Ah your little bundles of joy, the apple of your eye, your genetic clones. You are extremely proud of your child, to the point where you throw confetti when they have a bowel movement on a toilet like normal people (which honestly is weird when your kid’s 32). The thing is even though you’re immensely proud of your offspring, should you bring them up in an interview? Well let’s take a look.
This is pretty much a “damned if you do and damned if you don’t scenario”: you’ve completed the interview with flying colors and the conversation takes a turn towards small talk. Suddenly, the interviewer asks what you like to do in your free time. Unfortunately, due to your children, you don’t have free time; your waking hours are a conveyer belt of dirty dishes, diapers and babies. Your wife works full time, too, so you share responsibilities but alone time is rare. Almost immediately your mind races to the next result of revealing this: they want you to be available online in times of need but if you are chasing kids around the house how willare you going to be available?
On the other hand, the fact that you have kids isn’t going to stay secret forever and won’t that make you seem dishonest?
The Dilly-Dally Effect
Although previously employers might have perceived children as signs that someone’s priorities might skew towards family obligations, today, they realize that it’s actually more of an asset than a hindrance. Parents get sh*t done in time so they can leave on time. Seldom will a parent take advantage of over-time and if they do need to stay extra they make it as efficient and short as possible. I mean, think about it: parents need to do everything within half the time normal people do because they have another person to deal with. They have to dress themselves and their child, they have to feed themselves and their child. It’s almost as if parents have gone through efficiency/time-management boot camp and that’s the type of person they want on their team, right?
Even if your time to enjoy recreational activities is little, you should definitely avoid pulling the “always busy parent” card, because this can show a lack of time management and prioritization. What you can respond instead is activities that you enjoy doing with your child and family. Do you ride bicycles, go to the park or hike? Well, then you can say “I enjoy outdoors activities with my family” or you can go straight to the chase and say “I enjoy spending time with my family”. The beautiful thing about this type of responses is that it shows the hiring manager that family is important to you and leaves a comfortable opening for the recruiter to ask you more about your family which is admittedly an important part of your life.
What is your opinion about revealing personal information regarding children during an interview? Have you ever been asked this question? Let us know in the comment section below.