If you have young kids, there may come a time that you struggle to find them a babysitter when you need to go to the job interview.
You may be tempted to bring them to the interview because:
- You cannot find anyone to take care of them.
- You think that showing the employer you have a loving family will help you get the job.
It depends on the types of jobs you’re interviewing for, but in general we do not recommend that you bring kids with you to the job interview. The reason for this is because it may not work in your favor. Most of the time it may not come across positive to bring kids to the job interview. Employers only care about their business and why they’re hiring you, which means your ability to do your work on the job, and having kids at the job interview could imply that you’re distracted with personal responsibilities.
What if You Have No Choice
It is possible that you have no choice. You may find that you can’t get a babysitter or they cancel at the last moment. If this happens, call up the hiring manager immediately to see if the interview could be rescheduled. Be honest about the situation so the employer understands the context of the change. If the interviewer suggests that you bring the child with you, then make a personal judgement whether you should. You know your own situation best.
Take Away Interview Tips
- You always have options.
- Take care of your own family first.
- Decide what’s best for you and your situation.
- There’s always another job, and the next time you’ll be more prepared.