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> Susan Brown asks tech writer interviewees about their hobbies and
> outside interests. I would find such questions too personal in
> an interview. I don't know whether they'd actually be illegal in
> the U.S., as I believe questions about marital and parental
> status are, but I would be uncomfortable about a company that
> thought it was appropriate to ask about my life outside work as
> part of the hiring process.
> I believe that's a big no-no in the US... at least it seems to be with
> larger, public companies. I've interviewed at private companies (and
> subsequently worked for them) where I was asked such questions as "if
> you could bring only 3 CDs to work, which would they be?" and "how do
> you feel about an environment where you'd be gunned down by Nerf guns?"
> But, it seems the personal questions are a no-no in big business. Too
> much potential liability. At least that's my experience. Personally, I'd
> like to find out as much as possible about the type of person I'm
> interviewing (see if the person would fit in or clash) but it's just too
> risky. Someone could easily take offense at a question phrased a bit
> awkwardly or be intimidated by the personal questions.
> Bill Swallow
> Technical Writer
> bswallow -at- poweradz -dot- com
bswallow -at- poweradz -dot- com