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If sexual orientation is asked in job application...

A question out of curiosity. I saw a job announcement in an institute, and I opened their online recruiting form just out of curiosity. There is a subpage of "Equal Opportunities Monitoring", in which they ask your sexual orientation with several choices like "gay man", "gay woman (lesbian)", "heterosexual", "bisexual", and also another choice "prefer not to say"...

What does this supposed to mean? Does your answer have any influence on the recruitment possibility? I'm wondering as a gay man, it's better to be honest, or to say "I prefer not to say"...
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it should be for their equal ops statistics. You hope.
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A question out of curiosity. I saw a job announcement in an institute
The Family Research Institute, perhaps?
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Re: If sexual orientation is asked in job application...

I'd hate to be hired just to make up a "minority quota".
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Old 24.10.2012, 18:59
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Re: If sexual orientation is asked in job application...

I think it can be an advantage to be anything else but heterosexual. :-)

Some companies like to show off with their diversity of workforce. My previous employer encouraged women for IT positions and founded a homosexual club for the employees.

If I would be a lesbian, I would admit it in the survey.

In Germany you can even sue the company if you think you have been discriminated based on your sexual orientation. I know, Switzerland is nothing like Germany but hopefully it goes to that direction. :-)
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Old 24.10.2012, 19:36
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I'd hate to be hired just to make up a "minority quota".
I'm a black jewish lesbian trapped in a homosexual, atheist man's body.
you think that would help??
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Old 24.10.2012, 19:39
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Re: If sexual orientation is asked in job application...

Can you not just put, "I'll be anything you want me to be, baby xxx"?
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Old 24.10.2012, 19:40
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Re: If sexual orientation is asked in job application...

Theoretically, it is used independently to analyse various facts about the people they interview. I've never been asked this during interview. I think I once had to fill in a form like that after I'd started the job, but I can't remember whether I did or not.

I'd ask pointed questions about why they wanted the information, and agree to complete it only after I'd been offered the job
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Old 24.10.2012, 19:41
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Re: If sexual orientation is asked in job application...

I wouldn't tick paedophile. I've heard it's not good for your career opportunities, even if they claim to like diversity in sexual orientation. Bunch of paedophobic barstewards.
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Old 24.10.2012, 19:46
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Bunch of paedophobic barstewards.
Now then, now then, now then!
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Re: If sexual orientation is asked in job application...

I think I'd have to describe my orientation as "likes musicals otherwise straight". Do they have a category for that.
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A question out of curiosity. I saw a job announcement in an institute, and I opened their online recruiting form just out of curiosity. There is a subpage of "Equal Opportunities Monitoring", in which they ask your sexual orientation with several choices like "gay man", "gay woman (lesbian)", "heterosexual", "bisexual", and also another choice "prefer not to say"...

What does this supposed to mean? Does your answer have any influence on the recruitment possibility? I'm wondering as a gay man, it's better to be honest, or to say "I prefer not to say"...
I also heard that the Village People are reforming and advertising for new members.
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Re: If sexual orientation is asked in job application...

Wow, I'm pretty shocked. That's quite intrusive!
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Theoretically, it is used independently to analyse various facts about the people they interview. I've never been asked this during interview. I think I once had to fill in a form like that after I'd started the job, but I can't remember whether I did or not.

I'd ask pointed questions about why they wanted the information, and agree to complete it only after I'd been offered the job
Unless having sex at work is part of the job description, I fail to see how one's sexual orientation has anything to do with appointing anyone to a job.
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Re: If sexual orientation is asked in job application...

Call Pink Cross and ask them if they know this employer or this practice.
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Unless having sex at work is part of the job description, I fail to see how one's sexual orientation has anything to do with appointing anyone to a job.
It doesn't. It's used by large companies (in the UK, at least) to somehow prove they don't discriminate. For example, the govt or whoever can say "please show us the statistics for the people you hired last year"and they'd get the data. It's not used during the decision to hire process.

For example, Camden Council asks people to complete an optional question at the end of every survey, which asks your race/nationality. They don't use it to say "black people prefer us to spend the money repairing the roads" but more to say "10% of those completing the survey were black, which matches the population average" or not.
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A question out of curiosity. I saw a job announcement in an institute, and I opened their online recruiting form just out of curiosity. There is a subpage of "Equal Opportunities Monitoring", in which they ask your sexual orientation with several choices like "gay man", "gay woman (lesbian)", "heterosexual", "bisexual", and also another choice "prefer not to say"...

What does this supposed to mean? Does your answer have any influence on the recruitment possibility? I'm wondering as a gay man, it's better to be honest, or to say "I prefer not to say"...
I cannot imagine this is allowed but is possibly a diversity thing.

I would just write something like "everything I can get"
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Re: If sexual orientation is asked in job application...

It shouldn't. No one can afford to be hung out with such a claim and case these days. That would be suicide.

I would answer with "yes" and leave it at that
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A question out of curiosity. I saw a job announcement in an institute, and I opened their online recruiting form just out of curiosity. There is a subpage of "Equal Opportunities Monitoring", in which they ask your sexual orientation with several choices like "gay man", "gay woman (lesbian)", "heterosexual", "bisexual", and also another choice "prefer not to say"...

What does this supposed to mean? Does your answer have any influence on the recruitment possibility? I'm wondering as a gay man, it's better to be honest, or to say "I prefer not to say"...
put disabled, black, lesbian. every company is missing one of those!
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I cannot imagine this is allowed
Why wouldn't it be, we're not in America, are we?

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