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Job Interviews from Hell: Candidates Reveal Their Worst Ever Questions

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Job Interviews from Hell: Candidates Reveal Their Worst Ever Questions

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Questions about jam and role-playing games involving werewolves top the list in the worst ever questions asked of candidates in job interviews. Workers have opened up to a UK employment law consultancy about interviews that either left them cringing or stamping out of the room in fury.

But according to the Leeds-based Protecting.co.uk consultancy, there's a serious side to all this - employers could leave themselves wide open to the bad publicity and expense of a discrimination claim because of a badly-planned interview that asks candidates the wrong questions.

"Some bosses get it horribly wrong when interviewing for new staff or on promotion boards," says Protecting spokesperson Mark Hall, "And all the guidelines about acceptable behaviour go right out of the window, often with disastrous results."

Discriminatory behaviour on grounds of age, race, sexual orientation, gender or disability is illegal, and this applies equally to the interview room as it does to the office or shop floor. …

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