s the scoop: John was articulate, well-groomed and technically savvy. He had a spot-on resume and some decent writing samples. The client agreed to an interview, and all went well until John was asked to handwrite a paragraph on how to perform a procedure of his choice.
Much to our embarrassment, the paragraph contained several grammar and spelling mistakes. Needless to say, John didn’t get the job. In debriefing the situation, one of my colleagues pointed to the fact that probably none of us would have passed that test without spelling and grammar checks. Well, besides me, of course. My spelling and grammar are impeccable!
For me, this event highlighted how emerging technologies are eroding professional communication skills across the workforce today. My question is this: What is the message we’re sending?
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