Parents, Butt Out of Your Kid’s Job Interview

Note to parents: getting involved in your kid’s job search/interview process can do more harm than good. You could actually cost your kid the job of his or her dreams.

This was the upshot of a recent study by staffing firm OfficeTeam.

OfficeTeam recently surveyed senior managers on the subject of parental involvement in the job selection process.

According to the results, more than one in three (35 percent) senior managers interviewed find it annoying when helicopter parents are involved in their kids’ search for work.

Another one-third (34 percent) of respondents prefer mom and dad stay out of the job hunt, but would let it slide. Only 29 percent said this parental guidance is not a problem, OfficeTeam said.

Cut the Apron Stings Already

You may think that a little nudge here or “drop in” there will help, but such interference actually makes your kid look like he/she is incapable of acting independently. This is not a good quality in a prospective employee.

Believe it or not, these things have actually happened:

  • “The candidate opened his laptop and had his mother Skype in for the interview.”
  • “A woman brought a cake to try to convince us to hire her daughter.”
  • “One parent asked if she could do the interview for her child because he had somewhere else to be.”
  • “A father asked us to pay his son a higher salary.”
  • “One mom knocked on the office door during an interview and asked if she could sit in.”
  • “Parents have arrived with their child’s resume and tried to convince us to hire him or her.”
  • “A job seeker was texting his parent the questions I was asking during the interview and waiting for a response.”
  • “Once a father called us pretending he was from the candidate’s previous company and offered praise for his son.”
  • “Parents have followed up to ask how their child’s interview went.”
  • “I had one mother call and set up an interview for her son.”

All of the above quotes came directly from the survey. Amazing, isn’t it?

Parents, the best thing you can do for your kids is to raise them to be able to fend for themselves. Make no mistake: when they are old enough to get jobs, it’s time for them to fend for themselves.

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