It's True, Parents And Job Interviews Don't Mix

It's True, Parents And Job Interviews Don't Mix

Don't make this simple avoidable mistake.

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Future graduates or students, you may currently be on the job hunt at the moment. With the job hunt, it may entail going through an interview process for the managers to get to know you better and see who you are as a person and what you could bring to their companies. I understand that, yes interviews can be scary as no matter how much you prepare you never know what types of questions will be asked or what they may want as an answer for a hypothetical question. With that being a worry, you may want to see a familiar face during the interview to help with the potential fears so you are more confident in your answers.

But that doesn't mean that you can bring your parent to the interview though. Yes, that does happen, and I don't mean their parents just drove them to their interview location. I mean the parent actually went in and tried to sit in during the interview. According to an article that Dave Ramsey read, a mother actually tried to do the interview herself for her child because of a scheduling conflict with her child.

Before a light bulb turns on in your head about how this is the solution a potentially scary situation. Let me just say this…

DO NOT EVER BRING YOUR PARENTS TO YOUR JOB INTERVIEW

This does not make you look good to a potential employer at all. To them, it seems like you can't be independent and will need someone to be with you for any work you may do. So, don't do it especially if this is the company you want to work for.

Before you think this means you can't have your parents drive you to the interview that's not true. You can have them drive you if you must either because you can't borrow the car or may not have your license. Just ask them politely to either wait outside or tell them you will call when the interview is over so they can run some errands while you are inside.

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When You Give A Girl A Papa

She'll learn enough lessons to last a lifetime.
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When you give a girl a Papa she'll have the best adventures.

She'll run around atop his shoulders and learn to fly. Her imagination will never run dry and she'll always be down for a laugh. He'll tell her stories and wipe away her tears. When you give a girl a Papa she'll have memories to last her years.

Papa is German for Dad but in America, it has become a slang term for grandpa. And while it is just a word, for some, it has a deeper meaning. Papa isn't just a grandfather, he's a best friend, the instigator of mischief, a protector, a storyteller, a rock, the strongest man you know and, most importantly, a hero.

Papa can turn ordinary, everyday activities into an adventure. From a young age, I was running behind him as quickly as my little legs could carry me ready for that day's adventure. I was always down for anything Papa was doing, following him in his daily chores and mimicking his every move. Cuddling up and watching sports in his lazy chair was my favorite time of the day because he always told the best stories. Sitting there hanging onto every word he said because it was the most important thing I ever heard.

Papa is full of experience and wisdom. His wise words provide comfort every time I am sad. He can always make me laugh to fight the tears away. I'm not sure how, but he always knows what to say to make me feel better. Papa is a fearless force that never bows and is never broken. He can weather all of the storms while smiling and laughing. I can only hope to have that resilience when facing life's problems. And when Papa was struggling with his own battles, I will stand right next to him, ready to fight and do all I can for him.

Papa can do a happy dance via the phone so he is the person to call when something good happens. He is always there to celebrate life and all its joy. And, even though he tried to hide them, he cried happy tears the day of my high school graduation. I pretended not to notice.

Leaving Nana and Papa's house is always the worst part of the trip. Driving away waving my hand in the air with tears welling in my eyes because I can't wait for the next adventure. Disappointing Papa was the scariest thing you I could think of, but I knew that he would never stay that way for long. There was always a lesson to learn from mistakes.

He is the man I model all men after. If they don't treat me the way Papa demonstrated, they are not worthy of my time. If they don't make me laugh or have that twinkle of passion in their eyes and fire in their soul like my Papa, then they aren't the man for me.

Papa is my hero. I would give anything to be like him, to stand strong and hold the world together when it just wants to fall apart. To be able to make anyone laugh and feel right at home. To fight for what I believe in and work hard to achieve my goals. To have charisma and charm. To deal with people who wrong me with class and kindness. To follow my faith with questions because that is the only way to make your beliefs stronger. To be the person everyone speaks of with a fond memory in their eye.

