Person interviewing me asked about my living situation-is that allowed?
Topic: Employment application word
June 20, 2019 / By Yiesha Question:
I went for a retail temp job interview. First she asked me TWICE why I moved to this state (on my app I had my previous employer listed in another state) and both times I said it was family related. She then asked if I lived with my parents, which I do. But she knew from my app that I was at least 18, so I don't know why this was relevant. I am pretty sure she asked or worded a question to get me to imply I was single. I can't remember how she did it, but I do know I somehow told her that, and would have never volunteered that info.
I'm sure these questions were asked to find out if I had anything preventing me from being available, which is stupid. Telling her that I had transportation available and listing the hours I could work should have been enough, which I put right on my application. I do not see how giving the reason for moving, living with my parents, and being single is relevant to my work availability. I've never had an interview that asked me anything about my personal life beyond whether I had transport and any other commitments.
I can see how asking about moving would be about whether I was moving again, but I just moved! This was for a temp job too (6 mo. unless they hire permanent). I did think the family one was maybe I was a caretaker for a family member. Still, that would be an "other commitment" I would tell her, so why did she ask that specifically? And being single, not sure why that's her business. Don't see how that would at all affect my being a good fit for the job or 'awkward' w/ other employees.
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Shebah | 6 days ago
Anything about your living situation, roommates, fiancés, spouses, children, etc., is illegal to ask in an employment interview.
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Generally speaking, they're not supposed to ask those questions in interviews. They're supposed to focus on the actual issues -- like if you'd have a problem traveling, if you can work late hours, etc. It's illogical for them to ask about your personal life and make assumptions from it.
If you recently relocated, they may be trying to find out if you're likely to move again, etc. But they should be asking such things directly.
On a practical level, interviewers often don't know every single rule about what they can and cannot ask. Sometimes they're just trying to be friendly to make conversation, or to determine if you're a good fit. For better or worse, if you're the only single person in the midst of a bunch of married with kids, things can be awkward later.
Anyway, they're not supposed to ask such things, or base their decisions on such things. But the questions do come up, even inadvertently, and you should be prepared to cut them a little slack and/or have diplomatic responses, especially if you want the job. The stuff is likely to come up later in the workplace anyway.
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Check with your State Attorney If you live in the US.. tell them what you said in your question above and get a ruling. I think asking personal questions is against the law. But double check to be sure. State's attorneys don't charge. .or didn't when I lived in the states. If you take the job, be sure you are very clear on their policies involving email communications outside the office, and if they asked you for your password t oa Facebook account, ask them why they want that personal information. You have more rights than your know.. Be polite though..
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Get over it. She was being thorough because she was seriously considering you for the job. She needs to know if you have other responsibilities that might interfere with your arriving on time, having to leave early, etc. For example, if you were single, in your own apartment with two children to care for, you would not be as good a bet as someone who lived with her parents, had her own car and no responsibilities in the world. An employer needs to know this. If you are not willing to be an open book, then do n't expect to get the job.
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moved recently, did you? she's concerned that you're here temporarily and they're looking to hire a permanent employee -- will you still be here in the area in a couple of years?
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