pro-life/pro-choice came up at job interview

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Personally I would not take a job with an organization that was in clear conflict with my personal ethics. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

If the situation is bad, I would take the job but keep looking like crazy until I find something that is NOT pro life. Being involved in a non profit doesn’t make any sense if they believe the opposite of you. I’d rather not get involved AT ALL because I think what they do is selfish and damaging, but if you really need a job…

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

I have the same feelings as you on the topic.  I would continue with the job. Like the woman said – it’s a slim chance that it would even happen.  Even if someone did approach you and ask, you could simply refer them to someone “more experienced” with those issues.  That saves you from having to give advice you don’t agree with.  

I don’t really know much about the company, but based on your description, I highly doubt you’d be asked (and if you were asked, I doubt it would be expected/mandatory) to attend a pro-life rally/fundraiser/etc.  I would go ahead with the job and see how it works out for you!

Best of luck!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

As someone who works at a non-profit in an administrative capacity, I think it IS important that you believe in the mission of your organization. I can’t imagine doing my job every day and not believing in the work that we do.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Why does this job sound so appealing to you?  It’s against your personal beliefs, is it just to get your foot in the door at a non-profit, as long as it’s any non-profit?  I thought people that worked in non-profits did it to further their ideals? 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@annb9:  +1

 

For example, you wouldn’t give your money to organizations that you don’t believe in, right? Why would you give them your time when you can get a job somewhere else? Basically you didn’t realize they came out of a pro-life movement, so now that you know, do you still see the organization in the same way? Even if your work is administrative, those views are held by most other people… you will be in a minority. It can affect you from day to day.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@annb9:   +1

Personally?  I would never accept this job.  It would compromise my morals and what I believe in.  And I would never ever ever be comfortable counseling someone in the pro-life direction.

But, it’s not anyone elses decision but yours.  Best of luck!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Well – I don’t really understand how someone can be pro choice but not be pro abortion because the choice in pro choice MEANS the choice to abort. But I digress,

if you don’t agree with the core values of the organization, I wouldn’t take it on.  Just like if they really knew your opinionis did not mesh with their viewpoint they probably wouldn’t hire you in the first place.

 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

@Stace126:  I would still go for it. It’s not like thats a common occurance, and like PP said, you can just refer them to someone more experienced if that situation ever arrises. If in the interview they asked directly if I was pro-life I wouldnt be able to lie, but I would tell them that I could encourage the person to find the option that works best for them and have them speak with someone else who has “more information” or better “resources” than you. Every company has a company policy, and although I dont agree with them 100% all the time, they’re there for a reason and as an employee I agreed to abide by them. But I couldnt lie or say I would give advice I woudlnt give.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I wouldn’t have been offered the job, because as soon as she asked me that I would have said “well I’m obviously not the right fit for this company, thanks anyways”. 

I think it’s wrong that they ask you your stance on this (although I dont know the company), and I could never work somewhere that went completely against my beliefs.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

As another pp stated i think you should take it but still keep looking. never hurts to add something on your resume, esp if you want to be in nonprofit. You may not believe in what they believe in but they are paying you, you arent donating to them. They arent asking you to protest, its a day care. She asked if you were comfortable and just to not share your opinion if you are pro choice. she didnt say you would be required to follow their beliefs. You havent been given an offer yet so you still have time to think and search for other opportunites if it doesnt sit well with you. good luck

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Stace126:  I think the interviewer was just being upfront with you about the organization, their origins, purpose and expectations. She didnt put you on the spot about your personal beliefs,so I believe she was both morally and legally fine.

That said, I personally couldn’t work for them. I can’t support anti-choice organizations and there is no way I could keep my mouth shut if the issue were discussed.

Also love that the very same people that insist on “informed choice” (because women are too stupid to understand what being pregnant means), wants to hide and deny women information about termination.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Now that I think about it further…

Is that legal for them to ask you that question??

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@KateByDesign:  That’s the first thing I thought of! Pretty sure it isn’t. Unless non-profits have different hiring rules and questions they can ask, but I’d be surprised if they did.

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