True stories of when helicopter parents interfered with the hiring process.

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Parents sometimes struggle when it comes to finding the right balance between the hands-off and helicopter styles of child-rearing. Here are examples of a few parents who may have erred on the side of hovering, courtesy of a recent OfficeTeam survey of hiring managers:

• The candidate opened his laptop and had his mother Skype in for the interview.

• One parent asked if she could do the interview for her child because he had somewhere else to be.

• A father asked us to pay his son a higher salary.

• One mom knocked on the office door during an interview and asked if she could sit in.

• A father called us pretending he was from the candidate’s previous company, praising his son.

• A job seeker was texting his parent the interview questions I was asking and waiting for a response.