Young folks actually take parents to job interviews

They even ask Mom and Dad to sit in on tryouts, and some companies think it's a good idea.

By Jason Notte Sep 13, 2013 9:28AM
Image: Father and son (© Bill Cannon/Photodisc Red/Getty Images)Millennials are their own worst public relations team when it comes to arguing their case in the U.S. workforce.

Roughly 80% plan on ditching their current jobs once a better one comes along. Many unrealistically expect their baby boomer bosses to be cool with their visible tattoos. Many will successfully put off adulthood until their early 30s.

There are socioeconomic explanations for all of the above, but millennials aren't exactly shaking their stereotypical identity as entitled, bubble-born bed-wetters being helicoptered by their parents from one station in life to the next. Especially when 8% of them are bringing said parents on job interviews.

According to The Wall Street Journal, a survey by Adecco says that not only did parents sit in on interviews, but 3% of young job seekers kept them around during job tryouts. For a generation whose parents took them to work and have since returned the favor with "Take Your Parents To Work" days, it's only fortifying their reputation as a coddled collective.

Though economic reality suggests that reputation is more than a bit undeserved. More than 26% of millennials are unemployed, thanks to the last recession. They're more than willing to work, which is why more than 284,000 college grads are earning minimum wage. Many others are making less money or doing time at Starbucks (SBUX) or Wal-Mart (WMT) in exchange for college credits.

Millennials are generally defined as those born between the early 1980s and 2000, though experts differ on the exact time frame.

The Center For College Affordability and Productivity reported that nearly half of the college graduates from the class of 2010 are working in jobs that don't require a bachelor's degree. A full 38% have taken gigs that don't even require a high school education. According to The Associated Press, that has dropped the median wage for college graduates significantly since 2000 -- just as those same graduates are getting crushed by record-high tuition and debt.

Who wouldn't need a hug from mom and dad after that? Besides, millennials shouldn't bear all the blame for this recent, overprotective development. The Journal found that some Northwestern Mutual managers call or send notes to parents when interns achieve their sales goals and let parents come along to interviews and hear details of job offers. Those same managers say it makes parents more supportive of their child's career choice and has boosted the company's sales benchmark 40% since 2007.

If companies were overwhelmingly concerned about parental influence, perhaps 13% of them wouldn't hire employees based on parental connections, as was the case in the Adecco survey.

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Sep 13, 2013 1:35PM
Unbelievable.  Grow up already.  And parents: shame on you.
Sep 13, 2013 2:26PM
I can assure any millennial out there that if you bring mommy/daddy to your job interview with me, you will find said interview will be the shortest one you will ever experience.  Seriously, who would ever even hire someone who brought their parents along for an interview?
Sep 13, 2013 12:45PM

I think this correlates with the disappearance of 'critical thinking' in our culture.  Children who have strong parental bonds are pretty lucky these days.  Having said that, if parents aren't teaching independence and are coddling them throughout their formation to adulthood, then they will be less than desireable in some professions.  It's not difficult to tell the difference between those who've been coddled and those who have been challenged to learn and think for themselves.  I can't afford to hire the coddled because babysitting adults at the workplace isn't efficient.   

Sep 13, 2013 11:31AM
Lol mommy and daddy send you off to daycare, school, college, now a job?  What next?  Are they gonna be in the bedroom while you conceive a child?  Hey jr., let me show you the move I put on your mom to make you.  What a joke.
Sep 13, 2013 10:47AM
Sep 13, 2013 3:01PM
Bring your parents on a job interview and ask if they can be apart of it, I will tell you to leave and come back when you are an adult.
Sep 13, 2013 2:04PM
Sep 13, 2013 2:19PM
If a candidate couldn't stand on his own two feet the interview would never happen.  This is totally bizarre behavior.  We have come to this and only in a few short years.  What's next?
Sep 13, 2013 2:30PM
UNREAL. GROW UP.  Parents---quit enabling this co-dependent behavior.
Sep 13, 2013 2:25PM

When my oldest daughter turned 16 my husband pulled into a store parking lot for a store that was opening up in our area. He told her to get out of the car. "What for?" she replied. "Your going to go into the store, fill out an application and get a job." he said. So she did.

The lesson here is that at 16 she was prepared to go out on her own. Job interviews after college? Give me a break!

Sep 13, 2013 9:42AM
Eventually, we'll have a Millennial as POTUS - God help us all!
Sep 13, 2013 2:51PM
Does mommy or daddy also call in for them when they have the sniffles? Or does mommy or daddy just go and do their job for them that day?
Sep 13, 2013 3:00PM
There are better things to do with your time than blame the awful job market for you not getting a job. Right now the top college students are the ones getting the few jobs not the average students. If you studied more instead of getting a "D for Done!" and catching a beer you wouldn't have that problem. I think it's an idiot move to consider hiring someone who brought their parents to a job interview. 
Sep 13, 2013 4:12PM
Well, folks . . . Northwestern Mutual is obviously hoping that if they give the brat a job, Daddy-O will switch all his insurance trade to them.  

This is one result of mothers breast-feeding FIVE-YEAR-OLDS!  

Sep 13, 2013 4:39PM
This says more about the "parents" than it does the kids.  If you can actually call them parents.
Sep 13, 2013 4:31PM
Oh come on now.  Are parents never going to let their kids grow up?  If I were interviewing someone for a job and they brought one of their parents I would not ever consider them for the job.
Sep 13, 2013 4:32PM
What's going to happen when they have to make an important decision on something related to the job...are they going to call mom & dad for the answer?  Completely ridiculous.
Sep 14, 2013 3:42PM
If somebody brought their parents to a job interview at my business, I wouldn't even conduct the interview.

Sep 13, 2013 7:17PM
I have spent my life doing consulting work, so I have had my share of interviews. The last thing I want is to have to go on one with my 18 year old.
Sep 14, 2013 3:36PM
I do the hiring at our firm and I can tell you this; if an applicant brings his parents to the interview, I would tell them to respectfully get out.  If they can't handle an interview, they are not going to handle the JOB!  You scared little bunny rabbits grow a spine.
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