Red flag or just a pink one?
May 7, 2012 5:46 PM Subscribe
How personal is too personal for a job interview question?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (40 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I recently had a job interview where one of the questions dealt with a period of unemployment I went through post graduation.
The interview question (after I explained the volunteering and odd jobs that I did during this period): "I supposed your parents must be wealthy?" Now, I don't know what to make of this. I simply said YES, because I found the alternative to be worse.
I guess I just can't imagine a tactful answer to the question. And I can't imagine a justified reason to ask it.
Granted this, is this a sign of things to come? Should I trust my gut? I was terribly hurt by the question and feel this is a bad start to a working relationship. Am I being too sensitive for my own good here?
Please enlighten me, Mefites!