Prepping for job interviews is the subject of plenty of coaching and advice. But when job interviews turn to juggle-related topics, some questions can catch interviewees completely unprepared.
Some women readers say they have been asked, "What are your child-care arrangements?" or "Do you plan to have a family any time soon?" Author Bob Rosner identifies other "toxic questions" in his book, "The Boss"s Survival Guide": "I love your accent; where are you from?" (This one suggests ethnic or racial discrimination.) "When did you graduate from high school?" (This one smacks of age discrimination.) "Are you currently using birth control?" (Again, implies pregnancy discrimination.)
To avoid appearing to discriminate based on sex, bosses should stick strictly to job-related queries. Employers with 15 or more employees are covered by federal anti-discrimination law, which makes sex and pregnancy discrimination illegal; a few states, including New York, New Jersey and California, have anti-bias laws covering smaller employers.
Some managers try to startle interviewees into candid revelations about their personal values or philosophy. Ad executive Michael Mathieu told the New York Times that he likes to ask candidates, "What is the meaning of life?" He said, "It"s a fun question because no one"s expecting it." One of his favorite answers, he added, was, "Are you talking about my business life or my personal life?"更多信息请访问：http://www.24en.com/
Rather than probing too much, one of my bosses on a previous job many years ago took the opposite tack: He simply stopped talking and stared at the applicant for a minute or more of stony silence. The strategy: To size up candidates" poise. Would they jabber senselessly to fill up the silence, pose an intelligent question, or squirm in anxiety?
Meanwhile, nannies seem to be the target of oddball queries from potential employers, as I"ve reported previously. Some parents ask nanny candidates, "How often do you bathe?" or, "Do you have a boyfriend?" Others say they have been asked if they have sexually transmitted diseases.
Readers, have you been asked surprising or disarming questions in job interviews? Or inappropriate ones? If you have been on the hiring end, what are your favorite questions? What do you think is the right boundary against probing too much on personal issues?
一些女性读者说，面试官曾问她们：“你的孩子由谁照管？”或者是：“你打算很快要孩子吗？”《老板生存守则》(The Boss"s Survival Guide)作者罗斯纳(Bob Rosner)在这本书里列举了其他一些“有毒问题”：“我很喜欢你的口音，你是哪里人？”（有种族歧视意味。）“高中什么时候毕业的？”（让人联想到年龄歧视。）“目前有没有采取节育措施？”（又歧视孕妇了。）
一些经理人会问一些令求职者意外的问题，让他们不小心坦露自己的价值观或人生哲学。广告业经理人马蒂厄(Michael Mathieu)对《纽约时报》(New York Times)讲，他喜欢问求职者“生活的意义是什么”。他说，这个问题好玩，因为没人料到我会这么问。他还说，他最喜欢的答案之一便是：“你在谈我的职业生活还是私人生活？”
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