Helicopter Parents Even Participate in Job Interviews!
MENLO PARK, Calif. — Helicopter parents have moved from swooping down on their offspring at colleges and universities to participating in job interviews.
Office Team, a subsidiary of Robert Half International Inc., reports that more than a third of senior managers it interviewed – 35% – “said they find it annoying when helicopter parents are involved in their kids’ search for work.”
Another third, 34%, would prefer that parents remove themselves from “their children’s search for work. Only 20% said guidance from parents “is not a problem.”
Managers conducting job interviews with college students and those just graduated provided Team Office with some of their most unusual or “surprising behavior” of parental meddling:
- “The candidate opened his laptop and had his mother Skype in for the interview.”
- “A woman brought in a cake to convince us to hire her daughter.”
- “One parent asked if she could 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 the 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 parents 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.”
- “A father started filling out a job application on behalf of his kid.”
- “I had one mother call and set up an interview for her son.”
- “Moms and dads have called to ask why their child didn’t get hired.”
And one parent took a reverse psychology approach: “When we called one candidate, his mom answered and asked us not to hire him.”
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