I interview a lot of candidates for roles in business and technology. It seems these days like many of them masquerade their sense of entitlement, thinly disguised as ambition.

When someone talks about getting ahead in life, can you tell if they understand how much hard work and patience that takes? Or do they take it as a foregone conclusion that this interaction with you is one boring step they must trudge through on their way to the inevitable success they see as their birthright, and thus are likely to completely crumble in the face of adversity?