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Old 20.09.2016, 17:44
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Re: tired of being asked in jobs interviews if I would like to have children.

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We are all grown ups and the question should be allowed and people should give an honest answer. The problem is if you are not allowed to ask, or if you know people will lie when answering, then you have to assume that a woman may well have children soon and need a lot of time off. When we reach this sorry and sad stage then only men will be interviewed and women will lose out.

Women have children and we as a society have to acknowledge this and work with it, not against it. Not asking the question doesn't solve anything.
Don't forget that a Swiss man "of childbearing age" will be scuttling off for army service for a couple of weeks every year (on top of his holiday allowance) until he's 40 but they don't get asked about that at interview.

The implications are the same - absent staff, costs, drop in productivity.
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Old 20.09.2016, 17:46
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Don't forget that a Swiss man "of childbearing age" will be scuttling off for army service for a couple of weeks every year (on top of his holiday allowance) until he's 40 but they don't get asked about that at interview.

The implications are the same - absent staff, costs, drop in productivity.


Do you have any proof of this?


It was the only condition of the first 4 jobs I've had in Switzerland.
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Do you have any proof of this?


It was the only condition of the first 4 jobs I've had in Switzerland.
Wow!

I used to work for a company where the management hired via their old army network. So for them it was a necessity.

Yes, I imagine there are instances where army is either a negative or positive issue at interview but given that it is woven into the fabric of society here, I'm sure on the whole it doesn't crop up.
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Old 20.09.2016, 18:15
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Wow!

I used to work for a company where the management hired via their old army network. So for them it was a necessity.

Yes, I imagine there are instances where army is either a negative or positive issue at interview but given that it is woven into the fabric of society here, I'm sure on the whole it doesn't crop up.
I guess on the whole is is kinda assumed that the male citizens must do service, whereas having kids is not necessarily mandatory. Those who do plan on having kids or do military, will cost the company productivity. Those who don't plan to have kids or don't do military will bring less risk (well essentially a 3 % pay cut for the latter)
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Re: tired of being asked in jobs interviews if I would like to have children.

One is allowed to lie on that question. I would answer: For the moment my career is most important I don't know yet what my future in a couple of years will be. And if you do get pregnant a few months later, well then you just say it wasn't planned. So what?!
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Don't forget that a Swiss man "of childbearing age" will be scuttling off for army service for a couple of weeks every year (on top of his holiday allowance) until he's 40 but they don't get asked about that at interview.
It's been 32 for a few years now.

And my step-son was out at 27, as he'd done a couple of well-paid tours in the Balkans, which counted towards his Swiss obligation.

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