A 2012 survey of more than 500 college graduates by Adecco, a human-resources organization, found that 8% of them had a parent accompany them to a job interview, and 3% had the parent sit in on the interview.
That’s 15 applicants bringing Mom & Dad along for the interview. I was a hiring manager in some of my past professional lives. I never encountered a parent hovering over an interview. I don’t think I would care if the parent tagged along, but I would not let the parent into the actual interview. If pushed I would either say no or rank the applicant lower regardless.
… parental involvement in the U.S. doesn’t begin to match countries in Asia and South America, according to a 2013 study from the global accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
The study, which surveyed 44,000 people from more than 20 countries, found that just 6% of recent college graduates surveyed in the U.S. wanted their parents to receive a copy of their offer letters. That’s well below the global average of 13% and much less than some other countries, where it was as high as 30%. The study also found that just 2% of young employees in the U.S. want their parents to receive a copy of their performance review, compared with the global average of 8%.
Having recently gone through a job hunt I shared details with my folks and other trusted advisers but never the actual correspondence. Again as a hiring manager I don’t think I would agree to sending a copy to anyone other than the applicant.
This could be a generational thing, but as a parent I would never consider intruding into my kids’ lives to this degree.
What do you think? If you’re a manager, would you hire an applicant who brings parents along? If you’re a parent, would you want to tag along on your child’s job interview?