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Old 08-20-2016, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Planet Telex
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I thought it was against the law to ask someone's age, whether direct or indirect.
An employer can ask you anything they want. They just can't discriminate against you because of it but good luck trying to prove that. I've been asked how old I am before, if I was single or in a relationship, and also the occupations of my parents. Anything goes in a job interview these days, lol
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Old 08-21-2016, 12:04 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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How would you answer if asked though? I was honest and I'm not too far from 40 so I was probably too old. My resume showed over ten years of professional experience though so my age was no secret and they still interviewed me.
I've been asked similar questions before on a phone screen and have asked them back "May I ask how my highschool GPA and extra-curricular activities relate to the job qualifications? " They merely mumbled something about being required to ask as part of their standard practice.
It was Google.
But, to be fair, that was 10 years ago and they didn't ask me these questions in my most recent interview with them.
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Old 08-21-2016, 06:48 PM
 
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when the HR or employer questions clearly lack any intelligent intent other than to pick apart/scorn/discriminate - then it serves absolutely no purpose for the job seeker to continue with the interrogation. It becomes a posturing or really "mine is bigger than yours" because "I'm in the position of power." It's a game to some people.
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Old 08-22-2016, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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I dug deeper and found this is a tactic they use on most of their interviews. Always asking about HS and College, even when interviewing executive/upper management type positions. A rep claims they are seeking out well rounded, outgoing individuals, who had a good balance in school of studying and extra curricular activities and not just someone who pounded the books.

Unfortunately most people aren't the same people they were in HS or College so their efforts are worthless/pointless. When I told them I worked at a shelter in college, they really pushed the issue about what kind of shelter and asked what my duties were. When I finally said a womens shelter they pressed why men weren't allowed. When I finally said it was a battered womens shelter, they asked if I had a personal connection to a battered women's shelter. Talk about clueless lol
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:59 AM
 
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What industry is this if I may ask?
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Old 08-23-2016, 06:46 PM
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Location: Raleigh-Durham, NC
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What industry is this if I may ask?
And what level/type of position?
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Old 08-23-2016, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Planet Woof
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''Morons who are the gatekeepers'' is right! LOL
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