As one of the top staffing agencies in Houston, Clayton Services schedules hundreds of interviews each year for our client companies. Recently, a client rejected a candidate because she used the word “freaking” several times during her interview. It happened during the same week a NASA intern was fired from her internship before she even started. She used profanity on her social media accounts to publicly announce that she had, in fact, been hired by NASA.
She compounded the situation by being disrespectful and somewhat obtuse when she responded with even more profanity and vulgarity to a gentleman named Homer Hickam who had gently cautioned her on her choice of language.
Homer Hickam is a former NASA engineer, New York Times bestselling author of the book, Rocket Boys, inspiration for the film, October Sky and currently serves on the National Space Council that oversees NASA.
As many have pointed out, just a little research on her part (it took all of 1 minute to google Homer Hickam) might have given her pause and if she had been smart, offered an apology for her choice of language.
One would think that someone accepted as a NASA intern would be one of the best and brightest among us. We might also believe that the best and brightest among us would be able to better articulate their emotions, be it excitement or anger without dropping the “f” bomb.
Recent studies show that like it or not, using profanity doesn’t necessarily indicate a weak vocabulary, lack of education, or even laziness. Using profanity at the wrong place and time, however, can and does indicate a lack of good decision making and judgement.
To use any type of profanity during a job interview or publicly on social media accounts especially related to the interview, the company or the job indicates one of two things. Either you use profanity so often in your daily communication that you have become oblivious to it or you lack the maturity, judgement, discipline and self-control to know when it might be deemed acceptable.
While there are numerous reasons candidates are rejected for jobs, this one is at the top of the list. Do yourself a favor and check your conversation and posts on social media. How often do you use profanity during a day? Maybe it’s time to dust off the dictionary and add some new words to your vocabulary.
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