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    How can I response to an interviewer if interviewing questions are too personal?

    Hello there,

    Yesterday I encountered several interviewing questions in a small firm, which is my first interviewing experience though, I just feel like it is not appropriate in any cases. For instance, the interviewer who is the owner of the small firm asked me how I consider my future spouse and how many children in my family, do I have any relative in the city, and even how much my tuition fees are!!! Basically none of his interviewing questions are related to the position. To be honest, from the very beginning of the interview I was not comfortable with the questions. And his explanation for the questions is because I have no working experiences to talk about, he had to find some topics to start with. It did not make any sense to me!

    PLease let me know is it common to the regular situation? How should I reply to the interview in case that happens to me again in the next interview?

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    Re: How can I response to an interviewer if interviewing questions are too personal?

    I don't know what the rules are in the USA (where you are) but in the UK, those questions would not be asked and would break several employment laws/rules. Employers here are not allowed to question someone's family situation or, in the case of a woman, their plans for children. I can't imagine what relevance they thought your tuition fees had.

    I would not work for anyone whose interview included no questions or information about the position. If that happened in an interview, after the first couple of questions, I would probably ask "Please can we move on to discussing the actual position and my specific experience, qualifications and skills for that position?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How can I response to an interviewer if interviewing questions are too personal?

    The questions were illegal.
    You should tell the HR person in the company what happened. That person will end up getting the company sued.

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    Re: How can I response to an interviewer if interviewing questions are too personal?

    Is it legal to ask salary history in the world of English speaking countries when a company interviews with a potential employee?

    Thank you!

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    In the US, it's a legal question, but like all interview questions, you don't have to answer it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: How can I response to an interviewer if interviewing questions are too personal?

    I'm fairly certain that is legal in the UK too. In some cases, you will be asked to put your salary from previous jobs on the application form. However, in more high-level jobs, it's common for a company to simply ask a candidate what salary they are looking for.
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    Re: How can I response to an interviewer if interviewing questions are too personal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The questions were illegal.
    You should tell the HR person in the company what happened. That person will end up getting the company sued.
    I don't really understand the words I highlighted in blue.

    - Who is that person?

    - Who will get sued? That boss who asked the illegal questions?

    - Who will sue?

    - Does the OP need to provide with proofs if she/he wants to do?

    Thank you!

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    Re: How can I response to an interviewer if interviewing questions are too personal?

    The person who did the interview is the problem. If you were the interviewee, you could choose to sue the whole company because of the actions of the interviewer. He/she broke employment laws but it is the entire company which gets sued.

    "That person" = the interviewer.
    "Who will get sued?" - the company
    "Who will sue?" = The interviewee (you)
    "Does the OP need to provide proof if he/she wants to sue?" = It is difficult to provide proof or evidence unless you were recording the interview (which is probably illegal!) You would need to consult a lawyer to find out exactly what you need to do.

    Or, as Barb said, you could contact the HR department and tell them what the interviewer did. Hopefully, they will be able to explain to the interviewer why those questions cannot be asked and make sure that the interviewer does not do it again. That doesn't change the outcome of the interview although I suppose it's possible they might invite you back to be interviewed by someone else, to give you a second chance. The HR department should be grateful if someone tells them what the interviewer has been doing.
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    Re: How can I response to an interviewer if interviewing questions are too personal?

    Thank you very much for your replies.

    I am afraid it doesn't practically work if the interviewee wants to sue the company.

    First, though I knew nothing about relevant laws of Western countries, I am sure the interviewee needs to provide the court with evidences. However it is rare that an interviewee would intentionally record the dialogue, which was illegal and totally unexpected.

    Second, a lawyer would charge for consultation. It would take time and money for it.


    Third, the law violator was the boss. I doubt the HR would speak up for the OP and confront their boss, especially it was a small company. Even if she/he got hired, I think the boss would try to make trouble with her or him
    Last edited by thedaffodils; 08-Jun-2014 at 22:42.

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    Re: How can I response to an interviewer if interviewing questions are too personal?

    I didn't say there was any chance of a successful lawsuit. However, theoretically, employment laws are made so as to avoid such things happening. I'm sure appalling interview techniques happen all over the world all the time.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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