We can’t ask your age in this job interview, but please take this quiz about rotary phones
Source: The New Yorker
By Wendy Aarons & Devorah Blachor
Per the human-resources department and the federal government, it’s illegal to ask a job candidate their age because it may lead to discrimination. We carefully consider all candidates, no matter the year they were born, when hiring new talent. After all, age is just a number!
But, to help us get to know you better, please fill out this questionnaire that is not at all about your possible irrelevance in a modern office.
- Where were you when J.F.K. died?
- Do you know what a SASE is?
- Is it ever O.K. to use a smiley-face emoji?
And 17 more…
Nick’s take on age questions
I love this assault on employers and recruiters who use trick questions to figure out how old you are. Give us a break! But it’s no joke. The only joke is how stoopid employers can be. This New Yorker column calls attention to the really wrong methods used to discriminate against older workers. Ageism has become so obvious — it’s really gotten old, dontcha think?
What’s your take? Do you disclose your age on job applications and in job interviews? What methods and tricks have employers and recruiters used to determine your age? How did you deal with it? What should be done about it?