It’s not a common secret (to you anyway) that I’m searching for a new job. I haven’t been chasing it too much since I’m busy with my course and the studying but I’ve been applying to vacancies I found on-line. On some major companies, it is general policy to ask personal questions, for statistic reasons as they put it. They want to know your ethnicity or if you’re handicapped. Recently, I came up with more personal questions concerning my religion and sexual orientation!
I was quite surprised to see them and not very happy about it. Why would they like to know all that stuff? I am not sure if asking these personal questions is not a form of discrimination! Wouldn’t they want to consider someone for a position because he is mixed race and Muslim and a potential suicide bomber? Would they expect me to go to work on my red short dress on a Casual Friday because I’m an agnostic homosexual or are they afraid I’ll give them awful diseases and make them uncomfortable by constantly hitting on them?
It could be that they’re asking for statistical purposes, but stereotypes do exist and the interviewees will be subjective even in a subconscious level negatively or positively. We don’t live in a perfect world and my religion and sexual orientation are personal data and I can’t see how they will affect the way I work. By nature, growing up in a very homophobic environment my first reaction is to try to avoid answering these questions, especially when they appear out of the blue. My course of action I try to have now is to be honest.
If they can’t deal with it, I wouldn’t like to work for them anyway…