If you think you’ve heard everything about helicopter parenting, check out this latest “trend” in Millennial job searching.
If you think you’ve heard it all when it comes to how involved parents are in Millennials’ job search, we’ve got some news for you.
Now, not only are we apparently — we’re actually having them interview for us! Well, some people are.
Check out this story from a recent Harvard Business Review article:
A recruiter at a well-known Fortune 10 company told me this story: She was getting ready for a phone interview with a new college graduate. But when she dialed into the conference number at the scheduled time, instead of the candidate, there was an older woman on the line.
The female caller identified herself as the applicant’s mother and said, “I know you were expecting a call with John (not his real name), but he’s tied up in another interview at the moment. Fortunately, I know him so well that I can do the interview for him. Do you mind?”
The recruiter understandably replied that she did mind and asked John’s mom to have her son call when he was available.
If you suspect this conversation is an anomaly (and a shocking one at that!), think again.
While we can understand other things mentioned in the article — namely, that many Millennials still live at home and turn to their parents for advice with their job hunt — going so far as to have your parent stand in for you on an interview doesn’t exactly present the right message when it comes to your ability to handle your own career.
Sure, your mom might know you well enough to answer questions about you, but do you really want her to? ( to Tweet this thought.) One of the goals of an interview is to determine whether you’re a good fit for the position personality-wise and whether you’ll fit into the corporate culture. Your parents may be able to paint a picture of the kind of person you are, but nothing compares to the real thing. And, let’s be honest, praise from your biased mom probably shouldn’t hold much weight in an interviewer’s mind.
We’d like to think this is another example of the media blowing GenY stereotypes out of proportion, but the article’s author claims 50 percent of HR professionals she’s spoken to have experienced this sort of interviewing-by-proxy. We’re curious to hear your thoughts.
You can read the full article .
Would you ever consider letting a parent interview for you? What do you think of Millennials who do?