We're Now Having Our Parents Tag Along on Job Interviews

09/13/2013 2:26 PM |

Hi, Im Dr. Moore, Ill be preforming your open-heart surgery today. And this is my Mom, Cindy. Shes here to tell me Im doing a good job.

  • Hi, I’m Dr. Moore, I’ll be preforming your open-heart surgery today. And this is my Mom, Cindy…

There are plenty of reasons why 20- and 30-somethings flinch at being included among the “millennial” masses. We are mostly terrible people, narcissistic and generally confused about how life works. Here’s another one: Last year, the human-resources organization Adecco surveyed more than 500 college graduates and found that 8 percent of them had a parent accompany them to a job interview. Three percent had the parent sit in on the interview.

A Wall Street Journal piece titled “Hiring Millennials? Meet the Parents” is full of other semi-embarrassing tidbits, revealing how, in hopes of grabbing talented young hires, companies are indulging millennials’ weakness for their moms and dads. There are regularly scheduled open houses at offices so Mom can finally put a face to the boss who’s been giving them a hard time about being late to work. There are managers who send notes home to parents, letting them know their precious, budding intern has achieved their sales goals. There are even home visits to negotiate salaries within the comfort of family rooms and allow prospective employees to be guided by the legend who once&#8212tell us again, Dad!&#8212whittled the price down for his used Camry by half.


In May, Google flipped the script on the typical “Take Your Kids to Work Day,” instead hosting more than 2,000 parents at its California headquarters for the company’s second annual “Take Your Parents to Work Day.” LinkedIn will follow suit in November, inviting the ‘rents to invade their offices in 14 countries, plus has plans to introduce a how-to guide for businesses looking to host similar events (hang a banner on the wall that spells out, “Hi, Moms and Dads!” and serve lots of iced tea?).

So, guys, it’s about time you meet my Mom. She was reading over my shoulder as I wrote this, questioning why I sometimes start sentences with conjunctions and asking me to tell her again what Twitter is.

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