We thought this gentleman was going
to be a character when he told us that he was going to be sporting a non-traditional
haircut (Travis Bickel, anyone?). He
confirmed the suspicion when he brought his mom to the interview.
First off, what was the thought
process of bringing your mother to the interview, no less having her actually
sit in the same room throughout? “As you can tell by her appearance and
mannerism, my mom is a character. She came along to vouch for me because I
lost my Official Character Identification Card.” Or was it, “Yes.
I know that I should have brought my father, but he was
Unless you need a ride from mommy or
daddy, there is no reason to bring your parents along for a job
interview. If you have to, crack a window and lock them in the car in the
parking lot. Accept a kiss on the cheek and have them drop you off a block
away from the building to avoid the shame and embarrassment of the wood-paneled
station wagon that you and your high-school buddies nicknamed the “Shaggin’
Wagon”. Anything. Please. Just don’t bring them into the
interview. I don’t even think I need to say why.
Okay. This gentleman slipped up
on the aforementioned rule. It happens. The kicker of this morning’s
interview is the fact that this gentleman’s mother actually (and obviously)
looked at her son and said “Taxi-Driver-esque haircut? Check. Tattoos? Check. Wrinkly,
un-tucked shirt? Check. Okay, you’re all set for your interview!”
Don’t get me wrong. I
absolutely love people who express themselves through personal
appearance. Really, I do. Full-sleeve tattoos and those damn
ear-pluggy-thingies just scream self-confidence. They also scream “I hope
I make enough money in my part-time job so that I can pay a plastic surgeon to
undo all this self-mutilation once I realize that I will not be able to work in
a business environment until I can conform to a reasonable level of
I am a dad. My wife and I have
two great kids who are at the point where they are starting to express a
personal sense of style. Our daughter dresses like Taylor Swift, while our
son lives and breathes Abercrombie and Fitch (he smells like it, too). It
is our responsibility as parents, however, to make certain that they dress
appropriately when we go out in public. When they are old enough to make
decisions about tattoos and piercings, it will also be our job to provide them
with the guidance they need to make smart decisions. Heck. I will probably
drive them to their job interviews to make sure they get there early. And
I will make damn certain that I don’t go in!
You talkin’ to me? Yes I am.
It is Mother's Day on Sunday.
You still have time to shop!