The Original Poster, Will, asked the Reddit community if he was in the wrong in a subthread after he told an applicant’s helicopter mother she cost her son the job.
A Fresh Faced Intern
Will, the hiring manager of a prestigious tech company, was searching for summer interns.
Only 19 years old, a young man appeared as a hopeful candidate.
A Virtual Interview
The interview was conducted virtually, via Zoom, due to the ongoing pandemic.
An Unexpected Interruption From Mom
However, what was supposed to be a standard interview, took a strange turn when the applicant’s mother interrupted, introduced herself and vouched for her son’s work ethic.
Mom Takes Over the Interview
Despite Will’s polite attempts to steer the conversation back to the applicant, the mother continued to interject and answer questions on her son’s behalf.
A Feeling He Knew All Too Well
The weight of what happened was heavy on Will’s conscience.
He was transported back to his teenage years when his mother’s overbearing presence also suffocated him.
A Big Impact at a Critical Moment
But, unlike this unfortunate young man, his mother’s antics were confined to his menial job at a summer day-camp.
Not during a critical moment in his career as an adult pursuing engineering opportunities.
Enough Is Enough
The interview was cut short, and the interview process ended.
Strange Email One Month Later
Will didn’t think more of it until a month later.
An email arrived from the candidate’s mother, demanding to know why her son had not received an acceptance or rejection letter.
Weighing on Will’s Mind
This troubled Will, as he felt bad for the young applicant, whose mother had ruined his chances with her behavior.
A Blunt Response
Will replied to the mother, saying that he could not disclose information about the application to anyone other than the applicant, and asked HR to send a rejection email.
Mom Demands Answers for Her Son
However, Will’s response only escalated the situation, as the mother obtained a copy of the rejection email and called, demanding answers over the phone.
At His Wit’s End
Will explained that he could not comment on the interview performance to anyone other than the applicant but told the mother that her presence during the interview disqualified her son from the position.
He emphasized the importance of independence and self-motivation in the role.
A Red Flag
He warned her that most hiring managers would consider such behavior a red flag, putting the resume in the “do not hire” pile.
Mom Hits the Roof
But the mother was not satisfied, and her anger exploded over the phone, ultimately leading Will to hang up.
Will Reflects on His Actions
He wondered if he would have been better off not saying anything at all.
Mom’s to Blame
Cat_Got_Ya_Tongue stood up for Will saying, “She snapped at you because you gave her feedback that painted her in a poor light and she thought she did her son a wonderful favor. You’re probably the first person in a while to stand up to her.”
Another user went against the grain saying, “In the end that dude was treated unfairly for things out of his control, maybe he should’ve been given some sort of chance (I mean, even his interview was cut short, so he had no way to make up for that?)
One Redditor responded, “While I think its bad that someone gets put in the ‘do not hire’ pile for something like that; I can completely understand why.”
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