The ques­tions that are never OK

When the in­ter­viewer makes the job look bad!

Glamour (South Africa) - - Work/Smart Leaps -

“I went for a job as a sales man­ager for a cruise liner com­pany. The in­ter­viewer was clearly hung over – he looked aw­ful and reeked of booze. He asked, ‘Are your par­ents so­cial­ists?’ I was stunned and said he couldn’t ask ques­tions like that; then he said, ‘Yes I can, I just did’.” – El­iz­a­beth, 32

“One pervy in­ter­viewer asked, ‘So, do you like dress­ing up?’ be­cause I’d put that I liked vin­tage cloth­ing in the in­ter­ests sec­tion of my CV. He fol­lowed with a se­ries of seem­ingly in­nocu­ous and dull ques­tions, then fin­ished with, ‘Well, you’re mar­ried, so sex won’t be an is­sue.’ I said, ‘Even if I wasn’t, it still wouldn’t be.’” – Zoe, 30

“I ap­plied for a job in a clothes shop, where the woman in­ter­view­ing me seemed more in­ter­ested in my makeup skills than my abil­i­ties. ‘You’re very, um, nat­u­ral-look­ing, aren’t you? Would you con­sider wear­ing makeup? I was wear­ing makeup! She called me later that evening and of­fered me the role on the con­di­tion that I wear lip­stick. I de­clined.” – Car­rie, 33

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