/ Asked by Susan
I just found out my mom called the company I had an interview with yesterday. She said she wanted to ask starting salary and the decision making process. I’m mortified because she left a voicemail with the person I interviewed. I’m actually surprised she was able to get through, I didn’t give her my interviewer’s number! I’m sure this will negatively effect my chance of getting called back, but is there any way I can fix this? I’ve already told my mom to back off, but should I send an apology to the interviewer or will that make it worse? And, is this common, or am I just blessed and cursed to have a mother like this?
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, May 24, 2016
So I want to lead off by saying, I'm sure your mother meant well!  Having people care about you is a blessing. 

That having been said...your employment is between you and your employer.  There are privacy issues afoot here and no one but you and the representatives of the company you have applied to should be having a conversation about your potential salary.  

If you have not already followed up with the person who interviewed you, you can go ahead and thank them for the time and reinforce that you are ready for the responsibility of the position.  Mention anything that occurred during the interview that positively represents your ability to be successful in this work environment.

Parents are a part of a great network.  They are as capable of connecting you with with people who will influence your future as any number of other people who you will encounter.  But at the end of the day your mom needs to know that...you are the one in the interview, you are the one negotiating your salary, you are the one who will be doing the job.  Best of luck!
Answered by Beamer, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, May 25, 2016
First of all, congratulations on landing an interview. I hope it went well as that will be the deciding factor here hopefully, not the fact that your mother called. My advice would be to own this and do a little damage control just in case. Put a positive spin on it. Reach out to the hiring manager or whomever your mother got in contact with to acknowledge that your eager, over-excited mother is part of the reason why you are the fantastic individual you are today. How about “She goes after what she wants and takes care of the people close to her. She taught me that” Use that and build off of it. Maybe this will be a great opportunity for you to “manage up” and give her some feedback. This can be a memorable, positive experience - not a detrimental one. Wish the company luck in their process, acknowledge the silliness of the situation, and thank them once again for the opportunity.
Good luck to you!
Answered by Rachael, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on Thursday, May 26, 2016
I don’t think there is an easy fix! I have had a candidate’s mother email me on behalf of the student in the past because she was out of the country and had limited access to email, although it is not common. Even though your mother was looking out for your best interest, most managers look to hire employees who are professional and independent. When your mother called in asking base salary and details about the hiring process, it leaves a sense of doubt in the manager’s mind regarding your ability to work autonomously. My recommendation is call in or write a letter apologizing to the interviewer, explaining the situation as your mother only meant the best for you. Even if you don’t qualify for the next round this time, I am sure it will take out the bad taste from the manager’s mouth and it will open the doors for you in the future. If you feel as if your mom might do this again, I would keep your interview details private, until after you get the job. I hope it all works out for you.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, June 24, 2016
While this is obviously embarassing for you, I would not worry about it too much.  It is likely that the person or persons that she spoke with are parents as well and understand that she was just trying to look out for your best interests, albeit in an unconventional way.  In an unusual way though, this could be a benefit for you.  It is important to understand that as your career goes on, we all develop a personal brand.  Like a product brand, you are always looking for ways to differentiate yourself from your competition.  Again, this call, while certainly embarassing, may help you to stick out from your competition.  I would follow-up with the person(s) that she spoke with and state something to effect of "I apologize for my mother taking your time.  She saw how excited I was about this role and took it a step too far.  I would just like to reiterate my very strong interest in this role and am more than willing to provide any additional information that you need". 
This will show your professionalism and demonstrate your genuine interest in the job.
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