Employers Ask Parents of Job Seekers to Step Back

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2016-09-20 Email

Not long ago, we presented some oddball antics on the part of job seekers. Possibly even stranger are the behaviors of some parents of Generation Z job seekers, according to a recent survey from OfficeTeam. A significant number of hiring managers said they find it annoying when "helicopter" parents get too involved in their kids' search for employment. And some parents take it way too far, judging from the following bizarre real-life examples of parental intervention. They include moms and dads who try to sit in during interviews, negotiate salaries and even provide recommendations! No matter how good their parents' intentions are, candidates should discourage this activity. Self-dependence and personal initiative are qualities that companies seek. "Parents want the best for their kids, but being overly involved in their child's job search can cause more harm than good," said Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam. "It's a positive for mom and dad to help behind the scenes by reviewing résumés, conducting mock interviews and offering networking contacts. However, ultimately, companies seek employees who display self-sufficiency and maturity." More than 600 senior managers in the U.S. and Canada took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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