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Old 08-08-2016, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Liminal Space
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This is an actual question on a job application I'm filling out. I've marked, "No," because I can't think of any reason they would do that. I've always understood that job application materials are, at least in principle understood to be confidential between the applicant and employer. This is the first time I've ever heard of an employer wanting to share application materials with other employers.

Note this is separate from the "May we contact your previous employers/references" question for which I've marked "Yes."

What do you think of this question? Should I change my answer to "Yes"?
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Old 08-08-2016, 06:42 PM
 
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no. I wouldn't want them to share my private info or application with any other employers. Do you know who the employers are? Is this an agency/recruiters? Not unless you know who the other "employers" are and approve them sharing.
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Old 08-09-2016, 01:20 PM
 
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This is an actual question on a job application I'm filling out. I've marked, "No," because I can't think of any reason they would do that. I've always understood that job application materials are, at least in principle understood to be confidential between the applicant and employer. This is the first time I've ever heard of an employer wanting to share application materials with other employers.

Note this is separate from the "May we contact your previous employers/references" question for which I've marked "Yes."

What do you think of this question? Should I change my answer to "Yes"?
Anyone have a clue as to why an employer would ask this? Why would they want to share it?
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Old 08-09-2016, 03:34 PM
 
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Anyone have a clue as to why an employer would ask this? Why would they want to share it?
they're not who they claim to be. They're mining data or they're some kind of agency/recruiter company. Or they're scam artists. These are my guesses.
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Old 08-10-2016, 12:28 AM
 
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This is an actual question on a job application I'm filling out. I've marked, "No," because I can't think of any reason they would do that. I've always understood that job application materials are, at least in principle understood to be confidential between the applicant and employer. This is the first time I've ever heard of an employer wanting to share application materials with other employers.

Note this is separate from the "May we contact your previous employers/references" question for which I've marked "Yes."

What do you think of this question? Should I change my answer to "Yes"?
Are they located in the state of California, New York or Hawaii?
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Old 08-10-2016, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Liminal Space
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Are they located in the state of California, New York or Hawaii?
Yes. What is the significance? It's a public agency, for what that's worth. I don't think they are scam artists per Canaletto's response, but I do think it's an odd question.
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Old 08-10-2016, 10:06 PM
 
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Yes. What is the significance? It's a public agency, for what that's worth.
There are states with citizen privacy laws in employment and those three specifically require permission from an applicant to share your information outside that entity. Although most government agencies are considered a single entity, many will include the permission request just because it's part of the law. If you ever sign up with a temp or staffing agency in those states, that question will always be part of the authorization you give.
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