Job Tips for the 90’s

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Submitter: I found this at a local college’s career collection. We all loved some of the totally inappropriate questions you might be asked in an interview. They seem totally out of line even for the 90’s.

Holly: My faves:
“What percent of your college education did you pay for?”
“Do you have any debts?”
“What do you do to stay healthy and physically fit?”
…and of course “Does your spouse support your career?”

My advice? Never, ever ask these questions (and never work somewhere that asks them)!

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  1. About 15 years ago, an application I filled out for a simple retail job at a music store asked not only most of those four questions you highlight (I think only the spouse one wasn’t present), but it had a lenghty section for me to detail any stocks, bonds, or similar investments I had. “Yes, I want to work for minimum wage at your store so that I can expand my plethora of financial holdings.” Bizarre…

  2. “What type of people seem to bother you?”
    Well, people who ask me these kinds of questions, for one.

  3. Where is “Do you run with scissors”? I think some of these are covered today by businesses requiring a credit check before hiring, which is pretty invasive in itself.

    1. It’s the title format that hurts my eyes more! The Complete Marketing Yourself Jobfinder’s In The Guide for the New Market 90’s?

  4. If you have been looking for a job since the 90’s, it might be time to just give up. Btw, many employers run credit reports on potential employees at the same time they do criminal background checks, so they don’t need to ask those questions any more. Big Brother already knows!

  5. My favorite was a minimum wage cashier job at a convenience store in which I had to fill out over a hundred questions to judge my “ethics.” You rated on a 1-5 your response to statements like “stealing is OK, if the person just needs food” or “marijuana isn’t as harmful as the government says it is.” This was meant to weed out the thieves and pot-heads from the application process. I believe there are still employers that use a similar test.

      1. A place I”d applied at a couple times had such a test. The first time, I provided the answers I thought they wanted, and didn’t get a call back. A couple years later, when applying again, I decided to answer the questions honestly. I’m an honest person anyway, so the answers didn’t change much, except for one: “If your paycheck contained an extra $100 by mistake, would you tell your employer?” That had actually happened to me once, and no, I didn’t tell them, so I answered truthfully that I probably wouldn’t.

        And, still didn’t get an interview.

  6. I got how many alcoholic drinks do you consume in a week. The company’s executives were almost all booze hounds…

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