‘Do You Mind if I Bring My Mom to the Interview?’

Admittedly, this latest survey from OfficeTeam doesn’t come with many numbers — I was hard-pressed to find any, in fact — and we’ve certainly written about “helicopter parents” crowding in on their millennials’ job searches and careers, but some of what the respondents recounted were worth sharing.

One parent wanted to sit in during the interview. Another called a politician to push a hiring executive to hire his son. One mother submitted her daughter’s resume on her behalf. Another called to ask how her child did in the job interview. And my favorite: “A parent came by my desk and told me that he expected his daughter to get preference for a position since he was a manager at the company.”

More proof that a whole lot of my baby booming cohorts just don’t get it — you know, that parenting tip about letting children grow up.

The Menlo Park, Calif.-based staffing firm collected these and other anecdotes from more than 1,300 senior managers at companies with 20 or more employees in the United States and Canada. OfficeTeam Executive Director Robert Hosking says parents mean well, but “those who become overly involved in a child’s job search can derail their son’s or daughter’s prospects of being hired because companies may question the applicant’s level of independence and maturity.”

Take it from one who knows, it’s damn hard to let go and let them sink or swim. Each one of my sons, 30 and 26, has had to tell their mom to “cool it” once or twice. But at least that was after I asked their permission to get involved.

For those worst-offending helicopter parents, and I hope for your sake you know who you are, maybe you can make asking permission your first step toward recovery.

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