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The 10 strangest behaviours from helicopter parents of job seekers

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It is often said that mom and dad know best. However, when it comes to their children looking for jobs, do they really know best? Not always, according to a new research from OfficeTeam.

The survey, polling more than 600 senior managers, found that 35% of respondents thought it was annoying when helicopter parents are involved in their kids’ search for work.

Another 34% preferred that parents stay out of the job hunt, but would let it slide and only 29% thought this ‘parental guidance’ wasn’t a problem.

The survey also asked managers to recount the most unusual or surprising behaviour they’ve heard of or seen from helicopter parents of job seekers.

Though all responses were amusing, we at Human Resources thought the following 10 were the weirdest:

  • “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.”
  • “A father started filling out a job application on behalf of his kid.”
  • “Moms and dads have called to ask why their child didn’t get hired.”

One even tried to take the reverse psychology approach – “When we called one candidate, his mom answered and asked us not to hire him,” a respondent recounted.

“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 resumes, conducting mock interviews and offering networking contacts. However, ultimately, companies seek employees who display self-sufficiency and maturity.”

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