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Bringing a parent: One of the worst job interview mistakes you can make

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Parents filling out job applications for their children -- even going to the interview with them. It seems 'helicopter parenting' is extending the work place.

Most people are surprised to hear this happens, but it does.

We talked with one job placement company that said parents could be killing their kids' careers this way.

A survey shows recent college grads, dubbed 'Generation I,' are still dependant on mom and dad even when it comes to looking for a job.

In a study by ADECCO, a staffing and recruiting company, nearly 30-percent of recent grads said their parents are involved in their job search and in some cases, very involved.

"I'm all there for my child whatever it takes," says parent Donna Breitenfield.

Nearly 1 in 10 grads say a parent went with them to a job interview. Breitenfeld has a 12-year-old but says in the future, she'd go.

We asked: "If your son was interviewing for a job you'd go on a job interview with him?"

Donna: "If he asked me to, sure, yes."

"We've had people who brought parents, their kid, their significant other, sister brother whoever it is," says Michael Hayes, who runs Momentum Specialized Staffing.

Hayes says bringing parents to a job interview is the quickest way not to get the job.

"If somebody's going to bring somebody with them that means they have a hard time getting the job, getting to work, or they have somebody watching them to make sure they're looking for work."

3-percent of college grads surveyed say their parents actually sat in on the job interview with them.

We asked: "Now would you sit in on an interview with your son?"

Donna: "Probably not. That's one on one with them. He's the one trying to get the job not me."

7-percent of parents write resumes or cover letters for their kids.

1-percent say they'd write their kid's thank you note after a job interview. The woman we interviewed said she'd do that.

The full survey

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