A story is told about the negative impact of an “entitlement” attitude in job candidates..
Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Person asked the young MBA fresh out of Harvard, “And what starting salary were you looking for?”
The candidate said, “In the neighborhood of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package.”
The HR Person said, “Well, what would you say to a package of 5-weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every 2 years – say, a red Hummer?”
The young candidate sat up straight and said, “Wow!!! Are you kidding?”
And the HR Person said, “Certainly, …but you started it.”