(Closed) Spin-off: Sly things employers do to find out about you during interviews

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I got asked if I had a partner. I said I preferred not to answer. He explained the reason: it’s a construction firm I’m a goodlooking young lady they’ve had problems with their staff cheating on wives with the young women in the office. I said if that’s the issue, then I assure you that would not be an issue with me. I got the job, but was later sexually harrassed and quit.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We’re in a military area and a lot of employers don’t want to hire military spouses because of the frequent moves. My friend (whose boyfriend is in the Navy with my husband) was interviewing for a teaching position mentioned she had just moved to the area, which would have been obvious just from her resume.

The interviewer asked her why she moved here, she replied her boyfriend had a job in California. As a follow up, they asked what her boyfriend does. She sort of evaded the actual question by saying he works on the base (and there are LOTS of civillian positions on the base) without giving up his job, per se. She got the job anyways, but I think they had the Navy on their radar when they asked about her boyfriend. Otherwise why that relevant in a teaching interview?

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@GreenEyedMoon:  Completely illegal interview questions that should have been reported to the EEOC.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@GreenEyedMoon: to be frank I can understand why… 2 young ladies that I met on the job and became somewhat friends with both had relationships with men who were employed with the company. Both men were technically in relationships with other women. 

This was a small firm with no HR so there was really no way to “control” the issue. It was fun while it lasted but a man finally drew the last straw and I’d had enough.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I was asked if I had any responsibilities that would prevent me from working late. The interviewer mentioned her kids as an example. I said I have a dog and would need notice so that I could have a neighbor let her out if I was going to be stuck at work later than expected. She said that I “would know” with a look. I didn’t take the job because they smoked during the interview.

ETA: It was a job where you’re on call 24/7 and they expect people to stay late if the job requires it. I didn’t have a problem with that unless it meant I was working 60+ hour work weeks.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t think I’ve ever been asked these kinds of questions!  “What’s your ultimate career goal” was the furthest I’ve been asked!

To be fair: I knew going in that it’s a job that involves being on call for emergencies, 24/7. 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@GreenEyedMoon: to be frank I can understand why… 2 young ladies that I met on the job and became somewhat friends with both had relationships with men who were employed with the company. Both men were technically in relationships with other women. 

This was a small firm with no HR so there was really no way to “control” the issue. It was fun while it lasted but a man finally drew the last straw and I’d had enough.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2014

My current employer asks everyone he interviews to see the inside of their car. He says that helps him determine if the person is organized.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@KandE:  OMG I would never get a job if that happened to me!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

This didn’t happen to me, but a good friend was flat out asked if she planned to have kids. They said that they were worried about hiring more mothers because they often had to leave early or take time off to deal with kid issues, and they needed someone who could regularly put in overtime.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’ve been asked if I planned on having a family any time soon. None of your business.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

No personal experience, but I was reading in Reader’s Digest all sorts of ways interviewers try to find out information and make their decisions based on illegal factors.

1. It was advised that if you were over 50, do NOT put the year you graduated on your resume, and try not to list your work history in a way that shows your age

2. One guy admitted to walking the women candidates to their cars after the meeting to see if they had carseats installed. If they did, they weren’t hired. The company did not want mothers of young children working there.

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