May 27, 2011 at 7:46 AM ET
It’s college graduation season, which means many young hopefuls are out there trying to snag their first real job.
Here’s a little piece of advice, courtesy of some managers who have apparently seen it all: Don’t let Mom and Dad be part of the process.
A recent survey of managers, conducted by the temp service OfficeTeam, found that managers have witnessed everything from a parent who wanted to sit in on an interview to one who called afterward to find out why their offspring didn’t get the job.
We’re going to go out on a limb and guess that these techniques didn’t necessarily work out so well for the candidate.
Of course parents want to help their kids get the right start in life, and experts say Mom and Dad can and should talk to their kids about career goals, resume writing and interview etiquette. But they should draw the line at things like attending job interviews, negotiating salaries or pressuring pals to give their kids a job.
“It’s important for the teen or young adult to find her own job. If a parent stays out of it, kids learn the difficulty of finding a job, an important discovery," Susan Smith Kuczmarski, author of “The Sacred Flight of the Teenager: A Parent’s Guide to Stepping Back and Letting Go," told msnbc.com career columnist Eve Tahmincioglu in a story on this subject last year.
Here’s what some of the managers said when they were asked about unusual parental behavior.
The OfficeTeam survey is based on interviews with more than 1,300 senior managers in the U.S. and Canada, conducted earlier this year.
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