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Old 29.05.2019, 14:15
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They asked my marital status.
Employers are increasingly asking this to their advantage to middle age ppl, they want people fully dedicated and without possible divorce issues. I find this a shame.
No they are not. They have always asked this question because it is a requirement for the pension. You need to get out more.
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It is a requirement for the pension fund.
So?

How does it effect the employer in any relevant way when it comes to deciding if someone is suitable for the job?

(hint: it doesn't)
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Old 29.05.2019, 14:22
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Re: Illegal job interview questions

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How does it effect the employer in any relevant way when it comes to deciding if someone is suitable for the job?

(hint: it doesn't)
well if you're applying for a job here and you and your partner live in another country at the moment then yes, it does affect things, what if your partner works? decides they don't want to move country etc etc it just wastes everyones time, what your partner thinks is a huge deal when deciding if you want to move country!
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Old 29.05.2019, 14:31
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well if you're applying for a job here and you and your partner live in another country at the moment then yes, it does affect things, what if your partner works? decides they don't want to move country etc etc it just wastes everyones time, what your partner thinks is a huge deal when deciding if you want to move country!
Still irrelevant if married or not. Also irrelevant for the employer if I leave my partner or not for such job.

You can come up with as many examples as you please, it is very simple "if not directly relevant to the function itself, the question should not be asked during an interview."
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Old 29.05.2019, 14:33
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Still irrelevant if married or not. Also irrelevant for the employer if I leave my partner or not for such job.

You can come up with as many examples as you please, it is very simple "if not directly relevant to the function itself, the question should not be asked during an interview."
then every company i've worked for here has broken the law, how do I sue??


(hey HR if you're reading this, just kidding)
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Old 29.05.2019, 14:52
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then every company i've worked for here has broken the law, how do I sue??


(hey HR if you're reading this, just kidding)
Who says you can sue them for asking such question?

Asking such question when not relevant for the function gives you the right to not answer or even come up with a lie, now if later they would say that this lie is the reason to dismiss you and you can proof this, you have a case for abusive dismissal. Just like when they ask you if you are pregnant, I don't think you can sue them for them asking this question. But you can sue them if you say yes and can proof later that this is the reason for not getting the job.
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Old 29.05.2019, 15:07
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Re: Illegal job interview questions

It´s a common Question. Why is it a Problem to answer?
I answer: "Happily divorced and planning on staying that way unless I get swept off my feet by a winsome maid.
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Old 29.05.2019, 15:08
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Re: Illegal job interview questions

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Yep, I personally don't mind such question. And I even have my status mentioned in my CV. If such info blocks getting the job I would not want to work there anyway, since that can't be the only thing wrong in such company.
We used to reject any CV that had age, birth-date, marital status, sexual preferences, etc at the first gate. The candidate would get a boilerplate email stating that their CV contained inadmissible material and they were welcome to resubmit after removing the content.
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We used to reject any CV that had age, birth-date, marital status, sexual preferences, etc at the first gate. The candidate would get a boilerplate email stating that their CV contained inadmissible material and they were welcome to resubmit after removing the content.
And surely there are also companies that throw CV's without age/birthdate in the trash. It is impossible to write a CV that pleases 100% of the companies.

Mentioning sexual preference in a cv sounds indeed utterly weird to me, age I can see the relevance for a bunch of jobs, the type of job I prefer/have done for many yrs, requires consignation. Many country's have age specific rules for such.

And a job is not holy to me, just like companies can filter out some people they don't want based on their CV, we can write it in a way so certain companies don't want us
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Old 29.05.2019, 15:20
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We used to reject any CV that had age, birth-date, marital status, sexual preferences, etc at the first gate. The candidate would get a boilerplate email stating that their CV contained inadmissible material and they were welcome to resubmit after removing the content.
Why would you send back a CV that simply says someone is married or not? Or if it contains their birth date?

What kind of industry is that?
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Old 29.05.2019, 15:23
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Re: Illegal job interview questions

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And surely there are also companies that throw CV's without age/birthdate in the trash. It is impossible to write a CV that pleases 100% of the companies.

Mentioning sexual preference in a cv sounds indeed utterly weird to me, age I can see the relevance for a bunch of jobs, the type of job I prefer/have done for many yrs, requires consignation. Many country's have age specific rules for such.

And a job is not holy to me, just like companies can filter out some people they don't want based on their CV, we can write it in a way so certain companies don't want us
In the UK many companies positively discriminate towards minorities so claiming to be gay puts you at an advantage over being straight.
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Old 29.05.2019, 15:31
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Note that the marital status is tax-relevant and you anyway need to declare it once you have the job.
Even for locals, not just auslanders.

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?? even if the question you where asked was illegal, just how are you going to prove it and what do you want to do about it??

don't like the question then don't answer it or lie! if you get the job they'll find out soon enough if you're married.

I've never heard of any employer being worried about divorce issue, so I think that says more about you then them!!
I can prove it, I don't care if they have 1000 candidates, they've got to threat each of them like a f. human being.
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Old 29.05.2019, 15:36
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I can prove it, I don't care if they have 1000 candidates, they've got to threat each of them like a f. human being.
Are you a human being, or just a bot?

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Are you a human being, or just a bot?

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When I am interviewed I am f. human being, when I have to report the experience on social media, I am a bot. So god bless them.
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I can prove it, I don't care if they have 1000 candidates, they've got to threat each of them like a f. human being.
You can't win. You cannot change prevalent Swiss attitudes, at least not overnight.

You can get stressed and make a bad impression though, even if what you say is right.
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I can prove it, I don't care if they have 1000 candidates, they've got to threat each of them like a f. human being.
And what do you want to do about it?

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Better hide your profile, or you'll never ever find a job again.
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Old 29.05.2019, 17:59
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Why would you send back a CV that simply says someone is married or not? Or if it contains their birth date?

What kind of industry is that?
Our HR team argued that it opened us up to subconscious bias and discrimination.

The UK firm (still) segments your CV. So the person interviewing you wont know what university you went to (to remove the bias that may exist between certain universities), how many years you have worked (ageism), and similar things.

Can get quite frustrating as the interviewer when you have to prepare for 8-10 interviews a week to only have a name.

In terms of process, the "background" portion (e.g. do you have a degree with a 2:1) is done by HR beforehand (or by the system, not sure - probably automated). The shortlist of candidates that pass the filter get a phone interview to screen them. Only then do you go through to the interviewer - so sure, it should have been all covered beforehand, but it's annoying not to be able to say "Oh, I see you went to college X - is person X still lecturing there?" - even if only to build some rapport.
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Our HR team argued that it opened us up to subconscious bias and discrimination.

As opposed to the conscious bias and discrimination that is the WHOLE POINT of the interview process?


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Re: Illegal job interview questions

Hi everyone. I have recently moved to Solothurn with my partner, since he has started to work in the area. 2 weeks ago I had a job interview and unfortunetly wasn't what I expected. Everything was going ok, until the CEO asked my about my age and immediately after if I have children. I coming from Spain where I know these are illegal question but wasn't sure if it is the same here. Reading this forum I understand its also illegal so do you know how, where should I report/complain this situation/company. Thank in advance
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