Posted by: Dana Lee | August 18, 2009

Do you work with a bunch of children?

You know the old saying, “Never work with kids or props?”

What about, “Kids say the darndest things?”

Well, yesterday we got to work with our kids, and they did say the darndest things!  It was the first “Bring Your Child to Work Day” at Delta Dallas.  We had six children between the ages of seven and ten, and it was a hoot!

They filled out employment applications, interviewed with recruiters and learned the interview process from start to finish.  They had to answer the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” as well as other questions about expected salary, hobbies, likes and dislikes.  Needless to say, the answers about salary were quite revealing!  One nine year old said that he expects to earn $20,000 per week, while another said that she wants to earn $10,000 per year (she thinks!).  When it comes to career paths, we had everything from dancing to teaching to professional baseball (guess who expects to make $20,000 weekly?!).  The most popular hobby, across the board, was playing video games.

Our children answered questions that our candidates answer every day. The difference is that they answered like kids. They answered with frank honesty, and they were comfortable in their own skin. They didn’t hesitate with or “over-think” their answers. Admittedly, there was a lot of fidgeting, (not recommended interview behavior) but overall they were a pleasure to interview because they found pleasure in the process.  It’s definitely something to consider.

They also spent some time watching the recruiting team at work and, by the time they left, were able to answer questions about what their moms and dad do every day.  Of course, they also went bowling, played video games and watched a movie!  Not a bad way for them to spend their first day in the corporate world!!

Thanks to Don Crawford, our CEO for a wonderful day!  We can’t wait until the Second Annual “Bring Your Child to Work Day!”

Dana Lee is an Executive Recruiter with Delta Dallas. Reach her at dlee@deltadallas.com or 972-788-2300.

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