Hiring executives say there are increasingly uninvited and unseen "guests" in the room during job interviews: the helicopter parents of the candidates.

That's what an OfficeTeam survey of hiring managers found when it delved into the difficulties their respondents encountered while trying to do their jobs. Candidates raised by helicopter parents may be able to tie their shoes, but mom and date still help with the selection of the shoe, and are eager to tell them which foot to put forward as their careers unfold.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.