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What do you do if your colleague crosses the line in an interview?

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HC Online | 27 Jan 2015, 08:04 AM Agree 0
Sometimes inappropriate questions slip out in an interview – here’s how to act when a co-interviewer’s inquiries are unsuitable.
  • Rosalie Chant | 27 Jan 2015, 11:03 AM Agree 0
    I don't believe the candidates reaction (at the time of interview) to the question is an indication of whether it matters. It may not matter at interview but they may have a different opinion if they don't get the job and are looking for reasons 'why not' The questions should not be asked and should be corrected at the time.
  • Judy Apps | 27 Jan 2015, 11:17 AM Agree 0
    Agree with you Rosalie. No reaction at the time of interview may change on reflection and with the input of others post interview. I once got asked what year I did my HSC as a way around asking me my age. I might add the recruiter (who should have known better) was most offended when I requested the relevance of such a question (I was in my 40's at the time so well beyond the point where my schooling could have had any relevance). It created a very uncomfortable environment on both sides and the interview went nowhere from there.
  • Tristan Amadio | 27 Jan 2015, 04:39 PM Agree 0
    I train my team members that, if their question is "just out of curiosity", it has no place in the interview at all.
  • Yvonne Walker | 27 Jan 2015, 08:42 PM Agree 0
    I agree with the other comments. Someone who may not be - or seem - bothered by an inappropriate question during an interview may change their mind on reflection or after discussing their interview experience with others. Advice to just 'let it slide' if the candidate doesn't bat an eyelid is not sound, in my opinion as a 25-year practitioner of HR.
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