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A woman’s identity is not tied to her father or her husband. Continue reading.

It’s 2022, and employers are still asking degraded and intrusive questions when interviewing a woman. Such an approach reflects how a company categorizes its female workforce into assets and liabilities. Here’s why we think employers and HR should refrain from asking the following questions of female respondents.

Will your husband or family accept you working late or going on a business trip?

When an employer asks a woman this question, he denies her the autonomy to decide for herself. She is financially independent and can choose to work late or go on business trips. On the other hand, men are not asked this question because companies assume that their work comes before their family.

Do you plan to start a family/do you have children?

Why would an organization need this information? This concludes whether a woman would handle the work and the chores that come with it. Moreover, whether a woman plans a family or not is nobody’s business. It is a personal choice that does not speak of his talent, his work experience and his training.

You live alone?

Whether a woman lives alone or with her family and friends has nothing to do with how she will take on the professional role. The answer to this question certainly cannot justify its annual flat fee.

How will you balance your family and your job?

Having a family does not mean that a woman would not devote herself to work. When asked that question, it reduces her experience and talent to the fact that she has a house that works. Women know how to reconcile work and personal life. Moreover, men are also responsible for their families, yet they are never asked this question.

Are you planning to get married?

Like questions about planning a family, questions about marriage are also intrusive. Whether a woman is single or married would not affect her ability to hold the position and achieve her goals.

His marital status does not reflect his qualifications, it is his work experience. Just as a man’s marital status would not affect whether he would prove to be an asset to the company, the same logic applies to women.

What is your husband/father’s occupation?

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When an employer asks a woman this question, it is tantamount to saying that her identity is associated with the man in the house. Her father’s or her husband’s jobs don’t bring anything to the table, but her talent and training do. The question belittles all the efforts she has made so far.

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We might transfer you to another location, how will your husband/family cope?

When an employer asks a woman this question, he denies her the right to make the decision. This puts her in a position to choose between her career or her family. A working woman is independent enough to decide on her transfer or the next step in her job.

She doesn’t need permission from her family, her father or her husband. On the other hand, organizations assume that it is okay for a man to leave his family behind and move to a new place, no strings attached.

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What to do if your husband is transferred to another place?

Asking a woman this question implies that she would follow her husband to another part of the world with no regard for his work. It also implies that her career is lower than that of her husband.

An organization should judge an employee based on her education and professional qualifications. Their marital status, family planning, husband’s job and living situation have no role in deciding whether they fit the job description. He is a person who is independent enough to make decisions about his life. Stay tuned to HerZindagi for more stories like this.

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