Date Published: 31-05-2017

We’ve all been in some pretty tough interviews and have been asked the most difficult and sometimes seemingly irrelevant questions but we’ve heard of cases where interviewers have asked some very personal, intruding and sometimes discriminating questions.

Too many candidates are scared to question their interviewer as to why they’re asking such an intrusive question about their personal life out of fear that this could be detrimental to their application but just think about this: If the person sitting in front of you is making you feel uncomfortable at this early stage, do you really want to work for them?

Here are a few examples of what you shouldn’t be asked in interviews:

  • Do you have children?
  • Are you planning on having children?
  • Are you married?
  • Is English your first language?
  • What religion are you?
  • What is your sexuality?
  • How old are you?

These are all questions that could easily cause offence and you don’t have to answer them. You have a right to ask why the interviewer is asking such questions.

In an interview, you should be asked directly about your skills and your ability to do the job, not your personal life.

As recruitment specialists, we pride ourselves on ethical behaviour and want all of our candidates to feel comfortable when we send them to interviews.

Our consultants are specialists in all things recruitment, and will provide help and guidance leading up to and after the interview to ensure you’re informed and feeling confident every step of the way.

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