At the end of it all, he is my Papa and no one can take his place. I can and will drop anything to be by his side. He has shaped me into the person that I am working to be. I will always call him for advice and kind words.

Best friends come in many forms, but my favorite will always be my Papa.

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9 Professional Rules You Should Know Before You Head Off To College

Is it really that hard to just hit "reply" instead of "reply all?"

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I've learned a variety of professional skills throughout my college career, but I can't help but wish I'd known these things before going into college. Hopefully, those who are just starting college will learn a thing or two that I wish I'd learned a long time ago.

1. When at work events, always hold your drink in your left hand. 

This is so you can shake people's hands with your right. When I write it out, it seems like common sense, but it's something I didn't know until last week when a friend of mine, who took an etiquette class, taught me.

My life is forever changed by this simple rule.

2. Business cards are more important than you think. 

I always considered business cards as reserved for extremely successful businesspeople or professional offices like the financial aid office at your university. But, I learned in college that anyone can, and should, have business cards.

Include your full name and contact information and always carry a few on your person. This way, if you ever run into someone who may provide a potential opportunity, you can connect with them in a more professional manner than just saying, "Look me up on LinkedIn," or adding them to your phone contacts.

3. Never post ANYTHING on social media that you wouldn't want your boss or next potential employer to see. 

You've probably heard this a thousand times, but I've known plenty of people who have had issues with this one because no one ever told them this major piece of advice. They post a photo of them out drinking, or smoking, or doing something risqué, and either someone shows their employer the photo, or the employer finds it themselves through a quick Google search. If you wouldn't want your boss to see it, don't post it!

4. Always ask people before you use them as a reference. 

You can't just throw the name and phone number of anyone you've ever worked with on a job application or your reference list. Make sure you ask them beforehand. Also, try to avoid anyone you are related to or are friends with. Keep your references strictly professional whenever possible.

Keeping things professional looks better on applications and it strengthens your credibility as opposed to just having your mom say you're a good person.

5. Document all of your experiences on LinkedIn. 

On LinkedIn, which I was first introduced to as a "professional version of Facebook," you don't have to worry about keeping all your jobs and experiences on one sheet of paper for your resume. On LinkedIn, you can save all your job descriptions, dates, and links to your work saved in one place. You can even refer potential employers to your LinkedIn for additional information not found on your resume.

Social networking isn't all bad.

6. Tailor your resume and cover letter to the organization you're applying to. 

When I made my first resume in high school, I assumed I would send the same version to every job I applied to. But, in college, I learned that, especially as you add more experiences to your resume, you can choose to leave the irrelevant ones out depending on the job you are applying to, with more focus and description on positions and experience you have that is directly relevant to that job.

If you want your resume to stand out, use templates from Canva and create a personal brand for yourself, especially if you're in the communications field.

7. Always save your resume as a PDF, not a Word Document. 

This will preserve the formatting. Even if you have perfected your resume formatting in Word, it will not stay put if the person you send the resume to doesn't have the same exact version of Word as you. If not, the formatting will be messed up and make you look unprofessional. Saving and sending your resume as a PDF not only keeps the formatting looking perfect and you looking professional, but you add an extra layer of protection since it can't be edited.

8. Never burn professional bridges and networks, ever.

If you find that you want to leave your job, do so in a professional manner. Have a private conversation with your supervisor and give them at least two weeks of notice, or offer to stay on until they find a replacement. One of my professors taught me that one.

Don't burn bridges once you leave. Keep your lines of communication open and become connected on LinkedIn. You may change your mind or work together again in the future in a different setting, and you don't want to make things awkward or block any potential future opportunities because of something you don't want right now.

9. Please, hit "reply" to e-mails, not "reply all." 

Unless you are intending to reply to everyone on the e-mail chain, of course. Too many times I've received emails that were not meant for me because someone hit "reply all" when they intended to only reply to the sender. Don't be that guy.

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