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The Sydney company asks bizarre, discriminatory pre-interview questions to prospective employees

‘RUN’: Read the bizarre list of ‘pre-interview’ questions a Sydney workplace asked prospective employees – some of which border on discrimination

  • Potentially illegal questions sent to job hopefuls
  • Questionnaire can be considered discriminatory
  • Questions related to unrelated personal information

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A prospective employee blasted their potential new workplace after seeing the series of pre-interview questions they had to complete before going for the job.

The Sydney employee posted a screenshot of the questionnaire on Reddit on Tuesday, calling out the company for the odd questions, including whether they were married, how many children they had and whether they should “discuss the career move” with a partner or family member.

The employee did not name the company, but said it was a “well-known recycling/waste management company.”

‘I am running [away] so far and so fast,” the potential employee wrote.

According to the Human Rights Commission, the questions could put the company in trouble, as asking for personal information that is not relevant to a job opening could be seen as discrimination.

Pre-interview questions sent to job hopefuls (pictured) have come under fire for being potentially illegal as they ask for unrelated personal information that could be considered discriminatory

The questions begin innocently, asking about “specializations from your employment history” and their computer skill level.

However, their bizarre nature intensified when the 18th question asked what the person’s “marital status” was.

Asking whether an employee has other offers from companies can also be grounds for discrimination.

The company also asked, “Should you discuss your career move with your partner/family member/other person before making a final decision?”

The last question was: ‘Number of children + ages?’

According to the Australian Human Rights Commission, the questions could violate discrimination laws as the employer seeks information that may not be important to the performance of their job.

‘It can be discrimination if employers do [ask these questions] and then relying on this information to decide not to offer a candidate a job,” the Australian Human Rights Commission’s website said.

‘Questions about irrelevant personal characteristics are not [legal]for example, “Do you suffer from mental health issues?” Trent Hancock, director of Jewell Hancock Employment Lawyers, told Seek.

“It all comes down to what information they are looking for and why.

“The difference is in the motive behind the question asked and the relevance of the information the interviewer is trying to obtain.”

The Australian Human Rights Commission states that employers asking questions irrelevant to job completion, such as marital status, may be discriminatory (stock image)

The Australian Human Rights Commission states that employers asking questions irrelevant to job completion, such as marital status, may be discriminatory (stock image)

The Australian Human Rights Commission states that employers asking questions irrelevant to job completion, such as marital status, may be discriminatory (stock image)

Hundreds of commenters swarmed the post to have their say.

“It’s great when a potential employer waves the red flags before the interview,” one wrote.

“Yeah – you don’t have to answer that one, but, dodgy ass!” another wrote.

The original poster confirmed that they would “report them and post updates if I get anything back.”

“Maybe I’ll even scold them for feeling slimy from the whole email.”

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