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interview-etiquette-bring-parentsRecent studies show eight percent of 20-somethings bring parents along to job interviews. And, three percent of work applicants have parents sit in on interviews. What? Here is what we have found.

Young adults in their 20's (known as milleniums) have grown up with parents who are super involved in their lives, starting from playdates at a young age and ending up with college admission letters. As vigilant as we are as parents wanting our children to be successful and having their best interests in mind, these acts of overzealous ways to help our children can actually hurt them. Studies reveal that kids whose parents are over-involved actually receive worse grades in school and dissatisfaction overall.

Bringing Parents to a Job Interview?

But, we do what we can do, given the economy. A McKinsey on Society report revealed that new college grads take a job they are overqualified for every five minutes. Furthermore, about half of college grads take a job that does not require a college degree, according to a report from the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.

Despite the unusual practice of taking parents to interviews, 13 percent of new college grads cite their parents as providing connections to their employment following the diploma.

Job Interview Tips

  • Research the company! Get online and learn about the prospective position you are a candidate for. Prepare questions and take a notebook with you to refer to and, in turn, take notes on your fact-finding mission.
  • Dress for success. No matter the job, dress professionally and make sure your clothing looks sharp. Navy blue is an excellent color for job interviews because it exudes professionalism. Make sure hair is well-kept and nails clean and filed.
  • Think defensively. What questions might they ask and how will you respond? Interview question information can be found on the web or just using your common sense.
  • Remember posture!
  • Be humble, but interview your potential supervisors too. You are trying to figure out if you can work under them and the environment of the potential place. And if you enter the interview with this attitude, it won't be so nerve-wracking.
  • ... don't bring your parents

Think about your worst interview mistakes and learn how you can correct thing. Interviews aren't easy, but they can be less intimidating if you are prepared!

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