Ten shocking (and some illegal) questions graduates have actually been asked in job interviews “Can you wear more make-up next time?” and other offensive questions candidates have actually been asked.
As if job interviews weren’t scary enough, it seems companies are still asking candidates highly inappropriate – and sometimes discriminatory – questions.
Employment law solicitors Thomas Mansfield asked student job seekers to share their experiences of interviews and some of the results are shocking. Some were over-familiar, others bordered on intrusive, and some were just plain illegal and could land companies in trouble.
HR professional, Renae Jackson, said: “Discrimination can occur during the candidate screening stages, the interview process and really anywhere throughout the remainder of the employee life cycle. So the laws are there for the right reasons. Even the most well-intentioned employer can unwittingly leave themselves open to litigation though.”
UK employment law makes it very clear what can and cannot be said within the interview room, and the repercussions can be severe if a company is found guilty of going too far.
Make sure you know what your rights are when it comes to job interview questions
Meredith Hurst, senior partner at Thomas Mansfield, said: “Employers, without even realising, can ask seemingly innocent questions and be breaking the law. However with employment law information so readily available online, there really is no room for insensitive questions or illegal practices.”
Employers should also ensure that all those involved in the recruitment process have received the appropriate training and comply both with company corporate policies and the law. Unfortunately, many who end up conducting interviews are there owing to position, status or politics which is a recipe for chaos, malpractice and often illegal activity.