The Tag-along Mom
I can't believe this needs to be said out loud, but you should never ever bring your parents to a job interview. There are a total of zero scenarios where bringing your parent to a job interview will work in your favor, so just don't do it.
If you don't believe me, Reddit user coffeebeards might be able to convince you otherwise with a tale of his most awkward interview … an interview with a 19-year-old and his mother.
This 19-year-old who apparently had previous work experience in customer service brought his mother into the interview with him. I politely questioned his mother as to the reasoning of her joining in on the interview and I was told, "I'm just making sure this is the right company for him and making sure you're asking fair questions."
I decided to roll with it — why not, this was the most interesting thing I'd seen all week — so I asked my first question. She answered for him.
I politely explained that the interviews I conduct are with the candidate only, unless special accommodations are required. I was told, "I'm not going anywhere." I thanked them both for coming out and explained that the position requires problem solving and critical thinking on an individual level. Unless I am hiring the both of them under one salary working together as a "full-time equivalent," this wouldn't work. I was then told I would be sued and to f--- myself.
Stories have been lightly edited for clarity.
4 job interviews that went terribly wrong originally appeared on PayScale.