I recently attended a Leadership Conference at work on Interviewing Techniques, and was extremely surprised at the next generation that is entering the workforce.
We were told that some of the next generation that is graduating from college and starting to enter the workforce is bringing mommy and/or daddy to their job interviews. Let me just ask, “Really?”
For those who are interviewers, you can tell mommy and daddy that they cannot be in the interview with their little baby because mommy and daddy are not the candidates for the job. If you choose to, you could ask mommy and daddy in the lobby why they think they should be there and what information are they looking to help their little baby with obtaining.
Other than that, throw them out the door. 🙂 Well, not literally, just give them a magazine and tell them that you will bring their precious little baby back to them. Well, maybe not in those terms, but that’s what I would love to say to any mommy or daddy that arrives at an interview with their precious baby. I would also like to ask the precious little baby if they need a pacifier.
I mean seriously little babies, you expect me to give you a job when you can’t even show that you can go to a job interview without having your hand held by your mommy and daddy? Forget it, it shows to me that you have no backbone and cannot work in a group environment where you need to speak up for the betterment of the team without someone holding your hand. I have no respect for you or anyone regardless of age that brings mommy and daddy to the interview.
Please don’t even apply for a job until you can stand on your own two feet and wipe your nose yourself. Nobody who interviews you will respect you and if for some reason someone hires you (doubtful), you will be always thought of as the baby. People might not say it to your face, but they will be thinking it. You will have no respect among your peers.
And yes, I used mommy, daddy, and baby as terms for you on purpose because that is what you all are; a bunch of overprotective parents and little brat.
I know interviewing can be scary and nerve racking, but everyone goes through it and by bringing your mommy and daddy; you are just making things worse. Everybody flubs an interview or two. I did, my friends did, but you know what? We took it as a learning lesson and did that much better at the next interview. Learn from your mistakes because they will make you a better interviewee in the long run.
As for mommy and daddy, your precious little baby is growing up and it is time to finally cut the cord. Let go a little and let them grow. It’ll be OK because your precious baby will not get their dream job if you show up at the interview with them, but if you aren’t there, they at least have a chance.
So, kids grow up, stand on your own two feet without assistance, and interview for a job on your own. You can do it!