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Irrelevent questions distracting: poll

JOB INTERVIEWS:Jobseekers reported hearing a range of inappropriate statements or questions, such as: ‘You were married once. Who is taking care of the child now?’

By Yang Chiu-ying  /  Staff Reporter

Just over 49 percent of interviewees are shocked by the complete irrelevancy of questions asked during a job interview, a poll conducted by online job bank Yes123 showed yesterday.

Yes123 Job Bank posted the online questionnaire last month, a time when many people were seeking new jobs just after Lunar New Year.

The 1,952 valid responses showed 49.2 percent of job seekers had been asked personal questions by the interviewer and 32.5 percent felt discriminated against.

While corporations and companies constantly complain that interviewees do not perform well, Yes123 Job Bank public relations deputy chairman Yang Shun-chin (楊舜欽) said there were also several interviewers who were unprofessional.

There are five main types of interviewers disliked by jobseekers, the survey found. Respondents (47.7 percent) said they disliked interviewing officers who discriminate via speech, while the other types pertained to individuals who did not go through resumes, who were late to interviews, who asked private questions or whose interviews ran too long, Yang said.

Examples of inappropriate questions and comments ranged from direct statements such as: “You young people don’t have self-control when you’re working; it’s people like you who are causing the nation to regress,” to one interviewer saying: “Since you have no experience, I don’t know what to ask. Here, sing this song.”

Other questions veered into personal life, health and habits, including: “You were married once, so who’s taking care of the child now? Are you seeing anyone now?” or “You don’t look so good, showing a yellowish tinge. How’s your liver?”

Eighty percent of job seekers said they would choose to ignore such inappropriate questions.

However, upon being asked an improper question, 47 percent said they immediately answered the question; 34.2 percent would ask the interviewer to repeat the question because they pretended they hadn’t heard it; 15.4 percent refused to answer the question; and 3.5 percent pretended not to hear the question or answered something unrelated to the question.

The questions asked influenced jobseekers perception of the company, according to 75 percent of the respondents.

Yang reminded interview personnel that the Employment Services Act (就業服務法) bars employers from discriminating on grounds of ethnicity, language, religion, political party, gender, sexual inclination, age, marital status or how a person looks.

Translated by Jake Chung, staff writer

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