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A majority of interviewers have admitted asking off limits questions during the interview process, according to a new survey.
The survey by science and technology recruitment specialists Hyper Recruitment Solutions shows 85% of the over 1,000 hiring managers surveyed had asked questions that are not appropriate at interview.
The research also unveiled confusion among hiring managers over what can and cannot be asked, with 47% saying they have never had official training on what questions to ask in an interview.
The findings highlight a lack of interview training among those responsible for hiring staff. Just a third (36%) of those at a junior level of responsibility said they had received training, compared to 56% of those at director level and 72% of business owners.
Over three-quarters (77%) of interviewers surveyed said they do not think it is potentially illegal to ask, ‘Are you planning on going on maternity / paternity leave?’ with 40% thinking the question is acceptable and 36% thinking it is inappropriate – but not potentially illegal. Some 42% of male hiring managers think it is an ‘acceptable’ question compared to 24% of female hiring chiefs.
Nineteen per cent of the over 1,000 employees surveyed feel they have been mistreated in an interview. And, of those, 48% tried to ignore it, 34% told the interviewer how they felt, 19% walked out and just 17% made a complaint to the hiring company.
Twenty-three per cent of men and 16% of women said they had felt mistreated in an interview, with twice as many men (43%) as women (22%) telling the interviewer how they felt.