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November 26, 2022

A Phone Call From Your Mom Will NOT Help You Land a Big 4 Job

Oh dear God, not this again:

Stories abound of millennials showing up in casual clothes for formal interviews, bringing—and using—their phones during the interview and worse.

Not only that, in a survey of 22- to 26-year-old college graduates by Adecco, a staffing and recruiting company, 8 percent reported that a parent accompanied them on at least one job interview, and 3 percent said a parent actively joined the interview.

"I've had moms call me for interviews," said Dan Black, Americas director of recruiting at EY, the global firm that includes Ernst & Young, though he added that the candidates themselves were uniformly mortified when this happened.

Moms, if you are reading this (we doubt you are, but you never know, maybe you're Googling "accounting job demand" for little Johnny because he is incapable of making his own career decisions), do not do this. Do not invite yourself to the interview and for the love of all that is amortized please do not ring up Dan Black. Just don't.

We keep hearing these horror stories of helicopter parents stalking their kids at interviews, but is this actually happening? Does anyone have an actual example?

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