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A Manger/Leader once shared with me one of their interview experiences when in a hiring situation.  They told me they went to reception, greeted the candidate, and asked them to follow them to the office where the interview was to take place.  Once in the office the Manager/Leader walked to their chair at the desk and asked the candidate to have a seat.  Upon turning around the Manager/Leader discovered that not only had the candidate joined them in their office, but also the candidate’s parent.  The Manager/Leader was completely taken off-guard.  There wasn’t even a second chair in the office, and they scrambled to retrieve one from a colleague’s office.  Needless to say, the candidate was not offered a position with the company.

 

Of course, I was shocked to hear of this Manager’s/Leader’s experience, even though I’d previously heard of similar situations.  Apparently, it was during what was known as the “helicopter parent” era.  Now, the Manager/Leader I heard from conducted the interview despite the situation, even though they knew they wouldn’t hire this candidate.  This is not how I would have handled it.  I like to think that, upon discovering that the parent had accompanied their child into the interview room, the first words out of my mouth would have been “Well, this concludes the interview.  Thank you for your time, and I wish you all the best in your job search.”.  This is because I know the cost of my time with candidates, and I despise waste of any kind, particularly of money.  And, time is money.  If, as would likely happen, there were questions about why I wasn’t going to conduct an interview, I would have but one statement, and that is “I need a person who is able to work independently.  I appreciate your immediate honesty in displaying this is not a skill that you (or that your child) does not possess.”.  If this seems too harsh to you, I admit that it took some time for me to realize that, when coaching clients, I do them no favour by allowing unprofessional, or inappropriate, conduct.  I call a spade a spade, and explain why the behaviour is unacceptable, and how to behave in a more appropriate fashion. 

 

If you would like to know 3 major mistakes that candidates make in formal job interviews, click here.

 

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