Have You Been Asked Any of These Awful Job Interview Questions?
A post I wrote recently on LinkedIn about How to Respond to Illegal Interview Questions generated quite a bit of interest and inquiries from clients, colleagues, and potential clients. In my further research on this topic, I ran across a post by Alison Doyle on TheBalance.com, and was a bit surprised and in some cases alarmed or amused at the kinds of questions that misguided employers seem to think it is acceptable to ask job candidates.
Here is a sampling of just a few of the verboten questions or inappropriate statements interviewees have run into:
Are you dating someone?
How old are you? You are young enough to be my daughter.
Do you have any problems going out drinking with the office on Fridays?
How would your husband feel about you relocating for work?
Are you very religious?
Do you have childcare arrangements lined up?
How is your marriage working? The stress of the long hours required might not be good for your marriage.
We’d love to hire you, but we want someone who will be here for the long term.
If you have kids how will you do this job when your husband is gone (person asked had a Military spouse)?
I found these to be particularly amusing (but still grossly inappropriate!):
I want a receptionist who looks like a Playboy bunny.
Would you mind picking up my kids from school?
I need someone who will deal with everyone when they start crying.
I need someone who will stay to shut off the lights every night.
For a full listing see the article at TheBalance.com. You can also follow the internal links to articles about Things You Shouldn’t Do When Interviewing, Things You Should Never Say in a Job Interview, Most Asked Interview Questions, etc.