A Reddit user shares they were looking to hire someone for their summer internship and found a potential 19-year-old candidate. However, after a minute into their virtual interview, the candidate’s mother joined him and began talking about her son’s work ethic.
She Politely Said She Wanted To Hear From The Candidate
The original poster (OP) thought it strange that the candidate’s mother joined their online interview. So, OP politely said she wanted to hear from him, not the mother.
However, OP’s suggestion wasn’t enough to prevent the candidate’s mom from getting involved. The mom kept interrupting her son to answer questions for him.
The Mom Emailed The Hiring Manager Demanding Answers
The candidate’s mom emailed OP a month later to know if her son got accepted or rejected. OP said she only had the liberty to share this information with the candidate.
So, OP told Hr to email the candidate, letting him know they are not making him an offer. Later on, the candidate forwarded the email to his mother, and she called OP demanding to know why her son got rejected.
A Piece of Advice
OP reminded the candidate’s mom that she could speak to the actual applicant about their performance. But OP didn’t share that the mom’s presence was the main reason that took her son out of the running.
OP offered future advice to the mother, saying that hiring managers dislike it when someone other than the candidate asks questions or follows up on the applicant’s behalf. OP said these resumes go in the “Do Not Hire” pile.
The mother was furious and began cursing at OP, which OP ended by hanging up on her.
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The Masses Weigh In
A couple of hiring managers shared their thoughts in the comments. One Reddit user said they’ve had many instances where a candidate’s mom would join them in an interview. And eventually, those employees didn’t work out in the end.
This hiring manager further shared that her employees “skipped work all the time” and lacked work ethic. And that the moms wanted daily reports and any disciplinary actions they should give their kids.
Is OP wrong to tell the candidate’s mom that she is the main reason her son didn’t get the job? Is the mom doing too much for her son preventing him from being independent and building a good worth ethic? Should parents be allowed to attend their children’s interviews?