This post was written by a Dacri & Associates client and posted on March 13, 2014
I received this email below from one of my clients. She was obviously frustrated. I thought her message was valuable and asked if I could post it. She reluctantly agreed, but only if I did not reveal her name or company (a family of restaurants). What do you think about what she has to say? Let us know in the comment section.
“You need to write something…blog it….shout it from the roof tops! PARENTS….I know you love your children and want to help them…BUT PLEEEEEZ!!!!!!! Teach them how to apply for a job….ALONE. DO NOT CALL FOR THEM. DO NOT ACCOMPANY THEM IN TO THE BUSINESS and ask for the application for them….while they stand timidly behind you. Role play with them at home. Practice filling out applications…you can find templates on the internet! If you need to drive them to apply…WAIT IN THE CAR.
Please parents, do your children this favor and teach them to be independent!! I personally would rather see someone applying for their first job be a bit nervous but independently trying, than to have a parent come in and do all the talking. I definitely would not hire anyone who applies in this manner either!”
One of the best ways of evaluating a job candidate is through the quality of questions asked of the interviewer. Good, thoughtful questions show interest, knowledge and insight. However, if the interviewer hears these questions, red flags should begin waving:
- How often do you drug test and do you give advance notice? What drugs do you test for?
- Will you be monitoring the sites I visit on the web?
- Do you have to check my references?
- Will you be checking the sex offender registry before making a hire decision?
- Would it be OK if my mother sits in on this interview?
- Will you be monitoring my attendance?
- Would it be OK to bring my kids to work?
- What’s your policy on concealed weapons? Will I be required to walk through a metal detector to get to my office?
- Does your educational assistance policy cover anger management classes?
- Will I be expected to get along with everyone?
- Is there a waiting period before I can use the EAP?
- Is their a psych evaluation as part of the pre-placement physical?
- Do you investigate all workers’ comp claims?
Hear any of these questions and its time to reconsider making a hire decision and ending the interview—fast.