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February 19, 2014 9:39 AM Subscribe
I got asked about my marital and family status in a job interview. Now what?
posted by dortmunder to Work & Money (16 answers total)
I just returned from a job interview that involved talking to several people individually. One of those people was unprepared and obviously not experienced at interviewing. The second question out of his mouth was about if I was married and had a family. It totally through me for a loop. There was no beating around the bush. He just straight out asked, which I know is a violation of Federal law. I'm a guy, so it's not like I'm going to get pregnant or anything, and I don't think the fact that I'm single can be used against me. What I want to know is, if you were the HR person, (with whom I also had an interview) would you want to know that this guy was asking candidates that question? I thought about bringing it up at the end of the interview, but decided to not say anything then.
The interview was for an admin position at a large, state research university if that matters.