Results for - Political leanings, religious affiliation, gender identity, race – have you been confronted with controversial questions during a job interview?

2,581 voters participated in this survey

In a former life, I was a Job Search Consultant at a state university. I assisted students with finding jobs, developing resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills, etc. Part of the interview prep included what questions to expect from an interviewer and what questions to ask an interviewer. Several issues were considered taboo and/or illegal – religion, political affiliation, race, country of origin, prior arrests, pregnancy status, etc. Since my retirement, things have changed significantly, especially the political climate and emerging issues such as gender identity, pay equity and other social issues. I'm wondering what, if any, uncomfortable moments or controversial questions you have experienced during an interview, whether for a job or another type of position.

1. Have you, or someone you know, been asked an uncomfortable or illegal question during an interview?

Yes
18%
444 votes
No
57%
1,434 votes
Not applicable
21%
535 votes
Prefer not to answer
4%
107 votes

2. Have you, or someone you know, been asked specifically about your religious or political affiliation or gender identity?

Yes
13%
317 votes
No
63%
1,587 votes
Not applicable
20%
499 votes
Prefer not to answer
4%
97 votes

3. If you didn't get an offer for a job you interviewed for, do you think it was based on how you answered an uncomfortable question?

Yes
14%
354 votes
No
29%
715 votes
Not applicable
53%
1,319 votes
Prefer not to answer
4%
112 votes

4. Have you/would you decline a good job offer if you found out your future employer/boss had different political, religious or other beliefs than you do?

Yes
10%
254 votes
No
54%
1,347 votes
Not applicable
31%
763 votes
Prefer not to answer
5%
136 votes

5. Have you ever asked a controversial question to an interviewer? If your answer is yes, feel free to share what you asked and how the interviewer responded to it.

Yes
6%
138 votes
No
57%
1,416 votes
Not applicable
33%
836 votes
Prefer not to answer
4%
110 votes
08/11/2019 Politics 2581 52 By: lindaopines

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