We recently reached out to our hiring manager contacts and asked them to name one behavior they saw far too often in struggling new or entry-level employees. We expected them to list predictable flubs like disorganization, a lack of initiative, a lack of punctuality, or a poor work ethic. But we were surprised. The most common answer we received—by far—was “acting entitled.”We were naturally skeptical at first, because it’s logical for some employers to resent employees who expect fair pay and resist exploitation. “Entitlement,” when defined by employers, could mean anything from refusing menial tasks to simply asking for a well-deserved raise once a year. So to straighten out the confusion, we followed up. And in the end, we narrowed down a list of the five specific entitled behaviors that may cause serious harm to a young employee’s long-term career prospects.